Gr8nole is a recognized contributor to XDA and I’ve watched a lot of his work over the years. It’s all good stuff and today he’s dished out a recovery and root kernel that’s quick and easy to install for the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.
The device is a low-end tablet and that makes it perfect for unchaining and opening it up with root access. With it, we can install new Custom ROMs and make appearance changes to the OS such as altering the theme. There’s also lots of practical reasons that make it useful, such as Overclocking the speed. If you want to get away from the stock experience because the Android 4.2 KitKat isn’t doing much for you anymore then follow the steps below. before starting we’ll run you through some important conditions first. it’s a good idea to read them all so you know what you are doing. Furthermore, it will cut the risks involved by becoming more aware of what is required.
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
- Customizing is really fun, but it doesn’t come without risks. The warranty will be void and the flash counter will trip over from where it was previously standing at zero. That means the workers in the manufactures factory will notice you tinkered with the software and they won’t touch the hardware or software. However, if you avoid soft and hard-bricks you can reapply stock software again and thus making the warranty in perfect pecking order once more.
- We use a computer for transferring files for part of the guide but not all. Therefore it is important to have battery power saved up before we start the guide to avoid it shutting down before we finish working. make sure you have at least 35% battery power before starting. That way, when we combine the USB charging power from the beginning of the guide it will see us through to the end easily.
- You need to own the SD card that fits to the tablet before starting. Buy them from the local store or from online retail outlets such as eBay. read the fine print carefully before shopping online because you don’t have the luxury of asking for help. The SD cards come in many different versions of each device.
- Use the guide for the Lite 7.0 version of the tab only and no other. failing to meet this demand can result in bricking of the tablet. If that happens it will need help from another guide and often a full day of work to fix. It’s a hassle you are better off without.
- Make sure you have the right USB drivers for a successful connection. Furthermore, enable USB Debugging mode by stopping over at the Develop Options menu available from the settings.
- Do not start the steps unless you have Clockwork Mod recovery pore-installed. You can see how it’s done by viewing the same page available for the root file I give during the guide. The link will take you to the XDA Developers site where both sets of instructions are present.
- Have a computer, notebook or laptop handy. It must have a USB slot so we can plug the tab in the side using the wire.
- Once you have unlocked the tablets internal system you can use applications such as SCR screen recorder, Root Explorer, Six Axis Controller, Disk Digger free, Better Battery Stats, Android Tuner, Tasker, Adblock Plus, Greenify and more.
How To Root The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lite 7.0 Quickly
1. Turn the computer or laptop you are using ‘on’ and use it for the next step.
2. Download the root folder from XDA here.
3. Fetch the USB cable.
– look at the phone charger wire for help.
4. Transfer the zipped file to the SD card of the tablet.
5. Disconnect the Note from the computer.
– visit the ‘safely remove hardware’ icon in the system tray first.
– stop the USB Mass Storage device appropriately.
6. Turn the tablet off.
7. Boot it up in recovery mode.
8. Wipe the caches if you feel like it, but the developer doesn’t insist its necessary.
9. Choose to “install zip from SD card” and then “choose zip from SD card.”
10. Upload the root package here.
11. Confirm the process and start the flashing.
12. Go back and choose “reboot system now.”
That is all.