These steps teach you how to install the TWRP custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone. There are usually three main custom recovery versions people choose from: TWRP recovery, ClockworkMod recovery and Philz touch recovery. However, not every device has each recovery available. That’s why most people just install what either comes with the rooting guide they are using, or just the recovery they can find. If TWRP recovery is the only recovery available for your device, you aren’t doing badly, since it’s arguably the most popular recovery in 2015.

Samsung Galaxy J7

The Files You Need

  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers for your computer.
  • Download the TWRP recovery image file on your computer.
  • Download the Odin tool — flashing tool for Windows PCs. Since the Galaxy J7 is a newer device from the Samsung range, we recommend using one of the newer versions of Odin. However, all versions will work.

Installing TWRP recovery on the Samsung Galaxy J7

  1. Extract the TWRP recovery folder to the desktop. That means unzipping the folder so you can use the contents inside of the folder. We will flash that file soon through Odin.
  2. Extract the Odin folder so you can run the Odin flashing tool.
  3. Double-click and run Odin so it’s waiting on the computer for us to connect to it soon.
  4. Enter the Samsung Galaxy J7 in Download Mode.
  5. Connect the Samsung Galaxy J7 to the computer where you have the Odin and TWRP recovery waiting.
  6. The Odin tool should change the color of the ID: COM port just to let you know that is has connected successfully. Those without the color change might want to download the USB drivers if they forget the first time ,or reboot the computer. Sometimes the drivers get stuck and require a reboot for them to start talking to each other.
  7. Click the AP button in Odin. Click the PDA button if you are using an older version of the Odin tool.
  8. You should now see the custom recovery file has loaded and is in position.
  9. Double-check the re-partition box is left empty.
  10. Click the Start button and Odin will now begin flashing that device with the custom recovery.
  11. Soon Odin will give you the pass message to let you know that the custom recovery flashing is complete.

Now you can think about installing a custom ROM. Remember to take a NANDroid backup before installing any ROM. Part of the ROM installation process should always be wiping the data and applying a factory reset. When you do that, you lose all data that cannot be restored. The only way to restore is with a backup.