The Tab 4 10.1 is a tablet that comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and hasn’t received much love since then on the software side of things. If you are searching for a new way to keep yourself occupied while you wait for updates how about giving root access a go and unchaining the tablet to new potentials? If you decide yes is the answer you should know that the stock over the air update notifications will not come into the system anymore until you revert the OS back to a stock experience. However, usually, the file becomes available manually to download and install instead. So, all you need is to follow the guide and the stock software update will flash perfectly for you.

What’s more is that flashing firmware is done using the same Odin toll we have here today. It is developed by the real Samsung Developers, and they love this type of thing so there’s no reason to not give it a try.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

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.

Details of Note

  • Download the correct USB drivers that are up to date. These are found by themselves or via the Samsung Kies pack. By using Kies the drivers will come too. However, make sure you disable Kies for the time being after you have the drivers so that it doesn’t interfere with the program we are using today.
  • Likewise, make sure you have temporarily disabled any virus protection, spyware protection and malware protection on the computer. failing to turn them off can result in interference once more.
  • Make sure you enable USB Debugging Mode by stopping over at the Develop Options and marking the box that permits the option.
  • Verify the model number of the Tab by navigating to the Settings > About Device area and taking a look. If it does not match with T530 this is not the guide for you. It is vitally important you only go ahead with gaining root access on the model numbered device that the file labels for otherwise it can harm the device.
  • We follow most of the steps with the tablet plugged in the computer. Therefore, battery won’t be a huge issue and USB charging will take care of most of the battery concerns. However, keep in mind that a device that shuts down before the steps are complete can result in soft-bricking and that presents a huge problem. Make sure you have at least 40% battery power when looking at the status bar icon before starting. That way, when we combine the existing power with the USB charging it will have enough juice to see it through to the end.
  • The guide is using Odin that is a tool for Windows PC only and won’t work if tried on Apple’s MacBook, mac OS X software or Ubuntu-Linux-based kernels. try using it for nothing older than Windows XP or newer than Windows 8. However, when Windows 9 comes out it will likely gain support.
  • Furthermore, sometimes people find trouble at the end and see a continuous boot loop on startup. Fix it by entering recovery mode and selecting “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition.” Now go back and select “reboot system now” and it will fix the problem. Note: the problem described is not a known bug in this method and it a general guide on how to get out of trouble for most cases to do with unchaining the operating system.
  • Do not forget to backup using the maximum user storage of 12 GB’s or the 64 GB’s of available storage space with MicroSD, microSDHC and microSDXC storage expansion slots. make copies of the contacts (or sync them with Kies or the Google account) photo galleries, videos, market apps, SMS and MS texts and more. if you have a hard time storing the apps try using Helium available from Google Play and see how you go with that instead. many people prefer using applications to store their apps because they find it easier.

How To Root The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 T530 Using The Matisse WiFi CF-Auto-Root

1. Start with the Galaxy Tab 4 turned off and boot the computer instead.

2. Download the CF-Auto-Root-matissewifi-matissewifizs-smt530.zip here. Use the desktop for a one and done scenario. Try out the C: Drive if you want to keep the file for a long period.

3. Download Odin v3.09 to the computer here. Have it up and running on the monitor.

4. Unzip the root package.

5. Find the USB cable. Look at the wire used with the charger if you cannot find it elsewhere.

6. Turn the Tab 4 ‘on’ and put it in Download Mode by pressing Volume Down= Power + Home keys together. Take your fingers off the keys when the Android logo presents itself.

7. Make a wired connection between the tab 4 and the computer with the USB wire.

8. Wait for Odin to pick up the tablet. The ID: COM port will change colors.

9. Click the AP button.

10. Upload the Matisse WiFi file here and wait for the file extension to show up before continuing.

11. Click the start button and do not touch any buttons until root access completes.

12. Stop the USB Mass Storage device by visiting the “safely remove hardware” icon in the system tray.

After the tablet reboots it will officially be unchained and ready for Custom ROMs and applications. You can download the root checker app from the Google Play store if you want to make sure it works.

Furthermore, once you are satisfied the internal system is official unchained you can start probing through some apps to use that you otherwise couldn’t. Look out for Greenify, LMT Launcher, Titanium Backup, ROM manager, WiFi tethering, System Tuner, DroidWall, GMD gesture Control, ScreenCast Video recorder, EF File Explorer, Call Blocker pro, Tasker, DiskDigger, DataSync and more.