This is a complete guide on how to update Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with TWRP 3.1.0 recovery. TeamWin Recovery is the most popular custom recovery available, and it is now already available for the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S8+. The device has just started to reach customers and here we have the first running TWRP 3.1.0 custom recovery build. You can install it immediately on Exynos variants of the Galaxy S8 Plus. Once installed, you would be able to enjoy all of the new features of TWRP 3.1.0 and also, the ability to flash ZIPs which means you can root your phone as well. We will be using Odin to flash this custom recovery. We have already covered how to access recovery mode on the Galaxy S8+ using the new Bixby button, now get TWRP as well for your phone. In order to install TWRP 3.1.0 on your Galaxy S8 Plus, please read our detailed guide below. As Galaxy S8 Plus international model doesn’t have a locked bootloader, this guide can work on its own given that you have the correct model.
As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to update Galaxy S8+ with TWRP 3.1.0 Recovery using Odin. A custom recovery like TWRP 3.1.0 allows you to install custom ROMs, root Galaxy S8 Plus, create system backups or restore your phone and most of all, you can easily install additional system tweaks and mods, like the Xposed Framework. 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.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, 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 😉
TWRP 3.1.0 Recovery on Galaxy S8 Plus:
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 3.1.0, or twrp3 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 3.1.0 Recovery custom recovery on the following models of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus:
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Exynos Variant)
To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus model / variant with the Exynos chipset, please see: Samsung Galaxy S8+ Model Numbers / Country Variants Guide.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 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 3.1.0.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 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 S8 Plus properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
You might be interested in the following article as well:
- Root Galaxy S8: How to Root Galaxy S8 Plus on Android 7.0 Firmware.
- USB Drivers: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Drivers and How to Connect with Computer.
- Recovery Mode: How to Access Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8+.
- Install Nougat: How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus custom ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROM section!
All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with TWRP 3.1.0 Recovery.
HOW TO: Install TWRP 3.1.0 Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide for how to install TWRP 3.1.0 custom recovery on Galaxy S8 Plus. If you are used to installing official updates through ODIN on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This TWRP 3.1.0 recovery installation tutorial is only for Galaxy S8 Plus G955F or G955FD. Please do not try on any other Galaxy S8 Plus variants.
- Enable Developer Options by going to Settings > About Phone and tapping on build number multiple times.
- Go to Settings > Developer Options and enable ‘OEM Unlocking’.
- Enable USB Debugging mode on your phone. [How to Enable USB Debugging]
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
- This TWRP 3.1.0 Recovery tutorial works with Android 7.0 and all future Android updates.
- Go to Settings > About device on your Galaxy S8 Plus and check your model no. It should be G955F or G955FD. If anything else, please do not proceed.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download TWRP 3.1.0 Recovery package for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and extract this file anywhere in your computer:
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: twrp-3.1.0-r1_0424_dream2lte.tar
NOTE: Make sure you select the appropriate file above for your Galaxy S8 Plus model.
Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby 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. [Need help? Read: How to Enter Download Mode on Galaxy S8 Plus]
Step 4 – Make sure you have your Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus USB drivers installed on your computer.
Step 5 – Open Odin on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.
Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.
Step 7 – Now select the following file that you have to flash/install on your phone. This file will be found from the extracted file in Step 1.
- Click on ‘PDA’ / ‘AP’ and select the TWRP package file you downloaded in step 1 for your phone.
Step 8 – In ODIN, uncheck the Auto Reboot and check F. Reset Time options, if not already.