While some Android devices are rooted relatively quickly by those in the know within the modding and development community, some smartphones and tablets can take what seems like an age.
XDA Developers and RootzWiki are undeniably the two most valuable sources when it comes to Google’s mobile OS, and today it’s the turn of the latter to come through with the goods. Member nycbjr has gained root access by using a modified boot.img from a recent GT-P3110 leak. The steps are fairly simple, so follow them carefully and you too could be enjoying a rooted Galaxy Tab in no time.
DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Furthermore, the dev has noted that it hasn’t been tested extensively, so as usual, proceed at your own risk.
With the formalities out of the way, let’s get on with the tutorial on how you can root the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
You will be using heimdall – a cross-platform, open-source tool in order to flash the firmware onto your Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Step 1: Download the .zip file of Heimdall [Official Website] and extract using an app like WinRAR or 7-zip.
Step 2: Boot your Samsung Galaxy Tab into Download Mode. To achieve this, power your device down, and then turn it on while holding the Volume Down button.
Step 3: Your device will say Download Mode Do Not Turn Off Target. At this moment, you must connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
Step 4: Download the following files:
And then place them in the same place you extracted Heimdall in Step 1.
Step 5: Open a command prompt and locate the folder from Step 1. Then type in adb reboot download
Step 6: Launch heimdall-frontend, and go to the “Flash” tab. Then, load the attached pit file (gt-p3110.pit).
Step 7: In partition details, select “KERNEL”, and then click “Add”
Step 8: Next, choose “Browse” and select the attached boot-bjr.img. Then, click “Start”.
Step 9: After the tablet reboots, type the following into the command prompt:
And that’s it, your Galaxy Tab should now be rooted!
If you get stuck at any point in time, please check out the official thread over at RootzWiki.