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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

How to flash TWRP Recovery for the Galaxy S3 L710


How to flash TWRP Recovery for the Galaxy S3 L710


TWRP Recovery is a commonly used custom recovery for Android devices. This software, like other popular custom recoveries such as ClockworkMod Recovery, is essential for flashing custom ROMs, as well as performing device utilities like backup and data wipes.
It is, however, often a bit challenging to flash custom ROMs simply because there are several ways of doing it, depending on the device. Different ROMs often require a specific custom recovery, so if you’re the type of user that flashes a lot of different ROMs every now and then, you might have to switch TWRP Recovery and other recoveries.
XDA Developers member cybrnook has released an Odin-flashable version of TWRP Recovery 2.3.0.0. Now, it’s just a matter of choosing which TAR file to run through Odin and you can change the custom recovery that is running on your phone. It’s a lot simpler and more convenient.
This guide shows you how to flash TWRP Recovery for the Galaxy S3 L710.

Warning

  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3, model number SPH-L710. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.

Requirements

  • Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710
  • A Windows PC
  • Handset USB drivers installed on the PC. You may install the drivers by installing Samsung Kies.
  • Enable USB debugging on your handset.
  • Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
  • Download the following to your PC:
  • Make sure your device’s battery still has at least 70% power. You don’t want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
  • Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.

Instructions

  1. Extract Odin3-v3.04.zip file into a folder on your computer.
  2. Turn off the phone.
  3. Boot the phone into Download Mode. To do so, hold down the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons together until a “Warning!!” message is displayed on the screen. Press the Volume Up to enter Download Mode.
  4. In the Odin folder, double-click on Odin3 v3.04.exe to launch Odin on your computer.
  5. Connect the phone to the PC. In the Odin window, you should get the message “Added!!” located on the bottom left. 
  6. In Odin, click on PDA and select the openrecovery-twrp-2.3.0.0-d2spr.tar file.  NOTE: Do not alter anything in Odin except for adding the *.tar file mentioned in this step.
  7. Click the Start button to start flashing the custom recovery to your phone.
  8. Once flashing is complete, your phone will automatically reboot. Once you see a “PASS” message in the Odin window, unplug your device from the PC.
    • NOTE: If Odin gets stuck or you get a FAIL message, disconnect your phone from the PC and exit Odin. Remove your phone’s battery, re-insert it, and repeat the procedure from step 3.
Excellent! You’ve just flashed TWRP Recovery 2.3.0.0 on your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710.

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