How to flash TWRP recovery to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (N9005, SM-N900) [Guide]

samsung-galaxy-note-3Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the 5.7 inch phablet produced by Samsung which was designed to make the Galaxy Note series look lighter, with a better and premium look. Installing a custom recovery like TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project) on your Note 3 will help you get access to tools such as taking advanced backups and easing up the process of flashing new files to your device, etc.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Flashing custom recovery may void your warranty.


This guide will help you to install TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (N9005 Qualcomm and SM-N900 Exynos). Please do not try this on any other model. Proceed at your own risk.

Before We Begin

Get yourself ready with the following before starting off:

How To Install TWRP recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • Make sure your Note 3 is switched OFF ans is disconnected from your computer.
  • Extract the file to your computer.
  • From the extracted folder, open the file Odin3-v1.85.exe.
  • Boot into Download Mode by keeping the ‘Volume Down’, ‘Home’ and ‘Power’ buttons pressed (Volume Down + Home + Power), until you see a Warning! screen. Then, press the ‘Power’ button once more to enter Download mode.
  • Now, connect the device to your computer via a USB cable.
  • If your phone gets connected successfully to the computer, the ID:COM box will turn yellow.
  • Now, in the ODIN window, click on the “PDA” button.
  • Select the recovery file for your device (openrecovery-twrp- for N9005 or openrecovery-twrp- for SM-N900).
  • Confirm that the options Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are selected in the ODIN window.
  • Click on the “Start” button in the ODIN window.
  • Wait till the flashing process gets done with. This might take some time.
  • Congrats! You have now successfully flashed TWRP recovery to your device.


Enjoy the taste of TWRP on your Note 3! Now you can do things such as rooting your device simply in a ‘flash’!

[via XDA]

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  • Ghamid7

    I have updated my N9005 and rooted it via Towelroot and I want to install TWRP via Mobile ODIN Pro. Do I need just to get the TAR file and put it in Recovery and it flashes normally or do I need something else?

  • JUAN

    4.4.2 ? funciona¡?

  • Jonathan Caldwell (@caldwelljt)

    Thanks a million, worked a like a charm!

    So, in short, my phone was stuck in some kind of boot-loopish thing. It wasn’t auto-rebooting, but it kept booting to recovery with no option to continue normal boot. After a few readings and other things online, i finally decided tripping the flag was worth it because i just wanted my phone to work. I think that I tried to install TWRP using the app at some point, and my theory is that the self-install method was what tripped the flag to boot it into recovery but since it couldn’t boot it just kept on doing it.

    FWIW I have not opted to install kitkat (i want a nandroid backup first, and to figure out if my root will cause issues and/or survive install).

  • Fahim Foysal

    I have updated my note 3 to kitkat. Will this method work? Don’t I have to use the odin 3.9?

  • myke

    yes, most probably.. flashing, will trip your knox flag. :)
    so prepare yourself to void your warranty..should you decide to flash twrp ;)
    however, as for me, if you are not after the warranty, then forget about your worries, just root your device and flash TWRP… ;)

  • jaz

    out of curiosity, will this trip Knox on the galaxy note 3?