Root Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 and Install TWRP Recovery

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One of the reasons why many people prefer Android to other operating systems is its amazing capability of customization. If you have root privilege on our device, you can customize it in a way you want. It’s almost impossible to make the most of an Android device without rooting it. At DroidViews, we focus on making Android users aware about how they can root their device and modify it using custom ROMs, mods, and hacks. If you own the Galaxy Tab A, you should root it to take advantage of custom ROMs, root apps, and mods. Today we’ll see how we can Root Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 and install TWRP recovery on it. Just follow our step-by-step tutorial.

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Root Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 LTE SM-T285 and Install TWRP

Disclaimer

We’ve taken all care in writing this root guide and keeping it detailed and clear. Please follow the procedure described below carefully or you might end up with a device stuck in a boot loop. Though you can restore your Tab by installing the stock firmware, it’s still better not to get into complications. Read the guide and make all preparations before proceeding.

Preparations

  • Download Odin 3.10.7 and unzip the downloaded file: Link
  • Make sure you’ve installed Samsung USB Drivers on your computer: Link
  • Download the TWRP Recovery image file: twrp_3.0.2-1_sm-t280_261016.tar | Mirror
  • Download the SystemMode SuperSU package file and copy the file to your device storage: SR1-SuperSU-v2.78-SR1-20160915123031.zip
  • You also need to download the patched kernel file for SM-T280 and extract it using 7Zip program, open the extracted folder and copy the boot.img file to your Galaxy Tab A: supersu_2.78_SR1_systemless_boot_t280.tar
  • Enable USB Debugging and OEM unlock on your Tab from Settings> Developer options (see how to activate Developer options).
  • Make sure your device is fully charged.
  • Backup all apps and data present on the internal storage of your device.

Steps to Root Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 and Install TWRP

  1. Turn off your Galaxy Tab A and boot it into the Download mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons simultaneously for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, press the Volume Up key.
  2. Open the Odin folder and launch the .exe file as administrator.
  3. Now connect your device to computer using a USB cable.
  4. When your Tab is detected by Odin, the ID:COM port will turn blue.
  5. Now click the ‘Options’ tab on Odin and uncheck the ‘Auto Reboot’ option.
  6. Click the AP button in Odin and add the twrp_3.0.2-1_sm-t280_261016.tar file to it.
  7. Now click the Start button to install it.Odin3-v3.10.7--firmware-installation
  8. When the recovery file is installed, you will get secure check failed error. Don’t worry about it. Just press and hold Volume down + Home + Power keys together. As soon as the screen goes blank, change to Volume up while keeping the Home + Power keys pressed. Tour tab will boot into the TWRP mode.twrp-recovery-screen
  9. Tap the Install button in TWRP menu, locate and select SR1-SuperSU-v2.78-SR1-20160915123031.zip and install it.
  10. After flashing the SuperSU file go back to the main menu in TWRP, tap Install and flash boot.img as “Boot”.
  11. When the file is installed, select the Reboot> System option.

When your Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 boots up, it will have root privilege with TWRP Recovery installed on it. Done!

To verify that your Tab A has been properly rooted, you can install and run a free app called ‘Root Check’ from the Play Store.

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  • Shannon Carson

    same here…followed all steps then checked with root checker , and still states not rooted

  • Julie W.

    Ummm . . . yeah, me too? What am I doing wrong??

  • Matias Chaves Bidart

    gracias me sirvio buen tuto

  • toshiba satellite

    I found on the internet how to resolve the problem. Sorry I don’t have the link anymore

  • Maddhatter

    @DroidViews:disqus Hi it wont let me download the supersu_2.78_SR1_systemless_boot_t280.tar file it keeps telling me “no mirror link available” what else can i do.

  • Maddhatter

    @Rakesh Hi it wont let me download the supersu_2.78_SR1_systemless_boot_t280.tar file it keeps telling me “no mirror link available” what else can i do.

  • Maddhatter

    @Rakesh Hi it wont let me download the supersu_2.78_SR1_systemless_boot_t280.tar file it keeps telling me “no mirror link available” what else can i do.

  • Ken Susman

    Never mind. William’s advice above did the trick. I still can’t confirm if it worked due to work wifi, but I use the tablet again, so that’s a great start.

  • William Szalmasi

    @DroidViews:disqus Great tutorial. Rooting worked perfectly. I was able to remove all bloatware from my brothers tablet. It worked on the first try but I really panicked wehn i did not find the boot.img file on the tablet and that is where the tutorial lacks Instructions. You did not tell how to exactly to install the boot.img file using the ‘install image’ button in the TWRP menu and so I did not realise how to do it at first. Many people will be confused at this step because they expect the boot.img file to be shown instantly, but in this case one can only find it after pressing the ‘install image’ button.

  • William Szalmasi

    You need to make sure that the boot.img file is located on the tablet. If so when pressing Install you need to also press the ‘install Image’ button located at the bottom right of the screen… then the boot.img file will be displayed. If you dont have the file while in TWRP you can still copy it to the device while connected to your computer. You need to press the ‘install image’ button in the ‘install menu. I panicked at first aswell when I did not find the boot.img but then realised how dumb i was 😀

  • Ken Susman

    Ok, I can find it through twrp’s file manager, but I can’t figure out how to flash it.

  • Ken Susman

    I cannot find the boot.img file on my tablet. I tried following the directions precisely as I understand them and my tablet doesn’t do anything anymore. I’ve tried copying the file to an SD card then installing it from the SD card, but it doesn’t appear on there, either. I can see it when I check the card on my phone and on my computer, but not from the tablet. When I try to open it on my computer (because I’m an idiot), it says that the file is corrupted. I’ve tried to find it elsewhere online and failed. I’m sure that I’m missing something obvious, but I can’t figure it out. Help?

  • JaneH

    Hi Rakesh, Thanks – the instructions are perfectly clear.
    I rooted my tablet to get rid of bloatware like Kids Mode, SPlanner etc. Root App Deleter somehow isn’t able to delete them?
    Assistance will be appreciated!

  • Greg Batchelar

    Bull shit this process does nothing more than install TWRP. it does not root or install super user in anyway shape or form. dont fall for this Bull shit article

  • Headcase

    After 2 factory resets, one trip to the local hand phone repair geek….to “unbrick” it, I started the process Tuesday morning 08 10 hrs, at 08 15 hrs it was done. BRILLIANT!!! I,m over the moon!

  • Headcase

    On another note, Is this Firmware file 1.0 GB???!!!

  • Peter Skene

    Hi, Rakesh. Thank you for putting together these instructions. I can’t seem to get past the “Downloading…Do not turn off target” screen. No one else seems to have gotten stuck at this point. Can you point to where I need to go from here? Many thanks in advance.

  • Headcase

    Hello one and all, I have put my mind on doing this ROOT, but need some advice seeing as I,m by no means an IT geek.

    Bullet 1. 2. OK. Bullet 3. Do I need to unzip this and only copy the DISC image.or the whole file ? Bullet 4. Downloaded and Unzipped. Bullet 5. Once again do I need to unzip and only copy the Disc image or the whole file ? To do this copying can I connect to PC and just drag and drop files to TAB device Storage?? Finally, do I need a good internet connection to start the process?? If so I might as well take it to Singapore next trip, because here in Indonesia the WIFI, at least, where I am is chaotic at best.
    Regards Headcase.

  • Jordan

    yeah i just need to unroot it first and its not as straight forward on my tab.

  • Hi Mike,

    This tutorial will work flawlessly. Extract ‘supersu_2.78_SR1_systemless_boot_t280.tar’ to get the ‘boot.img’ and install it in TWRP as boot when you are prompted to do so.

    Let me know. It should work.

  • Mike Richards

    Hi Rakesh, I done it, thanks mate, I got it back up and running.

    Right can you help me out here again to root my T280, I can get all the way to the end where it says “after flashing the SuperSU file, go back to the main menu in TWRP and tap install and flash boot.img as “boot”. I can’t find it, I did find one folder that says boot, but it’s completely empty, so where do I go from after flashing the SuperSU? Thanks mate

  • Mike Richards

    Hi Rakesh, can you help me get my T280 back on?

  • Mike Richards

    Hi mate, I’m from Cornwall in the UK

  • Edgar Villeda

    How do I enable that option?

  • Hi Mike, where are you from?

  • Mike Richards

    Rakesh – can you please please please help me, ive followed the steps and ive done and got right to the end, but it says after flasing the Supersu, go back and install flash boot, but i cannot find that anywhere, so i went ahead and rebooted it and now my Samung Tab A6 T280 is stuck on the Samsung logo and i cannot get into my Tablet at all, i tried to get the filmware but i dont know my model etc as i cant get into the tablet. can you please help me with this Rakesh?

  • Hi, please ignore that if you don’t find the option. Just enable “USB Debugging” and proceed.

  • Mike Richards

    hi, i did mine but when i got to the final stage and it said to go back and boot, i could’t find it so i went and rebooted it, and now my samsung tab a SM-T280 wont turn back, please help me someone?

  • Mike Richards

    did you manage to get it back on? because mine has done the exact same thing, i need help, i cant get my tablet to turn back on, what do i do?

  • Edgar Villeda

    Hey for some reason i can not access the oem settings or the developer options, may you please help. thank you.

  • jose tavarez

    did u extract the file supersu_2.78_sra_systemless_boot_t280.tar

  • Coatl Yolotl

    Not working for me, I just get frozen on the samsung galaxy tab a6 screen when i try to get to recovery mode. Any ideas? I already installed the original firmware and did the process again with the same result.

  • Steven Douglas

    After I complete step seven the log in Odin3 just says All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

  • SuperFlameDust

    what do you do if twrp boots with a message about the unmodified system partition?

  • ThaagNasty

    Absolute doll you are.

  • You don’t need to extract the TWRP.tar file. Just add it to the AP section on Odin and install it.

  • ThaagNasty

    Quick Q: when I download and extract TWRP to the folder I’m going to Odin it to the tab from, I do not get an md5 file of any sort. I get a recovery.img file instead. What am I doing wrong?

  • Thanks for the appreciation, Filippo!

  • Filippo Gagliardi

    Flawless root, good job! @ Rakesh

  • Walter Miranda

    try with xposed, there is a module that hides the root. You can selected wich app do you want to hide. PS: Sorry for my english

  • Miguel Rivera

    Thank you very much!

  • I have tested it personally. It works. Try flashing the SuperSU zip again.

  • Jeff

    i did everything but after all was said and done still not rooted. Is their a new step? I found all the files, I did all the steps, its the right model, no bricking and its on 5.1.1

  • Jordan

    Hey I need to install Snapchat but theres a problem with using it on rooted phones.How do i unroot this tab to sign into snapchat and then reroot?

  • Worsted frog 432

    main menu in TWRP, tap Install and flash boot.img as “Boot” this is where the image could not be found. Upon a reboot the tablet remained on the black Samsung tab A screen ..
    I will try the firmware today thank you fingers crossed .

  • Hi, after which step did your Tab get stuck on the Samsung logo. No, you devices are not garbage, you can restore them by installing the stock firmware.

    Download a firmware from here: http://updato.com/firmware-archive-select-model?r=&v=&q=sm-t280

    And install it using the instructions given here: http://www.droidviews.com/install-stock-firmware-on-samsung-galaxy-devices-using-odin/

    Between, what do you mean by “I not find the image anywhere to install it”?

  • Worsted frog 432

    did you tablet every work again ???? same thing has happened to me now they wont work just stuck on the logo page

  • Worsted frog 432

    why can I not find the image anywhere to install it ???? I have done it all correctly and now both kids tablets are stuck on the Samsung galxy tab a android screen and will not do anything ! are they garbage now ???

  • You’re welcome, Gavan!

  • Gavan Webb

    Thanks for the help

  • You have to download all files mentioned in the tutorial.

  • Gavan Webb

    Wait so I don’t have to download anything? because I’m asking what I’m have to download to execute rooting it

  • In that case you can go ahead and root your tab.

  • Gavan Webb

    I guess I’ll say the model number up here it to SM-T280

  • Gavan Webb

    SM-T280

  • Please mention the model number of your Tab. You can find it under Settings> About device.

  • Gavan Webb

    Oh and also if I have a galaxy tab A that is made from Samsung w/ the lollipop thing what should I download when I am making preperations?

  • Gavan Webb

    If I do this what is the most draining and/or unimportant app that I should uninstallook?

  • Heavy Noise

    didn’t work unfortunately, it also said something about disabling Knox to help the root work

  • Heavy Noise

    Tried that a couple of times now, but every time i restart root checks says its not rooted

  • Install the SuperSU Zip file in TWRP again.

  • Heavy Noise

    Root fully works, though when i restart my device it isn’t rooted anymore
    Any ideas?

  • Retrorob70

    NVM i just figured out that im an idiot and still had OEM unlock disabled

  • Retrorob70

    same here when flashing the twrp tar file i get a failed message

  • Raphael Alexander

    :'(

  • benoit

    hi Nathan, i need to disable “guest account ” too, was it easy to rrot and how disable “guest account” ?
    thank you very much

  • Glad to know it worked for you! Enjoy!

  • PSMusicInc

    OMG! FOR EVERYONE WHO CANT FIND THE BOOT IMG. AFTER INSTALLING SR1-SuperSU-v2.78-SR1-20160915123031.zip……. JUST GO BACK TO TWRP THEN CLICK INSTALL.. GO TO TH FOLDER WHERE YOU PUT THEE BOOT IMG,, IF YOU CANT SEE IT.. JST CLICK AND CLICK INTALL.. AND BOOTIMG WILL APPEAR!!

    YOURE WELCOME!!! AND THANKS RAKESH!

  • PSMusicInc

    Bro.. I perfectly did everything.. But the last step, I intalled the “SR1-SuperSU-v2.78-SR1-20160915123031.zip”.. you said to go back and install the boot img.. but didnt see the boot img.. i tried to reboot it.. and stuck at the logo.. :

  • Richard Poulin

    When I execute steps 6 and 7 Click the AP button in Odin and add the twrp_3.0.2-1_sm-t280_261016.tar file to it.
    Now click the Start button to install it. I get an error- Blocked by FRP lock on the device. How do I get past that?

  • Caleb Keesler

    when the screen goes blank and I switch from volume down to up, my tablet just reboots. tried several times and its not working

  • If your Tab’s model is SM-T280, the root method should work for you.

  • Glad to know! 🙂

  • brandon

    omg this actually works thanks bro

  • toshiba satellite

    And your tablet willike consume twice more battery. Use Samsung Kies to recover your tablet. I never ropted my tablet since then .it-so working fine just the way it came from fabric. Android is disappointing overall

  • littlefreak3000

    I’m having the same problem. I turned off the OEM lock and now my tablet wont boot.

  • Draggoon

    my tablet just performed an update yesterday. Is there possibly any problem with this root procedure that might be incompatible? Also, I’m from Canada and bought it here. Could that be a problem?

  • slop_me

    Mine says “Custom Binary(RECOVERY) Blocked By FRP lock” How do I remover that?

    this happens when I do the download mode then then try to inject the twrp. SM-280 version lolipop

  • Rooting does not affect battery usage. It simply gives you access to hidden system files and modify them. As for the bloat apps, you can delete them easily using a root explorer. We already have some guides here to help you with that.

    See this guide: http://www.droidviews.com/remove-bloatware-on-samsung-galaxy-note-3/

  • Dr. Drone

    So just to be clear, I can deactivate Developer Options? And if I leave the same rom, is there reason that the tablet will drain Faster when rooted if no further changes are made? Toshiba satellite has me concerned and all I want to do is root to remove bloat ware.

  • Skylarr Watson

    you need to press “select boot image” button (its something like that) when in twrp.

  • Jake the bold

    i can’t find “boot.img” and the boot folder has nothing in it, even though i copied boot to the tablet.

  • Jake the bold

    Terrible directions. It doesn’t tell me where the files are, I can’t find the thing to extract

  • Thanks for the appreciation, Grey!

  • Glad to know I was able to help, Nathan!

  • Nathan Leach

    Nevermind. I went ahead and did it anyway and IT WORKED! Thank you so much!!! I have just one more tablet to root, then I’m on a quest to disable that darned “guest” account. Thanks again, Rakesh!

  • Nathan Leach

    Chrome and/or Windows Defender says there’s a virus in the twrp & seamless boot files and seems to be removing the files right away. Should I ignore and find a way around this, or are these legitimate detections? Maybe it’s detecting something root-ish/hack-ish, but not an actual security risk?

  • Nathan Leach

    Chrome and/or Windows Defender says there’s a virus in the twrp & seamless boot files and seems to be removing the files right away. Should I ignore and find a way around this, or are these legitimate detections?

  • Grey Todd

    YES YES YES YES! You are the awesome dude of the day, my hero. Thank you so very much. I hope that Nathan above sees this because the file change worked.

    I’m so happy right now. I have 30 of these things that I need to root so they can be used by my 7th graders to learn App Inventor. You just made my life so much easier.

  • Hi Grey, the guide has been updated with new files, please try it again and let me know. I should work now.

  • Hi Nathan, I just updated the tutorial. Try it again from the beginning.

  • Hi, I am going to update the tutorial.

  • Download this superSU file and install it via TWRP: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-EQqpEb645uMUx3NmVleks3U1k/view?usp=sharing

  • Grey Todd

    Exactly the same issue for me. I hope you get an answer. My devices exactly same as yours — SM-T280 5.1.1 — and everything seems to have gone smoothly, except Root Check says NOT rooted.

  • Grey Todd

    Hi, and thank you. My issue is I cannot get past Step 7. I click start and nothing happens. I also noticed that the .tar file is much smaller than the one in your example, and also does not have the same MD5 extension. I have redownloaded the .tar file a few times, always the same results.

    Any suggestions, and thanks again…?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3fb4b48686fbb3981015ec703b5428393cad2031e0e5f002f29004c371ccbc48.jpg

  • Nathan Leach

    Please… help. Someone? I need root so that I can remove “guest” from the multi-user setup on these new tablets that I bought for Christmas for my kids. If I cannot get root and remove the guest account (which has no passwords, no restrictions, etc) then I will not be able to lock-down these devices in any meaningful way. plz #savechristmas 🙂

  • Nathan Leach

    AFAIK, I followed the steps exactly. Yet, Root Check tells me that my device is NOT rooted. What did I do wrong? Or, is there an updated file I needed? It says I’m running Android 5.1.1 (Lolipop) — is this walkthrough not compatible with my device and/or OS version? Please help!

  • You’re always welcome!

  • Pato Vidal Segovia

    Thank you Rakesh! 🙂

  • I already updated the guide with the same SuperSU version and was going to suggest you. LOL!

  • Pato Vidal Segovia

    i surf the web and found a new SuperSU file (SR1), which worked for me. it bypass successfully the zip signature verification.

  • Pato Vidal Segovia

    I downloaded the file from the two sites (main and mirror) and still have the same problem. Here is a screenshot of the message that is showing me.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b109406be09bc2f5cded04abf3ceb2ab4bd88dddffd116c95bb183ffc2021f2d.jpg

  • Glad to know!

  • Re-download the zip file. It might be corrupted for some reason.

    Since I rooted my tab using the same files, I am sure they work flawlessly.

  • Pato Vidal Segovia

    I followed every single step of the guide, but when i get to the point of install the SuperSU zip file TWRP says there is no MD5 file and the zip signature verification failed! … no zip file was installed 🙁 … i have a SM-T280 (T280XXU0APH3) and can’t use OTG, hence the reason to root it, but so far with no luck 🙁

  • Ayyy Meme

    Nevermind I found out thank you Rakesh!

  • Ayyy Meme

    If anyone could help me please do.

  • Ayyy Meme

    So I did everything but i don’t boot into twrp how so??

  • Once rooted, you can deactivate USB debugging if you want to. As for the advantages of having root privilege, you can find a number of root apps, Xposed Framework and even some custom ROMs for your tab.

  • toshiba satellite

    You forgot to mention, if you deactivate Developer Options, your tablet will not boot anymore.!!!!
    You have to connect to pc using Samsung Kies. After root , your tablet will drain battery twice faster! Tested on Samsung Galaxy tab A T280, brand new.So , I don`t recomand rooting your tablet.I see nothing good for a normal user.
    sorry my bad english

  • toshiba satellite

    It works ! Can I deactivate Developer Options after all is done?

  • You might get that warning but the file doesn’t have any trojan.

  • pa2kelis

    twrp with trojan?Windows defender find Trojan:win32/Spursint.A!cl Last miror dont have trojan

  • Nathan

    Lol, no problem!

  • Thanks, Nathan! We’re even now! LOL

  • Thanks, Nathan!

  • Nathan
  • Glad to know it worked perfectly, Nathan!

  • Nathan

    It works! Thanks a lot!! I just checked and I have root privileges. You guys are awesome! Great timing since I just got this tablet today and immediately went looking for a root method and you guys delivered. I really appreciate it. Thanks again!