Throughout this article, we will provide instructions for installing the TWRP Recovery on the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Although it isn’t discussed enough, Samsung’s flagship phones are among the most active players in the custom Rom development field. There is no better way to demonstrate the validity of this statement than to delve into the custom recovery domain. In case the reader is not aware, from Android 12 onwards, it has become quite challenging to develop or port a custom recovery.
Yet here we are, just days after the launch of the S23 series and its Ultra variant, already boasting a functioning custom recovery! Whether you want to flash custom binaries, take a backup of a device partition, or even gain administrative access through Magisk, all of these functions are available at the tap of a button. Therefore, without further delay, let’s discuss the steps required to install TWRP Recovery on Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Once you have installed the TWRP Recovery, you can then install a variety of mods and ZIP files on your device. Moreover, through the Nandroid Backup feature, you can also back up all the partitions on your device. You would now be able to access the system partition of your device after rooting your device using Magisk. Consequently, you will have access to a wide range of mods, including such modules as Magisk Modules, Viper4Android, Xposed Framework, and Substratum Themes, among others.
It is important to note, however, that these tweaks come with a few risks as well. To begin with, a bootloader that has been unlocked is required. In addition to wiping out all the data, this could also nullify the warranty. Furthermore, Knox will also be tripped, which will result in the inability to utilize banking apps. Furthermore, Netflix WideVine L1 will be degraded to L3, resulting in a possible incompatibility with Full HD resolution. Let’s move forward with the process of installing TWRP Recovery on Galaxy S23 Ultra if all this is well and good.
How to Install TWRP and Root Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The following instructions are divided into separate sections to make them easier to understand. Please ensure that you follow the same sequence as indicated above. We will not be held responsible if any damage is caused to your device and data as a result of following these instructions.
1: Unlock the Bootloader on Galaxy S23 Ultra
First and foremost, you will need to unlock the bootloader of the device you are using in order to achieve this. You may refer to our comprehensive guide on How to Unlock Bootloader on Galaxy S23/Plus/Ultra for more information about how to do that. After the process is complete and your device boots up, you should not restore the data to your device yet because you will have to perform another wipe in the next step once your device is booted up.
2: Boot Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S23 Ultra to Download Mode
It is necessary to boot your device into Download Mode in order to be able to flash the required mods on your device. There are two ways in which you can boot the Galaxy S23/Plus/Ultra to Download Mode: using the detailed guide below or by following the shorter instructions provided below:
The first thing you need to do is turn off your device.
Then press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time until the Stock Recovery screen appears and your device will be booted up.
By using the Volume keys, select the Reboot to Bootloader option from the list, and by pressing the Power key, confirm that you want to reboot.
It should now boot into the Download Mode on your device.
3: Install Odin
As a next step, you will need to download and install the Odin Tool on your PC, which you can do by clicking here. This is required in order to flash TWRP on your device as well as to disable AVB on your device. You can download the latest version of Odin by clicking on this link: Odin3-v3.14.4.zip. The file should be saved anywhere on your computer that is convenient for you after it has been downloaded.
Disable Android Verified Boot on Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
In the next step, you will have to disable AVB on your device, which will then allow you to flash the custom binary you desire (in this case, TWRP and Magisk) on your device.
I would suggest that you start by downloading the vbmeta_disabled.tar file to your computer.
The next step is to connect your device to the PC via a USB cable (check that it has been booted into Download Mode before connecting it)
After that, you will have to launch the Odin Tool and click on the Userdata button.
- You will need to navigate to the vbmeta_disabled.tar file, select it, and click the Open button.
- Once you have selected the Start button, you will be taken to the next screen. Now, you will receive a prompt on your device that will say, “You must reset your device to factory settings in order for it to work properly”.
To do this, press the Volume Keys to select the Reset option and then press the Power key to confirm the action.
As a result, your device will now go through a reset and the AVB will then be disabled. If you want to proceed ahead with the installation of the TWRP Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, you can now do so.
5: Download Magisk App
The next step is to download the Magisk APK file. In order to root your Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra device, you will need to download the following software. Hence, you can download it from the following link and then rename the APK to ZIP (i.e. change the file extension from APK to ZIP). As a result, the file will now be able to be flashed with TWRP.
Download Magisk: Latest Magisk APK
6: Download TWRP Recovery for Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Here is the latest custom recovery for your device that you can grab from the below link. [Credits: XDA Senior Member afaneh92]
TWRP Recovery for Galaxy S23 Ultra: DOWNLOAD LINK
7: Install TWRP Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Click on the AP button on the Odin Tool on your PC once you have launched it.
- Please navigate to the downloaded TWRP.tar file, select it, and click on the Open button.
- In the end, you will need to press the Start button in order for TWRP to be flashed onto your device.
The next step is to use the hardware key combinations to boot directly into TWRP on your device.
8: Disable Encryption on Galaxy S23 Ultra via TWRP
- As soon as your device has booted into TWRP, go to Advanced > Terminal on the home screen.
- Then type in the following command and press the enter key.
In the next few seconds, your device will resize the vendor and will ask you to run a multi-disabler once more.
Therefore, you need to run the below command again and this time you should get the message Finish this time.
9: Format Galaxy S23 Ultra
As soon as you have disabled encryption on your computer, you will have to format it. As a result, you will need to go to Wipe and select Format Data from the menu.
Next, you need to type YES in the space provided and tap on the checkmark that is located at the bottom right of the window.
- When the format has been completed, you will need to reboot your device in order for TWRP to be installed. As a result, you will need to select the Recovery option when you go to Reboot.
10: Root Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra via Magisk
- Now that you have rooted your device, it is time to flash Magisk and flash Magisk. The next step is to go to the Install menu, select the Magisk ZIP file, and do a right swipe to flash it.
- Upon flashing Magisk onto your device, you will need to reboot the device in order to boot into the OS. Therefore, click on Reboot and then select the System option.
It’s that simple. You can now reboot your device and it will boot up to the rooted OS with TWRP installed permanently on it.
We are now coming to the end of our guide on how you could install the TWRP Recovery and root your Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Please let us know in the comments section of this post if you have any questions regarding the aforementioned steps. As soon as we receive your request, we will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.