Here is everything you need to become the root user the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T535 tablet when it is running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates by flashing a version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire that he made for this device. The one-click rooting method in this guide should work for your device when it is running any versions of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates, including all of the different firmware build numbers from around the world.
The firmware build number that Chainfire was running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T535 tablet when he created the CF-Auto-Root rooting method in this guide is the LRX22G.T535XXU1BPB3 build number. You do not need to be running on that same firmware build number. He just gives us that information to see because sometimes a Samsung smartphone and tablet might not boot an old image. All you need is the same model number and to be running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software update to use this guide.
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.
Files You Need
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with the SM-T535 model number when it is running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer you are using from here.
You can only follow this guide if you have the SM-T535 model number of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. You can find out the model number of your Samsung tablet by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number. Any other model number might get bricked.
You need a computer that is running versions of the Windows operating system to use the Odin flashing tool found in this guide. All Odin applications run on Windows and no other operating system. There are some workarounds like running Windows from a virtual machine if you need to run Windows on a MacOS or Linux computer.
There are two unique versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet with the SM-T535 model number, and only one of them can use the rooting file in this guide. The version that this guide is made for has the MSM8226 board number. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two devices is the MSM8226 version is currently running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update whereas the other board number (MSM8926) is running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates.
Understand that by flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool you are going to trip Knox if your device comes with Samsung’s Knox security. That means even if you unroot the device the Samsung warranty continues to be void. Not all Samsung devices come with Knox security, though, so check yours if that is important to you.
There could be some more Android software updates that roll out for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 devices that are still based on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates. Although rare, it is also possible that one of those updates brings a new bootloader with it, and that stops the rooting package from working until Chainfire updates the files. These cases usually only happen when a device is updated to new versions of Android, so following this for Android 5.0.2 should almost always result in success. Nevertheless, should you ever find the device not flashing or not booting after the flashing, it likely means you are suffering from a file that needs updating because the new firmware has brought a new bootloader with it. To fix these problems, Chainfire relies on people submitting the new recovery images file found in the new firmware to the official CF-Auto-Root thread made over at the XDA-Developers website. Chainfire will notice your messages that you leave and then apply the changes to the rooting files, so they start working again. Those changes that he makes will always be automatically reflected in our guides because we link directly back to his repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T535 tablet running on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates
- Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T535 so you can use the other options that are available on the menu.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 device so when you connect the Tab 4 device to the computer with the USB cable it will allow you to make changes to the software.
- Extract the Tab 4’s rooting file to the desktop of the computer and you will see the CF-Auto-Root file that you need to upload and the flashing tool executable file that Chainfire bundled in with the rooting file for your ease of use.
- Double-click and open the Odin executable file on the desktop and your flashing tool that you are using opens up on the desktop.
- Run the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer that you need so that when you connect the tablet to the computer the flashing application can detect it and allow for the rooting to happen.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T535 device into the download mode and then connect to the Windows computer with the USB cable once you have it in the download mode.
- Check that you can see the added message appear from the Odin application on the computer and look for a yellow or blue ID: COM port coming from the Odin user interface which is letting you know that the Samsung USB Drivers are working. (If you have installed the drivers and there is no light it could be because you are not logged into the Windows computer using an administrators account. The Odin flashing tool do not work unless you have administrator permissions and the symptoms are the same as if the drivers are not working. Those who are sure they are logged into the right account and have installed the Samsung USB Drivers are are still not getting it to work can try installing the universal Windows ADB Drovers by Koushik Dutta–the founder of ClockworkMod Recovery. His versions of the drivers should do the same thing for your Samsung device).
- Do not make any adjustments from the default settings that you naturally get when you open the Odin flashing application for the first time.
- Click the AP button and the browse through to the desktop location for the rooting file and upload it to this location.
- Once you can see the rooting file is loaded to the AP area, click the Start button from the Odin user interface.
- Pick up the tablet while keeping it connected with the USB cable and keep watching the text rolling down the display until it says your device is going to reboot in ten seconds.
- Look up at the computer and check that you do get a green box with a pass message inside.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 SM-T535 tablet when it is operating on the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates by using an updated version of Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool. Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool has just installed a modified recovery, installed and enabled the SuperSU, removed the modified recovery and reinstalled the old stock recovery and then rebooted back into the normal mode so you can use the device again. You will find the SuperSU applications is now available from the app drawer, but it is not as though it was installed from the Google Play Store. When you download and install it from the Play Store as a standard app, it is not yet enabled.
Your new and improved versions of the SuperSU applications is now going to pick up on when you install an applications that need you to be a root user for it to run and instead of telling you that it cannot run the SuperSU will now prompt you to wish a message asking if you want to grant the app root access to the internal system. Always say yes to the apps you know of and say no to anything that you are suspicious about because you do not want to be giving the CIA root access to your Android device.
CF-Auto-Root on XDA-Developers
Chainfire, the developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool available in this guide, has created a CF-Auto-Root tool thread on the XDA-Develoeprs website. You can use the CF-Auto-Root thread on the XDA-Developers site for requesting new root methods for devices that are not currently available.
Note that flashing a CF-Auto-Root file (regardless of the device) wipes the data if the device storage is encrypted. For everyone else, there should be no data loss when rooting with the CF-Auto-Root tool.
Samsung’s Knox security
Some smartphones and tablets in the Samsung range come with Samsung’s Knox security. The CF-Auto-Root tool trips Knox which prevents you from unrooting and using the warranty again.
Any device with a target flash counter is triggered when using the CF-Auto-Root tool. Chainfire’s Triangle Away supports many devices for this problem.