If you want to explore the world of custom ROM on your Samsung tablet, you need a custom recovery installed. If you want to use any of the root-requiring apps from the Google Play Store, you need root access first.

The following guide teaches you how to get that root access so you can use the apps. Once the guide is done, you can follow the next guide through to learn how to install a custom recovery (CWM recovery) on your Sammy tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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.

The Files You Need

  • Download the rooting files you need from this link.
  • Download the Odin flashing tool you need from this link.
  • These are the steps to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3110 tablets. You can only follow this guide using a Windows PC. The guide does not work if you are running Mac OS X or Linux.
  • You are voiding the warranty by following the guide. You can flash a stock ROM back on your device using the Odin tool and the warranty will work again so long as you do not have Knox security.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3110

  1. Start with the Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3110 completely turned off. You may do that one of two ways: long-press the Power key until it’s off by quickly press the Power key and then choose the Power off options on the display.
  2. Reboot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3110 in download mode.
  3. Once you have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 in download mode, find the USB cable and connect one end to the device and the other to the PC.
  4. Run the Odin flashing tool. You must unzip and extract it on the computer before you can run the program.
  5. Click the PDA button found in Odin and browse the desktop for the rooting file. Those of you who do not see any PDA button will have the AP button. It’s the same thing, just found in different versions of the Odin app. What you see will depend on the version of Odin you downloaded earlier.
  6. Click the Start button and Odin will flash your device with the rooting package. Once it’s done your device should reboot and you are ready to take control of your Google account once again.
  7. Now you can learn how to install a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3110 tablets.