The latest version of TWRP recovery (v2.8.7.0) is now available for the Samsung Galaxy A3 smartphone. Even though the custom recovery isn’t coming straight from the TWRP recovery team (the software was released by those of xda-developers and is a customized and optimized version of the stock and official TWRP platform) it will smoothly run on your A3, so you can then consider in tweaking your Android device. Therefore, read all the lines from below and then resume the flashing process in order to enjoy a stable custom recovery image right on your own Lollipop featured Samsung Galaxy A3.

Any Android device comes pre loaded with the stock recovery image, which is a hidden environment from which you can make changes within the Android OS. However, when talking about the stock recovery we also talk about various restrictions and about a limited access. Therefore, if you would want to customize and optimize your Galaxy A3 without experiencing factory and default restrictions, you will have to replace the stock recovery with a custom software. If you have done that but if you recently updated your A3 to latest Lollipop firmware, then once more the stock recovery will be installed on your handset.

So, if you are thinking in flashing a custom recovery image for the first time, or if you are considering in re-ensuring TWRP recovery on your Lollipop powered Samsung Galaxy A3, this step by step guide is what you need. As you will notice, applying TWRP recovery is quite easy as the process can be completed by using Odin, an official program developed by Samsung and usually used on update types of procedures. So, bottom line, you have nothing to worry about as you won’t risk in bricking your phone while taking care of the guidelines from below.

However you must know that replacing the stock recovery with TWRP recovery represents an unofficial Android operation. Thus, this process will trip KNOX which means that the warranty of your Galaxy A3 will be voided. Unfortunately that means you won’t be able to reclaim your phone’s warranty even if you take your device back to service – moreover, if something bad happens you will have to pay for the future technical assistance, or you will have to learn how to manually fix a bricked Android device.

Anyhow, the advantages that will be ensured by TWRP recovery will make you forget everything about KNOX and warranty issues. In fact, completing this guide is the first step to make when thinking in taking your Galaxy A3 to a higher level of performance. Why? Well, basically after applying this tutorial you will be able to use the custom recovery environment for completing the following dedicated operations: gain root access, remove bloatware, install a custom kernel, overclock or undervolt your Android device, install a custom ROM firmware (like CyanogenMod, AOKP, Paranoid Android and more), make Nandroid backups for saving the current ROM that powers your Galaxy A3 and lot more.

Now, as already pointed out this is not the official TWRP recovery release; thus, on the present built you won’t be able to mount the device as MTP, meaning you won’t be able to transfer files from recovery mode. Another issue remains with ‘ADB sideload’ feature, which isn’t currently properly working. You can read more details about these problems here – the official developer webpage.

If you do want to resume the flashing operation from below, before heading towards the proper installation guide, read all the pre requisites from the following list – in this way you can be sure that nothing unexpected happens.

  • Backup your data as a wipe might be applied along with the flashing process – you should take care of contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, internet settings, EFS, saved passwords, calendar details, IMEI / NVRAM data, market apps and so on.
  • For the backup you can use a computer, your phone’s SD card, a cloud storage software, or various backup and restore apps from Google Play.
  • Charge your Samsung Galaxy A3 before using Odin – mainly, plug in the charger if the power left is lower than 50% (if your device gets turned off while you try to install TWRP recovery, different software related problems might be issued).
  • On your phone you should enable USB debugging option, after ensuring developer options.
  • For developer options: go to “menu -> settings -> about phone” and tap several times on Built number – until the developer options message is being displayed.
  • For USB debugging – access the recently enabled Developer Options (from “menu -> settings”) and check the USB debugging option.
  • You have to use a Windows powered computer; on the same device you will have to download and install Odin along with the TWRP recovery file.
  • Make sure that everything goes as planned by temporarily disabling security features from your computer – tools like antivirus or antimalware might interfere with the installation guide.
  • On your computer the Samsung Galaxy A3 USB drivers must be installed – you can download and use Samsung KIES in that matter.
  • You can apply this tutorial if you own the Samsung Galaxy A3 – model numbers A300H, A300F and A300FU. The current TWRP recovery built has been successfully tested on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS but should work without problems on Android 5.1.1 firmware too.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy A3 running on Lollipop OS

  1. On your computer download Odin; then unzip the file and follow on screen prompts for installing the software.
  2. Remember to install the Galaxy A3 USB drivers.
  3. Finally, download the TWRP recovery file from here; place the package on desktop and unzip it.
  4. Power off your device; wait a few moments and then reboot your phone in download mode.
  5. Run Odin on your computer and then connect your smartphone with the PC via USB cable.
  6. Odin will have to recognize your phone – if everything works as planned, on the program the “added” message will be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned yellow or blue.
  7. If that isn’t happening, close the program, unplug the USB cable and reinstall USB drivers before trying to reapply the steps from above.
  8. Now, from the program click on the “PA” option; then load the TWRP recovery file from desktop.
  9. Don’t check the Re Partition and Auto Reboot fields from Odin; and click on “start” when you are ready.
  10. Now, TWRP recovery will be automatically installed on your Samsung Galaxy A3.
  11. If during the flashing process Odin gets stuck, close the tool, remove the USB connection, force restart your phone and retry the steps from above.
  12. The process will be completed when the “pass” message will be displayed and when the ID:COM field will be turned green.
  13. You can then remove the USB cord and reboot your A3 – if during the last reboot your phone gets stuck in a boot loop follow: access recovery mode and from there make a hard reset and clear cache (basically, choose “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”); when done, from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now”.

That should be all; in the end you will be able to safely use and run TWRP recovery on your Lollipop powered Samsung Galaxy A3. So starting from now you can consider in tweaking your Android device for improving general performances, battery life and speeds. Also, in the end, don’t forget about us and other users who might want to follow this tutorial and tell us how things worked for you by using the comments field from below – if you have questions, we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

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