How to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5220 on Android 4.4.2 [Guide]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 These are the steps to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 GT-P5220 running on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software updates by using the updated CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire. Just as most already know, Chainfire provides rooting packages for most Samsung smartphones and tablets by giving them a SuperSU app which is also made by the same developer.


  • These guidelines are made for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 that has the GT-P5220 model number only. You can easily find out the model number of your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
  • The CF-Auto-Root package found in this guide is based on firmware with the KOT49H.P5220XXUBNH2 build ID and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. You do not need to be running that same firmware build ID on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 device. However, you should use the build ID Chainfire gives as an indicator so yours is not too old. Some of the older boot images on certain Samsung devices will not work.


Download the Samsung USB Drivers and install them on your Windows computer before you start the guide to root the Samsung Galaxy tab 3 10.1 device.

Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy tab 3 device by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number 7 times. Continue tapping the build number on your Tab 2 and it will tell you that you are using the device as a developer.

Enable the USB Debugging Mode option from the Tab 3’s Developer Options menu by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.


  1. Download the new CF-Auto-Root package for the P5220 device from this link.
  2. Download the Odin flashing tool from this link.
  3. Extract the files for the P5220 on the desktop of your Windows computer by right-clicking and selecting the “extract here” from the menu.
  4. Double-click the Odin flashing tool executable file that is now on the desktop and the Odin flashing tool will open.
  5. Turn off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and reboot it in download mode.
  6. Connect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Click the PDA or the AP button you can see available from the Odin user-interface on the computer,
  8. Browse the desktop location for the CF-Auto-Root-santos10lte-santos10ltexx-gtp5220.tar.md5 file.
  9. Do not make any changes to the Odin default settings.
  10. Click the Start button when you are ready to begin the flashing.
  11. Check your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1’s display in a few minutes and wait until it says it is about to reboot in 10 seconds. You should also see a pass message from the Odin flashing tool’s user-interface.
  12. Wait for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to reboot to recovery mode automatically and that’s when your device is officially rooted and you can disconnect.

Anyone who does not see their Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 reboot in recovery mode automatically will need to do it manually by holding the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons while booting. It will not work if the Tab 3 10.1 is already powered on, so turn it off first.

Anyone who is experiencing a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 that fails to boot or flash should head over to the official XDA Developers thread that is made for the CF-Auto-Root tool you used and report the problem so Chainfire can fix it as soon as possible.

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