How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100)

Next step after rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is, flash a custom recovery image. While the root-access lets you install root-only apps, a custom recovery will let you install custom ROMs as well as all sorts of flashable content. This provides an opportunity to change the appearance of your device completely without paying a penny and you don’t have to be a geek to do that. It’s as simple as going through a few clicks and you have a custom ROM installed on your device. Sounds interesting? huh. Let us show you how you can install TWRP Recovery — a custom recovery — on your Galaxy Note 2.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have rooted your device before doing this procedure. You can check out our root guide to root your device.

2. This will replace your current recovery with the TWRP Recovery.

3. This works for the GT-N7100 model only.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. TWRP Recovery Image (Download the latest version having .img as extension)

2. Fastboot

III. Installing TWRP Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100):

1. Download and place both the files onto your Desktop.

2. Unzip files from the Fastboot archive to your Desktop.

3. Turn ON the USB debugging option on your device by going to Menu>>Settings>>Developer options>>USB debugging.

4. Once it’s been enabled, connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

5. Launch a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do so, press and hold the Shift button on your keyboard and right-click on any empty area on the screen, then select Open command window here.

6. Type in following command into the window replacing recoveryfile.img with the actual name of the Recovery Image you downloaded:

adb push recoveryfile.img /sdcard

7. Next issue the following command. Again, replace the recoveryfile.img with the actual name of the Recovery Image you have.

adb shell dd if=/sdcard/recoveryfile.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p9

8. It’ll install the recovery on your device

9. Once it’s done, reboot your device.

10. You’re all set!

Excellent! Your Galaxy Note 2 has been successfully equipped with the TWRP Recovery and it can now be loaded with custom ROMs!

IV. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) to learn how to do that.

Image Credit: The Register

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

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

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  • slumberjer

    C:UsersDesktopNotebackupFastboot>adb shell dd if=/sdcard/openreco
    very-twrp-2.5.0.1-n7100.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p9
    /dev/block/mmcblk0p9: cannot open for write: Permission denied

    any idea..my note 2 already rooted and verified..

    • edu

      start adb with su in order to give it superuser permissions

  • Fahad

    This is all bullshit guys nothing is gona help they all keep you In circles. There is no such software which recover your phone. Always back up your data. I learn lesson now. Don’t waste your time on these.

  • Khali Singh

    I did all like you said but the results were different. I am still on stock recovery even I tried two times using ODIN V3.04 to flash custom recovery into TWRP but I am unsuccessful. Everytime I hold the Volume+Home+Hold I get into the stock recovery. Please help, is there any issue with knox since I have logged into it. The process was complete since I got the Pass sign both the times. Please Help

    • http://www.techlisten.com Mahesh Makvana

      Hello Khali,

      Did the Odin tool generate any errors? Did you see any success/fail messages in the message box?

      If not, install the Quick Boot app from Google Play, open it, tap Recovery and it’ll reboot your device into the recovery mode. See what recovery it takes you into, whether the custom one or the stock one.

      Let us know.

      Thanks!