How-To: Install CWM/TWRP Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite SM-T110/SM-T111

Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Samsung introduced a low-cost variant for the Galaxy Tab 3.  Their calling it the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 or Galaxy Tab 3 Neo.  The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite runs on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean.

If you own a Tab 3 Lite owner and you’re not happy with the current stock firmware and applications, you might want to consider installing a custom ROM.  However, before you do so, you are going to need to root and install a custom recovery on your Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

In this guide, we are going to teach you how you can install ClockworkMod {CWM] or TWRP recovery and root the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite SM-T110 and SM-T111.

If you are wondering what root access and custom recovery are, and why it might be to your advantage to have these on your phone, check out our explanation below:

Root Access: A rooted phone gives its users complete access to data that might otherwise by loced by manufacturers.

With a rooted phone you get:

  • The ability to remove your phones factory restrictions.
  • The ability to change the phone’s internal systems.
  • The ability to change the phone’s operating system.
  • The ability to install apps that can enhance a devices performance.
  • The ability to remove built-in apps or programs.
  • The ability to upgrade the device’s battery life.
  • The ability to install any apps that need root access during installations.

Custom recovery: A phone with custom recovery allows it’s user to install custom roms and mods.

A phone with custom recovery also allows you to:

  • Create a Nandroid backup. A Nandroid backup saves the working state of your phone and allows you to revert to it at a later date.
  • Sometimes, when rooting a phone, you will need to flash and this needs custom recovery.
  • The ability to wipe the cache and dalvik cache.

Prepare the phone:

  1. Check that your phone can use this firmware.
    • This guide and the firmware is only for use with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite/Neo SM-T111/SM-T110.
    • If you use this firmware with other devices, this could result in bricking.
    • Check the model number by going to Settings> About Device.
  2. Make sure that the phone’s battery has at least over 60 percent charge.
    • If the phone runs out of battery before flashing ends, you could end up bricking the phone.
  3. Back everything up.
    • SMS messages, call logs and contacts.
    • Media files
    • EFS
    • If you have a rooted device, use Titanium backup for apps, system data and other important content.
  4. Turn off or disable Samsung Kies and any antivirus software
    • You will need to use Odin3 and these programs can interfere with it.

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.


  • Odin3 v3.09
  • Samsung USB drivers .
  • CWM Recovery.tar.md5 for Galaxy Tab 3 Lite SM-T110 here
  • TWRP 2.7 Recovery.tar.md5 for Galaxy Tab 3 Lite SM-T110/SM-T111 here
  • Root Package [] File here
  •  To enter download mode you must press and hold down volume DOWN, home, and power buttons.
  • To enter recovery mode you have to press and hold down, volume UP, home, and power buttons.

Install CWM/TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy Tab 3 Lite SM-T110/SM-T111:

  1. Download CWM or TWRP Recovery.tar.md5 file. Which one you download depends on your personal preference and your device.
  2. Open Odin3.exe.
  3. Put the Tab 3 Lite on download mode
    • Turn off.
    • Wait 10 seconds.
    • Turn back on by pressing and holding down the volume, home and power buttons simultaneously.
    • When you see a warning, press volume up.
  4. Connect the Tab 3 to a PC.
  5. Make sure Samsung USB drivers are installed before you connect the phone.
  6. When Odin detects the phone, the ID:COM box will turn blue.
    • Odin 3.09: Go to the AP tab. Select recovery.tar.md5
    • Odin 3.07: Go to PDA tap. Select recovery.tar.md5.
  7. Make sure the options selected in Odin match what’s in the photo below:


  1. Hit start.
  2. When flashing is complete, the device should restart.
  3. Remove device from the PC.
  4. Boot the device into recovery mode
    • Turn the power off.
    • Turn device on by pressing and holding down on the volume, home and power keys.

Root Galaxy Tab 3 Lite SM-T110/T111:

  1. Copy downloaded Root file to Tab’s SD card
  2. Boot into recovery mode as you did in step 11.
  3. Select “Install > Choose Zip from SD card > Root > Yes / Confirm”.
  4. The Root Package will flash and you will gain root access on the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.
  5. Reboot device.
  6. Find SuperSu or SuperUser in App Drawer.

Check if the device is properly rooted:

  1. Go to Google Play Store.
  2. Find and install “Root Checker” Root Checker
  3. Open Root Checker.
  4. “Verify Root”.
  5. It will ask for SuperSu rights, “Grant”.
  6. You should see Root Access Verified Now.


Do you have a rooted Glaxy Tab 3 Lite?

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  1. Nate February 8, 2018 Reply