Install TWRP on Galaxy Tab S4 and Root It


TWRP Recovery is now available for Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. The Galaxy Tab S4 owners can root their device by means of the TWRP recovery. Galaxy Tab S4 owners can follow this guide to install TWRP on Galaxy Tab S4 and Root it. Before you being installing TWRP and rooting the Tab S4, let us take a look at the spec sheet of this device.


Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S4 last year in August. Tab S4 comes in two variants. It has the SM-T830 variant which has the Wi-Fi only. The T835 variant has the GSM/LTE capabilities. Rest of the specifications on both these devices are identical.

The Galaxy Tab S4 comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. The resolution of this screen is 1600 x 2560 pixels. Tab S4’s screen PPI is 287. The 10.5-inch display has an aspect ratio of 16:10.

install TWRP on Galaxy Tab S4 and Root it

Samsung has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC to power this device up. To support the Snapdragon 835, there is the Adreno 540 GPU inside this tab. It has a RAM of 6GB and internal storage of 64GB or 256GB. It does support external microSD cards too.

At the back, the Galaxy Tab S4 has a 13MP camera. On the front, it has an 8MP camera. It supports stereo speakers tuned by AKG. The sound is from Dolby Atmos. Galaxy Tab S4 has the USB Type-C port for connection and charging purposes. It has a whopping 7300 mAh battery under the hood. The Tab S4 comes in Black and White colors. Its price starts at 580 EUR.

That was a glimpse at the Galaxy Tab S4’s specifications, let’s get back to the guide in order to install TWRP and Root Galaxy Tab S4.

Why TWRP Recovery and Root?

If this is your first time to install TWRP and Root an Android device, it is important to learn what you are exactly doing.

TWRP for Tab S4
TWRP for Tab S4

The TWRP Recovery runs in the bootloader of an Android device. When you install the TWRP Recovery, it replaces the stock recovery of your device. The custom recovery comes with a number of pros and a few cons.

By installing TWRP, you will be able to wipe the Dalvik Cache of your device. Wiping the Dalvik Cache on the stock recovery is not possible. The recovery also gives you the option to backup all the partitions in your phone. TWRP also gives access to its terminal. This terminal can be used for sideloading apps and custom ROMs.

In the recovery, users can find the Install option. This option can be used to install .zip and .img files. This is how the users flash custom ROMs and other custom MOD files. There are many other things that one can do with the help of TWRP. These were just to give you a basic idea about TWRP.

When it comes to rooting an Android device, you get access to a world of endless possibilities. Rooting can enhance the performance and battery life of your phone. Simply rooting doesn’t do it, you do have to get the root-specific applications to take your phone’s potential to a whole new level.

If you don’t like the current UI of your phone, or you want to add or remove some features, you will find a plethora of Android apps to do this. Such apps use root permissions to modify the system files of your Android device.

Go ahead to install TWRP on your Galaxy Tab S4 and Root it now.


Before you follow this procedure, bear in mind that this is a custom process. Companies like Samsung do not recommend any such thing on their devices. You should only do this if you have a great idea of what you are doing. If you are new to rooting and custom recoveries, you should pay extra attention to the steps explained below. Make sure that you are doing this on your own risk.

Preparations to Root Galaxy Tab S4 and Install TWRP

  • This guide is only for the Galaxy Tab S4 T830 and T835. Do not try on any other device.
  • Charge your Tab up to 30% to avoid a power mishap during installation process.
  • Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging from the Developer Options on your Tab S4.
  • Back up all of your contacts, call logs, and text messages.
  • Copy all of the files from your Tab S4 to your computer.
  • Use the original data cable to connect Tab S4 to the computer.
  • Follow the upcoming steps carefully now.

Required Downloads

Install TWRP on Galaxy Tab S4 and Root

Here are the steps to install TWRP on Galaxy Tab S4 and Root it.

  1. Open Odin and add the TWRP Recovery file in the AP tab.

    From the extracted Odin files, open Odin.exe. In Odin, click on the AP tab and load the TWRP Recovery.tar file that you downloaded above. Now go to the Options tab in Odin and make sure that the only checked option is the F.Reset.Time. All other options should be unchecked.

  2. Boot Galaxy Tab S4 into Download Mode and connect to the computer.

    Power down your Galaxy Tab S4 now. Press and hold Volume Down + Volume Up + Power button for a while. As you see a warning on the screen, press Volume Up to continue. Connect the tab to the computer now. Odin should show “Added” in the logs and also show a Blue light in the ID:COM box.

  3. Flash the TWRP Recovery now.

    Click on the start button in Odin now. This will flash the TWRP. It can take up to 3 minutes. Do not reboot your tab at this point. Just disconnect the tab from the computer.

  4. Now boot your Galaxy Tab S4 into TWRP Recovery.

    Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power button for a while. Just when the screen goes black, let the Volume Down key go, keep the other keys pressed. This will take your tab to the TWRP Recovery. Swipe the screen to enter the TWRP Recovery now.

  5. Format Data in TWRP to disable Encryption.

    In TWRP, click on Wipe > Format Data. This is important in order to mount data and disable encryption on your Tab S4.

  6. Copy the Magisk and Encryption files to your tab.

    Connect your tab to the computer now. Copy the Magisk and Encryption files to your tab now.

  7. Flash the Encryption Disabler and Magisk.

    Disconnect the tab after copying files. On the tab, click on Install > Install Zip > Locate and flash the Encryption file. After this, click on Install > Install Zip once again. Locate the file and flash it.

  8. All done! Reboot to the system now.

    Now go back to the main menu in TWRP and click on Reboot > System. Your tab will boot up being rooted and having the TWRP installed on it. You can use Magisk Manager to manage root on your tab now.

TWRP and Root Tab A T380/T385
This is the TWRP for phone, it should have a different UI for your Tab, but should have the exact options.


By this time, you should have the Galaxy Tab S4 with the TWRP Recovery and Rooted. You can now check out this list of best free root apps for Android to grab a few goodies. If you have any queries regarding this guide or regarding the Galaxy Tab S4, feel free to drop them in the comments section below. Stay connected.

Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.

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