Samsung hasn’t released yet an official OTA update of Android Nougat, but they do have released a beta firmware so the users can test the goodies of Android 7.0 Nougat. There is no exact time when the OTA update will start rolling out. If you are familiar with Android and have flashed a firmware before you can install the official TouchWiz Android Nougat using Odin. Since it is a beta firmware few bugs might be here and there but the firmware overall is reported to work fine.
As you may already know when a new version of Android hits our devices it brings a plethora of optimisations and features. However, this is basically what the manufacturer allows us to do. For example, we can’t get rid of those pre-installed apps that can be pretty annoying sometimes. That’s why it’s needed to make some more changes to our devices.
Here is how to do that…
The first step toward Android customization is to obtain root access and then depending on your choices you can install a custom recovery such as TWRP.
By rooting your phone and installing a custom recovery you will be able to do plenty of in-depth customizations. In this article, I will walk you through a step by step guide how to install TWRP custom recovery on Galaxy S7 TouchWiz Nougat. A custom recovery will open lots of possibilities to modify and even change the firmware of your device.
So if you have already tested the TouchWiz Nougat, installing TWRP recovery, getting root access, now you can test also a Custom ROM. LineageOS 14.1 Android 7.1 is available for Galaxy S7 and you can find the guide at the end of this article.
This guide works only for Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F running official TouchWiz Nougat. If you’re not sure what version of Android is your phone using go to Settings > About Phone. You will find the information there, Make sure to double-check that your device is running TouchWiz Nougat and then go further to install TWRP.
How to install TWRP custom recovery on Samsung Galaxy S7
- Download Odin on your computer.
- Download TWRP recovery, you should get a file with img.tar extension.
- Open Odin and click on the “AP” tab. Select the recovery file you downloaded from the link above.
- Boot your phone into download mode. Press Home + Volume Down + Power button at the same time.
- Connect the phone to PC using its original USB cable.
- Make sure the proper USB drivers are installed on the computer. If not you can download it from the download links above.
- Check the ID:COM on Odin. If it becomes blue you are ready to go. If not check the USB drivers or the USB cable because Odin can’t recognise your phone.
- When everything is OK, click START.
- Odin will start installing the recovery.
When it finishes, the phone will restart automatically. The TWRP is installed on the Galaxy S7. To boot the phone into recovery turn it off and press Volume Up + Home + Power button at the same time. The phone will quickly boot into the recovery and you will be greeted with the TWRP main menu.