Samsung launched a refreshed version of the Galaxy Tab S2 earlier in 2016. The 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 also comes in two variants i.e. the 8.0-inch and the 9.7-inch. Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 2016 carries some minor improvements over its predecessors. Samsung used a Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core 64 bit CPU to power up the 2016 Tab S2. Samsung plugged its own Exynos 5433 CPU in the original Tab S2. Addition of the Snapdragon 652 CPU in the refreshed Tab S2 improves its performance however, there’s a slight decrease in the GPU of this new Tab S2. The RAM remains the same i.e. 3 GB and in the internal storage begins from 32 GB with an option of microSD card slot. Tab S2 carries an 8 MP shooter at the back and a 2.1 MP shooter on the front. While the original Tab S2 ran on Android Lollipop, this successor runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.
Folks getting their hands on the Tab S2 2016 edition have some good stuff to play with now. The Galaxy Tab S2 has already been rooted and blessed by a TWRP recovery as well. This now means that you can customise your Tab S2, enhance its performance, improve the battery time, pull in some new features and also try some new custom operating systems. But to begin with all the aforementioned stuff, you definitely need to bypass the root boundaries and then flash the recovery as well. We’ve managed to put together this tutorial which will help you to flash the TWRP 3.0.2-1 Recovery on your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 SM-T713N and SM-T719N running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. After flashing the TWRP, you can easily root your Tab S2 as well. It’s time for us to go ahead and get this done.
- This guide is only for the devices mentioned above. 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.
DISCLAIMER: FLASHING CUSTOM RECOVERY AND ROOTING THE DEVICE VOID ITS WARRANTY. IN CASE OF A MISHAP, TECHBEASTS OR SAMSUNG MAY NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE DOING EVERYTHING AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITH YOUR FULL UNDERSTANDING.
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
- Download and extract Odin 3.10.6.
- Download SuperSU.zip file and copy it to your Galaxy 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0’s external storage or USB OTG.
- Also download the no-verity-no-encrypt_ashyx.zip and copy it to your Tab S2’s external storage or USB OTG as well.
- Download TWRP Recovery file according to your device and model number and copy it to your desktop.
Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
- Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
- Enable OEM Unlock on your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. 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.“
- Put your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure that your Odin3 looks like this. The only option ticked should be F. Reset Time.
- Now you’re all set to flash the recovery. Just click the start button in Odin3 and sit back.
- Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
- Now turn off your device properly as we are going to boot into recovery mode.
- Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. This will boot your device in recovery mode. It should be TWRP recovery that you just installed.
- Now in TWRP Recovery, tap Wipe > Format Data to remove encryption. This will erase your device completely.
- Now tap “Wipe > Format Data > type “yes” to formate data. This is important to disable encryption. This step will factory reset your phone, so make sure that you’ve backed up the entire data at hand.
- Now go back to the main menu in TWRP Recovery and tap “Reboot > Recovery”. This will once again reboot your phone in TWRP.
- Now make sure that you’ve copied the SuperSU.zip and dm-verity.zip files in external SD Card or USB OTG, if not then transfer both these files to your external SD Card by using MTP mode in TWRP now. Once you’ve the files, tap “Install > locate the SuperSU.zip according to the location where you copied > flash it”.
- Now once again tap “Install > locate the dm-verity.zip file > flash it”.
- Once done flashing, reboot your phone to system.
- That’s all. You’re rooted and have a TWRP recovery installed. Best of luck.
- As it boots up, checkout the SuperSu in application drawer. Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
- Verify root access using Root Checker.
- That’s all. You’re now set to unleash the open source nature of Android.
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