November 26, 2013

How to Root Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 users who wish to root and install CWM/TWRP recovery on their devices running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, may follow our step-by-step guide.

This tutorial uses ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM)/TWRP was developed and released by Senior Member of XDA-Developers, gr8nole. The root method compatible with the 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with model number SM-T211.

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 7.0 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 7.0 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 and TWRP recovery files works only on the 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (SM-T211). Applying these on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 by selecting Settings >> About Phone.

Files Required
1. Custom Recoveries (choose either one):
  • CWM (Mirror Link) (
  • TWRP (Mirror Link) (
  • TWRP (Mirror Link) (
2. Universal Root Package (Mirror Link) (
3. Odin 3.07

Note: You can also watch THIS VIDEO tutorial for performing the instructions listed below.

Steps to Install CWM/TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211
Step 1: Extract the CWM/TWRP recovery and Odin 3.07 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 7.0. Then boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home 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 7.0 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, 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 the device from the computer and then go to Step 9.

Steps to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 via CWM Recovery
Step 9: Reboot the device into CWM Recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home 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 7.0 SM-T211 running on Android 4.1.2 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.

Note: Many Samsung devices store a flash counter that keeps track of how many times you have flashed custom firmwares to your device. Triangle Away can be used to reset the flash counter to zero.

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 7.0 SM-T211 with Android 4.1.2 XXAMK3 Jelly Bean official firmware.


  1. is it possible to root galaxy tab 3 on 4.3?

  2. i cannot use my google play on android..!!!

    help me..

    1. go to setting application manager go to all and go to download manager when ur download manager is disable click that to make enable the google play store

  3. Im getting error failed to verify whole-file signature when installing

  4. Can release this upgrade to 4.2.2,
    And when?pls tell...

  5. me too "error failed to verify whole-file signature"

  6. Actually error "failed to verify whole-file signature" thats mean our cwm not working.. me also facing same error.. pls help us...

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for the post..

    I'm running Odin in a virtual machine (Windows XP) and it doesn't detect the device while in download mode. When the device is started in normal mode Odin detects the device. Any idea?

    1. Try to install the latest Samsung USB Driver on your VM (Windows XP). The easiest way to do this is to install Samsung Kies.

    2. Thanks for the reply maroriver, yeah I have tried installing samsung keis in xpmmachine. But still got no luck :( I also found there are few other occasions people have faced similar kind of issues. I tried almost all those mentioned in the threads bur nothing seems to solve my prob

  8. This works for the Brazilian version?