How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)
Have you just bought yourself a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)? Then go ahead and get yourself root-access as well. Rooting your device is as easy as pie and our guide below should help you do that.
Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.
Once you have root access on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi), you’ll be able to:
- Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
- Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
- Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
- Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
- Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
- Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
Interested? Here’s how to root your Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi):
I. Before You Begin
1. This will void the warranty of your device. You’re doing this at your own risk, we won’t be held responsible if you end-up bricking your device.
2. This only works for the SM-T800 variant of the device.
3. This should only work on Windows based PCs.
4. You should’ve appropriate drivers installed on your PC. If you haven’t, you can download and install the latest drivers from here.
5. This procedure flashes a custom recovery as well.
II. Downloading Required Files
1. Download Odin and save it to your desktop.
2. Download CF-Root and save it to your desktop.
3. Download CWM Recovery and save it to your desktop.
CWM Recovery (Download link’s available in the first post)
III. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)
1. Extract files from Odin and CF-Root to your desktop by right-clicking on each of them and selecting Extract here.
2. Launch Odin by double-clicking on its executable file.
3. Click on PDA and select the CF-Root file that you just extracted to your desktop.
4. Uncheck Repartition if it’s already checked in the Odin.
5. You can checkmark the boxes that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
6. Turn OFF your device.
7. Turn it back on by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together.
8. Press Volume UP and your device should enter Download mode.
9. Plug in your device to your PC using the USB cable.
10. Hit Start in the Odin and it’ll start flashing the root file on your device.
11. Once the file’s flashed, your device should automatically reboot.
12. And you’re done!
Awesome! Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi variant) is now rooted. If you’ve been waiting to install some root-only apps on your device, now is the perfect time to do so.
If rooting alone doesn’t satisfy your needs, you should consider flashing a recovery as it’ll then let you flash a custom ROM on your device. Here’s how:
IV. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)
1. Connect your device to your PC via USB cable.
2. Copy CWM Recovery from your desktop over to the root of your SD card. It’s the topmost folder you have on your SD card.
3. Once the file’s copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
4. Head over to the Google Play store and download and install Terminal Emulator on your device.
5. Launch Terminal Emulator from your App Drawer.
6. Type in following command into the Terminal Emulator window. Make sure to replace filename.img with the actual name of the recovery image you downloaded.
dd if=/sdcard/filename.img of=/dev/block/platform/dw_mmc.0/by-name/RECOVERY
7. It should flash the recovery on your device.
8. When the recovery’s flashed, reboot your device.
9. And you’re all done!
Brilliant! You’ve successfully flashed a custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi variant). You can now go ahead and flash a custom ROM on your device.
You can click here to find all of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi) How To’s.
You can also find all of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi) ROMs we have here.