Now that we have our Galaxy Note 4 rooted, the next thing on the list is to install a custom recovery. In this tutorial, the Galaxy Note 4 custom recovery I will be showing you is TWRP.
Unlocking the bootloader and installing a custom recovery on your Galaxy Note 4 will grant you even more access to the deeper workings of your device. Specifically, with a custom recovery you will be able to make full Nandorid backups, wipe and format specific partitions and even install various modifications that are distributed via a flashable zip file.
When a modification talks about flashing a zip file in the installation process, they are talking about installing it through a custom recovery.
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Before you can install this custom recovery onto your Galaxy Note 4, you will have to have root access to your device. I have already written up a tutorial about how to root the Galaxy Note 4 so all you have to do is follow that guide and then come back here when you are ready. Installing a custom recovery also means that you must have all of the prerequisites done from that tutorial as well. This means you will need to have Odin downloaded and install, you will need the Samsung USB drivers installed and you will need to have root access to your Galaxy Note 4. Once those are done, you can proceed with this tutorial.
TWRP is only released for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4, Sprint Galaxy Note 4, Verizon Galaxy Note 4, India Galaxy Note 4 and the Canada Galaxy Note 4 so far right now. If this changes in the future, and you are aware of it, please let me know and I will add the other devices to this tutorial.
Galaxy Note 4 Custom Recovery
- Visit TWRP’s Galaxy Note 4 Page
- Scroll Down All the Way to the “Odin Method” Section
- Download the TWRP .img.tar File for Your Specific Galaxy Note 4 Model
- Power Down Your Galaxy Note 4
- Boot the Galaxy Note 4 into Download Mode
- Connect the Galaxy Note 4 to Your PC
- Right Click Odin v3.07 and Run it as an Administrator
- Click on the PDA Button and Load Up the img.tar File That You Downloaded
- Make Sure Your Odin Looks Like the Image Below
- Specifically, Make Sure the “Re-Partition” Option is Not Checked
- When Ready, Click on the Start Button
As I mentioned before, you will need to make sure you go through the how to root the Galaxy Note 4 tutorial before you can begin to install a custom recovery. If you rooted your device a different way, then go through that tutorial and make sure you have the right files like Samsung’s USB Drivers and the proper version of Odin. You will also need to download the proper version of TWRP for your device. You should look for the .img.tar file for your model number as that is the file that needs to be loaded up into Odin.
Once you have downloaded the version of TWRP for your version of the Galaxy Note 4, then you can power down your device and boot up into Download Mode. Follow the link in the tutorial above if you need assistance getting into Download Mode. When you are in Download Mode, then you can run Odin, but you need to run it as an Administrator. To do this, right-click the Odin.exe file and click the run as administrator option. Then you can click on the PDA button in Odin and browse to the TWRP img.tar file that you just downloaded.
Again, double-check to make sure your Odin looks exactly like the one in the image above. The same options need to be checked and unchecked or you could do damage to your device. Depending on which version of the Galaxy Note 4 you own, the file that is loaded in the image might be different from yours. Once your Odin matches the image above, then you can press on the Start button to begin the process. Your Galaxy Note 4 will reboot after it has flashed the recovery image so don’t panic when this happens.
When this is finished you will have TWRP installed onto your Galaxy Note 4. You can boot up into the custom recovery a couple of different ways. You could use the Google Play Store application called Flashify or you could do the steps outlined in the how to boot the Galaxy Note 4 into Recovery Mode. Either way will take you directly into TWRP and from here I highly suggest creating your first Nandroid backup. I will be writing up a tutorial about how to do this very soon.
As always, if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial then please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section at the bottom of this article.