The Galaxy Tab 2 tablet devices are the successor to Samsung’s first generation of tablets. The Tab is is available in 7.0-inch and 10.1-inch  screen sizes. Even within these two variants, there are 3 more variants of the each screen size on the basis of network connectivity capabilities.

Here is how the variants of the Galaxy Tab 2 get their model number:

  • First digit: 5 for Tab 10.1, 3 for Tab 7.0
  • Final three digits: 100 for 3G, 110 for WiFi international, 113 for WiFi American

Thus we have these models of this the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2:

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 GT-P3100 (3G + WiFi)

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 GT-P3110 (WiFi)

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 GT-P3113 (WiFi U.S.)

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100 (3G + WiFi)

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5110 (WiFi)

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P51113 (WiFi U.S.)

If you own any of these devices and looking for a way to root and install the ClockworkMod recovery on it, below you will find a lucid tutorial that will escort you to do so safely.

Make Some Preparations:

There are certain things that you require to before jumping to the rooting your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 WiFi and installing ClockworkMod Recovery on it.

  • Make sure you have installed Samsung Kies or Samsung USB Drivers on your computer. If you have Samsung Kies installed on your computer, you need not install the USB Drivers but make sure that Kies is not open while you are going through the rooting stuff.
  • Download the appropriate CF-Root file from the link below and extract the zip to get the file with .tar extension. If you are not sure about your device model number, check it from Settings> Abouttab 2 device info
  • Download the CWM flashable SuperUser package from below. Do not extract the zip and copy it to the root/main directory of your Tab’s SD Card (not in a folder).
  • Backup or sync all important data such as contacts, messages and apps present on your Galaxy Tab. Backup your contacts, call-logs, messages, APNs, bookmarks, calendar, apps & games using these nice free apps.
  • Charge the device’s battery  to at least 70% battery level.
  • Go to Settings of your Tab 2 and enable USB Debugging mode from Settings> Developer options.

Download the Resources and Tools:

1.  Download Odin3_v1.85.zip and extract the zip to your desktop.

3. Download and install either Samsung USB Drivers or Kies on your computer: Download

2. Download CF-Auto-Root zip package for your Galaxy Tab 2, depending on its model number and extract (unzip) it on your desktop to get the file with .tar extension:

3.  If you also wish to install custom ROMs or mods on your Galaxy Tab 2, you need to flash the ClockworkMod Recovery on it. Download the CWM file corresponding to your device model. You can google it.

Installing Root Package on Galaxy Tab 2:

  1. Make sure you have  copied the SuperUser file to the device as directed above.
  2. Turn off your Tab and boot it into Download mode. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously. On the next screen press Volume Down to confirm and continue to enter into Download Mode. In case you have Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (P31XX models), press and hold Volume Down + Power buttons to get into the Download mode.
  3. Open the extracted Odin folder and double click and run Odin3 v1.85.exe as administrator.
  4. Now hook up your device to computer via USB Cable and wait till the ID:COM port at Odin turms yellow and you see “Added!! text at the message box on Odin. GALAXY TAB2 Odin root
  5. Make sure that only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time  options are ticked on Odin.
  6. Now click on PDA button and select .tar file from the CF-Auto-Root folder.
  7. Having selected the file, hit the Start button and let Odin install the root package on to your device.
  8. When the installation is finished and you get a PASS! message, your device will reboot automatically.
  9. Disconnect the USB cable and wait till the device boots up.

Thus the CF-Auto-Root package that contains SuperSU has been installed on your tab.

How to Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Tab 2:

Having successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, you can also consider installing ClockworkMod Recovery on it. If so, the steps are almost the same as those you followed above while rooting the device using Odin. The only thing that differs is that this time you have to select the CWM file with .tar extension after clicking the PDA button on Odin.

  1. Turn off the device and put it into download mode.
  2. Launch Odin and connect device to computer.
  3. Click on PDA button and select the CWM (ClockworkMod) file with .tar extension downloaded from above.
  4. Then hit the Start button and wait till installation finishes, you see PASS!! message on Odin and your tab reboots.
  5. Disconnect the USB cable now.

How to Reboot Galaxy Tab 2 in Recovery Mode:

    • For Tab 2 7.0 users: Boot your device into Recovery mode: press and hold Volume Up+Power buttons together for a few seconds till the screen turns up.
    • For Tab 2 10.1 users: To boot your Tab 2 10.1  into Recovery mode, hold Volume Down+Power buttons till you see Samsung logo with device name and then release the Power button. When you see 2 icons, release the Volume Down button too. Use the Volume Down key to navigate between the 2 icons and Volume Up to select it. Highlight the the left icon (box) and then select it using Volume Up to enter recovery mode.
  1. In Recovery mode, use the volume buttons to navigate and the power key to select an option or file.

To verify if the rooting was successful, download the Root Checker app from the Play Store and run it.

If the root is verified, it means that your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has been rooted and it has ClockworkMod Recovery installed on it. Enjoy! In case you mess up with the whole thing or have a problem with the procedure, leave us a comment.