Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best Android powered smartphones that can be used on a daily basis, whether you are an entry level user or a business person who is always thinking about productivity results. However, either way, you can get the best out of your device only if you apply a few tweaks which can unleash the true power that is under the hood – as you might know, there are restrictions added by default, restrictions which aren’t useful when speaking about speed and power in terms of Android customizations and optimizations. Thus, in that respect we will discuss today about TWRP recovery and about the steps that must be followed for setting up this custom recovery image on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
As you will observe this step by step guide is here to detail the process that replaces the stock recovery image with TWRP recovery. Therefore, by checking out the guidelines from below you can learn what is TWRP recovery, why you should apply this custom recovery environment on your handset, which are the risks that are implied, which are the essential pre-requisites that must be first completed and which are the actual flashing steps that must be followed in the end.
So, TWRP recovery is a custom recovery image that will remove the built-in recovery platform. We will do that for gaining further control over the Android system that powers your Galaxy Note 9 – the recovery environment is there to gran access within the Android core system. Well, TWRP recovery is running without restrictions meaning that you can now grant full control over built-in features, apps and capabilities. That’s why, once this operation is completed you can start tweaking your handset in different other ways and for obtaining better results on a daily basis.
For example, after resuming the guidelines from this tutorial you can use the TWRP recovery environment on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for removing bloatware, for removing start-up programs or for adding features that cannot be found on the stock Android UI; you will be able to install apps from other sources than Google Play and set up custom MODs and kernels; moreover, you can gain root access, make Nandroid backups and update with custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android; and, if you want to you can even overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies for bumping speeds or optimize the battery life.
TWRP recovery is a third party app developed by third party devs. It’s based on the CWM recovery functionality but adds the touch interface which is there to make the software more intuitive and more user-friendly. It also has a smooth UI and great options which will easily guide you through different tweaks.
But, since it’s not an official tool developed by Google or by Samsung, you will be by yourself while trying to set up TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Shortly, Samsung KNOX will get tripped so you might lose your phone’s warranty and the access to some built-in Samsung apps. If you want to restore the warranty you will have to reinstall the stock Android OS on your Note 9, which can be done quickly by using Odin.
Also, your personal data, info, accounts and files will be removed during the flashing process. Shortly, for being able to install the custom recovery image a hard reset is required (you will also have to clear app data cache). Thus, everything that wasn’t there from day one will be removed: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and anything else that might still be needed afterwards. Thus, on your Galaxy Note 9 you should make a general backup first: save your stuff by using an external storage device, use Samsung’s built-in cloud storage apps, sync your files with your Google Account or go to Google Play and download already tested backup and restore apps.
A computer will be required as TWRP recovery can be installed by using Odin – the official flashing program developed by Samsung. On that computer you must also install the Galaxy Note 9 drivers first as otherwise you won’t be able to successfully complete this tutorial – in that regard, for getting the right drivers you can use the Samsung KIES utility.
On your phone you have to enable Developer Options, if this field cannot be accessed from general Settings - do that by going to About Phone and by tapping repeatedly, for about 7 or 10 times, on Built Number, just until you get the ‘you are a developed’ message. Afterwards, from Developer Options check the USB Debugging field.
Your smartphone must be fully charged before you start to apply the steps from below. If the power is low, for example lower than 50%, your handset can get turned off in the middle of the flashing process. If a sudden shut down happens you can end up in soft-bricking your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – different malfunctions can cause severe problems within the Android core system. So, if required, charge your device before doing anything else.
Do note that this step by step tutorial is compatible only with the Exynos model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Moreover, your handset mustn’t be RMM locked – you can verify that by: reboot your Note 9 into download mode; if the RMM state says Prenormal it will mean that your device is RMM locked.
Good; so, let’s see how TWRP recovery can be installed on the Galaxy Note 9.
How to Install TWRP Recovery On Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Power on your computer and download the TWRP recovery file from here. Save this package on desktop.
- Next, download Odin on your PC from here. Run the executable file and follow the installation wizard for setting up the flashing program on your computer. When done, run Odin.
- On your computer also download the DM Verity disabler from here and the RMM Bypass package from here.
- Switch off your smartphone and afterwards reboot it into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Bixby buttons for a short while.
- Connect your Note 9 with your computer via USB cable – now, on Odin the ‘added’ message should be returned and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue; if different choose to reinstall your phone’s drivers on your PC before repeating the steps explained above.
- On Odin click on the AP button and then load the TWRP recovery file.
- Make sure that Re Partition and Auto Reboot options aren’t selected.
- Click on Start and wait while the flashing operation is automatically completed.
- When TWRP recovery is installed you will notice the ‘pass’ message displayed and the ID:COM field turned green.
- Close Odin and remove the USB cable.
- Force reboot your Note 9 into recovery mode now: star pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power buttons until the screen goes off and when it does quickly press Volume Up instead of Volume Down while still holding down the Power key.
- In recovery select ‘Keep Read Only’ when asked for ‘allow for System modification’.
- From TWRP recovery initiate a full wipe by choosing ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- In the end, reboot to recovery mode again. And next, flash the DM Verity disabler and the RMM Bypass files (first you will have to transfer these files on your phone): from main menu of recovery tap on Install and then swipe in order to start the flashing process.
- Reboot to Android mode when done.
- That’s all.
If Odin stops from running, or gets stuck while you try to complete the steps explained above, don’t panic and follow: close the flashing program; end its associated processes from Task Manager; remove the USB cord; force reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 9; reinstall your phone’s drivers on your computer; and in the end repeat the steps from this tutorial as everything should be working without further issues.
Also, if during that last reboot your handset gets stuck into a boot loop, try this fixing solution: enter recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons at the same time, for a few seconds); in recovery choose to initiate a full wipe by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’; when done, return to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’.
There you have it; that’s how you can install TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. A detailed tutorial on how to access recovery mode on rooted or locked Android devices can be accessed here. Of course, for further info don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below as we will try to assist you as soon as possible.
So, starting from now you can start different customizations and optimizations on your Galaxy Note 9 - you can gain root access and you can change the Samsung UI with custom ROMs and other ported Android functionalities. You can share your tweaking plans with us anytime you want and you can also check out our ‘how to’ page if you want to learn more similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Enjoy.