How to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 is a 3rd generation tablet of popular Galaxy series. This is the first tablet from Samsung powered by dual-core Intel processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has a 10.1 inch LCD display with 1280×800 resolution. Multitasking is handled by 1 GB RAM, there is also 16 GB internal memory. You can expand the storage using MicroSD card up to 64 GB in size. The tablet features 3.2 MP rear camera and there is 1.3 MP front facing camera. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 runs Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s Touch Wiz skin on top.

Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5210

In this tutorial we are going to show you how to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 Wi-Fi version. The rooting is done by flashing TWRP Recovery by Odin then flashing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 root files. So make sure you backup all important data before proceeding to next step.


  1. Make sure that the tablet has adequate charge (50% minimum) so that it doesn’t get turned off in between the process.
  2. Enable USB debugging by going to “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” and enable it. If you don’t see “Developer options” option then you need to enable it by going to “Settings>About tablet> Build number” and tap on Build number 7 times until you will see a message “You are now a developer”.
  3. Download Samsung USB drivers from this link and install on your computer. If you have Samsung Kies installed then skip this step.
  4. Back up all your important data and files. All data stored on the internal memory will be deleted.
  5. Make sure the tablet model is Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 by going to “System settings>About tablet”.

How to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5210 WiFi

  1. Download Odin v3.07 from this link and extract to your computer.
  2. Download TWRP Recovery from here and extract it on your computer. Keep extracting the archive until you get recovery.tar.md5 file.
  3. Now download Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 root file from here and transfer the file to internal memory of the tablet.
  4. Turn off the tablet and press Home+Power+Volume down button simultaneously until you get to a warning screen. Release the buttons and press Volume up button to continue. When the tablet is in download mode, connect it to the computer using USB cable.
  5. Start Odin and click on PDA button then select the file “recovery.tar.md5″.
  6. On the Odin window make sure “Re-partition” is unchecked.
  7. Now click on the Start button to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
  8. Once the flashing process is complete the tablet will reboot.
  9. When the tablet is rebooting press Home+Power+Volume up button to enter Recovery mode. From the TWRP recovery flash the file and reboot the tablet.

This was the guide to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5210 Wi-Fi version. Open application drawer and you will find “SuperSU” app. To check whether you have successfully rooted the phone or not, you can install “Root Checker” app from Google Play Store.


71 Responses

  1. Geordie says:


    I have just followed these instructions and it said it did everything successfully. I have installed root checker but it tells me I don’t have root access. This has not worked. Any ideas why?

  2. Steve says:

    how do i change device name?

  3. Xiao Hoang says:

    Omg, I love you for this! Thank you so much!

  4. Denis says:

    I followed instructions odin said rooting was successful.
    Checked with root checker, no rooting access.
    Help please

  5. tuntun says:

    i got it. Thank you so much.

  6. Skilfngr says:

    Followed the steps but on step 9 it didnt boot to cwm just normal recovery.

  7. Admin, so, is this the updated rooting guide?

  8. jsc says:

    I have done all the step but when i got to upload the recovery tar md5, odin says its invalid. Please Help I am getting ready to give up.

  9. Jonathan says:

    I cannot make this work at step 9 I cannot find the root file…where in the internal memory is it supposed to go??

  10. Dodgey says:

    Does it matter if a system update has been completed already?

  11. Dodgey says:

    “Cannot mount SD Card”

  12. D says:

    The link to the root files is dead, can you re-upload please?

  13. MVE says:

    Hi Admin – Your link in Step#2 “Download CWM Recovery from here ” doesn’t work. Could you please check and update the link. Thank you!

  14. MounsS says:

    Hi all,
    does this tutorial work for Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 3g P5200 ?

    somebody try it ?


  15. asdfghjkl says:

    can this work on gt-p5200 also

  16. MikeFrizz says:

    CWM looks for instead of May I rename the It’s not possible to drive thru the internal memory of the Tab. And I’ve got the message “can’t mount sdcard” too.

  17. fturkmen says:

    @MikeFrizz, did you solve the problem with vs and unmounted sd card? I have a similar problem. Thx.

  18. MounsS says:

    Nobody tried it on p5200 ?

  19. Mikefrizz says:

    Yes, I solved the problem. My new Galaxy Tab has been rooted succesfully. The point is, that you have to copy the file on a separat sdcard. Put it in. Thats all.
    After you answered to copy all files with “Y” you must answer the last question with “n”.
    Its a little bit tricky for a guy like me, who isn’t a natural born english men.

  20. p-nut says:

    Thanks so much. Worked like a champ!

  21. Andrea says:

    Ma question est simple : Peut-on Rooter la Tablette Samsung T3 10.1 Model GT-P5210
    Si oui peut-on avoir un tuto définitif propre sans erreur et oublis.

    • mjv says:

      Yes! It is possible -and easy- to root Samsung Tab 3 10.1 GT-5210.
      The procedure described in this article, although terse is complete and effective. It isn’t a tutorial in a sense that it doesn’t go in all the details of the sub-steps involved with each of the 1-thru-9 steps (for example at step 9, “From the CWM recovery flash the” involves making a few (obvious) choices in the CWM menu, navigating to file etc.,) but these sub-steps are generally straight forward.

      Oui! C’est possible -et facile- de rooter la tablette Samsung T3 10.1 Modele GT-P5210.
      La procedure decrite dans cet article, quoique concise est complete et fonctionelle. Ce n’est pas un tutoriel, dans le sens ou chaque “sous-etape” des etapes 1-a-9 n’est pas documentee, avec photo d’ecran etc. (Par example a l’etape 9 “”From the CWM recovery flash the” requiere que l’on fasse quelque choix dans le menu du ClockworkMod (CWM), que l’on navigue jusqu’au fichier etc.), Cependant, ces sous-etapes sont generalement assez evidentes.

      • André says:

        One information that is missing in my view is that the root file need to be copied on the external SD Card and not on the root of the Tablet. I have been having problem with that for a while. Thanks for the guide.

        Une information importante qui manque,selon moi, est qu’on doit copier le fichier “root” sur la carte SC externe et non pas sur la racine de la tablette.

  22. Andrea says:

    Aucun internautes ne semble connaitre la réponse
    ou bien sont-ils tous en congés de Noël !!!

  23. So I saw a few people were having problems with the last step of loading the….i’m getting into the andriod system recovery but can’t find an option to load the zip…everyone that had the problem never posted their solution.

  24. sameer says:

    I cant do step 9

  25. Mikefrizz says:

    Hi. Miketrottermb. I wrote a solution since a few days ago.

    Il s’agit d’un texte qui a été traduit avec google traducteur: Vous devez insérer une seule carte SD. copie sur cette carte. Ensuite, le fichier se trouve également. Réponse à la première question «y». La deuxième question nécessairement “n” final.

  26. rich says:

    Does not work on p5200. When I press the power button together with the volume up button, nothing happens, so I also tried pressing home aslo and still it does not take me to recovery mode . Help pls

  27. prem says:

    I have the p5200. When I press volume up, home button and power button to get o recovery mode nothing happens. The galaxy tab 3 appears even when I hold for a while nothing happens. I cant get into recovery mode! I tried with just the power and volume up button but still no recovery mode appears. Pls help !!!

  28. prem says:

    How to root p5200 …..????? Anyone????
    cant do step 9 on p5200!!!


  29. guitv says:

    In step 9, when says for flash have we got to do wipes, or what? I haven’t dared because if I do wrong. Could you explain it me please? Sorry about my bad english

  30. guitv says:

    And if i have done all the steps except the 9, have i got to repeat all the steps or can I continue from step 9?

  31. guitv says:

    I do everything but when I go to step 9 i haven’t got installed CWM Recovery. WHY???

  32. Jake says:

    Did everything, still no access to root……. help pls.

  33. Alain Q says:

    Some precision
    First, I recommand using a SD card.
    second, about phase between step 8 and 9.
    You must start custom recovery mode immediately after Odin.
    (otherwise, original recovery appears)
    so, for more facility, I uncheck also Auto Reboot.
    After Odin process, I shutdown tab and I restart in recovery mode, and there the custom recovery appears! (with a Litle BinDroid Logo)
    Next step is easy.
    Conclusion: If you can’t load custom recovery mode, do with no auto reboot, it work well!
    Happy new year and thank you for your work
    Alain Q, Belgium

    • mjv says:

      Thank you Alain, these two recommendations:
      – Use the SD card
      – Uncheck Auto Reboot (to have better control over the restart)
      are very useful, particularly the latter. I wish the admin would integrate this kind of remarks in the write-up.

  34. Edward says:

    having problems with the files.

  35. kpiperjr says:

    No, this is still not working. Copied files to internal and external SD card and still not able to see Update zip is there. Perhaps I will rename root to update. At this point I’m at a loss. And YES, I did all the steps mentioned about unchecking auto reboot, etc. And don’t just say, “Next step is easy.” If there’s another step, please list it because nothing new is showing up for me and a few others here.

  36. kpiperjr says:

    To further clarify, when I say is there, I mean it shows up as an option in the custom recover, but it will not execute the file. We’re getting a “cannot mount SD card” message for both internal memory and external SD card.

  37. kpiperjr says:

    Okay, I found a fix that worked for me. Apparently something in the process doesn’t like 64GB SD cards. I found some posts on another site that suggested using a smaller card for the update. It worked perfectly for me. With the 32GB card installed and the file copied there, I was able to select the from the custom recovery method. Hopefully this helps the rest of you who were having the “can’t mound SD card” message.

  38. silbur says:

    Many many thanks for this useful guide! Now I have my Tab3 multiuser and rooted! 😀

  39. Jonathon Davies says:

    Do I need a computer to do this or can I just do it all on my tablet

  40. ChewMama says:

    can this root the gt P5220 also???

  41. alejandro says:

    do not put the root file on the “INTERNAL MEMORY” put it on the sd card in order to flash it from the recovery menu.
    ” 3. Now download Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 root file from here and transfer the file to internal memory of the tablet.”

  42. Petrax98 says:

    why me “It is not possible to mount the sd”

  43. Steve says:

    Great guild. Thank you.
    Would you happen to know where I can get a cpu overclocking kernel for the p5210?
    Thanks again!

  44. adamgoldenwalk1 says:

    I do everything right , except when i do Power+home+vol up button it goes to the warning thing where it says press vol up to continue .

    • mjv says:

      Just checking… Are you maybe pressing on the Volume _down_ button instead. (This seems basic, but this happens to the best of us, particular these with big fingers 😉

      The keys to press for getting to CWM is “Power + Home + Vol _UP_” (emphasis on UP). It is easy to press the DOWN instead and hence bring the Warning dialog that precedes the Download Mode.

  45. J Blaze says:

    Awesome!!!! Works like a charm thanks

  46. Dennis says:

    Just out of curiosity.

    How do I know / can I check that the downloaded files are safe and free from malware etc.?

    Also, can I safely uninstall Samsung apps like S-voice, Game hub, etc. after rooting?

  47. Donte says:

    I tried to root my tablet and i pressed the power and volume down button while it while still on now no master what i do it won’t turn on.
    I have tried plugging it in my pc, pressing power and volume up, power and volume down power and both all before and after i left it charging for a few hours
    I don’t want to root it anymore i just want it working please help me out what do i do?

  48. RIco Suave says:

    The CWM and links are dead. How do I root my Tab without those?

  49. Robin says:

    Links to CWM Recovery and Root files are dead. Seems to be a pattern on most rooting sites for this model. Any idea why or if there’s another way to root it?

  50. Tim says:

    Will this work on the galaxy tab 3 10.1 p5220 4g model

  51. William says:

    I got a rooted file donwload from here, have not tested yet

  52. Helen says:

    In ‘About device’ it won’t let me click on build number so this guide is wrong and impossible to do

  53. melvin says:

    clicking on build 7 times for developer access works fine on mine…. do you have a different model?

  54. Akalanka says:

    Thank you very much, it worked like a charm !!!! 😀

  55. Russell says:

    where is the link?

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