Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Install CWM/TWRP Custom Recovery

After you have rooted your Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, you might just stop here by doing nothing in advance or simply uninstall some bloatware pre-installed in your device. Or, you have better idea to have customized rom installed in your Galaxy Note 8.0 to make its user interface look like a brand new Sony Xperia Tablet Z. If you prefer later case, you might need to move further then just rooting your Galaxy Note 8.0, instead you have install custom recovery on it. Stock recovery cannot do much on flashing custom kernel or rom on your device, that’s why you need a custom recovery.

In Android development, ClockWorkMod (CWM) or TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) are the famous choice of 3rd part custom recovery. CWM and/or TWRP custom recovery is build specifically based on device model, you are advised to examine every single CWM/TWRP recovery file before using them. Do not ever try to flash a CWM/TWRP recovery on the different device, always read through the compatibility in the pre-requisites & requirements section below.

As in this tutorial, we shows two method to install custom recovery (CWM/TWRP) on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. It’s always your choice to choose which recovery to be installed. Generally, both recovery possess the similar functionality with some minor difference in user interface design and control.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is equipped with 1.6GHz Quad core Cortex A9 processor and 2GB RAM. It also comes with 16/32GB internal storage with SD card expansion up to 64GB, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, 8.0 inches 1280×720 TFT display. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware and most probably upgradable to Android 4.2 in the near future.

How To Install ClockWorkMod (CWM) or TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5100 & GT-N5110

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start.(HTC,Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – GT-N5100 & GT-N5110 (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 USB driver for Windows and install in your computer.
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: Ensure you make a backup before proceed. Unlock bootloader will erase everything inside your device. Besides that, ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Choose Your Custom Recovery:

Instructions: How to Install CWM Recovery 6.03.2 on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5100 & GT-N5110

  1. Download and extract Odin3.07.zip in a folder in computer.
  2. Download CivZ-RecoveryCWM6.03.2-ODIN_Package.tar in computer.
  3. Power off your device.
  4. Enter Download Mode by pressing and hold the Volume Down key, Home button, and Power button.
  5. You should see a warning triangle sign, press Volume Up to continue.
  6. You should see Odin Mode at the top and Downloading… , Do not turn off target!!
  7. Launch Odin executable file by double-clicking on Odin3 v3.07 exe.
  8. Connect your device to your computer with USB cable.
  9. Wait until Odin to show an “Added” message at the lower-left message box.
  10. After your device is detected by Odin, click on the PDA button and select the *.tar or *.tar.md5.
  11. Make sure the Repartition option is not checked under Options & checked on Auto Reboot.
  12. Click Start button to flash *.tar or *.tar.md5 to your device. Monitor the flash progress on Odin.
  13. A green “PASS” message should show for a success flashing.
  14. Your device shall reboot automatically.
  15. To test if CWM recovery is installed successfully, power off your device. Press and hold Volume Up key, Home button, and Power button. Your device should in the CWM recovery mode.

Instructions: How to Install TWRP Recovery 2.5.0.0 on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5100 & GT-N5110

  1. Download and extract Odin3.07.zip in a folder in computer.
  2. Download XY_Y.tar in computer.
  3. Power off your device.
  4. Enter Download Mode by pressing and hold the Volume Down key, Home button, and Power button.
  5. You should see a warning triangle sign, press Volume Up to continue.
  6. You should see Odin Mode at the top and Downloading… , Do not turn off target!!
  7. Launch Odin executable file by double-clicking on Odin3 v3.07 exe.
  8. Connect your device to your computer with USB cable.
  9. Wait until Odin to show an “Added” message at the lower-left message box.
  10. After your device is detected by Odin, click on the PDA button and select the *.tar or *.tar.md5.
  11. Make sure the Repartition option is not checked under Options & checked on Auto Reboot.
  12. Click Start button to flash *.tar or *.tar.md5 to your device. Monitor the flash progress on Odin.
  13. A green “PASS” message should show for a success flashing.
  14. Your device shall reboot automatically.
  15. To test if TWRP recovery is installed successfully, power off your device. Press and hold Volume Up key, Home button, and Power button. Your device should in the TWRP recovery mode.
  16. If you fail to enter TWRP recovery mode or bootloop, try to flash back to stock recovery. Follow the Step 3 – Step 14 with Stock Recovery.

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