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In this tutorial, we will take a look at how to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100 model running on Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, despite being an older tablet this device is still owned by many people who may be sick of TouchWiz and want to customize their device and get the most out of it.
This guide will use the CF-Root method which has been developed by ChainFire and makes rooting a large number of Samsung devices relatively easy and fast. To get started there are some important steps you should take prior to rooting your device.
Assuming your running Windows on your computer this tutorial will walk you through how to successfully root your Galaxy Tab 2.
First things first you should backup your files, although rooting in most cases is fairly safe there is always a risk that you may lose data if you fail to follow the steps correctly. In addition, you should also verify you have the correct model number by going into settings –> About and make sure it says GT-P5100 and is running on Android version 4.2.2 (Jellybean).
Once you have all that cleared up it’s time to get started with the procedure, first you should make sure your tablet is fully charged and that you have the correct drivers installed on your computer.
- If you don’t have the drivers simply plug in your tablet to your computer and it should automatically start installing drivers. If this process fails you can download the Samsung USB drivers from here and manually install them on your PC.
- Next download the CF-Root package here
- And lastly download Odin here
Prior to connecting the phone to your PC you will need to follow these steps to put your device into download mode:
- Turn off the device
- Press and hold Volume Down key + Home key
- then Press and hold Power key
- Release all key you see ODIN Mode
- Use Volume Up key to continue
- Use Volume Down key to cancel ( Restart the device )
Finalizing the rooting process
After you see a screen that says you are in download mode connect your tablet to a PC with your USB cable and wait for any final drivers to be installed.
Be sure to extract both archives into a folder as we will need to use these to root our device. Once extracted right click on Odin and right click and choose “Run as administrator” and press yes to the dialog box. Now that your inside of Odin it’s time to select the package we downloaded.
Odin should display a highlighted box at the top with a COM number, regardless of the number if it is listed then it means your device is correctly identified by Odin.
Simply click the PDA button and browse to the location you extracted the CF-Root file to, from here select the .tar.md5 file and press ok. With that done press the Start button to begin the process of rooting your tablet.
At this stage keep the tablet plugged in until the progress bar completes and the tablet begins to reboot, once your back on your home-screen open your app drawer and look for a new app called SuperSU. If you can find that you have successfully rooted your tablet.
If you would like to verify that you have root access download an app called Root checker, using this we can test to ensure SuperSU is correctly configured on our device. If you get a prompt to allow or deny just choose allow and you have successfully granted root access to that application.
Now that you have verified you have root access you can download other root apps and unleash the full potential of your device.
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Last updated February 3rd 2023
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