A custom recovery is a must if you wish to install a custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7. Without a custom recovery, it’s almost impossible to try out various custom developments, such as a custom ROM and a custom kernel, on your device.
A custom recovery like CWM makes it darn easy for you to flash various custom developments on your device. Whether it’s a custom ROM or a custom kernel, if it’s in flashable format, you can flash it with CWM on your device.
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Here’s how you can get the aforementioned recovery installed on your device:
Files You Need
1. Your device must be rooted before you can do the following tutorial. Please head to our how to root the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 tutorial to learn how you can root your device. Once that’s done, come back here and continue.
2. You must have a Windows based computer to do this tutorial.
3. Make sure that Samsung USB drivers are installed on your computer.
4. Download Odin to your computer. It will be used to flash the custom recovery on your device.
5. Download TWRP Recovery to your computer. It’s the custom recovery that will be flashed on your device.
6. You should only try this on the SM-T550 device.
Installing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7
1. Unzip files from Odin to your computer by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
2. Open Odin by double-clicking on its executable file.
3. When the Odin opens, click on PDA and choose CWM Recovery available on your computer.
4. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options in the Odin.
5. Leave the Repartition option unchecked in the Odin.
6. Turn off your device.
7. Turn your device back on in download mode. You can do that by holding down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
8. Hit Volume UP and you will be in download mode on your device.
9. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
10. Click on Start in the Odin and wait for it to flash CWM Recovery on your device.
11. When it’s done flashing the recovery, your device should automatically reboot.
12. You’re all set!
You now have TWRP Recovery up and running on your Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 and you can reboot into the same using Quick Boot on your device.