How to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Sprint SM-T217S

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T217S is the Sprint variant of Galaxy Tab 3. There are some differences between this tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 global model. This Android tablet has 7 inch LCD display with 1024×600 px resolution. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is powered by dual-core 1.7 GHz processor. It has 1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. There is a microSD card slot which supports cards up to 64 GB. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features 3 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T217S has 4G internet connectivity.

Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Sprint


  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 device> 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.
  5. Make sure the tablet model is Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T217S by going to “System settings>About device”.

How to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Sprint SM-T217S

  1. Download Odin from this link and extract it to your computer.
  2. Download and save it on your computer.
  3. Extract the and you will get Odin3 v3.09.exe file. Double click on Odin3 v3.09.exe to start the program.
  4. Turn off the tablet and turn it on in Download mode. To do this simultaneously press Power+ Home+ Volume Down buttons until you see a warning screen. Follow on screen information to enter download mode.
  5. Once the tablet is in download mode; connect it to the computer using original USB cable.
  6. The computer will automatically install all the required drivers. It will take some time to complete the driver installation process. Once it is complete Odin will detect the tablet.
  7. On the Odin window click on PDA button and select the file which you have downloaded previously.
  8. Ensure that Re-Partition option is unchecked. Now click on the Start button on Odin to flash CWM recovery on the tablet.
  9. The tablet will reboot when the flashing is complete.

Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Sprint from CWM Recovery:

  1. Download on your computer.
  2. Connect the tablet to computer and transfer zip file to the internal memory of the tablet.
  3. Turn off the tablet and turn it on in CWM recovery mode by simultaneously pressing Power+ Home+ Volume Up buttons.
  4. Once the tablet is in CWM recovery mode, select install files from zip option and navigate to the folder where you have placed the file and select it.
  5. Now flash the file and reboot the tablet.

This was the guide to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T217S. 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.

7 Responses

  1. Jase says:

    Did this step by step extremely carefully and when device started superuser would immediately crash upon me trying to open it from app list.. also when I checked root status it told me I was not rooted and I can’t seem to figure out why.. Anyone that can help? Would be greatly appreciated..

  2. EPotter says:

    Try flashing SuperSU from recovery:

    When I completed these procedures my device/superSU reported that there was no su binary installed.

    So basically these are all the steps I took to accomplish root:

    ODIN: T217S.CWM.try15.recovery.tar
    CWM recovery: flash/install
    CWM recovery: flash/install
    reboot system and update binary if advised to do so
    root checker

    I realized after that the SuperSU issue was not allowing root checker to request su permission because SuperSU was not functioning (presumably due to no binary being present).

    Hope this helps.
    – EPotter

  3. Will says:

    When I try to download it says error 410 gone.

  4. shar says:

    It is also telling me error when i try to download

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