The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 was launched a year ago with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Like most other Samsung Tabs, it was released in different variants. Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 sports a 7-inch display with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution, Marvell PXA869 chipset, Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 1 GB RAM, 3.15 MP main and 1.3 MP front camera, and Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery.

Since its release, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 did not receive any major OS upgrade but finally Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the device. If you own the SM-T211 (3G+WiFi) model of the device and have not yet received the KitKat OTA update notification, it’s time to get the latest software update manually.

The users of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 in Italy have reported getting the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update lately. Today we have come with the stock KitKat firmware for Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 with build version T211XXBNF5. In case you want to update your tab manually, you can get it without waiting. Since the available firmware is unbranded, it can be installed on any SM-T211 that is not locked to a network operator.


Download Firmware

You can download the stock firmware for your device from sites like Updato and Sammobile.





If you have decided to get the latest version of Android on your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, here are a few things that you need to do beforehand:

  • Download the firmware file and extract the zip.: 
  • Also, download and install the latest Samsung USB Drivers on your computer. In case you have Kies installed, you can skip installing the drivers but make sure Kies remains close while you use the procedure described below.
  • Also, download Odin and extract the zip: Odin3 
  • Enable USB Debugging on your Galaxy Tab 3. Follow these instructions if you do not know how to do so.
  • Updating with Android 4.4.2 will not wipe your device but we would still recommend you to backup your apps and data.

Update Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 with Android 4.4.2

Now here’s is how you can install the stock Samsung firmware on your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0:

  1. Extract the firmware zip file to find the actual firmware with .tar.md5 extension.
  2. Open the Odin folder and launch the program.
  3. Now boot your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 into the Download mode: turn it off and then press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons together for about 2-3 seconds. You’ll see a warning screen, just press the Volume Up key to enter Download mode.
  4. Connect your Tab to your computer using USB cable.
  5. The ID:COM port on Odin will turn blue when your devices gets detected.
  6. Now click the AP button on Odin and select the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension.
  7. Make sure that only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked on Odin.
  8. Take a calm breath and click the Start button on Odin.
  9. Wait till the installation is done. It might take about 2-4 minutes.
  10. Your device will reboot automatically.

When your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 boots up, go to Settings> About device and check the Android version. It should show Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Enjoy!

Also see:

How to Root and Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T211 on Android 4.4.2

Fixing Issues

If you have updated your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to the latest KitKat and have been experiencing issues like device overheating, fast battery drain, a little bit lag and problems with WiFi and data connection, follow the steps given under Recommended head over this guide.

Do You Own the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210?

Click here to get Android 4.4.2 Firmware for your device!


  1. hello rakesh.. i own a note 3 duos sm 9002 running 4.4.2 …it is not locked to any carrier now…i want to upfrage to lollipop but there is a chu(chinese rom) if i install this rom using odin will i be able to use my sims or i have to unlock it?

  2. Am from nigeria and I cant seems to find any update or firmware fore my country…please help my tab goes on and off on its own

  3. Hello I am from Philippines but my tab is made from Taiwan, what firmware can I use? Thanks in advance

  4. I have been experiencing problems in this kitkat upgrade. . .i a samsung galaxy tab3 smt211 user. . .when p i play game for a about 15 -30 minutes its suddenly become laggy restarting my device doesnt help. . Pls help

  5. Hello Rakesh, Thanks for the site and its information. I followed the procedure and Odin confirmed a successful upgrade but when the Tab starts again, it is in the same version as before with the same applications, so in real nothing seems to happen despite a process lasting about 4 minutes. Any idea on the issue? Thanks

  6. THANKS Rakesh but
    the link you suggested me for kitkat?
    I can not download orignal frimware?WHY?plz reply

  7. Hi Rakesh,I have an unknown software(claro) 4.1.2 installed what should I do?plz plz plz REPLY

  8. I was getting tired of waiting so I did the Italy firmware upgrade. everything is working and
    it was easier than I thought it would be. Thanks

  9. The baseband version of my tab 3 is T211XXBNI2 and the build number is KOT49H.T211XXBNI2 and it’s made from vietnam but I ‘m in philippines. What is the best firmware to use and 100% sure to work ?

  10. The baseband version of my tab 3 is T211XXBNI2 and the build number is KOT49H.T211XXBNI2 and it’s made from vietnam but I ‘m in philippines. What is the best firmware to use and 100% sure to work ?

  11. I have installed now the Colombia Update. I haven’t encountered any problems for now. Its working good. I downloaded it from another website because this website doesn’t have it yet. If i encountered any problems i will try installing that Indian firmware. Thanks 🙂

  12. Is the new Colombia KK update good? or indian or italy? My device is made from Vietnam (written from the back of the box). Im from the Philippines. Which should i download? Thanks.

  13. Is the new Colombia KK update good? or indian or italy? My device is made from Vietnam (written from the back of the box). Im from the Philippines. Which should i download? Thanks.

  14. thank you for the reply. I’ll try changing my jellybean to kitkat, really appreciate it..

  15. thank you for the reply, is there a chance that may phone will get brick?, and if that happens (hopefully not), what method will i use to revert it to it’s default state?

  16. hi I’m from the Philippines, I have a different build version and there is no build version that match mine, is it okay if I just pick the philippines(sun)?? and by the way, is this firmware upgrade is just for sun locked sim? please reply, thanks!

  17. Thanks will do, the reason for the upgrade is because I want to root it. Could you please help me with that?

  18. Sounds weird! Try this: go to Settings> Applications> All> Play Store and clear defaults, cache and data. Then reboot the device. let me know.

  19. Hi, I’m from south africa and recently did a manual firmware update on my sm-t211 to 4.4.2 kitkat. It was suggested that i download the italian version but now my play store apps are in Italian. Is there any way to change this or have i done something wrong? Thanks

  20. Hello Eric, first of all congratulations on updating to KitKat. Now, since you’re not able to use Calls, SMS or Data, It is highly the chance of broken Radio partition, which again is included in the package itself. So, I recommend you to flash the firmware again 🙂

  21. I just recently update my tab 3 SM-T211 to kitakat 4.4.2 version. After the update, issues arise with phone functionality on this tab, I cant make calls, receive text messages and unable to use 3G or data connection. I downloaded and use the appropriate file or firmware according to region. I’m from Philippines. Any help to resolve this problem of mine is greatly appreciated.

  22. Hi, when ever i m using my tab3.7.0 smt211 touchscreen finger tips feeling something electric sock…just slightly…it happens when i use 20-30minute regularly..ur 2nd finger i mean to say just bring up to down with slightly..i m feeling that..and i have already done factory reset with all formats i have used ……but problem not solved..

  23. I think there is a error on the download link or download it self! I have been trying for the last 2 days to download the Indian version but it keeps on getting sucked on 90% and the gives the error that download was interrupted. any other advise?

  24. Hi, I have updated my Tab 3 (sm-t211) last week and since then I have been having a lot of problems. Battery drain, no connection to data network (3G) and also a lot of lag on all my apps. I downloaded the Italy version but live in South Africa. I seen that the sm-t210 for South Africa is out, will the one for the sm-t211 come out soon, or is there any other way to fix these problems?? (I have done the factory rest and the factory wipe and still it doesn’t work) Please help!! Rassie

  25. Hi. I have a question. Does anyone know if this is working with latin american devices? Reading this post in Ecuador. I really hope it works with this. In case it does, what firmware should I download?

  26. hi, my tab 3 baseband version is zsami3 base on whats written on the back its made in vietnam, can i use the vietnam firmware? thanks

  27. Hi, I have updated my Samsung Tab 3 SM-T211 to Andriod 4.4.2 KitKat version, after lock the screen every time when I unlock it Tab is working at that time but the screen is not lightning at same time,, so sir plz tell me hoe can I solve this problem?

    “””THANK YOU”””

  28. Hi, I ahve updated my Samsung Tab 3 SM-T211 to Andriod 4.4.2 KitKat version, after lock the screen every time when I unlock it Tab is working at that time but the screen is not lightning at same time,, so sir plz tell me hoe can I solve this problem?
    “”THANK YOU”'”

  29. Since I am rooted, I was able to get rid of the notification after using the Clean Master app and deleting system updates.

  30. Thank you, I went through the steps to root mt device and confirmed with Root Checker app. I then went through the additional steps that you listed to disable notifications for a rooted device. Once I restarted the device the software update notification popped up again. Are there any additional or other steps that I can take to remove the notifications. Your advice is appreciated.

  31. Hi, I received a notification for upgrading Samsung Tab 3, SM 210. I pressed ok, it than asked for installing the software, which I did. It rebooted and started installing. After installation reached 100 %, it stopped and it was not moving forward any further. I switched off the tab and restarted twice, but it does not boot properly and stops at the page where samsung is written. Please guide me what to do.

  32. What is the solve when your sm t211 is automatically turn off even you did not pres the turn off key

  33. Hi, if you have a rooted device, you can easily disable OTA notifications.

    Download “disable service” from Play Store
    Open it
    Go to System Apps
    Find Google Services Framework and tap it
    Uncheck “SystemUpdateService”
    Restart your device.


    If you do not have root (not sure if it’ll work), go to Settings> Applications> All and find the software updater app, tap it and force close it.

  34. Hello I received the notification on my tab 3 that the firmware has downloaded for tbe software update to 4.4.2 kitkat. I don’t want the update. Can I avoid it and get rid of the notification and the firmware? Thx for your assistance.

  35. I have heard several people report that issue. Seemes to a bug in the firmware. Try enabling USB debugging and a data factory reset.

  36. hey there i recently flashe in my tab 3 T210 and i cant use USB OTG still can anyone help me out

  37. is it okay if i will follow the instructions above for my Tab 3 SM-T210? thanks

  38. Update for India was same as Italy
    TAB became more laggy, Less battery backup, even cant play small 2d games without lag.
    WhatsApp Still not working from play store
    (Had to download from whatsApp site then it worked)
    Done factory Reset, wiped cache partition. Before and after installing the Firmware
    NO USE!!
    I think this problem is with everyone with t211 with 4.4.2 firmware itself..!!
    Now i am waiting for T211XXBNH2 version of KK Firmware in India.

  39. dear sir. i try to update my tab SM-T211 but it said that my tab already has been modified. i has been rooted my tab and now i has been unroot it. how to solve this problem? thank you.

  40. Dear sir,
    I have update my galaxy tab SM- T211 before a week. From that time onwards my tab battery getting worse, it get dried with in a hour. Before that, it has stands for a day, but after software updation it wouldn’t be like that. Pls help me to solve this issue.

  41. Dear mr Rakesh ;
    My device is already installed by this android kitkat (4.2.2), but,, i found there are so many problem occured since thìs android vesion is installed. For example, my device is slower than before, my hidden item on gallery cannot be seen, my apps always not responding and so on. So, could you kindly told me if it is something wrong with that android version (4.2.2) or there are my device problem?
    Please give me your feedback ASAP

  42. My tab was rooted and I’m in Egypt and my version is (T211XXAMGM ) can I download KITKAT for my Tab…

  43. I rolled down to 4.1.2 but had to go to recovery mode since it was stuck in boot screen, finally working well.
    Have you got any idea how to restore battery icon with green colour which show during charging when the unit switched off, and display continue to light while charging when switched off. I did a factory data reset as well.

  44. Well, try a factory reset first. Turn off your tab, press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together for 4-5 seconds till you get into recovery mode. Highlight “wipe data factory reset” and select it by pressing power button. Then reboot system.

  45. one thing sir.
    inform how i get back my old version of software to my tab3
    i mean to say is i want to uninstall my new version software to my tab sir

  46. no sir, before i check evrythng my earphone is gud condition ony sir. if i palce the same earphone to sumother samsung mobile both side i mean to say is left and right is audioable bt wen i place to my tab3 ony right side audioable
    it all hapn after wen i updated new version of software it install successfully after dat it show
    IS ALL YOUR LISTENING IS RIGHT SIDE i press ok from dat time the problem occur
    plaese tell me sir how to get solution for dis problem
    listening single side feeling very acward

  47. sir i updated my tab3 on1sep2014 it ask do u need listening all from right side i press ok after that i plug in my earphone it listening from right side ony please tell me sir how to get back that i listen both side from my ear phone onethng dat my ear phone condition is good sir please sir i fed up wid erythng even i went samsung care also noghting hapn please tell me sir

  48. Dear Mr Rakesh

    I have updated through this last month and now as the official update has been rolled out in india please tell how to get the official update

  49. sir after upgrading kitkat i cant login my previous google account and whatsapp also not installing what can i do sir ???

  50. I did my tab3 update on ota. My device is stucking on a game called subway surfer also when i tilt my device it doesnt work.
    does my tab need recovery mode reset after the update?

  51. Mr. Rakesh, if i do factory reset going into recovery mode, will i lose my personal data or phone data?

  52. I just need to repeat the steps mentioned above, dont I? What i most wanna to know is that are there any major issues when rolling back to 4.1.2 from 4.4.2?

  53. I had done a factory reset and gps issued was solved but only for fee days and it appears again. I installed Italy version. Is this issue there in other regional os?
    if not, is it possible to install it? Is it ok to roll back to 4.1.2, i mean is there known problems.? 4.4.2 is really nice except gps issue.

  54. Im from phillipines but my device came from saudi arabia and its openline what firmware should i download?

  55. Isnt there any fix for gps issue rather than roll back to 4.1.2.? It is said that new kitkat 4.4.2 can not be rolled back and if tried phone get damage, is it true?

  56. I wanted to clarify something, is the warranty void if I installed the kitkat software update?

  57. Where is the stock rom can i get?
    i want to roolback to 4.1.2 too.
    because, my hidden foto cann’t displayed.
    pleas help me, give a link maybe to roolback to 4.1.2 jelly bean

  58. I think you have not done a data factory reset after upgrading to KitKat. Do it and you will notice the magic. All new firmwares eat more battery than usual. Remember the battery performance on your tab when you bought it. Give it some time until the battery is synced.

  59. hello, few days ago I got notification about this kitkat 4.4.2 update in my SM-T211. however i feel this upgrade makes the battery running so fast, and I found that developer option is gone. do you have a solution? is there any loss from that missing developer option?

  60. Upgraded to 4.4.2 and running smoothly yet one issue with GPS, it wont or take long time to fix the position with gps.
    Is it possible to roolback to 4.1.2?

  61. By default, tethering turns off automatically after a few idle minutes when the connection between devices is not active. You can try a factory reset too to fix if it is an issue.

  62. after i rooted my tab 3 sm t211 my tethering hotspot always turn off after a few minutes. any suggestion?

  63. Hi i successfully updated my SM-T211 to kitkat 4.4.2 but i observed that it became damn slow in games and more battery hungry , is there any solution to this i did factory reset uninstalled all apps but it didn’t helped me much , any solution will be much appreciated .

  64. Hello Sir, i ve some questions..
    ive flashed 4.4.2 kitkat n my t211
    After that my watsapp is not working, even playstore say ur device is not compatible
    Is this problem caused because i ve flashed Italian version in India?
    Even cant install way2sms.. and fifa 14 and even temple run oz are not running that smoothly
    What should i do? Wait for update in India?
    I am on 4.1.2 again. but i want 4.4.2 soo badly 🙁
    Please help 🙂

  65. When I use games in tilt control it doesn’t work !! Is there any solution ?

  66. HI mr rakesh tq so much for the firmware i jst installed it on my tab 3 sm-t211 its still running but tq anyways so much

    god bless you sir (btw i am 13)

  67. If T211 got the KitKat update,the T210 will get it?Same specs,just the 3G is the difference between both of them.Same processor,same amount of RAM…

  68. thanks a lot Rakesh…your suggestion solved my issue and i am using my tab very well but I want to know can i root it again after soft bricking and an unofficial firmware because 4.4.2 update is not available in India for SM-T211

  69. Ricky – Let us know if that works on the T210. I’ve got one on the way and had expected to be able to upgrade to 4.4.2. Kind of bummed that its not being pursued really well by Samsung – always been a fan of their products. Any insights would be useful. Thanks.

  70. Can any one post some screenshorts. Especially the notification panel.lockscreen etc etc

  71. Can you please tell me it is in English Language or in Italian. Thanks for your suggestion and advise, by the way I have SM-T211 from India, can I upgrade to Kitkat version. Thanks again.

  72. Hi

    Can you please tell will it void my warranty and after this will i get official further update in future from samsung India SM-t211 wifi+3g

  73. Is there any problems like errors in wifi, bluetooth, wifi direct, etc.does it have any lagging? What are the new features of kitkat update? Plz post some screenshots.

  74. Okay thankyou for the fast replies, are there any known issues with the T210 as I have seen YouTube videos of people using 4.4.2 on them and I assume this is the method they used? Or is there one that is made for the T210? I am tired of waiting for Samsung’s update which is looking increasingly like it won’t happen for this device

  75. Is this update reversible? Basically can I try KitKat then revert back if there are too many issues?

  76. The difference of model number is itself a valid reason. Even if the firmware is installed on T210, it will surely have issues with some features of the device.

  77. Is there any reason why this can’t be uses with smt210 since they are essentially the same tablet, only the smt210 is WiFi only. Has anyone tried IR? I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work. Also how likely is this process to brick the device?

  78. Me again sir, My current Baseband version is, T211XXANC1 and not T211XXBNF5. Is it okay to proceed? thanks again in advance. i really appreciate your time.

  79. Hello sir.. im from India , i hv tab 3 smt211 can i use this update? is this the official one or unofficial

  80. Hello sir.. im from Philippines, can i use this update? thanks in advance for your reply.

  81. I can’t belive how fast it is now with Kit-kat..with 4.1.2 the tablet lagged a lot…freezed when I wanted to chat..but now..everything runs so smooth. Much better than Jellybean!!

  82. hm…it’s working;s installing something..Maybe i did something wrong at the steps above..i started the download mode while connected to the PC. Now it’s installing. I will return with a reply after.

  83. it’s my first time with Odin..the ID was blue..i checked AP with the Md5.and pressed start…and i waited..20minutes and nothing happend.I will retry and post a photo

  84. hello, I just started the instalation..and it passed 4 minutes..Shall I wait a bit more? the Start Reset Exit buttons are unaccesable. Should I wait a bit more? Thx I have the Cosmote Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

    SM-T211, and in Romania the 4.4.2 updated hasn’t arrived yet.

  85. Is this more better than 4.2.2? Coz i check in yotube that 4.4.2 is slowrr than 4.2.2

  86. can i also update my samsung galaxy tab 3 4.1.2 7inch to that 4.4.2 kitkat version here in phillipines sir? if yes, should i only ned0ed to follow the instructions? tnx in advance

  87. That speaks so much for Samsung and its endless lines of devices. Other OEMs such as LG and Sony seem to be pushing timely updates.

  88. Such a lightning fast reply! Thanks again Rakesh! I hope that we don’t have to wait for more than a year for Android L. :/

  89. The update has been already rolling out. Just wait for it. Should not take too long. You can also check for it from Settings> About> Software update.

  90. Any ideas on when the SM T211 model for Malaysia will be given the update to KitKat? Early thanks!

  91. Go to Settings> Application manager> All> WhatsApp. Then clear app cache and data. Reboot your device and then setup WhatsApp again.

  92. hello everyone, i just installed this kitkat(4.4.2) version in my tab 3 t211 and every thing is fine except the whtsapp
    its saying this device is incompatible

  93. can you add other server download ? i’m tired download from terafile / rapidgator. i can’t resume my download.

  94. when will Galaxy tab 3 7.0″ (SM-T211) get KitKat update from Samsung (via OTA not Firmware)? please tell me

  95. i hav galaxy tab 3 7.0 t211 i updated to 4.4.2 (italy) and the gallery app jus looks very bad …status bar is not transparent sumtyms…and locksceen is fully fake 4.1.2. these all were awesome….and the battery backup has jus gone mad ……how can i revert to 4.1.2 (india)…………………………………….anyone still facing this problems

  96. hi rakesh iam try to update my galaxy tab 3 t211 but its fails and my device not able to onn
    please help

  97. Hi Rakesh, I’m having Samsung tab 7.0 Model – SM-T210 (v 4.1.2).Can I upgrade this to Kitkat ?

  98. The worst that can happen to your device is, it can get into bootloop, but you can fix it by reflashing the firmware. Just do things carefully, and you will have 4.4.2. As for 4.4.4, it’s not yet available for your device.

  99. Yea so what if this whole process fails. Will the tab not be able to be onn again? Pls let me know. Coz I want to get 4.4,2 I have 4.1.2 and if theres 4.4.4 tell me.

  100. I noticed when I updated my device to KitKat that I cannot charge my phone via USB yet I can still charge using the included adapter. Has anyone experienced this or it depends on the carrier?

    Mine was an openline unit from the Philippines.

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