Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 Root

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!

53 comments

  • Rauldinho

    December 10, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I did this and my tablet got stuck in the flashing samsung logo. Before this, the tablet was running 6.0.1. Can anyone help me on how to recover it??

    Reply

    • RAULDINHO

      December 10, 2017 at 4:15 am

      Had to flash the tablet with a stock rom. Please DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU HAVE AN SSM-T550 WITH ANDROID 6.0.1

      Reply

  • Les

    April 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    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.

    Reply

  • Tom

    March 4, 2017 at 12:28 am

    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.

    Reply

    • Admin

      March 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hello Tom,

      Try connecting your Tab A to PC and launch Samsung Kies program to recover your device.

      Reply

  • Tom

    March 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Has anyone. Rooted a model SM-P550 with marshmallow ?

    Reply

  • Allan Carley

    February 16, 2017 at 7:27 am

    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.

    Reply

    • Admin

      February 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks for valuable info Allan.

      Reply

  • Tecnostar

    January 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    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?

    Reply

    • Admin

      January 9, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Hello Technostar,

      Software update changes kernel, so yes this might be reason why your root is gone.

      Reply

  • Ram Lam

    December 19, 2016 at 3:40 am

    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!

    Reply

  • Ram Lam

    December 19, 2016 at 3:32 am

    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!

    Reply

  • V Swapnel

    November 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    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.

    Reply

    • Admin

      November 27, 2016 at 12:55 am

      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.

      Reply

      • Swapnel

        November 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

        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.

        Reply

        • vswapnel

          November 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

          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”

          Reply

          • Admin

            November 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

            Can you tell us your Galaxy Tab A model number?

          • Swapnel

            November 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

            SM T550

            Android 6.01

          • Admin

            December 4, 2016 at 4:19 pm

            Strange, because we had the same model and successfully done Root. As we mentioned before, in your case the only way to boot it again is connect device to Kies and follow the steps shown in the program.

          • Jeanlouis

            December 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

            Same problem here! sm-T555
            Any solution so far?

          • Rob

            December 29, 2016 at 8:36 am

            Follow the same procedure with Odin but use the TWRP_3.0.2-1_sm-t555_mm.tar. This will recover your tablet without dataloss. I cannot rot my sm-t 550 neither. Tried Kingroot, kingoroot, odin from laptop and got stuck in the end also.

          • Admin

            December 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

            Thanks for valuable info Rob.

        • VSwapnel

          December 5, 2016 at 3:43 am

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

          Reply

    • Andrew Prather

      December 12, 2016 at 12:50 am

      I get the same seandroid ever time without the opt-in of getting into recovery only back into download mode

      Reply

  • Danny

    October 22, 2016 at 2:45 am

    OK. It’s not working…………..

    Reply

    • Andy

      November 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      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”??

      Reply

      • Admin

        November 27, 2016 at 12:56 am

        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.

        Reply

        • Andy

          November 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm

          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.

          Reply

  • Roman

    October 3, 2016 at 1:30 am

    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”.

    Reply

    • Admin

      October 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      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.

      Reply

      • Roman

        October 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        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 !

        Reply

        • forrest honeycutt

          November 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

          hold down power button and vol down for a hard shut down and restart

          Reply

      • Andy

        November 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        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.

        Reply

        • Admin

          November 27, 2016 at 12:58 am

          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.

          Reply

  • Thomas

    September 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    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!!!

    Reply

    • Admin

      September 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Hello Thomas,

      Boot you Galaxy Tab into recovery and select factory restore option.

      Reply

  • Ennui

    September 7, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Yeah. Mine’s stuck on the Samsung logo as well. And I can’t seem to factor reset it either. Thanks a bunch!

    Reply

    • Admin

      September 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Hello Ennui,

      What’s your device model number?

      Reply

    • joost

      September 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      There is no oem unlocker on my device?

      Reply

      • Admin

        September 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        Then skip it, if there’s none.

        Reply

        • Isabella

          May 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

          It’s always a relief when someone with obvious exiprtese answers. Thanks!

          Reply

  • cash

    August 28, 2016 at 6:11 am

    It’s just stuck on the samsung logo, flashing. I have no idea where to go from here.

    Reply

    • Admin

      August 29, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Hello cash,

      Following the tutorial, have you gone through all the steps without any errors? Can you get into Recovery mode?

      Reply

  • JOSEPH T HERNANDEZ

    August 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    DOES NOT WORK ON SM P550 STOCK ON SAMSUNG LOGO!

    Reply

    • Admin

      August 18, 2016 at 12:55 am

      You mean stuck on booting Logo?

      Reply

  • José

    July 31, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This root file only works on Lollipop and not Marshmallow.

    Reply

    • Admin

      July 31, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for your notification, we’ll check it.

      Reply

  • ozisam

    July 19, 2016 at 5:04 am

    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.

    Reply

    • Ozisam

      July 25, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Got my tablet rooted. Thanks 🙂

      Reply

      • Tam

        July 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

        hey ozisam, i have the same problem. im stuck on the samsung screen. how did you fix it?

        Reply

    • José

      July 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      It makes no difference whether you’re in Australia, USA, Europe or wherever… I live in Brazil and use the Canadian MM stock ROM.

      Reply

  • ozisam

    July 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the info, i dont have an option for OEM unlocking on my tablet. Any suggestions or tips please.

    Reply

    • Admin

      July 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Hello ozisam,

      Skip OEM unlocking if there’s no option. Just make sure USB Debugging is enabled.

      Reply

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