Back in December of 2013 I aired my frustration about Samsung’s bloatware and the inability to install certain apps because I did not have root access to the device. For you newbies like me, root access is tantamount to having administrative privileges on the device. Imagine that… I bought a device and I don’t have administrative privileges and I’m the only one using it. That never sat well with me.
Mustering Up the Courage
After almost 2 years I finally grew enough of a backbone to root the device. If I screwed it up I’d have a 10-inch by 7-inch flat brick. Not wanting to brick it I spent more time researching and reading about the process than actually performing the root procedure.
My extensive research led me to to this article entitled How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P600 WiFi (2014). I chose this article for several reasons. One reason was because it was the exact model of my tablet. Another reason was because it was written rather recently. Too many of the rooting articles I came across were written a year or two ago and the apps required to perform the procedure have since been updated. I wanted the most up-to-date set of instructions.
I’m not going to provide step-by-step instructions here. No sense in reinventing the wheel when there is a perfectly good set of instructions on the Droidor’s website. What I will say, however, is that you need to make sure you know your device. Don’t confuse the Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P600 WiFi with the Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P601 WiFi. Also, make sure you know your device’s firmware. You can find all that information on your device or you can download an app that will gather all that info and present it front and center. The app I used was Hardware Info.
Equipped with the device information I then downloaded CF-Auto-Root-lt03wifi-lt03wifixx-smp600.zip and Odin3. I downloaded two versions of Odin. Odin 3.7 and Odin 3.10. I did this because I read so many different instructions; I wasn’t quite sure which one to use. I ended up using the latest version of the software, which was Odin 3.10.
Lastly I downloaded another app called Root Checker. Root Checker was the icing on the cake that lets you know whether or not the rooting process was successful.
Pre Requisite Work
If you’ve never connected your tablet to your computer you will need to download the USB drivers from the Samsung site. The rooting process requires connectivity between the device and your computer. The CF-Auto Root zip file and Odin software mentioned above is downloaded to the computer and not the tablet. If you previously connected the tablet to your computer you can skip this step as the drivers are already installed on your computer.
The next and most important prerequisite is to backup your device. I went to the Samsung site and downloaded Kies. I never knew such a utility existed. Kies allows for the easy transfer of files between the tablet and computer. It also has a backup function so I was easily able to backup the tablet.
My last prerequisite was read over the instructions one more time to make sure I had everything I needed. After reading the instructions I took a deep breath and walked away from the computer. I did this because I wanted to make sure I was able to live with the consequences if I ended up bricking my device. After my walk and pep talk I decided to go for it.
The actual rooting procedure took just a few minutes. That’s a good thing because I don’t think I took a single breath throughout the rooting process. Upon the final step when Root Checker confirmed I had rooted my device I breathed a sigh of relief.
It doesn’t end there, however. I’ll have to un-root the device if I want to receive the latest Android updates. I’ll tackle that challenge when it’s time for an update. Right now I’ve got a lot got a lot of bloatware to remove.