Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 Root

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This root method works only on Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 tablets running Lollipop or Marshmallow.
Compatible Tab A 9.7 models are listed below:

  • SM-T550
  • SM-T555
  • SM-P550
  • SM-P555

Before you start, please check if your Galaxy Tab A 9.7 model is supported by going to Settings/About Phone

Warning: Rooting voids device’s warranty. You should proceed at your own risk.
Before proceeding, please read the comments section below.
Please note that warranty can be restored by flashing back any of the supported stock ROMs.
Root will not erase device internal storage or SD memory card, but it’s still strongly recommended to back up all data before getting started.

Prerequisites:
• The device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• If you have Samsung Kies in PC, it should be completely turned off to not disturb all the process.
USB drivers must be installed. Skip this step if you have Samsung Kies, it already comes with the necessary drivers.
• USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking must be enabled on the device. To enable it go to Settings/About phone and keep taping on Build number until you see Developer mode has been turned on. After that go to Settings/Developer Options then check USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking (this enables bootloader to be unlocked).

Tutorial:

  1. Using PC download CF Auto Root file depending on your device model:
    SM-T550
    SM-T555
    SM-P550
    SM-P555
  2. If there’s a zip file, extract it. You should find a .tar.md5 file and the Odin3-v3.10.6.exe included.
    If you got a autoroot.tar file only, do not extract it. Just download Odin3 v3.10.7 separately.
  3. Turn off Galaxy Tab A 9.7 and boot in to Download mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. When a warning screen is displayed release all buttons and press the Volume Up button to enter Download mode. Galaxy Tab A 9.7
  4. Run Odin3.exe as an Administrator.
  5. Connect Galaxy Tab A 9.7 to the PC via USB cable. Message showing Added!! will appear in Odin’s message box, if not, try another USB port. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the USB driver. Odin-3.07-Device-Added
  6. Click on the AP button and select the CF-Auto-Root file (a .tar.md5 or .tar file) downloaded in step 1.
  7. In Odin, make sure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked while Re-Partition must stay unchecked. Odin3-set
  8. Click Start button in Odin to begin the process.
  9. After the process is complete, Galaxy Tab A 9.7 will restart and a PASS message with green background will appear. Odin3-PASS
  10. Turn off Odin and unplug USB cable from device.
  11. Galaxy Tab A 9.7 will boot up with SuperSU app on the screen.

Congratulations for successfully rooting Galaxy Tab A 9.7!

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51 Comments

  1. The Galaxy pad A 9.6 SM-T550 comes with the Marshmallow version of Android and the problem you have is because of the SE android enforcing program, google that and it will show you how to take steps to solve your rooting problems.

  2. I have a Samsung Tab A with S-pen model SM-P550 running Andriod 6.01 Marshmallow.
    The method described her worked as described until the end and this the table is stuck pulsing samsumg on the screen. Can’t power down or anything. I guess I’ll wait until the battery dies and see what happens.
    But before I do that I’ll look for another file to download since it still connects to Odin. Sure wish there was a way to have save what was there before I started.

  3. I have a SM-T550 Android 6.0.1 Galaxy Tab A using Build ID T550XXU1BPE4.
    The above method does not work.
    The tablet never reboots, cannot be turned off, cannot go into Recovery Mode, and displays two error meaages:
    In Red = “Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing”
    In Yellow = “Set Warranty Bit: recovery”
    Had to reflash with the original firmware to regain functionality.
    Thought you should know.

  4. I also have the Samsung logo bootloop error, but without the “recovery is…”-text. I rooted my tablet with KingRoot for Android 5.0.1, then the firmware updated to 6.0.1 and now it rooting does not work. Could that be the problem?

  5. So is there a way to root the sm-t550 running marshmallow for the models that get stuck in the boot loop? I tried and got stuck in boot loop just like above comments. Been trying for a week to root this and can’t find a working method! Have rooted and jailbroken many phones and tablets no problem but just can’t get it done with this Galaxy tab a sm-t550! Tried the only other method and get failed to verify whole file signature error that no after how hard I try I can’t find a way past either! HELP!

  6. So basically this doesn’t work for sm-t550 running marshmallow? I tried on mine and got stuck in boot loop just as above comments. Want to root this thing but can’t find any method that works!

  7. I followed the instructions until step #9 (ODIN showing Pass!)

    However after turning off Odin and removing the cable – my tablet is stuck on Samsung logo

    With the following messages on the top

    RECOVERY I NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING
    Set Warranty Bit : recovery

    I tried to reboot the tablet but it returns to the aforementioned state. Please help.

    • Hello Swapnel,

      Boot your Galaxy into Recovery and select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” option. Please note, that this will erase all the data in your device, but after factory reset you’ll be able to run it as new.

      • Here is my problem. I am rooting the device in order to recover a deleted file(video). So I don’t want to factory reset it.

        • Also how do I get it into the “Recovery Mode” – Power, Home and Volume down brings two options

          1) Continue ( that takes you to download mode)
          2) Restart( this simply brings you back to “RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING”

        • Even Kies is no help. You guys should be very careful in putting out these articles. Your blog essentially bricked my tablet.

    • I wish I had read your comments before I tried this. I have the flashing Samsung logo also. I did finally get a reboot opportunity, but that solved nothing. Have you learned how to restore the original programming and/or eliminate the “rooting”??

      • Hello Andy,

        Boot your Galaxy into Recovery and select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” option. Please note, that this will erase all the data in your device, but after factory reset you’ll be able to run it as new.

        • I have tried repeatedly to boot into recovery to no avail. At one time yesterday, I actually had a recovery screen (learned in retrospect) and elected to “reboot” . Of course it only repeated the sequence. Now after repeating the “rooting” procedure again, I have the same screen as swapnel : RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING
          Set Warranty Bit : Recovery
          Please help me get this machine into the Recovery mode.

  8. After I followed the steps my SM T555 remain stuck with display distorsioned with many pixels, and in the Odin was passed well with no errors . Problem is I don’t know how to put back the sistem. Can you help me,?
    The tablet after I rebooted by pressing power +vol down and I press Vol UP to enter in Downloading mode the screen a pear to be normal and in the corner is write” protection enable”.

    • Hello Roman,

      You need to boot your Tab into recovery menu. Do that by pressing volume up, home and power button, all at the same time. Then choose Factory Reset option.

      • Hi, I try to do but apear indescifrabil screen with random pixels, the screen is blind if I use combination of Power +Vol UP+ Home, is change to normal view and can read only if I use to put in Download mode. And I can’tell turn off the tablet, I open the case and I disconnect the battery but is no change. I waiting your advice Admin, take you !

      • How do I get into the recovery mode?? I tried the power, volume up (and down) and home buttons simultaneously to no avail. I am able to get back into the “download” mode. If I had a file with original data, I could use odin to reload and reboot. I know, I know, I should have backed it up.

        • Was your device off when you tried to boot into recovery? If you’re still stuck, connect your Galaxy to PC and run Kies, then follow the steps to restore it.

  9. I got stucked at the Samsung logo as well… how to fix this??
    my tablet is Samsung Tab A, model SM P550
    Help needed please!!!

  10. Thank for the reply Admin.
    I got my tablet stuck in a bootloop and it would not pass the Samsung screen when I tried rooting. The only thing that got me going again was to reflash the firmware, I have since tried a couple of different root files with the same result each time. I keep getting a PASS in Odin but the tablet will not boot for me. I am in Australia, do you think the Australian versions may have a block or something installed to prevent rooting or playing with ROMS ??
    Once again, thanks very much for your time and your help.
    Cheers … Sam.

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