How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (GT-P3100)

To root the new Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet, you will need to have ClockworkMod Recovery installed before you actually root the device.  This post will show you how to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the tablet, specifically the international GT-P3100 version, and in a future post, you will know how to root the device.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Make sure you have all the necessary drivers installed.  This can be done by installing Samsung Kies.

2. Back up all the data that you feel is important before proceeding.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  ClockworkMod Recovery

2.  Odin.

III.  Flashing the ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Make sure that Kies is not running on your Windows PC.  You can use to Task Manager (accessed by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys on your Windows PC) to end any process that looks like a Kies file.

2.  Extract Odin3 v1.7.rar that you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

3.  From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v1.7.exe to open the program.

4.  Click on PDA, locate and select the recovery.tar.md5 file you download above to load it on to Odin.

5.  Make sure that only Auto-Reboot is checked under the Option section.  Do not tick the Re-Partition box; this will mostly likely brick your device!!

6.  Power down your device.

7.  Put the device into Download Mode.  To do this, hold the Volume Down button and then press the Power button until you see the device flash “Download Mode Do Not Turn Off Target“.  You should now be in Download Mode.

8.  Connect your device to the PC using the USB cable bundled with the device when you bought it.

9.  Odin should now recognize your device and the ID:COM field should turn yellow.  If this doesn’t happen, it is most likely that you didn’t install the drivers properly for your Windows PC.  Do so before connecting your device in Download Mode.

10.  Ensure that your screen looks like that and then hit Start.

You should be able to access your newly flashed ClockworkMod Recovery after the Tab reboots!!

Thanks go to xoomdev on RootzWiki for tailoring ClockworkMod Recovery to suit the 7-inch Tab 2!! Be kind and donate if you liked his work!!

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  • thedeamon

    Just one change needed on this post….use recovery image from ( 9.4MB ) used ODIN 1.85 works 100%

  • Mrigank

    This method doesnt work after OTA update . can you tell me about any other method??


  • Nuno Ribeiro

    Does this method increase binary counter?

  • zeus

    don’t work

    • Mahesh Makvana

      What doesn’t work? Could you please specify which step you are stuck at?

      • Dragon

        Enter CS for MD5..
        Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
        Please wait..
        recovery.tar.md5 is valid.
        Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
        Leave CS..
        Odin v.3 engine (ID:44)..
        File analysis..

        after this nothing happens …. it is stuck there ….

  • zal

    thanks dude..i have root my samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0 p3100 4.0.4 ICS just now..thanks alot:-) superb help for rooting galaxy tab 2

    • You’re most welcome zal!

      We’re glad we could help you.

  • Josue

    how returns to original recovery please help me!!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      First you need to get the stock recovery file and then flash it on your device. You’ll be back to the original (stock) recovery !

  • Nick Moulsdale

    I am unclear as to where I am downloading odin and recovery.tar.md5 ie PC or Samsung Tablet. I think its tablet? They will download to either PC or Samsung Tablet.

    How do I save to desktop on Tablet?
    Is method suitable for Samsung tab 2 10.1?

    How do I safely upgrade Android 4.0.4 to 4.2 or 4.1 (jelly bean?)

    • Dax Krishna

      Hey Nick, you’ll need to download the files to PC, not the tablet! And then follow the procedure.

  • steve9186

    Im stuck.. the odin does not turn yelow after i pluged the usb cable.. wat drivers do i have to install?

    • You’ve to install the drivers for your device. You can get them from the official website of your device’s manufacturer.

    • kundu

      enable usb debugging in device.

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  • joona

    Why doesnt the clockwork mod recovery start on my tab? It says everything is fine in odin but when i go into recovery mode it is stock recovery D:

    • alvarogabrielgomez

      Me to …

  • Anzar

    Hi! I have tab 2 p3100 stuck on tab 2 logo and unable to Hard reset pressing power+volume up and I tried what u said using odin software and making tab in download mode and I downloaded firmware of my country India when I made my device to download mode and connected my device to odin and I selected my country firmware and clicked start it showed me failed and second time I tried odin showed me initializing it took me lot of time and didn’t work so I removed my device taking lot of time to complete firmware installation and didn”t get installed. Is there any way to fix this problem?