Learn to Install TWRP on Galaxy S8+ (Snapdragon version)

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You already know that Samsung has the habit of releasing different versions of the same phone for different markets and your Galaxy S8+ is no exception.

The main difference between them is that some will have their home grown Exynos Chipset while the other ones will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. If you are rocking an Exynos version of the phone, then you might be well aware that root and TWRP for the Exynos version have been available for quite some time now.

However, things moved much slower for the TWRP available for the Snapdragon Variant of Galaxy S8+, but at least now you have it, so don’t worry about a thing.

How to get ready:

  • Make sure you have the Samsung USB Drivers installed on your PC. If you have Smart Switch for PC already installed on your PC, you don’t need to install anymore drivers;
  • Enable USB Debugging on your phone;
  • Download and extract Odin to your computer;
  • Enable USB Debugging on your phone;
  • The Chinese/HK variant of the Galaxy S8 does not have an OEM Unlock option so you don’t have to worry about that. You must though disable the reactivation lock,so go to Settings > Cloud and Accounts > Accounts, select your Samsung account, then open the menu and remove the account;
  • Next, download and install CROM Service on your smartphone. Once the tool is installed, launch it and it should unlock your Galaxy S8+.

Remember: installing a custom recovery on a device is not covered under warranty and you also run the risk of bricking your device, so make sure you know what you are doing.

How to perform the actual procedure:

  1. Download the TWRP for Galaxy S8+: dream2qlte – Snapdragon Variant;
  2. Also take dm-verity and force encryption disabler. You will use it at a later point;
  3. Reboot the smartphone into download mode, so first power it down;
  4. Press and hold Volume Down + Bixby + Power buttons for a few seconds until you see warning on your screen;
  5. When the warning appears, release the above keys and click the Volume Up key to enter download mode;
  6. Extract the Odin Zip file you have downloaded above and run the Odin3.exe on your PC;
  7. It’s time to connect your phone to the PC with a USB cable;
  8. At this point, the ID:COM port in ODIN should turn blue;
  9. Next, click on on the AP button on ODIN and select the download TWRP image file in .tar format;
  10. Make sure that Options > Auto-reboot is unchecked;
  11. Click on Start and ODIN will flash the TWRP on your device;
  12. Once the installation is completed, don’t hesitate to disconnect your phone from PC;
  13. Reboot into TWRP Recovery: to be more precise, you have to press and hold Volume Up + Bixby + Power keys together to boot your phone into recovery mode;
  14. Now, select Wipe > Format Data and then type Yes to continue;
  15. Once the above process completes, go to Reboot and select Recovery.to reboot your device into TWRP again;
  16. Connect your device to your PC (while still in TWRP) and copy the downloaded dm-verity and force encryption disabler.zip to your phone;
  17. In TWRP home, tap on Install and select the copied dm-verity and force encryption disabler.zip and then flash it;
  18. At the end, reboot your device.
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