Root and Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 2016 [T713N/T719N]

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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.

Root and Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 2016 [T713N/T719N]

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 customize 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.Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab S2

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 a 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.

Required Downloads:

Install TWRP Recovery and Root Galaxy 2016 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

  1. Open Odin3 V3.10.6.exe that you extracted on your PC.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. 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. You’re all set to flash the recovery now. Just click the start button in Odin3 and sit back.
  9. Once the process box above ID:COM box shows a green light and flashing process is finished, disconnect your device.
  10. Turn off your device properly as we are going to boot into recovery mode.
  11. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key. This will boot your device in recovery mode. It should be a TWRP recovery that you just installed.
  12. In TWRP Recovery, tap Wipe > Format Data to remove encryption. This will erase your device completely.
  13. Tap “Wipe > Format Data > type “yes” to format 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.
  14. Go back to the main menu in TWRP Recovery and tap “Reboot > Recovery”. This will once again reboot your phone in TWRP.
  15. 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 have the files, tap “Install > locate the SuperSU.zip according to the location where you copied > flash it”.
  16. Once again tap “Install > locate the dm-verity.zip file > flash it”.
  17. After flashing, reboot your phone to the system.
  18. That’s all. You’re rooted and have a TWRP recovery installed. Best of luck.
  19. As it boots up, check out the SuperSu in the 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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Credits: Ahsyx 

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Usama M, a software engineer by profession, is the founder and editor-in-chief at Techbeasts. At Techbeasts, he uses his expertise to craft solutions to solve everyday consumer tech problems. His main areas of interest are Android, iOS, and Windows. You can find him on YouTube at "Tech with Usama".

16 COMMENTS

  1. Hey I have just followed these instructions. It seems to have worked, however, now I can’t connect to wifi. Can you please help me with this. Thanks

    • @helengoodall:disqus I’ve attached new boot image files above. Please flash the file according to your device and it should be all fine. Best of luck.

    • Did you ever figure out how to get wifi working? I’m having the same problem after following the instructions and using the files listed above.

      • @disqus_vfX8Pz9MZk:disqus There are 2 boot files linked above, did you flash the boot files after flashing the recovery? If not then flashing the boot according to your device and firmware will fix it.

        • Yes, I flashed the recovery first and then the T713xx boot. I actually did this twice resetting the device back to the original firmware in between tries. Flash recovery, Flash T713xx boot, wifi wouldn’t turn on so I then I flashed back to the original samsung recovery and boot images. After flashing the T713xx boot files it would boot into setup mode but it wouldn’t let me enable wifi during the setup process.

          • @disqus_vfX8Pz9MZk:disqus I’ve updated the entire guide with a new file and the method has slightly been changed as well.
            Can you please try flashing the new TWRP and the new dm-verify file?
            if this doesn’t work, then flash stock firmware on the device and flash the files from scratch, it surely will work afterwards.
            The developer just updated all the files.

  2. I accidentally clicked the reboot button after flashing with SuperSU.zip at step 15 before flashing with dm-verity.zip, and my Tab S2 rebooted into the Samsung splash screen and won’t boot further, and I can’t reset by doing power+vol up+home buttons, The only thing I can do is to put it back in download mode, but when I retried the steps from 1-9, I can’t power off my tablet. Only option I can think of now is to download the stock firmware and hope it goes back to normal so I can try the whole process again. Any ideas or help would be welcome.

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