Root and Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 2016 [T813N/T819N]

Galaxy Tab S2 received an update earlier in 2016. We are not talking about the software update, the Tab S2 actually got a hardware update. Samsung released a successor of the Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 almost 2 months back. The refreshed version carried a Quad Core Snapdragon 652 64-bit CPU accompanied by a 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. An external mircoSD card slot was also there. The refresh version carried the same 8 MP shooter at the back and a 2.1 MP shooter on the front. Another notable update was the software of this device. The 2016 9.7-inch Tab S2 ran on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box while the original Tab S2 was still running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

It didn’t take long for the developers to void the boundaries of the 2016 Galaxy Tab S2. Good news for Android power users with a Tab S2 2016 came out quite early. This device has already been rooted and flashed with a custom recovery. The latest version of TWRP recovery i.e. TWRP 3.0.2-1 made its way to the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and 8.0 (2016 editions). In case you own this device, it maybe the time for you to start tweaking it and get the best out of it. As you scroll down, you will come across a comprehensive guide to flash TWRP recovery and then root your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 SM-T813N (Wi-Fi only) and SM-T819N (LTE) running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Before installing the recovery and rooting the phone, we will apply some precautions to make sure that we are keeping the process and device safe and sound.

Preparations

  • 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.
    • Backup SMS Messages
    • Backup Call Logs
    • Backup Contacts
    • Backup Media – Copy your files manually to your PC or Laptop. We will have to go through multiple wipes while flashing TWRP and rooting this device. Backup your data before hand to avoid any issues later on.
  • 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.

Required Downloads:

Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

  1. Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
  2. Enable OEM Unlock on your 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. 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 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 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. Once the process box above ID:COM box shows green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
  9. Now turn off your device properly as we are going to boot into recovery mode.
  10. 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.
  11. Now in TWRP Recovery, tap Wipe > Format Data to remove encryption. This will erase your device completely.
  12. 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.
  13. Now go back to the main menu in TWRP Recovery and tap “Reboot > Recovery”. This will once again reboot your phone in TWRP.
  14. 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”.
  15. Now once again tap “Install > locate the dm-verity.zip file > flash it”.
  16. Once done flashing, reboot your phone to system.
  17. That’s all. You’re rooted and have a TWRP recovery installed.
  18. Once flashed, tap the Reboot > System option from the main TWRP screen. If TWRP asks you to root your device, cancel this option and proceed to the reboot.
  19. As it boots up, checkout the SuperSu in application drawer. Also install BusyBox from Play Store.
  20. Verify root access using Root Checker.
  21. 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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  • @disqus_NLhPTeCHpg:disqus when did it get stuck in downloaded screen? Before flashing recovery or after flashing recovery? Can you please explain it a little bit?

    • Please mention the exact model number of your Tab S2.

      • Mike

        Thanks usama. I got it worked out. Had to ref lash with factory flash. Tried it again and il all set. Again thanks anyhow

  • David Catapano

    I Usama. the tab is stuck in downloading screen.I tried 6 times but in download mode, after the pass of odin, the tablet does not stop.The last time I waited till the battery turns off by itself.Nothing to do. In recovery does not work neither twrp nor recovery stocks.Works only in download mode,then I reinstalled the stock firmware. My device is Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE SM-T819 T819XXU1APD5.Any advice? Thanks for the help.

  • David Catapano

    I tried 6 times but in download mode, after the pass of odin, the tablet does not stop.The last time I waited till the battery turns off by itself.Nothing to do. In recovery does not work neither twrp nor recovery stocks. Works only in download mode.then I reinstalled the stock firmware. My device is: Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE, SM-T819 T819XXU1APD5. Thanks for the help. Any advice Usama ? Ciao

    • @davidcatapano:disqus The tab come back into the Download Screen again and again, is this what you exactly mean?

      • @davidcatapano:disqus Perform a factory reset and try flashing the recovery again, it should help.

      • David Catapano

        I did the flash twrp in download mode without any problem. Pass by odin. But the tablet will not turn off, and then I have to Flash again twrp leaving “auto reboot” active, because otherwise always stays in download mode without turning off. I mean I can’t go into recovery mode and when I succeed is because I restarted the tablets (what not to do because I had to turn it off before). So recovery shows me a black screen and not working neither twrp that recovery stocks. I already did a factory reset. I tried again to make the flash of twrp but with the same result. The tablet will not turn off. Sorry but I don’t speak much English so I help with the automatic translator. I hope that’s clear enough.

  • David Catapano

    I have the same problem. Remains stuck in download mode and will not turn off by pressing and holding. I also did a factory reset but But nothing has changed. Remains stuck in download mode. I hold down the power button but does not shut down. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks for the help

    • @davidcatapano:disqus The guide explained above has the boot image files that are supposed to be flashed as well. Please have a look and make sure that you’ve applied all instructions properly.

  • David Catapano

    I Usama. Now everything is ok. I have a twrp recovery but there is another problem: the wifi does not work. By clicking on the button to launch the wifi, it won’t turn on. The mobile data network is ok, no problem but the wifi doesn’t work. Any advice? Sorry to bother you.

  • David Catapano

    I forgot to tell you that it doesn’t work also the wifi router.

    • @davidcatapano:disqus Are you still having this issue or you’ve already resolved?

  • @davidcatapano:disqus Recently I update the whole guide with some new instructions added. Give it a read and let me know if its helpful. The guide had some steps missing which were not available previously, the developer added them later on and so did we. Have a look and let me know 🙂

  • Martin Massicotte

    Hi there, the wifi wont turn on everything else works fine. can u help me plz SM-T813 thanks

    • @martinmassicotte:disqus Try clearing cache and dalvik cache, let me know if it works or not.

  • @davidcatapano:disqus I’ve updated the new Boot.img files, flashing the new boot files worked for @martinmassicotte:disqus and solved these issues.
    You too should flash the latest files linked above, that will resolve the issue. Best of luck.

    • David Catapano

      The new Boot.img files works perfectly. Now I have no problem. Thanks for help

  • @martinmassicotte:disqus Thanks for letting me know, I’ve also updated the files above.
    You can use this guide to install Xposed: http://techbeasts.com/install-xposed-framework-android-marshmallow-60/

  • Leon

    When I try to enter recovery mode, the screen says loading recovering at the top but after it turns black and keeps flickering. Is this normal?

    • Viggen R

      samething happening to me, did you find a fix yet?

    • @disqus_rHN9ohWr2h:disqus Please follow the guide carefully. Pickup the boot.img file carefully for your device and flash it. The method has worked for some users as you can see that in the comments, I also updated the post. You need to perform it carefully.

  • Hans Oude Vrielink

    Everything goes well but at point 10 I’ve the problem that I can’t switch off my Tab with the Power button. It does nothing, no matter how long I press it. The only thing I can do is to restart the Tab with the Volume Down + Home + Power Key. How to solve this problem?

  • Javier Echeverria

    its says that there is not a os installed at the reboot,and in teh reboot las part at the corner says Set Warranty Bit: Kernel help!

    • @disqus_qNSF4RqEcG:disqus Did it happen after trying to flash the TWRP recovery? If so then flash the stock firmware to recovery it.

      • Javier Echeverria

        alredy fixe 😀 , i made a mistake at the installation , saved by the backup

  • @disqus_3NJiLk6I5S:disqus I’ll look for this build and link it here shortly.

  • Thomas Neuber

    Flash the T813XXU1APF4_no_encryptable_boot.tar in Odins AP-Tab or in the BL-Tab?

  • Logidelic

    I’ve got the SM-T813 and followed these steps, finally flashing with T813XXU1APF4_no_encryptable_boot.tar. Unfortunately, after flashing it seems that wifi is no longer working (it won’t let me flip it to on). What might this mean? It was working just fine before the flash. How would I go back to the stock firmware?

    Thanks!

    • @logidelic:disqus The guide has been updated. Please follow the new method, flash the new files and you should be good to go with it. Let me know how it goes for you.

  • @sergioortsmartnez:disqus yes it is this file.

  • can i do this without wiping my data?

  • Razor

    Follow instructions to a T…cannot boot into TWRP, just goes into stock recovery. Is the version of Odin correct for T813 running Marshmallow?

    • @disqus_YHdqljMSYl:disqus You can try using a different Odin and see if it works. Let me know how it goes.

      • Razor

        Worked fine after all. In Odin turned on Auto Restart. Just gotta be fast with the buttons. Thanks.

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