How-To: Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat On The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T210 & T210R

Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat On The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung has rolled out an update to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat for the WiFi variants of the Galaxy Tab 3, SM-T210, T210R.  The update is hitting different regions at different times through Samsung Kies or OTA.

If the update is not in your region yet and you can’t wait, you can install the firmware manually with Odin3.  In this guide, we’re going to show you how you can install Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T210 andSM-T210R

Prepare your phone:

  1. Check that your phone can use this firmware.
    • This guide and the firmware are only for use with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T210 andSM-T210R.
    • Check the model number by going to Settings -> About device.
    • Using this firmware with other devices could result in bricking
  2. Make sure battery has at least over 60 percent charge
    • If phone runs out of battery before flashing process ends, the device could be bricked.
  3. Back everything up.
    • Back up you sms messages, call logs, contacts
    • Back up you media files by copying them to a PC or Laptop
    • Back up EFS
    • If the device is rooted, use Titanium Backup for the apps, system data and other important content.
    • If the device has CWM or TWRP previously installed, back up Nandroid.
  4. Turn off Samsung Kies and other software when using Odin3
    • Samsung Kies can interfere with Odin3 and you might not get to flash the firmware.

Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device. Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers. Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility. In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.

Download the following:

  1. Odin3 v3.09.
  2. Samsung USB drivers .
  3. The firmware file
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Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat

  1. Wipe the device so you can get a neat installation
  2. Open Odin3.exe
  3. Put the device on download mode
    • Turn off and wait 10 seconds.
    • Turn back on by simultaneously and continuously pressing the volume, home, and power buttons
    • When you see a warning, press Volume up.
  4. Connect the device to the PC.
    • Make sure you’ve already installed Samsung USB drivers.
  5. When Odin detects the phone, the ID:COM box will turn blue.
    • If you are using Odin 3.09, you will see an AP tab. Select firmware.tar.md5 or firmware.tar
    • If you are using Odin 3.07, you will see a PDA tab. Select firmware.tar.md5 or firmware.tar
  6. Make sure that you select the options in Odin that are shown in the photo below:


  1. Hit start and then wait till the firmware finishes flashing. The device will restart, when it does disconnect it from the PC.
  2. The device should reboot and you will be able to use your new firmware.

Have you tried Android 4.4.2 Kitkat?

What was your experience like?


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