As usual, Sasha just had to be rooted. I love rooting for various reasons, one of them being the ability to install so many apps that broaden the functionalities and capabilities of your Android device be it a smartphone, an eBook reader (hello Kindle Fire) or just a tablet [READ: Top Ten Android Root Apps]. The methods I normally use to root other Android devices could not work for Sasha so this is how I did it.
Rooting will void your device warranty and if not done properly may brick your device. Whatever the outcome, I am not responsible. Attempt this entirely at your own risk.
- The rooting script. Download root.zip file here [LINK 1]
- ClockworkMod Recovery. You won’t be able to run the root script if you use stock recovery hence the need for the ever handy CWM. Download it here [LINK 2]
This procedure is for those tablets that have already been upgraded to Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich. I am not sure if it will work for those tablets that are still running Android 3.x, Gingerbread. I only recommend it for tablets running ICS. I have only tasted it on my tablet running the Open Austria ICS update so I am not so sure if it will work with the Hong Kong ICS update and other regional ICS updates that are on the way. Learn how to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 here.
- Move the root.zip and cwm.zip files that you have downloaded to your sdcard. Put them at the root base i.e not inside any folder.
- Power of your tablet and boot into stock recovery (volume up button + power button simultaneously. Wait till the words “Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus” are displayed on the screen then release the power button but keep on holding the volume up button till the device enters recovery mode. This should take about 5 seconds). In stock recovery, use the volume up and volume down buttons to scroll up and down and the power button as the “ok”/accept button.
- Select apply update from external storage.
- Browse through the contents of your sdcard and select cwm.zip. Wait till clockworkmod recovery is loaded.
- In CWM, select install zip from sdcard.
- Navigate once again to the root file, root.zip, and select it.
- Confirm that you want to install the root.zip script and wait for the tablet to be rooted.
- That’s it; your tablet is now rooted. In CWM recovery menu select +++ go back +++ and then select reboot system now. Wait for your tablet to reboot.
PS: The ClockworkMod recovery installed here while rooting is not permanent. It is just temporary to just allow you to flash the root scripts.
One more thing
To some users, you may notice something strange i.e after selecting install zip from sdcard (as in procedure 4) you get an error message saying that the sdcard cannot be mounted. Fear not. I encountered that too and here is how I overcame it:
- After following procedure 4 ignore procedure 5 and instead select install zip from internal sdcard.
- Browse through the files and select root.zip.
- That’s it. That should work just fine. From there proceed with procedure 7.
You now have superuser privileges on your Samsung Galaxy Tab P6200, what will you do with them? Enjoy.