A custom recovery is most useful when you want to flash a custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and every other Android device. However, it can do more than just install new ROMs on your device. Custom recoveries can also create a restore device backups better than any other solution out there from the Google Play Store. Additionally, you will not find anything better built into your device.

There are two main popular custom recoveries made by third-party developers. The two are the ClockworkMod recovery and Team Win’s TWRP recovery. ClockworkMod recovery is great for taking NANDroid backups and even comes with its own ROM Manager app that you can install from the Google Play Store. The ROM manager is like a file manager for your custom recovery that lets you install new ROMs easily.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

TWRP recovery is a touch-based recovery environment. The main difference is that ClockworkMod recovery works with the Volume keys just like your stock recovery, but TWRP has buttons on your device’s display.

Files You Need

  1. Download the root and custom recovery (CWM recovery) from this page.
  2. Download the latest Odin flash tool from our Odin page. Try one of the older versions if the guide doesn’t end up rooting your P1000 device.
  3. Download the universal ADB drivers directly to your computer and have them running before you start with the guide. The ADB driver should get your Samsung device working with the computer and the files in this guide.
  4. These steps to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab P100 device are intended for people running Android Gingerbread. You can find out what Android OS is running on your P1000 by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Android version.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

  1. Download the root and recovery zip file on your computer — it must be a Windows PC for this guide to work.
  2. Extract the package on your desktop for the P1000 by right-clicking on the file once it’s on the desktop and choosing the “extract here” option from the menu.
  3. Double-click and run the Odin executbale file from the desktop.
  4. Turn off your P1000 and reboot it up in download mode by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons.
  5. press the Volume Up button when it says on the P1000’s display.
  6. Connect the P1000 to the computer using the USB cable you normally use for charging the battery daily.
  7. Click the AP or the PDA button from the Odin user-interface on the desktop.
  8. Browse the desktop for the root and recovery tar file that is visible after you extracted the file.
  9. Click the Start button and wait for the device to reboot and the Odin flash tool to give your device the pass message.

Open the Google Play Store and download the root checker app to check that your P1000 tab is definitely rooted before you try to start installing your root-requiring apps.