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Fix Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

If you came here around and have encountered a “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again.” error message on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 while performing a software update. This might help you through to fix your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 either you have any version such as SM-T210 Wi-Fi , SM-T210R, SM-T211 3G or SM-T215 LTE and so on. Well, this problem is not rare and it usually does happen unexpectedly and it’s too frustrating how to recover it by your own when you have no any other options left.  Now, before we run this guide you may need to understand that needs a little bit of technicality approach since we are handling a mobile device, one mistake may lead our device to undesirable outcomes. When we say technicalities it doesn’t mean that you need to have a PhD in Electronics.  Unless you knew how to run a computer, running a software program and  by just clicking it’s settings, then that is enough basic technical knowledge that I mean?

Now, this solution is exclusively  targets on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Firmware Upgrade an Issue. You may have read a lot about same  issue all over in the internet and asking everyone for the solution. Maybe you have been through reading some other solutions but eventually did not resolve your tablet’s current situation.

Before you dig down the solution,  I want you to try this first on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0;

Reboot the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 into  Download Mode:

Turn it off.  Now, press and hold the Volume Down  and the Power button simultaneously. You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you  to press Volume Up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!.

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Now if you can still access the download mode, you may proceed to try this solution and recover your tab 3. If ever you cannot get into that download mode screen no-matter how many times you’d tried  with the button combination, then this guide is not for you.

Before diving to the solution below,  I will going to assume that this is the same scenario how it goes before your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 stuck at the “Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again” message.

1.) You are using Kies 3 while initiating software update then an unexpected error saying that you  get an “error upgrading the firmware, would you like to go into emergency recovery mode?”
2.) Then you’ve selected the recovery mode to run the Emergency firmware recovery and so on following the given instructions displayed in Kies. But then another error message pops-in saying “Emergency recovery stopped, due to Tablet error”.
3.) And here’s another problem, Kies can’t recognize your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 anymore, it only says something like “Kies can’t connect to the device”.

So what to do now? How can we fix it in Kies emergency recovery if our tablet is unrecognizable by the program itself? Well the very best solution is to send it back to your dealer, but before doing that you might wanna try my solution as there is nothing to lose anymore as you have now a tablet that does not respond at all.

I will just try to explain how this problem usually occurred. So everyone should not be alarmed and ignore from using Kies. No, it’s not Kies. This usually does happen by users unintentional mistake. Yes, we do unnoticeable mistake, as the reasons resides in technicalities whatsoever you called it.

While we use Kies we must remember that the whole process involves a basic do this and do that step by step process. The process includes connecting the device to the computer’s USB port with a USB data cable that needs a latest USB driver support then the device must be running with enough battery power. Adding more, we  necessarily need a strong internet connection and anything that may I have missed to mention. Now, if one of these basic things we need to do first have failed and have skipped to our attention. Noting that it could happen in a split second while the device is initiating the firmware update process then suddenly either the data cable loose, the battery shuts down unexpectedly because we forgot to recharge or connecting the charger, the internet connection dropped and even your cat jumps-in on top of your table.  What could it be possibly will happen to the device? It might just fine but  it could also end-up  into a corrupted system OS. In Android advanced users term it is so-called “soft-bricks” which also means a corrupted  Android operating system.

Fixing Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Firmware Upgrade an Issue, Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again

First and foremost, you should really make sure that you knew your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 version which is derived from model number of specification. The international Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi variants are SM-T210 while in the U.S and Canada are SM-T210R.  Other Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 variants are the 3G with model number SM-T211, SM-T215 for the LTE version. U.S carriers are also LTE’s such as SM-T217A (AT&T), SM-T217S (Sprint), and SM-T217T (T-Mobile).

Use the supplied USB cable of your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, recheck the computer’s USB port if is still working properly.

Make sure to download the latest Kies to be able to install the updated USB driver as well.

Choose the right stock firmware that correspond to your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 model number. A firmware for SM-T210 may not worked on SM-T210R variants and vice-versa.  It contain a very different kernel, bootloader, modem and any other system images. Meaning a different build version but same Android OS version on each other.

You may also try to remember what software version your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 running before the “Software Upgrade encountered an Issue” struck.  It could be on 4.1.2 or already on 4.4.2 as we cannot just flash any older firmware version once you get the most latest OS update to 4.4.2.  It is now includes a new security suite called KNOX that secures the Android ecosystem.

As you might have already read this flashing instructions before, just consider this a way different as we are about to carefully choose the right stock firmware for your device. The old days have gone and all of those old instructions must met the latest Android policy. If you might have tried  flashing your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with an older firmware build and just stuck at Samsung Logo or it just keeps on reboots then you might wonder why. So just read on it could be resolved by this solution.

Find your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Stock Firmware  here – Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Stock Firmware, see  if your device is included in the list. If not, then you may find the right stock firmware before proceeding. If your country is not included in the list you may temporarily use other countries stock firmware. UK’s stock firmware can be use by France, countries does not matter as long it has the same model numbers, you may then just restore back your own countries stock firmware once you recover your tab 3 from soft-bricks.

Grab the tools:

Odin flasher tool – download
USB Driver– download (only needed if you have not yet installed Kies in your computer)

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 or Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. In Odin window, Do Not Tick the Re-Partition’.  Just let both  ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ checked and nothing else.

Reboot the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 into  download mode. Turn it off, once completely shut down hold down the HomeVolume Down buttons and press the Power button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the Volume Up  button to continue in a Download Mode screen. It will then display an – Android Robot and says ” Downloading.. Do not turn off target”

Once you already set your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 in download mode,  simply connect it into your computer.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log-cat will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin.  If Odin can’t connect the device then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Now load the stock firmware  image. Click odin’s AP/PDA button then  browse to the folder where the unzipped stock firmware file, it usually ends with .tar.md5. The screenshot below shows you the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean stock firmware for the US Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210R , Wi-Fi version. But do not use that stock firmware if you’ve already been upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Instead use the 4.4.2 stock firmware from the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 stock firmware support page.

The stock firmware goes like this: “T210RUEAMG4_T210RXARAMG4_T210RUEAMG4_HOME.tar.md5”

T210RXARRAMG4 firmware

Once if the stock firmware is loaded. Click on “Start” to begin with the flashing process.

Unbrick a bricked Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0


Wait until the flashing finishes, a progress bar in Odin’s  will show you the exact time to when its finishes. DO NOT remove nor touch anything unless it successfully completes. You will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicate that the flashing was successful, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s safe to disconnect it from the computer. However, if you get failed error try again.

Further troubleshooting:

The firmware flashing was successful but the device in bootloop (constant reboot) and or stuck at Samsung Logo.

You are almost there, perform a full wipe factory reset in recovery mode, simply do this:

1. Turn off the tab then Press and hold Volume Up and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Tab 7.0 in Normal mode.

You may also Re-configure your network APN Settings, if you might have use any other countries stock firmware temporarily.

You might also need to reconfigure your networks APN settings as it might be reset once the official firmware installation has made. Just search your networks APN settings and then enter the corresponding data on the Wireless Network’s  Access Point Names.

  • Tap Apps
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap More Settings
  • Tap Wireless Networks
  • Tick Wireless Data
  • Tap Access Point names

That’s all fellas! If this solution has just save your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, just drop me some words. If not, then there’s nothing I can around here but just to remind you that there is a reason why there are service centers exists nearby.

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