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Post by leandrew on Aug 1, 2016 2:22:03 GMT -5
First, thank you to ashyt16 for the work you do. Without you, people like me would be stuck.
Instructions for rooting your Galaxy Tab A can be found in the TWRP thread and rchacin's thread. However, for newbs like me (and likely you), I found some information was missing and some mistakes can easily be made. I made this thread to provide a more full set of instructions for people who may need a little extra help.
Note that my device, which is successfully rooted, is a black Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 in (SM-T350). If your device is different (go to Settings > About Device to determine for sure the device model #), the process may be a little different. For sure, you’ll need a different TWRP file. I also did this on a PC. I have no Mac experience, and therefore do not know how that would change the process.
If you are like me and had your Android 5.0.1 device rooted and are trying to root your 6.0.1 device now, note that SuperSU/CF-Autoroot works a little differently now. Read more about it here.
Step 1. Install Samsung USB Drivers.
This is a very temperamental process for some, like me. You can try to download them from Samsung. You can also simply plug in your device and see if Windows can install them for you. For me, the driver from the Samsung website did not work, but the Windows update automatic install worked. If you have trouble, I recommend uninstalling (Control Panel > Uninstall a program then select Samsung drivers) and trying again.
Once you are able to see your device when plugged in using a USB cable, the rest should work (exceptions detailed below).
Step 2. Download files and place them in the right places.
Download Odin. I used 3.10.7. I am willing to bet anything newer than that will work too. Unzip the file into a folder anywhere you like.
Download TWRP. You will need to select the proper file for your device. Note that this is the only working version of TWRP I can find for Galaxy Tab A’s. The TWRP website doesn’t have one. When your done, thank ashyt16 (the creator of this board) and give him or her all your monies. The file is .tar file and will be used as such. Simply save it to your PC somewhere you can find it later.
Download SuperSU. You will download the file as a zip and use it as such. Do not unzip. Store this file anywhere on the device you are rooting. I put it in the download folder within my Galaxy Tab A.
Step 3. Install custom recovery.
You do not need to do any bootloader unlocking prior to this step. I don’t know the details but TWRP is able to unlock everything on its own, or it gets unlocked when installing the recovery, or something. All you need to know is, you do not need to do any of the hacks out there that some other thread suggest doing.
1. Plug device into computer (make sure it’s charged a good deal, and make sure your USB cable is secure).
2. Turn device off. Then start in download mode (hold power, volume down, and home at same time, when prompted, press Volume Up to confirm you want to enter download mode. If at any point you experience problems or chicken out, hold power and volume down until device turns off to exit download mode and reboot the device).
3. Open Odin. If Odin can see your device, you should see “<ID:0/004> Added!!” in the console something like 0:[COM3] in the upper left area of the program window. That upper portion shows the devices connected to your computer that Odin recognizes. If there are none, you likely have wrong/faulty USB drivers for the device. Go back to Step 1 and try different things.
4. Go to Options. Uncheck auto-reboot (leave F. Reset Time checked).
5. Click on AP. Find the TWRP file (the .tar file) that you downloaded and select it.
6. Click Start. Wait until it says “Pass!” in the upper left section.
7. To start TWRP, while your device is still in Download Mode (i.e. you haven’t rebooted anything), hold Power + Volume Down + Home, then as soon as the screen turns blank move the finger on Volume Down to Volume Up so that you holding down Power + Volume Up + Home. TWRP should start. If you see your normal recovery (e.g. options to reboot, factory reset, etc.) start over.
Step 4. Install SuperSU.
With TWRP open, tap Install. Navigate the file explorer to find the SuperSU zip file you downloaded earlier and put on your device. Once it’s selected, swipe the appropriate area to flash SuperSU. When done, tap Wipe Dalvik/Cache, then tap done (I may be misremembering, and wiping cache may be on a future page). *Important* The next page will likely ask you if you want to install SuperSU. Tap No or whatever the equivalent is.
Reboot your device. The reboot process may take a bit longer than normal and may start over several times. This is ok as long as your device eventually loads.
Step 5. Check whether you are rooted.
Install Root Checker from the Play store. Open. Tap Check Root. SuperSU should ask you if you want to allow Root Checker access to root. Tap yes. Root Checker should confirm you are rooted. Congratulations.