Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Root: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 GT-P7300

Just bought a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300. Well, there's a lot of cool things we can do besides of playing games, social networks, notes, or whatever entertainment. For some of you probably software developer might want more 'fun' with it. But with factory settings nothing much we can do even you can't run a software as simple as phone call apps or access to a little special command on terminal console. So, before we start read the following:

Warning: Please make sure you have a backup copy of your firmware.
Warning: Please make sure backup all your important data.
Warning: Your warranty may get void once doing this process.
Warning: Recommended to install SuperUser app to get prompt permission when launching an apps with root level.
Warning: I did on Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300 + Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) ONLY. Never try yet on other devices.
Disclaimer: The author of this write-up do not take any responsibilities for any damage causes by this action.

Follow step by step below:

1. First of all download this file package first. Download here >>

2. Put the into the root directory (No need to extract).

3. Turn OFF your device.

4. Then turn ON your device by holding Power and Volume Down button. Repeat this process if you are not successful.

5. If success, you'll get two icon on the screen which is Recovery and Download Mode. See picture above.

6. Choose Recovery Mode on your left by pressing Volume Down button then press Volume Up button for confirmation.

7. Choose 'apply update from /sdcard' by using your volume up/down button. Make sure you choose the '' on your root storage. Then press Power button to confirm.

8. You will get 'Install from sdcard complete' message if successful.

9. Now choose 'reboot system now' to restart your device. Your device should be rooted now.

10. You can verify whether your device is successful rooted or not by opening Terminal console and type 'su' and ENTER. Then type 'id' and ENTER. You'll see your user id now is 'root' as shown in image below.

At this point any software that need a higher access level will be able to install and run as a root privilege. For example VPNC Widget, Samba Filesharing, Superuser and so on. Have a nice day.

UPDATE (09/01/2012):

Another two devices from a friend of mines which is using Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0+ and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seem to be work with those step.