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Install Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) TWRP 3.2.1 Recovery

With official Android 8.0 Oreo update out, read this guide to install TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) A520F. The last year’s A series smartphone has been granted official TWRP 3.2.1 support which means, this latest recovery build now works with Android 8.0 Oreo based packages and custom ROMs. Further, once you install it, you would be able to access all of TWRP’s signature features such as a full touch-driven user interface, ability to install root and also functionality to backup all of your data and settings. The guide ahead will take you through the complete procedure of installing TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) A520F.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is now a year old and with advancing technology, the only way to keep it up to speed is by installing mods and custom ROMs. No doubt that Samsung is still keen on updating the smartphone but with TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery installed, you can further improve the experience. How? TWRP 3.2.1 will let you root your device, install custom ROMs and other performance mods. Further, if you aren’t interested in performance mods, you can utilize TWRP’s other various powerful tools such as the backup functionality. As this is a system partition installation, do make sure to 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. Please note, this Galaxy A5 (2017) TWRP tutorial is currently only available for the Samsung Exynos variants of this phone: SM-A520F and SM-A520FD.

Install Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) TWRP Recovery

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 😉

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) TWRP Recovery:

TWRP 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. The newer versions of TWRP such as TWRP 3.2.1 come with a touch-responsive UI which means unlike traditional recovery partitions, you can actually choose the options by tapping on them. TWRP 3.2.1 is the latest available till now and will hopefully also receive all the future updates that get released.

Most Android enthusiasts tend to install TWRP recovery and root their phones right away. Also, there are other numerous uses of a custom recovery like TWRP and some of them we have listed ahead:

If you are planning to root your phone in the future, you might be interested in reading the benefits of rooting your phone.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 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 A5 (2017) properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) with TWRP 3.2.1 Recovery.

Tutorial: How to Install Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) TWRP Recovery

Install TWRP 3.2.1 Recovery on Galaxy A5 (2017) with Odin

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide for how to install TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery on Galaxy A5 (2017). If you are used to installing official firmware 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.

To Remember:

  • This TWRP 3.2.1 recovery installation tutorial is only for Galaxy A5 (2017) A520F / A520FD. Please do not try on any other Galaxy A5 (2017) 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 3.2.1 Recovery tutorial works with Android 8.0 Oreo firmware and all future Android updates.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download TWRP 3.2.1 Recovery package for Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and extract this file anywhere in your computer. Also, download the DM-Verity disable script but don’t extract it:

NOTE: Make sure you select the appropriate file above for your Galaxy A5 (2017) model.

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017).

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down button 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 A5 (2017)]

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 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.

Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in Odin. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10 – After the installation is completed, you should hold your Power Button and Volume Down Button until the screen turns black.

Step 11 – Once it does, you need to let go of the Volume Down button and hold the Volume Up button while still pressing the other listed buttons. This will boot the phone into Recovery mode and you should now see TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery interface. On first boot, TWRP will ask to Modify the system, you should decline. [Need help? Read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)]

Step 12 – You should now connect your phone to your PC and copy over the No DM-Verity script you downloaded before.

Step 13 – Go to TWRP home screen and select Install and then Install Image (Check Kernel and Boot partition). From there select the boot image which you copied and confirm installation.

Step 14 – Reboot your phone!

That’s it! Your Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has now been flashed with TWRP 3.2.1.

How to Access TWRP 3.2.1 Recovery on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017):

After you are done with the installation side of TWRP 3.2.1 recovery, follow these steps to access it on your Samsung Galaxy A5 A520F.

Step 1 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the Volume Up button along with the Power Button for few seconds.

Step 3 –  You should let go of the both buttons as soon as the Samsung logo pops up. The phone should now boot into Recovery mode.

Having issues? Read our dedicated guide on how to access recovery partition on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017).

You might be interested in the following article as well:

Backup and Other Important Tips

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. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

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. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

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, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

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?

3. 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.

Whenever you restart your phone, stock recovery keeps showing up? There is a fix for that. For details on how to make TWRP 3.2.1 permanent on your Android phone, head over to the next page.

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