Galaxy Tab S2 received an update earlier in 2016. We are not talking about the software update, the Tab S2 actually got a hardware update. Samsung released a successor of the Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 almost 2 months back. The refreshed version carried a Quad Core Snapdragon 652 64-bit CPU accompanied by a 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. An external mircoSD card slot was also there. The refresh version carried the same 8 MP shooter at the back and a 2.1 MP shooter on the front. Another notable update was the software of this device. The 2016 9.7-inch Tab S2 ran on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box while the original Tab S2 was still running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
It didn’t take long for the developers to void the boundaries of the 2016 Galaxy Tab S2. Good news for Android power users with a Tab S2 2016 came out quite early. This device has already been rooted and flashed with a custom recovery. The latest version of TWRP recovery i.e. TWRP 3.0.2-1 made its way to the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and 8.0 (2016 editions). In case you own this device, it maybe the time for you to start tweaking it and get the best out of it. As you scroll down, you will come across a comprehensive guide to flash TWRP recovery and then root your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 SM-T813N (Wi-Fi only) and SM-T819N (LTE) running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Before installing the recovery and rooting the phone, we will apply some precautions to make sure that we are keeping the process and device safe and sound.
- This guide is only for the devices mentioned above. Do not try this on any other device.
- Charge your device up to 50%.
- Use original data cable to establish connection between your PC and your phone.
- Backup your important data as a safety measure. Use the backup guides linked below.
- Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.
DISCLAIMER: FLASHING CUSTOM RECOVERY AND ROOTING THE DEVICE VOID ITS WARRANTY. IN CASE OF A MISHAP, TECHBEASTS OR SAMSUNG MAY NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE DOING EVERYTHING AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITH YOUR FULL UNDERSTANDING.
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
- Download and extract Odin 3.10.6.
- Download SuperSU.zip file and copy it to your Galaxy 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7’s internal storage.
- Also download the no-verity-no-encrypt_ashyx.zip and copy it to your Tab S2’s external storage or USB OTG as well.
- Download TWRP Recovery file according to your device and model number and copy it to your desktop.
Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
- Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
- Enable OEM Unlock on your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. To do so on your phone, go to settings > about device > tap the build number for 7 times to enable developer options. Get back to the settings and open developer options. Under developer options turn on “OEM unlock.“
- Put your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 in download mode now. To do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. Once your phone boots up, press the Volume Up key to continue.
- Connect your phone to your PC now. The ID:COM box in the top-left corner of Odin3 should turn blue. This indicates that your phone is connected properly.
- Now click the “AP” tab in Odin and select the TWRP recovery.tar file that you downloaded. It will take a second or two for Odin3 to load this file.
- Make sure that your Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.
- Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
- Now turn off your device properly as we are going to boot into recovery mode.
- Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. This will boot your device in recovery mode. It should be TWRP recovery that you just installed.
- Now in TWRP Recovery, tap Wipe > Format Data to remove encryption. This will erase your device completely.
- Now tap “Wipe > Format Data > type “yes” to formate data. This is important to disable encryption. This step will factory reset your phone, so make sure that you’ve backed up the entire data at hand.
- Now go back to the main menu in TWRP Recovery and tap “Reboot > Recovery”. This will once again reboot your phone in TWRP.
- Now make sure that you’ve copied the SuperSU.zip and dm-verity.zip files in external SD Card or USB OTG, if not then transfer both these files to your external SD Card by using MTP mode in TWRP now. Once you’ve the files, tap “Install > locate the SuperSU.zip according to the location where you copied > flash it”.
- Now once again tap “Install > locate the dm-verity.zip file > flash it”.
- Once done flashing, reboot your phone to system.
- That’s all. You’re rooted and have a TWRP recovery installed.
- Once flashed, tap the Reboot > System option from the main TWRP screen. If TWRP asks you to root your device, cancel this option and proceed to the reboot.
- As it boots up, checkout the SuperSu in application drawer. Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
- Verify root access using Root Checker.
- That’s all. You’re now set to unleash the open source nature of Android.
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