Custom Recovery is quickly replacing Android stock recovery and the only two contenders gaining fast popularity are the TWRP Recovery and CWM Recovery. In this guide, I will enumerate one of the several ways to install TWRP Recovery on Samsung using the Odin software. If you want to know more about TWRP Recovery, see The ultimate guide to TWRP recovery on Android.
Although many stave off the tedious task of debugging or doing any form of software repairs on their phones or tablets, with just a bit of common sense and the willingness to learn you can easily install TWRP recovery on Samsung and it is furthermore easier when you use Odin.
So, here’s what you need to get started.
- A computer (preferably with Windows OS)
- A Samsung device
- One USB Cable compatible with your device
- Odin software and TWRP recovery image.
- 15 minutes of your time.
Before we begin any further, it is important that you know that your Samsung smartphone/tablet MUST BE rooted beforehand. If it is not yet rooted then you should refer to our guide on how to root your Samsung Android device. Additionally, you may use any of these 35+ Best Rooting Apps for Android devices.
One of the steps involved in this process would involve unlocking the bootloader of Samsung device using ADB & fastboot commands. For more reference, see 15 Most useful ADB Fastboot commands for Android.
On the software level, you need to:
- Activate Developer Options from Settings by tapping on the ‘Build Number’ in the ‘About Phone’ section 7 times.
- Activate OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging inside Developer Options.
- Install Samsung USB drivers for Windows. Learn how to Download & Install USB Android Drivers for any Android Device.
- Backup your device completely. This includes- documents, videos & photos, audio, contacts and other miscellaneous data.
- Maintain over 50 percent battery life.
Now we get to the fun part.
- Install TWRP recovery for your Samsung device on the Windows PC and ensure that you get the .tar file either in Downloads or Desktop folder.
- Also, install and run ODIN3 v3.12.3 on your Windows PC as an administrator. For Mac systems, see how to download and install ODIN for Mac.
- Now, press down on the Volume Down button, Home button and the Power key simultaneously for a few seconds until you see Download mode flashing on the device’s screen.
- Connect your Samsung device to the PC using a USB cable and allow the system and Odin software to recognize this USB connection. Usually this takes a couple seconds.
- In the Odin software, you should keep your eyes glued to ID: COM port. If your device is recognized, this part will turn blue and that’s what we are aiming for.
Let’s begin flashing TWRP recovery image onto your Samsung device.
- On the ODIN software, check the AP tab.
- Then under Options, select only Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
- Proceed to selecting TWRP recovery .tar file that you just saved on your Windows PC. Again, make sure that your device is connected to the computer with a USB cable before starting with this step.
- Now tap the Start button on the Odin software and allow it a minute to finish the process. Make sure that you do not turn off neither your computer nor the Samsung device.
- If everything goes right, as it normally should, you will see a pass message on the Odin screen.
- Once Odin has flashed the TWRP image onto your Android, the device will reboot itself and you do not need to worry about punching in any ADB & fastboot commands.
Finally, boot into TWRP recovery on your Samsung gadget.
- Turn off your device that has booted into normal mode by default.
- Hold down the Home button, Power key and Volume Up button for a few seconds to enter the TWRP recovery mode. Thereafter, you can just proceed to rooting your Samsung as discussed here.
If you have downloaded the SuperSU.zip file, move it to your device’s internal storage before you begin with any of the steps illustrated above. It doesn’t matter where you place it, but it needs to be found easily in your device’s internal storage.
After you’ve performed all the steps from above, boot into recovery mode using the key combination and when you see TWRP recovery tap on Install then select SuperSU.zip file.
Swipe to confirm the flashing process then reboot your Samsung.
Note: Rooting voids warranty, proceed at your own risk.