Is the allure of SuperSU tempting anyone to become a root user for the first time? Becoming a root user is the only way to use the Android operating systems without any limitations with what is available to install. The root user account comes by default because Android need to make it locked so that people who do not know how to browse the web safely can still use the device and not run into trouble. Using the Android with root access is a little bit like using a Mac without Antivirus. Technically people are vulnerable, but there isn’t a lot out there that is going to be installed on the device that is trying to harm users. The main issue that individuals face is malware when they are installing applications from the Google Play Store. The Google Play Store is not exquisite and spotting malware. It is hard to stop malware ever appearing on the Google Play Store
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 can be rooted by flashing the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire with the Odin flashing application from a Windows computer. Getting root access to a Samsung device is becoming a root user. A root user is an administrator who can do anything on the operating system. That includes installing anything they want from the Google Play Store in the form of applications, installing custom kernels and custom ROMs to change the software that is running o the device.
The CF-Auto-Root tool that Chainfire has made for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 with the SM-T537R4 model number in this guide is based on the KOT49H.T537R4TYU1ANK2 firmware build number. Users do not need to be running that same firmware build number that Chainfire was running on his device when he made the rooting file. All people need to do is be running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software update and have the same model number in the title of the post.
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.
- Users must have a computer that runs on the Windows operating system if they are to root the device successfully using this guide. The reason being that Chainfire makes his rooting tools to work using the Odin flashing application, and the Odin app needs a computer running Windows for it to run.
- Users must have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 with the SM-T537R4 model number to use this guide. There could be some model numbers made for each model number. Flashing the wrong rooting file can result in a bricked device. In fact, Chainfire says it probably will be bricked, so make sure to check the model number by pointing to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number before starting with the guide.
- Chainfire has created two unique rooting files for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 with the SM-T537R4 model number. The rooting file in this guide only works for the device with the MSM8926 board inside. The other board number is MSM8226, and if people were to flash the rooting file in this guide on that one, it would brick it. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is the MSM8926 board number versions are running Android 4.4.2 KitKat at the time of writing this guide, and the MSM8226 board number is running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Download Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T537R4 CF-Auto-Root and Drivers
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T537R4 when w have it running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T537R4 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat Using CF-Auto-Root
- Unlock the Developer Options on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Tablet so we can turn on the USB Debugging Mode.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 so you can connect to the computer with the USB cable and it can have some developmental work done on the operating system.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer so the smartphone is picked up by the flashing tool when we attempt to connect later.
- Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer and it shows the Odin flashing tool file and the rooting file that we flash with the flashing tool.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets into the download mode that Samsung devices have and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable that is usually used to charge the battery.
- Double-click on the Odin flashing tool file that is on the desktop of the computer and the flashing tool user interface opens.
- Make sure there is a yellow or blue color coming from Odin’s ID: COM port which is there to let people know that the smartphone is connected, and the USB drivers are working.
- Do not make any changes from the default settings that people get with the Odin flashing tool buttons and user interface or else we might wipe some data.
- Click the AP button from Odin and then browse through to the desktop and upload the rooting file which users can see has the CF-Auto-Root in the file name and the tar.md5 file extension.
- Click the Start button and the rooting begins.
- Check the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 screen and read the text that is rolling down the display which lets users know that it is flashing the SuperSU, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Check that Odin on the computer is now showing a green box with a pass message inside it before unplugging from the computer.
In conclusion, that is how we root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T537R4 tablets when they are running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates and the MSM8926 firmware build number. The Samsung tablet reboots back into the normal mode now, and people can find the SuperSU application available from the app drawer which is of course now fully installed and enabled already. That means users can open the Google Play Store right away and do things like install the Titanium Backup app or any of the other root apps for Android. Anyone in need of some ideas for root applications can check out our list of the best root app for Android operating systems, and all of them should install on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet.
CF-Auto-Root on XDA-Developers
Chainfire, the developer of the CF-Auto-Root tool available in this guide, has created a CF-Auto-Root tool thread on the XDA-Develoeprs website. You can use the CF-Auto-Root thread on the XDA-Developers site for requesting new root methods for devices that are not currently available.
Note that flashing a CF-Auto-Root file (regardless of the device) wipes the data if the device storage is encrypted. For everyone else, there should be no data loss when rooting with the CF-Auto-Root tool.
Samsung’s Knox security
Some smartphones and tablets in the Samsung range come with Samsung’s Knox security. The CF-Auto-Root tool trips Knox which prevents you from unrooting and using the warranty again.
Any device with a target flash counter is triggered when using the CF-Auto-Root tool. Chainfire’s Triangle Away supports many devices for this problem.