If you have rooted Android before or at least read a great deal about rooting online, then you would know that part of the allure of becoming the root user is having the chance to improve the performance of the device in your hands. The problem with most things that are related to improving the performance is that it requires knowledge to know how to use the apps because making a wrong choice can be costly. Apps that have the power to make changes to the hardware or software are best left to the experienced Android users, so you don’t ruin the device which is a catch 22 for those who are looking for performance and don’t know how to increase it without rooting.

You’ll be pleased to know that there is help out there for anyone in that position. All you need to do is check out the Smart Booster applications that are available for root users, and it can help you increase the performance just by tapping a button and letting the app handle the rest. It is one of the newer root apps and is just becoming popular lately. If you don’t have the confidence to use an app like the SetCPU or Titanium Backup, then the Smart Booster app is a great place to turn to next.

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

Notes:

  • Chainfire was running on the KOT49H.T530NUUEU1AND4 firmware build number when he created the CF-Auto-Root file available in this guide for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU. It does not mean you need to be running on the same firmware build number as Chainfire before you flash the rooting file available in this guide. It means you can use it as an indicator if you ever need it. The rooting tool in this guide works on any firmware build number as long as you have the right model numbered device and it is running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet with the SM-T530NU model number is one of the devices that comes with two unique makes, and there is a single rooting file for each also. The CF-Auto-Root tool in this guide is only made for the matissewifiue variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU tablets.
  • Our rooting guides have a very high success rate because the only times the CF-Auto-Root tools usually temporarily stop working is when a new version of Android has arrived and brought a new bootloader wit hit. We solve that problem by only writing our rooting guides on the latest versions of Android that we already know the files are working for today. Still, there can be times when they don’t work, and if you notice your device is not booting or not flashing, then it is likely because the CF-Auto-Root file needs updating by Chainfire. He relies on people to let him know when a file needs updating by leaving a message on the official CF-Auto-Root tool thread at the XDA-Developers web forum that also contains the new recovery image from the firmware version you are running.

Download Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU CF-Auto-Root and Drivers

How to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Using CF-Auto-Root

1. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU tablet so you can use the set of options that are available on that menu.

2. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU tablets so you can make changes to the Android software when it is connected to the computer with the USB cable.

3. Install and run the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so when you do run the Odin flashing tool and have your tablet connected to the computer it can detect your device and allow for the flashing of the rooting file.

4. Extract Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool on the computer so you can use the rooting file inside and also the Odin flashing tool file.

5. Double-click on the Odin executable file that is available and the flashing tool user interface opens up.

6. Boot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU into the Download Mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that is used for charging the battery.

7. You need to see a blue or yellow color coming from the ID: COM port now and the added message in the Log box from Odin which are both signs that the Samsung USB Drivers you installed are working.

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8. Click on the AP button now and then browse through to the Downloads folder or the location where you extracted the rooting file and choose to upload the rooting MD5 file to this location in Odin.

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9. Click on the Options tab available next to the Log that it is displaying at the moment and then make sure the same default settings as the Odin screenshot below are being displayed before you go ahead with the rooting in the following steps. In particular, make sure you are not re-partitioning the drive.

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10. Click on the Start button and the modified cache and recovery get flashed which you can see by reading those names in the top left box.

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11. It then shows a reset button when your device is be being reset, and the green progress bar makes its way over to the full mark.

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12. It then shows a green box with the pass message inside which is when you know the CF-Auto-Root tool has successfully managed to install and enable the SuperSU on your device. You are safe to unplug it from the computer and start using the Google Play Store as soon as your device reboots back into the normal mode.

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In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T530NU tablet running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates by flashing Chainfire’s SuperSU via the CF-Auto-Root one-click rooting tool on a Windows computer.

The Google Play Store plays host to most of the root apps out there for you to start installing. There are apps out there to add more to your device from what it already is, or there are apps out there that can remove things that are already on your device such as the system apps. The apps outside of the Google Play Store are often there because the Play Store kicked them out such as the Viper4Android app and the Xposed Framework that changes the features of Android and is a bit like installing a custom ROM which Android didn’t take too kindly to when it was sitting in the Play Store. Those apps like Xposed And Viper4Android are okay for you to install, but be on the lookout for malware if you are installing no-name apps and from no-name sources.

The Google Play Store doesn’t go to the effort of making life easier for root apps lovers either by showcasing them off to everyone, so you need to do your research hand find out the names. Once you have the names of the root apps that you want to try just search for them from the Google Play Store search bar, or if they aren’t there, try Google. Our article on the best root applications for Android is also a great place to learn the names of the apps that you want to test out.

Some people also prefer skipping the root apps for now and focussing the attention on finding out if the device is rooted correctly. You can do that too by installing the Root Checker app that is available from the Google Play Store. There is always at least one free version of the Root Checker app available that allows you to check the root status of your Android operating system. There are also Pro versions of the Root Checker apps that allow for more features if you are interested in using them down the track.

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