(Last Updated On: April 1, 2017)

These instructions teach you how to install a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 smartphone. The custom recovery differs from a stock recovery in that you can flash zip files from the custom version. These zip files are important for not only getting the root access to your device, but also to flash a new ROM. Samsung devices are usually looked after pretty well by third-party developers when it comes to new ROMs. ROMs are great for anyone who wants to update to newer unofficial versions of Android software updates that are not yet available official by your phone carrier provider.

Samsung Xcover 3

The Files You Need

  • Download the TWRP recovery you need from here.
  • Download the Odin app for flashing with your PC. You may download any Odin version form the page; however, try using one of the later version that’s available during your time of visit.
  • You must have a Windows PC to complete this guide. You cannot use the Odin flashing tool unless you are running Windows. Furthermore, you cannot run the Odin app if you are running Windows RT. The Windows RT is an operating system that comes with some Microsoft Surface tablets.

Installing a Custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3

  1. Unzip the TWRP recovery file so you can see the .img file in the folder. Click and drag that file over to the desktop.
  2. Unzip the Odin flashing tool for Windows PC on your desktop.
  3. Run the Odin flashing tool.
  4. Hold the Power key on the Xcover 3 and wait until the device completely shuts down.
  5. Reboot the Xcover 3 in download mode. Download mode is found by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons.
  6. You will get  to a warning screen where you need to press the Volume Up button. You should now easily see you are in the download mode.
  7. Connect the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 to the computer with the USB cable.
  8. The ID: COM port in Odin will now change color to let you know that the device is connected.
  9. Click the AP button in Odin. (Some of you might see the letters PDA if you are using an older version of Odin)
  10. Upload the TWRP recovery file to that position.
  11. Check the re-partition box is empty.
  12. Click the Start button and Odin will now flash your device with the custom recovery.
  13. You’ll know the custom recovery is on your Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 when the pass message comes up on the display.
  14. Now you can disconnect from the computer.

Since you have the custom recovery installed, you can now access it to learn how to root the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 smartphone. In addition to rooting, you can take a NANDroid backup and install any custom ROMs that is made for your device by third-party developers.

In addition, you might want to skip to installing custom ROMs and taking the NANDroid backups. You can do that by reading how to boot the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 into custom recovery mode.