Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy Tab S2 T810/T815

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was launched back in July, 2015. Just like the original Galaxy Tab S, the successor of Tab S also came in two different variants. We have an 8.0-inch Galaxy Tab S2 and a 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2. The one that we are going to do some work on in the succeeding post is the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 which comes under the model numbers SM-T810 and SM-T815. Galaxy Tab S2’s bigger variants is equipped with a 9.7-inch display having a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. Samsung equipped the Galaxy Tab S2 with a 1.9 GHz and 1.3 GHz Octa Core CPU accompanied by a RAM of 3 GB. We can find an 8 MP shooter fitted at the back, and a 2.1 MP shooter fitted at the top of its front. Galaxy Tab S2 9.3 was found running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box, the device was later updated to Android Marshmallow.

Those of you planning to get your hands on Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, or those of you who have already got one, they may be willing to bring some extra functionality and unleash the real power of their Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 now. Since anything out of the boundaries is strictly forbidden by Samsung, you won’t be able to checkout the potential of your device staying on the stock state of your Android system. To equip your Galaxy Tab S2 with some new features, performance enhancements and load some new stuff, you will need root access and a custom recovery installed on your device. Luckily, TWRP recovery, which is a famous custom recovery out of the only two available custom recoveries, is now available for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. Before you start wondering how you can get it running on your tablet, we would like to calm you down as we have already put together a comprehensive method to install TWRP recovery and root your 9.7 incher Tab S2 in this post. Before jumping towards the guide, we will give you a brief idea of a custom recovery and root access.

Once you’ve got your Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 rooted, you will be able to install root-specific applications like Greenify, Root Explorer, System Tuner, Ad blockers etc. By installing such applications, you can enhance the performance and battery life of your device. You can also get into the root directory of your system by using Root Explorers, which is a great deal. As far as a custom recovery is concerned, it will allow you to flash MODs to bring new features, it will also allow you to enjoy some custom ROMs. You can also backup Nandroid, EFS and Modem etc using the backup option in the TWRP recovery. Other things that you can do using a custom recovery include wiping cache, dalvik cache and a lot more. Let’s put this conversation to an end and go through the detailed method to root and install TWRP recovery on our beloved Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 SM-T810 and SM-T815.


  • This guide is only for Galaxy Tab S2 SM-T810 and SM-T815. Do not try this on any other device.
  • Charge your device up to 50%.
  • Use original data cable to establish connection between your PC and your phone.
  • Backup your important data as a safety measure. Use the backup guides linked below.
  • Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.


Required Downloads:

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
  • Download and extract Odin 3.10.6.
  • Download  TWRP Recovery file according to your device and model number and copy it to your desktop.
  • Download file and copy it to your Tab’s internal storage.
  • Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy Tab S2 T710/T715 on Android Lollipop/Marshmallow

    1. Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
    2. Enable OEM Unlock on your Tab S2. To do so on your phone, go to settings > about device > tap the build number for 7 times to enable developer options. Get back to the settings and open developer options. Under developer options turn on “OEM unlock.
    3. Put your Tab S2 in download mode now. To do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power Key. Once your phone boots up, press the Volume Up key to continue.
    4. Connect your phone to your PC now. The ID:COM box in the top-left corner of Odin3 should  turn blue. This indicates that your phone is connected properly.
    5. Now click the “AP” tab in Odin and select the TWRP recovery.tar file that you downloaded. It will take a second or two for Odin3 to load this file.
    6. Make sure that your Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.

    7. Odin 3.10.6 Explained_Techbeasts
    8. Now you’re all set to flash the recovery. Just click the start button in Odin3 and sit back.
    9. Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
    10. Without rebooting the device, we have to boot into TWRP recovery now. To do this, press and hold Volume Down + Home + Power key on your device, as soon as the screen goes black, immediately switch the key from Volume Down to Volume Up while having the Power + Home Key pressed. This will take you to the TWRP recovery.
    11. In TWRP Recovery, Swipe to allow modifications and then tap “Install > Locate the file > Select this file > Swipe to confirm flash > flash it”.
    12. Once file flashing ends, reboot your device into system.
    13. As it boots up, checkout the SuperSu in application drawer. Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
    14. Verify root access using Root Checker.
    15. That’s all. You’re now set to unleash the open source nature of Android.

    Don’t forget to backup Nandroid now.

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  • Harry2o

    Does this also work with the T815N ?

  • Admiral John

    Will this version trip the Knox counter?

    • @admiral_john:disqus yes it will.

      • Admiral John

        Bah, I was afraid of that… guess I’ll hold off. I just bought the tablet a week ago and really don’t want to void the warranty yet. 🙂

  • noah custers

    i cant boot into twrp after flashing cf_autoroot.
    is this normal? (can`t boot into any recovery at all)

    • @pantalaimon2000:disqus try flashing the TWRP 3.0 recovery on your phone and see if it boots up or not

      • noah custers

        I flashed twrp (the one from this tutorial) again after rooting and now it
        boots into twrp if i need the recovery.

        Thanks btw, this tutorial really helped me out

        • @pantalaimon2000:disqus that’s great. stay connected with us.

  • Tobi Baillie

    Will this work for marhsmallow 6.0.1??? I havent been able to find twrp for that version

  • Guide updated for Android Marshmallow

  • Seren_78

    Hi, I have tried this to root my Samsung tab 2 sm-t810 running 6.0.1 but i keep getting a notice saying RECOVERY IS NOT SEANDROID ENFORCING can you let me know where i am going wrong please? I have tried several root methods and am getting no where.
    Thanks in advance

    • @clareespley:disqus Are you able to boot into the phone? Is the recovery booting up or that error is the only thing you can see at the moment?

      If your device is stuck at this stage, then flashing a stock firmware will quickly recover it without any data loss.

      • Seren_78

        Hi, I flashed stock firmware and retried. It worked finally ☺️
        thanks for your quick reply

  • Carlo

    hi, how can I root my Samsung galaxy tab s2 model no. sm-t719c?

    • You need files for that model. I’ll see if I can find any method, I’ll put it up here.

      • Carlo

        Ok. I’ll wait for it. I really cant find any root guides for this model

  • Joshua Seidel

    Should this approach work on the SM-T817V?

  • Joshua Seidel

    Should this approach work for the SM-T817V? 9.7″ Verizon.

  • @disqus_6gqnsZhrMr:disqus no, this will not.

    • Joshua Seidel

      Is there a way to root my model that you’re aware of?

    • Joshua Seidel

      Are you aware of a method that will succeed in rooting my device?

  • pebear

    I’m looking for a pic file for mine. I got a demo model and the guy who JTaged it back to sanity ended up carving out only 4GB of space with the original image. So I need a Pic file so I can get my space back.

  • steve hunter

    does it work with the t713 model?

  • Mary Ling

    I am stuck on point 10. After rebooting in recovery mode I get the TWRP splash screen. Touching/swiping it, or just waiting, does nothing. Then the tablet reboots normally.
    I have tried to repeat the entire process, but I cannot go past the TWRP splash screen. Any suggestion?

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