After having covered the T110, the T330, the T905 and the T325 galaxy Tab variants I feel like I’m well equipped to go ahead and talk about the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 WiFi version. Today I’ll teach you how you can root it running Android 4.2.2 Kitkat so if you have updated to that firmware there’s no need to wait any longer. If you do take too long the next 4.4.3 or even 4.4.4 KitKat might be coming out. After all, we have just seen Android L unveiled at the Google I/O just last week.
This tablet leaked in beautiful black and white trim last week, but that’s likely something you don’t want to here because you already have yours, and that’s why you’re here. Instead of teasing we’ll get started with the prerequisites. Don’t skip these if you hadn’t done this before because you might end up forgetting to carry out an action or learn something you didn’t know.
We are using the Odin tool to complete this guide. Samsung developers make the tool itself, and they only catered for the Microsoft Windows operating system when making it. Greedy I know, but that’s the way it is. It will work for any of them ranging from Windows XP right through to Windows 8 although I recommend using at least Vista if you want to save the files on your C: Drive because the Redmond company made a pleasing change between XP and Vista that I will explain later during the guide.
The tablet does come with USB charging as a feature so that means when we plug it into the Windows-based PC it will start charging the battery. Most blogs will recommend saving up a percentage of the power but as long as this feature is working there is no need. The entire guide works while plugged into the computer so with USB charger working it will finish up with more power on the battery icon. However, if you know USB charging isn’t working then you will want to keep at least 50% power before you start to see through the guide completely without any problems.
Do not start this guide unless you have enabled USB Debugging mode by visiting the Develop Options Menu or unless you enabled the option before reading this. It is a hidden menu is past OS versions but none of them were after the software version that the Tab 3 8.0 came with out of the box, so we know this menu is accessible from the settings menu.
You will need the correct Samsung USB Drivers to make a successful connection between the tablet and computer. If they aren’t up to date than these two bits of machinery can have trouble ‘talking” to each other.
Once you get root the device is officially unchained and new life spurned. With it, you can install Custom ROMs from many different developers, rooted apps that are not available from the usual Google Play store and also lots of tweaks to do things like overclock the CPU. Android have long been an organization that supports this behavior and even some people that work for the Mountain View company indulge in some custom themes themselves.
Make a sound backup of the personal data that you added to the tablet since it has popped out of the box. That includes your contacts, call logs, SMS texts, photos, videos and any other sensitive data you do not want to risk losing.
This method uses ChainFire’s CF-Root, and it is one of his versions that we are enjoying. ChainFire is well renown for developing some great work including apps such as the Triangle Away that helps get rid of the evidence, but none are more impressive than his work with opening up the OS and giving root as close to stock Android as possible. It works well for those who want to stay stable and not change much plus those who don’t have any experience. You won’t find a tool that’s easier to use than this one.
Make sure you don’t skip over any steps before during the guide or else you can soft brick the device, and that requires another guide and spare hours to fix.
Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 WiFi With Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
1. Download the CF-Root package here.
-unzip the package and have it ready and waiting on the desktop.
2. Download the latest Odin 3.09 here.
– Extract the file to the desktop
– You can save it on your C: Drive for safe keeping and pull it out next time you root or update the software manually.
3. make sure the device is completely powered down.
4. Boot it back up in Download Mode.
– press Volume Down + Power + Home at the same time.
5. Fetch the USB cable that connects the phone to the charger on any other day.
6. Open the Odin application on the desktop, so it is waiting.
7. Plug one end into the tablet and the other end into the PC system unit so it connects.
8. Look at the ID: COM port change color and say “added.”
– if you don’t see this it most likely means you need to update the USB Driver package and retry.
9. Click the PDA button and upload the CF-Root file.
10. Wait for the file extension to load properly before continuing. You’ll see it appear in the AP region.
-do not touch any of the other default settings.
– there is two boxes checked called Auto reboot and F Reset Time
– do not check the repartition.
11. Click the Start button when you are ready.
12. Wait for several minutes until the ID: Com port changes to another color.
13. Close down Odin after the tablet reboots.
14. Unplug it properly by right-clicking the mouse of the ‘safely remove hardware’ button in the system tray of the taskbar.
After you finish you can visit the Play Store and download the root checker app and take a look if it says it is successful. If it didn’t work than you would have to try again. On rare occasions, some people witness the “Unfortunately SuperSU has stopped working” error.Open the Google Play app from the device and install SuperSU to fix the problem.