The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 WiFi variants have had root access available for a while now. However, the old method using the XDA Developers thread is no longer available. Users can still gain root access to the T210 and the T210R by using an updated version of SuperSU. The new method will still use Odin to flash a custom recovery (TWRP) first before we then access that custom recovery image and flash the SuperSU Package. The result? You will see the SuperSU app on your device and you can further access the custom recovery to flash zip files which will be your gateway to installing custom ROMs.
Before we get things started, you should first backup the Sammy tablet if you need to factory reset. While there are many benefits to rooting, sometimes things don’t go as planned. You should make sure you have a second copy of your data for if you need to restore that data later down the track. Often the easiest method out of a soft brick situation is to apply a factory reset and start again and not try to find out how to fix your difficult problem.
You should only follow the guide if you are an advanced Android user. While on most occasions everything will go according to plan, you shouldn’t challenge yourself with a guide like rooting unless you know how to fix soft bricks with flashing an official firmware release. You can do that with Odin on Samsung devices.
Furthermore, you might be interested in checking out all the things you can do with a rooted Android to get you in the mood.
Files you need:
- Download Chainfire’s SuperSU from his official webpage here.
- Visit our own page and download the Odin version 3.09. If that link isn’t working at your time of visit, please try the Odin 3.10.
- Download the TWRP Recovery image you should use from this webpage.
- You might also want to update the Samsung USB Drivers for mobile phones by visiting the official Samsung webpage.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 WiFi SM-T210 and SM-T210R with a custom recovery (TWRP recovery)
- Extract the Odin file to the desktop of the computer.
- Once Odin is unzipped and you can see the program inside, double-click the mouse and run the app.
- Start by completely powering down the Galaxy Tab.
- Reboot it to the download mode: Volume Down + Power + Home keys at the same time.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode by heading over to the Settings > Developer Options > allow permissions for the USB Debugging option.
- Now you can connect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to the computer where you have Odin and SuperSU.
- Transfer the zipped SuperSU package to the SD card on the tablet. That means paste it to the internal storage. Make sure the SuperSU file isn’t hidden in any sub folder.
- Unzip the TWRP recovery package that’s also on the desktop.
- Now click the AP button with Odin and browse for the TWRP custom recovery file. It will only work if you have unzipped it first.
- Click the Start button and wait for Odin to finish flashing your tablet with the custom recovery image.
- Now that you have the custom recovery, it’s time to root your device with the SuperSU.
- Unplug from the computer and reboot to the recovery mode.
- Switch it off by holding the Power key for 10 seconds. Turn it back on holding the Power + Home + Volume Up keys at the same time.
- Your device will enter the custom recovery we just flashed.
- Now navigate through the TWRP recovery menu until you find the “install” option and tap the same.
- Now browse the internal SD card on the tablet for the SuperSU file. Remember, this time the file should still be zipped.
- Load and confirm the installation of the SuperSU file.
- Go back to the main recovery menu where you were after first entering recovery and choose to reboot the system.
Once your device reboots, you can take control of your Google account once again and you have root access with a custom recovery fully installed. You are ready to start flashing custom ROMs as zip files from in recovery. You can enter recovery using the same button sequences as above.
You can check that everything went according to plan by installing the root checker application that’s available from Google Play. If for some reason, that version of the root checker app didn’t work for you, you can search the Play Store for other versions that do a similar thing.