If you were expecting to receive the Android Oreo update on the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016, well you will be disappointed. The latest OTA released for your device is still based on Android Nougat firmware and there aren’t any details on an upcoming Oreo roll out. And that should be the main reasons why root access might be needed on your smartphone. But, for being able to root the new Android Nougat OS that runs on the Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 first you will have to install TWRP recovery.
So, as you can already tell today during this dedicated tutorial we will be checking on how to install a custom recovery image on your handset. By checking the lines from below you will be able to review the risks and the advantages related with this operation. Additionally, we will be discussing about essential pre-requisites along with the actual steps that must be followed in the end.
TWRP recovery is a custom recovery image. The software is developed by third party devs and is based on the CWM recovery platform. The custom recovery image will replace the stock recovery that runs by default on your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro and will extend your access towards the Android software.
Through TWRP recovery you will be able to customize and optimize the Android OS. Shortly, you can tweak your Galaxy A9 Pro for upgrading general performance. And with a custom recovery installed you will be able to: flash super SU for gaining root access, install a custom ROM firmware based on Android 8.0 Oreo (such as Linage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), remove bloatware, make a Nandroid backup, flash root-only apps, install apps and features from other sources than Google Play, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so on.
Since TWRP recovery is not developed by Samsung, this installation process is not supported by your OEM. That’s why Samsung KNOX might get tripped. In a few words, you can lose your Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 warranty if you choose to resume the guidelines from this tutorial.
Also, your data might get corrupted or even wiped out during the TWRP recovery flashing process. Therefore, a good idea is to secure everything that’s personal and which isn’t there from day one. You can save your personal data, info, accounts and other similar files easily – you can use built-in backup and restore apps, you can sync your files with your Google Account or you can choose dedicated apps from Google Play (just make sure you download already tested apps).
The installation process can be completed by using the Odin software. Odin is an official program developed by Samsung and usually used on update types of operations. So, from this perspective you have nothing to worry about. Your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 will be in safe hands all the time.
Before resuming the actual steps from below you should first check the essential pre-requisites as explained:
- A Windows based computer is required; there you will install Odin and download the TWRP recovery package for your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016.
- Your smartphone and its USB cable are both required – you will have to connect your handset with your PC.
- On your phone you need to enable Developer Options – tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number (just until ‘you are a developer’ is displayed).
- From Developer Options (within ‘menu – > settings’) check the USB Debugging option.
- Charge your smartphone if the power is lower than 50% – when the power is too low the Android system can get turned off and that’s when software related issues can cause malfunctions on your Galaxy A9 Pro.
- Remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the 2016 model of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. Moreover, the TWRP recovery package which will be used is compatible with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat firmware.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016 (for Android Nougat OS)
- Download TWRP recovery for Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro from this page.
- Save the custom recovery image on desktop if that’s possible.
- On your computer download and install Odin.
- Also, install the Galaxy A9 Pro USB drivers; you can get the drivers by using the Samsung KIES toolkit.
- Perfect; now, run Odin on your computer.
- Put your smartphone into download mode: power off your A9 Pro and then press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- Connect your handset with your computer via USB cable.
- Once the connection is established on Odin the ‘added’ message should be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue – if that’s not happening, try to reinstall your phone’s drivers and then repeat the steps from above.
- From Odin click on the AP option and then load the TWRP recovery file from your desktop.
- Don’t select the Re Partition and the Auto Reboot options and click on Start when you are ready.
- Wait while TWRP recovery is installed on your Galaxy A9 Pro.
- The ‘pass’ message will be displayed in the end; the ID:COM field should be now turned green.
- Unplug the USB cord and reboot your smartphone.
- If Odin gets stuck during the flashing process: unplug the USB cable, close Odin, force restart your smartphone, reinstall your phone’s USB drivers on the computer and repeat the installation operation from the beginning.
- If during the last reboot your A9 Pro gets stuck in a boot loop: access recovery mode (press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons together) and from there initiate a wipe – choose “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
There you have it. That’s how you can install TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016. So, now you can successfully flash SuperSU and gain root access – this process will be soon explained during a similar step by step guide. Enjoy and stay close for further tweaking opportunities available for your Galaxy A9 Pro.