November 28, 2013

How to Root Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5200/P5210/P5220 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 users who wish to root and install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) or Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) on their devices, may follow our step-by-step guide below.

This tutorial uses CWM/TWRP was developed and released by the XDA-Developers members, DutchDanny and Angel_666. This method compatible with all three variants of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

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 Drivers for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 on your computer.
2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on the device by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Make a backup of all your important data before following the guide.
4. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 should be factory unlocked and not locked to any particular carrier.
5. Ensure the battery of the device is charged more than 80 percent.
6. The CWM/TWRP recovery works only on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with model number GT-P5200 (3G), GT-P5210 (Wi-Fi), and GT-P5220 (LTE). Applying these on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 by selecting Settings >> About Phone.

Files Required
1. CWM (Mirror Link) or TWRP (Mirror Link)
2. Root (Mirror Link) (
3. Odin 3.07 (Mirror Link)

Steps to Install CWM/TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
Step 1: Extract the CWM/TWRP recovery .zip and Odin 3.07 .zip files using WinRAR/7-Zip/WinZip or any other extracting tool.
Step 2: Copy the file to the SD card of your device.
Step 3: Switch off the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 4: Run Odin on the computer as an Administrator.
Step 5: Connect the Galaxy Tab 3 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 to light blue with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connected will be indicated by a message saying Added.

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then try re-install USB drivers or changing the port on the computer.

Step 6: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the recovery.tar.md5 file. Verify that F. Reset Time checkbox is selected. Also, ensure the Auto Reboot and Re-Partition options are NOT selected.
Step 7: Double-check and click Start button in Odin. The installation process will now begin.
Step 8: Once the installation process completes, unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from the computer and then proceed to Step 9.

Steps to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 via CWM/TWRP Recovery
Step 9: Reboot the device into CWM Recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up and Power buttons together.
Step 10: In CWM Recovery, select "install zip from sdcard" and then select "choose zip from sdcard". Now, navigate to the file that you copied earlier and confirm the installation by selecting Yes.
Step 11: Once the installation process completes, return to main recovery menu and select "reboot system now".

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 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 root method was originally posted via XDA-Developers original thread.

Click here to know How to Update Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5200 with Android 4.2.2 XXUAMK4 Jelly Bean official firmware.


  1. I did it like described above - a problem appeared during the installation. after reading the xda site there was a important hint for me - DON'T select auto reboot in the odin tool - so I installed CWM recovery again (without autoreboot) and I was able to install the file. Now it's rooted !

  2. is there any way to root without an sd card?

  3. Account suspended... can you send me these files please? TY

    1. This problem has been corrected. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. hello there
    i have got a question
    do i need both CWM/TWRP files or just one of them will be enough?

    cwm file link it appears ( account suspended ) tell me what to do please thank you

    1. The problem with the links has been corrected. Thank you for letting me know.

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  6. need the file can not download the files from rapid gator no download button appears you click slow speed download and the timer just starts over and over again. what to do? can you help

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  8. Hi,

    Do I need to extract the file before copying it to the SD card of my device?

  9. Hi

    Do you have any idea as to why nothing happens when I click Start? (Step 7). Nothing happens on the tab, and Odin just says this in the log:

    Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    File analysis..