Samsung recently released the Galaxy Note8, a great phablet that combines the premium Galaxy S8 design and high-end specs along with a larger Infinity display. However, the only way in which you can unleash the true potential on this device is by applying a few tweaks. And of course, among these tweaks we will include the root access and the use of a custom ROM. Well, these custom operations can be completed only if a custom recovery image is installed on your Samsung Galaxy Note8.
Thus, today we will be checking exactly that: how to flash the latest build of TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 that’s powered by an Exynos processor – no, unfortunately this tutorial will not work for other Galaxy Note8 models, at least not for now.
TWRP recovery is here to replace the stock recovery that runs by default on your smartphone. The stock recovery is helpful only if you have to perform official operations; when tweaking procedures are involved you need to use a custom software instead.
Well, TWRP recovery is based on CWM recovery and brings a touch-based interface along with improved settings and features. Overall, the custom recovery image will extend the possibilities ensured by the stock recovery platform. Also, with TWRP recovery you don’t have to deal with default restrictions as the system is fully unlocked.
If you want to make a proper idea about what can be done as soon as this tutorial is applied, here are a few examples of custom operations supported by TWRP recovery: you can gain root access on the Samsung Galaxy Note8; you can flash custom MODs and kernels; you can remove bloatware; you can install custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android; you can add apps from other sources than Google Play; and more. Of course, making a hard reset, clearing app data cache and further similar official operations can be completed too.
Replacing the stock recovery with TWRP is not an official process. Samsung is not behind this tutorial – the TWRP recovery platform is developed by those of xda-developers and in that respect we must thank senior member geiti94 for this new tweaking opportunity. Unfortunately, Samsung KNOX will be tripped so you might lose your Galaxy Note8 warranty while resuming the steps from below; also, some default apps and processes might not properly run anymore. So, if you have a problem with that you should stop from going any further.
A backup must be applied in order to secure your personal info, data, accounts and files – some files might get corrupted while the custom recovery image is installed and in worst case scenario everything might be wiped out. So, try to be precautious and backup everything that’s not there by default. The backup operation should secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info and similar other files or packages – you can use backup and restore apps from Google Play, you can sync your data with your account or you can apply cloud storage services that are already running on your phone.
TWRP recovery can be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 through Odin. Odin is developed by Samsung and usually used on update types of procedures. Therefore, this is going to be a manual process so a computer is required. On the computer that will be used the Galaxy Note8 drivers must be first installed – you can flash the drivers through the Samsung KIES toolkit.
On your smartphone you must enable Developer Options. This can be achieved by tapping on Built Number – tap repeatedly on this field until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up. Then, from Developer Options (you can access this section from menu – > settings) you have the check the USB Debugging feature and the Unknown Sources option.
Before resuming the TWRP recovery flashing process you need to charge your Samsung Galaxy Note8. Don’t apply the following steps if the power left is lower than 50%. If you do, you risk in soft bricking the Android system that runs on your smartphone. So, bottom line, charge your handset if that’s required.
Remember that the TWRP recovery package from below is compatible only with the Exynos Samsung Galaxy Note8 – don’t mess things up and be careful before starting the installation procedure from below.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Note8
- On your computer download and install Odin.
- Don’t forget that the Galaxy Note8 drivers must be installed too.
- From this page download the TWRP recovery package.
- Run Odin on your computer now.
- Power off your smartphone and wait a few moments while the switch off operation is completed.
- Now, enter download mode on your Galaxy Note 8: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons together, for a few seconds.
- Connect your handset with your computer via USB cable.
- The ‘added’ message should be displayed on the flashing program. Also, the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue – if that’s not happening, reinstall your phone’s drivers and then repeat the previous steps.
- From Odin click on the AP option and load the TWRP recovery package. From Odin you need to make sure that Auto Reboot and Re Partition options aren’t checked.
- Click on Start and wait while the custom recovery image is installed.
- The ‘pass’ message will soon be displayed and the ID:COM field will be turned green. At this point you can unplug the USB cable and reboot your phone.
If Odin gets stuck while you try to complete the steps from above you will have to: close the program, unplug the USB cord, force restart your Galaxy Note8, reinstall your phone’s drivers and repeat the steps from the beginning.
Also, if your phone will get stuck in a boot loop you will have to enter recovery mode from where you need to initiate a wipe by choosing “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe davik cache”.
There you have it; that’s how you can successfully install TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note8. You can enter recovery mode easily: you first have to switch off your device; then you need to press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons for a few seconds; eventually the recovery mode menu will be displayed. So, that’s all for now; if you need help or if you have further questions related with the operations explained above don’t hesitate and use the comments field from down below in order to get in touch with our team.