Follow this tutorial on how to install TWRP recovery and root Galaxy Tab S4 running Android Pie and Oreo, easily. This guide supports both the SM-T830 (WiFi) and SM-T835 (LTE) variants.
In 2018, we barely saw any Android-based tablets being released, except Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab S4. The 10.5-inches tablet aims at achieving a near-desktop experience with a magnetic keyboard, an S-Pen, and improved multi-tasking through Samsung DeX. The Tab S4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.
Despite all the powerful hardware and software with extended features, users might often want to root Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Well, one might simply want to use root-enabled apps or install mods for additional features. Whatever the reason might be, you can now easily install TWRP recovery and root Galaxy Tab S4 using Magisk 20.0.
Update (29 October 2019): Official TWRP for Galaxy Tab S4 is now available which supports the latest Android Pie (One UI) firmware too. The recovery is being maintained by XDA Recognized Developer Mentalmuso. The files and instructions in this guide have been updated accordingly.
Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor ashyx, we now have an unofficial TWRP recovery for the Galaxy Tab S4. The provided TWRP recovery 3.2.3-1 image is in the beta phase but still is stable enough for usage. According to ashyx, everything except ADB and MTP support is working. This means you can not sideload a zip or use MTP mode to transfer files to the tablet in TWRP recovery. But worry not, despite the complications, you can still root Galaxy Tab S4. And as mentioned earlier, both the WiFi (SM-T830) and LTE (SM-T835) variants are supported.
Our appreciations also go to XDA member ianmacd who helped ashyx with continuous testing that resulted in a working TWRP, as well as root.
Now, before you follow the instructions, take a look at the information provided right below.
Warning and Disclaimer
- Flashing TWRP and rooting your tablet will trip the KNOX counter and thus, will break the official warranty. This cannot be undone.
- TheCustomDroid.com, its members, or any of the readers shall not be held responsible if your Galaxy Tab S4 is damaged during or post this process.
- Although installing TWRP recovery will not wipe anything off your tablet, but rooting it will require a complete wipe of all the data. So, make sure that you take a complete backup of all the data beforehand. You can also follow our detailed tutorial on how to backup Android devices completely.
- Install latest Samsung USB drivers on the PC.
- Download Odin 3.13.1 on the PC and extract the zip to an easily accessible location.
- It is strongly advised to use a USB 2.0 port of your PC for the flashing process.
- Enable ‘OEM unlock’ option in Settings -> Developer options. If the OEM unlock toggle is missing, then you can also try fixing it using our tutorial.
Make sure to fulfill all the requirements stated above before you head over to the instructions to install TWRP recovery and root Galaxy Tab S4.
Download all the files to the PC before you follow the instructions. The files provided below are the latest as of 29 October 2019 and support both Android Pie and Oreo firmware. Please visit the original XDA threads (1 & 2) and make sure that you download and use the latest ones for the procedure.
- TWRP recovery Image: twrp-3.3.1-0-gts4lwifi.img.tar | Check for the latest build here
- Forced-encryption Disabler:
- KG/RMM Bypass v3 zip: RMM_Bypass_v3_corsicanu.zip
- Latest Magisk Installer zip: Magisk-v20.0.zip
Install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Tab S4
The first step in order to root Galaxy Tab S4 is to install TWRP recovery on it. Further, to ensure that DM-Verity is not triggered and your Tab S4 doesn’t enter a bootloop it is crucial to boot your tablet directly into TWRP recovery mode after the flashing process finishes. The process may sound a bit confusing, but it’s quite easy instead. Simply follow the steps laid below to install TWRP recovery on Galaxy Tab S4.
- Boot your Galaxy Tab S4 into Download Mode.
- To do so, power off the tablet first. Then hold the Volume Down and Power buttons until the tab vibrates. Then quickly release the Volume Down button and hold the Volume Up + Power button. Your tablet should now enter the stock recovery mode. To boot into Download Mode, select ‘Reboot to bootloader’.
- Connect the tablet to the PC using the USB cable.
- Launch Odin tool by double-clicking on the ‘Odin3 3.13.1.exe’ file.
- The ID:COM port on the Odin window should light up blue.
- In the Odin tool window, uncheck ‘Auto Reboot‘ in the Options menu.
- Click on the ‘AP‘ button and select the “twrp-3.3.1-0-gts4lwifi.img.tar” file.
- Finally, click on the ‘Start’ button to flash the file and install TWRP recovery on Galaxy Tab S4.
Now here goes the important bit: After the flashing is complete, it is necessary to boot into TWRP mode directly. Hold the Volume Down and Power buttons until the phone powers off. As soon as it powers off, hold the Volume Up and Power buttons to enter TWRP recovery mode on your Galaxy Tab S4.
How to Root Galaxy Tab S4
- Transfer the Forced-encryption Disabler, Magisk Installer, KG/RMM Bypass V3 zip files to the micro SD card.
- Select ‘Keep Read Only’ when prompted.
- Tap on the ‘Install’ button and select the “TabS4_oreo_forced_encryption_disabler.zip” file (Android Oreo) or “T83x_PIE_Encrytption_Disabler_V2.zip” file (Android Pie).
- Swipe the button on the screen to the flash the Forced-encryption Disabler.
- Now, go to ‘Wipe’ -> ‘Format Data’ in TWRP and enter ‘yes’ in the provided field.
- NOTE: This will wipe the tablet completely, including internal storage. It is important to perform this step in order to disable encryption completely and have access to the storage in TWRP recovery.
- Once formatted, reboot your Tab S4 into TWRP recovery mode. To do so, go to the “Reboot” menu in TWRP and tap on “Recovery”.
- Tap on the ‘Install’ button and select the ‘Magisk-v20.0.zip‘ file.
- Then tap on “Add more Zips” and add the “RMM_Bypass_v3_corsicanu.zip” file to the flashing queue.
- Finally, swipe the button on the bottom of the screen to flash the files and root Galaxy Tab S4.
After the flashing process finishes, you can boot your tablet back into the OS by pressing ‘Reboot System’.
You should now see Magisk Manager in the app drawer. To further confirm that the process was successful, simply download and run the Root Checker app from Play Store. Now that you have successfully rooted your tablet, you can install root-enabled apps, or install Magisk modules to add more features to the software.
So, this was our tutorial on how to root Galaxy Tab S4 and install TWRP recovery on it. We hope that it proved useful to you and was easy to follow. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. We will try to help you to the best of our knowledge.