January 10, 2014

How to Root Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Sprint) SM-T217S on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Sprint) SM-T217S users who wish to root and install ClockworkMod (CWM) or Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) on their devices, may follow our step-by-step guide.

This tutorial uses CWM/TWRP recovery released by Senior XDA-Developers, gr8nole. The custom recoveries allows Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 users to root their devices without any difficulty. The root method compatible with the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with model number SM-T217S.

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. Ensure the battery of the device is charged more than 80 percent.
5. The CWM and TWRP recovery files works only on the Sprint version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (SM-T217S). 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) (T217S.CWM.try15.recovery.tar.zip)
  • TWRP (Mirror Link) (T217S.TWRP.
  • TWRP (Mirror Link) (T217S.TWRP.
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 (Sprint) SM-T217S
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 android-armeabi-universal-root-signed.zip 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 (Sprint) SM-T217S 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 android-armeabi-universal-root-signed.zip 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 (Sprint) SM-T217S 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.

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.

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  1. when I try to boot into recovery, it says it's starting, but then flashes and boots up normally

  2. nevermind, it works! thank you very very much!!!!

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  4. If you go to the "Original Thread" Link you download it from XDA and not his ad-suported download links to rapidgator.

  5. Step 9: Reboot the device into CWM Recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.

    It just won't go into recovery mode.

    1. Never mind. I was hold the three buttons too long. Once you see recovery text take your fingers off of the buttons.

  6. When I first opened the super su it said the binary needed to be updated, how can I do that? It gave me the option to use the cwm recovery but I don't know how. And when I check for root access, it says I don't have it.

    1. Got you, put it directly in your tablet's root, that amedi.zip file the one that you run by press Vol up+power+home, that file needs to be in your tablet's storage NOT your extSDCard