How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (P7300)

After rooting, if you are looking to flash custom ROMs on your device, installing a custom recovery is a good way to go as doing this not only enables you to flash custom ROMs but also aids you in making backups of your device and wipe data/cache among other things.  The post below is intended to help you with the same but for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  You’ll need to be rooted before you can install custom recovery on your device.  If you aren’t already rooted, use our guide on the same to help you.

2.  Back up anything you feel is important before you begin.

3.  Make sure that you have the necessary drivers installed on your Windows PC before you start; this will prevent any problems during the procedure and avoid bricking your device.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  Odin 1.85.rar

2.  ClockworkMod_Recovery_v5.5.0.4.tar [File attached to this post]

III.  Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Galaxy Tab 8.9

1.  Power down your device.

2.  Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons until you are asked if you want to continue.  Now press the Volume Up button.

3.  Extract the Odin 1.85.rar file you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

4.  From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v1.85.exe to run the tool.

5.  Click on PDA button, locate ClockworkMod_Recovery_v5.5.0.4.tar and click on OK to load it on Odin.

6.  Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.  Odin should now recognize your device and light up the ID:COM field yellow to signify this.  If not, reinstall the proper drivers and try again.

7.  Make sure that the Re-Partition and Flash Lock are unchecked; this is important as you might brick your device if these options are ticked!

8.  Click on Start.

Once Odin says PASS and your device reboots, you should have ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your device!

IV.  Accessing ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Power down your device.

2.  Press and hold the Volume Down + Power buttons.

3.  Press Volume Up to select Recovery Mode.

 V.  Flashing Custom ROMs (Optional)

If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.

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If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

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