June 28, 2013

How to Root Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (AT&T) SGH-I497 on Android 4.1.2 UCUAMF2 Jelly Bean Firmware

The AT&T subscribers of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 bearing model number SGH-I497 recently received its latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware update with base firmware UCUAMF2. This update is currently available through Windows and Mac computers using the Samsung Kies software application.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (AT&T) SGH-I497 users who have already updated their devices with Android 4.1.2 UCUAMF2 Jelly Bean, may root their devices using the tutorial below.

This tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA Developers, Chainfire. The CF-Auto-Root file allowing Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users to root their devices easily without depending on the firmware. It completely supports Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and future firmware as well. Head over to the CF-Auto-Root main thread to learn more about the root method.

Note: Using this root increases your flash counter. The flash counter keeps track of how many custom firmwares you have flashed, as this voids warranty. Triangle Away can be used to reset the flash counter after installing CF-Auto-Root.

Disclaimer: Rooting voids the warranty of your device. We and the developer of this rooting procedures shall not be held responsible if any undesirable outcomes may happen to your device. use of this root guide is solely at your own risk!

1. Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on the computer.
2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Make a backup of all your important data before following the guide.
4. Ensure the battery of the phone is charged more than 80 per cent.
5. The CF-Auto-Root file works only on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (AT&T) SGH-I497. Applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.

File Required
1. CF-Auto-Root (Mirror Link) for Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (AT&T) SGH-I497 (CF-Auto-Root-espresso10att-espresso10uc-samsungsghi497.zip)
2. Odin 3.07

Steps to Root Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (AT&T) SGH-I497 Running on Android 4.1.2 UCUAMF2 Jelly Bean Firmware
Step 1: Extract CF-Auto-Root and Odin 3.07 files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Switch off the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power button together until the device turns on. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 3: Launch Odin on the computer.
Step 4: Connect the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box will turn yellow with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connected will be indicated by a message saying Added. If Odin fails to detect the device then re-install USB driver
Step 5: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-espresso10att-espresso10uc-samsungsghi497.tar.md5 file.
Step 6: Verify that Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. Also, ensure the Re-Partition option in Odin is not selected.
Step 7: Double-check and click Start in Odin. The installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once the installation process is completed, your phone will restart and soon you will see a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. You can now unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (AT&T) SGH-I497 running on Android 4.1.2 UCUAMF2 Jelly Bean firmware is now rooted successfully. You can now install any app that requires root permission. Verify the root status of the device by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

Thank's to all fellas at XDA who first tried out this rooting technique. This method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.


  1. I am trying this out right now but i have encountered a small problem. When i go into odin and my device is detected. I add the PDA file. Then when i go to check the F. Reset Box it doesn't let me. Auto Reboot is checked and Re-partition is not checked. I can not access any of these options and all of them were pre selected. I will post another comment about what happened after and if i got root access.

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    2. I messed up and deleted my previous comment. I meant to say while i'm doing this i want to know, can i now flash custom roms or will that require additional prerequisites. I am eager to get Touchwiz of off this and see what else i can put on.

    3. Sorry for the repeated comments but i can guarantee that this worked for me on my 4.1.2 att galaxy tab 2 10.1. I have superuser and when used root checker it verified that i have root access.

    4. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

  2. this worked like a charm thanks alot really appreciate it

    1. You're welcome. Thank you for visiting our blog and for leaving comment.

  3. After two months of debating, I went ahead and rooted my Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with these instructions. All worked perfectly except the COM box turned blue instead of yellow. The whole process only took a few minutes. Thank you!

    1. You're welcome. All credit goes to Chainfire for the root method.

  4. Replies
    1. It should work on 4.0.0 and up. Try it and let us know.

  5. i just bought a galaxy tab 2 from at&t. I didnt get if i will have some problems with the company besides of the warranty being void of course. i mean the data or something like that. thanks

  6. Yes it works! But my WIFI is not working. :(:( Can you help me out from this issue?

  7. Thanks! Worked perfectly. Did all this just to remove that stupid "mini apps" tray that interfered with everything. Thanks Samsung, for not making that optional.