November 21, 2013

How to Root Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi) SM-T210/T210R on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Announced in April 2013, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is now available for purchase in various countries. Followed by the market rollout, Senior XDA-Developers member gr8nole has released an easy rooting method for the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with model number SM-T210 and SM-T210R. The root method uses ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) or TWRP which allows users to root their devices without any difficulty.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi) 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.

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.
5. Ensure the battery of the device is charged more than 80 percent.
6. The CWM and TWRP recovery works only on the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with model number SM-T210 and SM-T210R. 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) (
  • CWM Advanced Edition (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 Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi) SM-T210/T210R
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. Make sure that the Auto Reboot and Re-Partition options are NOT checked, only F. Reset Time option is ticked.
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 Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi) SM-T210/T210R 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 (Wi-Fi) SM-T210/T210R 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 (Wi-Fi) SM-T210 with Android 4.1.2 XXAMK5 Jelly Bean official firmware.


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    2. Do i have to factory reset my device first

  2. is it really ok to root?i mean is it safe?i have that one tablet, same version and model number but i'm afraid to do it. please i need advice thanks
    (sorry for bad english)

  3. ok i've done now the steps up to 9. but i'm stuck to step 10. do i really need an sd card to finish the installation?

    1. Not an external. I'm pretty sure you can just use the internal storage. As long as you remember where you stored the file.

  4. Worked ! I had to work on step 9 a few times but finally got it to work. I see no problems so far.

    1. what recovery you install on your tablet?is it CWM or TWRP? I used CWM, its different to TWRP :( so maybe i can't install the zip file on my tablet using internal storage..

  5. Works you need to look at this to make selections in CWM

  6. hello, is it normal to take so long to step 9?

    1. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete.

  7. how can I fix the E: signature verification failed? i already searched other solutions but one thing is missing in the menu in recovery, it is the toggle signature verification

    please help me..i'm totally stuck :(

  8. 2 things;
    1. booting into twrp take a long time
    2. Need to hold the screen sideways (landscape)

  9. how can i unlock the boot loader ,,, ???

  10. Thank you, for this and is very easy to do

  11. this is not working.. i went to recovery mode and its still stock recovery. believe me, i know what im saying. flashed recovery twice to make sure if first flashing didnt worked.

    i hoped this will work as this saves time but it didnt. next time put a picture of cwm recovery and stock recovery and tell them to discontinue if not in cwm recovery.

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  13. Works great, use TWRP instead of CWM as menu much easier to navigate