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Install TWRP 2.8 Recovery on Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H – How To Tutorial

TWRP 2.8 Recovery can now be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H. Just yesterday, we posted how you can get ClockworkMod Recovery 6 on this phone, and here is another recovery available for this phone. TWRP 2.8 Recovery is fully compatible with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on Galaxy S5 G900F and Galaxy S5 G900H. You can install TWRP 2.8 Recovery on Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H with Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to update Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H with TWRP 2.8 Recovery using ODIN. A custom recovery like TWRP 2.8 allows you to install custom ROMs, root Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H, create Nandroid backups or restore your phone and most of all, you can easily install additional system tweaks as well. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out this tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose any data, and anything could go wrong unexpectedly. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F / SM-G900H

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

You might be interested in the following article as well:

TWRP 2.8 Recovery on Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H:

TWRP Touch Recovery will allow you to install custom ROMs, advanced options like formatting the system partition, making backups etc. The entire tutorial has been given on the next page for those who want to install this custom recovery on their phones. Here are a few details about TWRP:

Team Win Recovery Project 2.6, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

Our tutorial on the next page explains how you can install this TWRP 2.8 Recovery custom recovery on the following models of the Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F (LTE)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 G900H (3G) — still under testing!

Thanks to PlayfulGod from XDA-Developers for this recovery!

Samsung Galaxy S5 will be getting a huge list of custom ROMs, because of its popularity and most of them are installed using CWM or TWRP. Of course, you can always enjoy the added benefits of a custom recovery with TWRP 2.8.

CLOCKWORKMOD RECOVERY: In case you want to install ClockworkMod Recovery on your phone, read the tutorial here!

Samsung Galaxy S5 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S5 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F / G900H with TWRP 2.8 Recovery.

About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.

5 Comments

  • Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.

    INCORRECT..

    Correct procedure:

    Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the Warning!! screen. Press Volume Up to enter into Download Mode.

  • Flashed the TWRP to my G900F with Odin 3.10. Now when I try to enter recovery the screen immediately goes to downloading mode. If I pull the battery and try to restart the phone it goes directly to download mode again like it is stuck in a loop. To get out of download mode and do a normal boot I have to re flash TWRP with Odin again then my phone boots and goes to home screen.
    How can I remove the TWRP install to get back to normal again????????

    • Got it sorted out!
      I found the ID number for the boot loader on my phone. It seems my phone had been a Docomo handset from Japan. I searched for the TWRP with boot load number and found one specifically for Docomo G900F. I flashed the file with Odin and when I booted into recovery everything worked great and TWRP opened up and worked fine!!!

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