Rooting the Android operating system installed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 tablet is the act of getting control of the root user account. It is also known as being the superuser. There are often many ways to become the root user on the Android operating system that is running on any given device. There have been many one-click rooting tools developed over the years that help you get there. On top of that, there are still various other ways to get root access, such as flashing the SuperSU from a devices custom recovery image.
Most people who like getting hands-on with the device enjoy installing the SuperSU from the custom recovery image because it helps them learn more about what is happening. However, gone are the days when it is frowned upon to use a one-click rooting tool. Nowadays, there is plenty of reasons why Android experts would want to use a one-click rooting tool that goes well beyond just trying to take the easy way out.
Chainfire is the developer of the SuperSU that people flash from a custom recovery image. He is also the man behind the CF-Auto-Root one-click rooting tool that is available for nearly every Samsung tablet and smartphone as well as many other devices too, such as the Google Pixel devices that were recently released. Even Chainfire himself uses the CF-Auto-Root tools sometimes when he doesn’t want to have a custom recovery image installed. So, as you can see, even the experts have reasons not to want a custom recovery image to be replacing the stock recovery.
As far as Samsung devices go, if you are looking to use a one-click rooting tool, then you should always check for versions of the CF-Auto-Root tool to use. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 device owners are in luck as there is a version of the tool that they can use. The CF-Auto-Root tool is flashed by using the Odin flashing tool. There is not much that can go wrong provided that you have a Windows operating system that is running on the computer because the rooting file needs to be flashed with the Odin flashing tool to be correctly installed and enabled on the tablet.
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 following tutorial demonstrates how to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 tablet when it is running on the Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) Android version.
- Chainfire’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 tablet was running on the LMY47X.T533XXU1BOI3 firmware build number when the rooting tool that is found in this guide was developed. That does not mean you need to be running on that same firmware version that he was running when you go to use this guide. He just gives us the firmware he was running so we can use it as an indicator if that information ever becomes relevant in the future.
- If you flash the rooting file on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 and the tablet does not boot up, then you know the rooting file probably needs updating. You need to let Chainfire know by sending a message on the CF-Auto-Root tool thread made on the XDA-Developers website for Chainfire to see. The message needs to contain the recovery image file from the firmware you are running because that is required for him to update the rooting file.
- You need to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Tablet that comes with the SM-T533 model number to use this guide. The rooting files for this particular tool are only made for the one model number each and flashing the wrong version does cause the device to be bricked on most occasions.
- You need to have a computer that runs on a version of the Windows operating system to use this guide. Any other operating system running on the computer cannot run the Odin flashing tool. Since the Odin flashing tool is the only tool that can install the CF-Auto-Root tool, the Windows operating system is what you need. It does not matter what version of Windows you have. It just needs to be above the Windows XP OS.
Download Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 CF-Auto-Root and Drivers
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 tablets running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows operating system that is running on your computer.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 Tablet on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
You can root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 by using the CF-Auto-Root one-click rooting tool and the Odin flashing tool from a computer that is running on a version of the Windows operating system. Here is how to do that:
1. Start by turning on the computer and logging into the admin account so you can use the Odin flashing tool with the administrative permissions by default.
If you do not have the username and the password for the admin account on the computer you are using, then you can log in with your regular account and right-click on the Odin flashing tool and see if there is the option to run as the administrator from the menu.
2. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 so you can use the options that Android has available for developers.
3. Turn on the USB Debugging Mode on the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 so the Android software running on your tablet allows for the necessary changes to be made to it.
4. Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so the flashing application can tell what device it is you are connecting to it.
5. Extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder on the computer and then run the Odin flashing tool from the Downloads folder.
6. Boot the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 into the Download Mode and connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
7. Check that Odin shows that your device is added and the ID: COM port is lighting up with s color so you know that the Samsung USB Drivers are working.
8. Do not make changes from the Odin Options tab or any other default settings that are available from the Odin flashing tool user interface.
9. Click on the AP button that Odin has on offer and then navigate to the Downloads folder where you extracted the rooting file and the select the rooting MD5 file so that it uploads to the Odin app.
10. Click on the Start button from the Odin app and then the rooting of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 begins.
11. Read all of the information that is rolling down the display of the tablet now and then wait until it says it is going to reboot in ten seconds.
12. Wait for the Odin flashing application’s user interface to show the pass message inside a green box, and then you can unplug from the computer and use the newly rooted device.
That is everything required to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T533 tablet running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates by flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool. More than one version of the CF-Auto-Root tool exists today. They can often change depending on what needs to be done for them to grant the root access on your device a.k.a install and enable the SuperSU correctly. The particular version that works for the Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) software updates is the regular version that goes through the system partition and thus is not the systemless root version. It means that unlike the newer version of the tool that unroots with a hard reset from the recovery mode, this one requires you to flash the firmware using Odin manually or to unroot by opening up the SuperSU application that is on the device.
Despite what many people believe, the Android operating system that is running on your device is still incredibly secure. The SuperSU blocks everything from having root access by default so nothing can sneak past into your system while you are not looking. The SuperSU is impossible to get past without your knowledge. However, if you choose to let malware through when SuperSU shows you that malware is wanting root access, then it doesn’t stop you from making that mistake. That is the reason why rooting the Android operating system is best left for advanced Android users. It is the advanced Android users who know what malware is and thus never let it through since they can identify it.
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