You might have browsed the Google Play Store before and stumbled upon an app that you thought looked good, but when you installed the app, it would not run. These are the apps that are called root apps and the description on the Google Play Store on the download page usually lets you know that root is a requirement before the app can run. That root they are referring to is, of course, the same root access that we are writing about here. There are quite literally thousands of root applications that are ready to be installed on your device, and it doesn’t matter what rooting guide you follow. They all result in the same thing which is you being in control of the root user account which gives you the chance of installing and uninstalling whatever you please.
- You need to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 that comes with the SM-T531 model number to follow this guide, or else you run the risk of bricking down your device. The reason it might brick is that the one-click rooting tool available in this guide is usually made for one model number only, and a separate file is required for all other model numbers.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer before getting started with the guide so that you can use the flashing tool without it failing to detect your device.
- Unlock the Developer Options menu and then turn on the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options that you just unlocked so that you can make changes to the Android software.
- Note that Chainfire was running on the KOT49H.T531XXU1AND8 firmware build number when he created the version of the CF-Auto-Root tool that is found in this guide. It doesn’t mean you need to run the same firmware on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets. He just gives you that information so you can use it as an indicator one day if necessary.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 4 10.1 SM-T531 RUNNING ON ANDROID 4.4.2 KITKAT SOFTWARE UPDATES
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T531 when running the Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
- Extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder and you get the Odin flashing tool executable and the rooting MD5 file available in the Downloads folder now.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T531 into the Download Mode and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file and if you installed the Samsung USB Drivers already you get to see a blue or yellow ID: COM port color and the added message appearing inside Odin.
- Click on the AP button and then browse through to the Downloads folder and select the rooting MD5 file to upload to this location in the Odin flashing tool.
- Do not make any changes from the Options menu available inside Odin, just leave it all the same as the default settings (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time on/Re-partition and all other options off).
- Click on the Start button in Odin and the rooting of the Samsung Galaxy Tab begins.
In conclusion, that is all you need to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 SM-T531 tablets running on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat software updates by using the CF-Auto-Root one-click rooting tool developed by Chainfire. You can start installing the root apps from the Google Play Store when the tablet reboots.