With Samsung release of the infamous Android Jelly Bean OS for the 10.1 model (International WiFi version), Galaxy Tab 2 users have been itching to get their hands on a root to unlock all of their devices glorious potential.
The good news for those wanting to gain access is that we have a step by step guide below all thanks to the fantastic team at XDA Developers and in particular a Dev that goes by the name of Chainfire.
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.
Before you begin please ensure
- You have at least 80% charge on your device
- Your device has been factory unlocked
- Your device has USB Debugging enabled
- You have downloaded all relevant Samsung USB drivers
Root Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100/P5110/P5113 Using CF-Auto-Root
Step 1. First you will need to download the following files relevant to your device version:
Step 2. Once you have downloaded the relevant root package, unzip the folder and save to your desktop.
Step 3. Place your device into Download Mode. To achieve this simply hold down the ‘Power’ + ‘Volume Up’ buttons together. When you see a small yellow triangle appear on your device screen, press the ‘Volume Down’ button.
Step 4. Launch Odin on your PC
Step 5. Connect your device you your PC via USB while you are in Download Mode and Odin has launched. You will know if your connection have been successful if the ID:COM box within Odin turns yellow and you can see the message ‘Added’. If this does not appear it is usually due to the drivers not being installed correctly. Double check them then try again.
Step 6. Click on ‘PDA’ from within Odin then navigate to the CF-Auto-Root files.
Step 7. Select ‘Start’.
Step 8. Your device will automatically reboot once the installation has completed and you will be able to see a message within Odin saying ‘Pass’.
If this message fails to appear or you get a message reading ‘Fail’, you will need to complete the process again. Before you do so ensure you have completely closed Odin and you switch off your device and remove its battery for a few seconds before booting it once again into Download Mode and reinstalling the firmware.
Step 9. When your device reboots it will be safe to disconnect it from the USB.
Now that you have finished, you can instantly download rooted apps. Furthermore, you may be interested in checking our custom ROMs.