How to flash TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (WiFi / 3G / LTE) [Guide]

galaxy tab 3 8.0If you’ve already rooted your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 using our handy guide, and are now looking at installing a custom recovery on your phone, here’s a step-by step guide which will walk you through the process of installing TWRP Recovery on your rooted tablet.

 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. Rooting and flashing a custom recovery may void your warranty. Proceed further at your own risk.


This Custom Recovery Installation guide is for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, model numbers SM-T310 (WiFi Only), SM-T311 (3G) and SM-T315 (LTE), running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean firmware.  . Do not try this guide for any other model numbers. You can confirm the model number by going to Settings > About Device on your phone or by checking the packaging box.


Download the following files

How To flash TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

  • First of all, download and install the Samsung USB drivers on your PC
  • Next download the TWRP Recovery tar file for your device model from above, and extract the zip file to your desktop. You should get a folder with a .tar.md5 file inside
  • Download Odin and extract the zip to your desktop too
  • Power off your tablet
  • On your PC, launch ODIN as administrator
  • Now power on your tablet while pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons at the same time. At the warning screen, press Vol Up to enter Download Mode
  • Now plug in your device to the PC. You should see an Added! message in the Odin window
    Device Added Odin
  • Click the PDA or AP button in ODIN and load the TWRP recovery tar file that you extracted to your desktop earlier
  • In ODIN, uncheck the Auto Reboot box. This is because the OS will re-flash the stock recovery upon reboot. Leave everything else as it is
    Odin Auto Reboot disabled
  • Click the Start button in Odin to start flashing the recovery
  • Once done, you should see a PASS message at the top-left in Odin.
  • Disconnect the tablet and reboot to TWRP. You can do this by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together

That’s it. You now have the TWRP custom recovery installed on your rooted Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and are all set to explore custom ROMs and mods for your device. Cheers!!

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