Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Exynos) get TWRP custom recovery

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ officially hit the shelves only a few days ago, yet the global versions of the two flagships have already received TWRP support. The open-source software custom recovery image now allows Galaxy S8/S8+ users to flash custom ROMs and backup their current system with just a tap of a button.

We're actually a bit surprised to see TWRP released for the Exynos versions first. Although the former are more widely spread than their Snapdragon 835 counterparts in the US, Exynos typically does not release its kernel source which makes the entire process a lot more difficult. 

This is also the case here, so it is highly advisable to follow the instructions provided by the folks at the XDA Developers forums who've put this together. 

Before we wrap things up, we feel obliged to remind you that unlocking the bootloader of your Galaxy S8 or S8+ may void your warranty for the device. Yes, we know that most of you are likely aware of this by now, but hey, you have a $750+ gadget in your hands. 

Now that we've moved that out of the way, feel free to check out the links to XDA below.

Related phones

Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The beauty of Android; CHOICES.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

This isn't an official Android thing, plus it's voids your warranty. The beauty of Samsung: if you want actual Android with updates, no lag and support, break your warranty and depend on the community. But this is good, if I ever get an S8, the first thing I'll do is get rid of any Samsung software and the Exynos version is the better one. Wish they would let people unlock their boatloads officially without breaking the warranty like HTC let's you do.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's not official, but an Android thing. Two things: If you want features like DT2W, extra nav buttons, skip songs thru vol buttons, slide the status bar for brightness, additional panel buttons, DARK MODE like in pre Kitkat UI, custom DPI, more fonts, user side backup, IAP bypass, the list goes on or every feature that your phone doesn't have. Having a custom ROM, custom recovery, root access gives you more choices. Second, if your phone met the end of official support, devs at XDA are your bestfriend. Maybe you can get two letter versions past your device support. After two years, your Android support might be stopped and even your warranty so nothing to lose.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So what it voids the warranty. If you are willign to break a device, why do you need a warranty? Usually when you use somethign in a way it wasnt intended, you void a warranty...SO WHAT! If I pay for it, if I cared about the warranty I woudlnt do this. If you dont live in Korea and you are in the US and you own this phone, your only option to get it is to pay cash for it. So you can afford to import a phone for $1100...then obviously a warranty is not a big deal to you..dummy! People who do this knows it voids the warranty.

14. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You are honestly the biggest joke I have ever seen. The level of fanbousim and bias you showcase is ridiculous. If anyone so much as looks at Samsung wrong you try and shove your S-dick into their face for unknown reasons. Also some of the theories and excuses you develop to let Samsung off the hock are not just hypocritical but also beyond logic, there are times when you contradict yourself. You can't depend on Android Oems to deliver updates on time but you can depend on Techie xp to lower the bar of intellect achievable by any living being each time he comments. Also 99% percent of what you said was beyond retarded, North Korea and importing? What? All I said was they should support Offical unlocking of the boatloader like HTC, because everyone knows the community supports devices far better then the actual Oems. But as usual a slight jab at Samsung resulted in some sort of erection problems for you causing you to utter total non sense. Good job.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

VERY TEMPTING... I'm tired of snapdragon on samsung

3. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I feel bad for you Americans lol, the exynos version is always superior

6. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I'm not so sure this time, it seems the S835 can open games very fast like Temple Run 2 for example. The Exynos 8895 has better battery life tho.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you know thats pretty much just testing the storage speed right? UFS 2.1. Iphone will most likely always win that speed test

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Snapdragons are always first to get dev support from things like these. Plus, KNOX are always a pain in the butt for devs to unlock their phone.

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

"We're actually a bit surprised to see TWRP released for the Exynos versions first. " I don't understand why anyone would be surprised. Yes, the Exynos is limited, but the Snapdragon(US) variants are completely locked down. TWRP probably will never be released for them since they have locked bootloader. Surprisingly, The Snapdragon(China) have unlocked bootloader. I just don't know what was the thought process behind it.

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It's the carriers requesting it. The modding community is dying and has been probably since the S6(time frame wise, not due to the S6) . Even when I had the S5 it wasn't like the old days with the Galaxy nexus and S4.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

/=UC|< the carriers. They're probably in cahoots with Apple to destroy the appeal of Android devices. I'm still stuck on an unrootable G5 thanks to AT&T's S|-|!T@$$

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Carriers requested it for several reasons... When they charged you to do Hotspots, rooting a phone allowed you to use the feature at no cost. VZW was one in this case and because at the time, VZW had their own mobile pay and rooting the device made the device insecure for mobile payments because it allowed the data to be hacked or make it be insecure. This is also my Samsung tied Knox into the Bootloader because Samsung Pay on a rooted device woudl be vulnerable to hacking and thus it protects users of Samsung Pay. A rooted phone makes any mobile pay service vulnerable to attack. if you dont care about using them then you should be able to do whatever. However, if you pay cash for a phone or if you pay off your phone an it is yours, the carriers should provide you with a tool that allows you to unlock the boot-loader and turn off features like mobile payments. What rooters and jail-breakers need to realize is when they put an insecure device on a network, not only are they vulnerable to attacks, they could provide the means for the rest of us to be vulnerable too. After all, how does a hack infect an Enterprise network? Because they find one users who is stupid and less secure and get inside. Jailbreaking proves iOS users are stupid, because the reaosns they jailbreak are already workign an available on Android. Android users who root, I do understand want access to other things the device can do, but there is a reason it is locked down. Android phones have enough features so you dont need to root.

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