If you own a Samsung smartphone or tablet and want to get access to the root user account then you need to find a guide that is made to root the device. In your search, you might come across several guides, and each has a unique method for getting it done. That is not to say that they do not all necessarily work, but it is good to know what each one offers and then you can make your choice for the one you want to follow.
There are two main ways of getting access to the root user account on the Android operating system. One of them is by installing a custom recovery (and unlocking the bootloader when required), and the other is by installing a one-click rooting tool. A one-click rooting tool does not need to have a custom recovery image installed on the smartphone before it can root the device. CF-Auto-Root is an example of a one-click rooting tool that works mostly for Samsung devices and it is all you need to begin running root applications.
- You need to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 that comes with the SHV-E140K model number to use this guide. Any of the other model numbers get bricked if you flash the version of the rooting tool that is found in this guide because they are only ever made for the one model number.
- You need to have a computer that so running on a version of the Windows operating system if you are using the Odin flashing tool because Odin does not run on any other operating system.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Chainfire was running on the IMM76D.UK22 firmware build number when the version of the CF-Auto-Root tool available in this guide was created. However, he does not suggest you need to be on that same firmware when you go ahead and flash it. He is giving that build number as information for you to use as an indicator only if a day ever comes where knowing it becomes relevant.
- You need to install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer before you get going on the rooting guide so that way when you do connect the tablet to the computer with the USB cable it can get connected to the flashing tool.
- The Developer Options menu on the tablet needs to be unlocked, and the USB Debugging Mode needs to be enabled before getting started with the guide, or else you cannot make the required changes to the Android operating system.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 8.9 SHV-E140K RUNNING ON ANDROID 4.0.4 ICE CREAM SANDWICH
- Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SHV-E140K smartphone running Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Extract the rooting file to the Downloads folder on the computer.
- Boot the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SHV-E140K tablet into the Download Mode that it comes with and then connect to the computer with the USB cable.
- Run the Odin flashing tool app that is available in the Downloads folder.
Check you see a color coming from the ID: COM port and an added message appearing in the Log which are both good signs that the Samsung USB Drivers are working.
- Click on the AP button and browse to the Downloads folder.
- Click on the rooting file to upload it to the Odin flashing tool.
- Click on the Start button to begin the rooting once you can see the rooting file extension from the Odin user interface.
- Wait for the pass message from Odin before disconnecting.
In conclusion, that is how to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SHV-E140K tablets running on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich software updates by flashing a version of the CF-Auto-Root tool by Chainfire. The result is you now have the SuperSU program available from the app drawer. There is no reason to enter it and make any changes; it is already setup on the tablet to allow for the rooting once you install and run the root applications that you wanted to try.