I am using mac. I am trying to install twrp on my Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-Nn5120, via adb. ADB can detect the device when in normal mode but when i boot into recovery mode, it can't detect the device.. What do I do

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    Are you using the stock recovery? It's possible that you have to use another recovery such as TWRP to use ADB in recovery. From my experience you need to install the recovery using ODIN.
    – GiantTree
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 6:48
  • I'm using stock recovery, I want to flash TWRP but I'm using mac so I can't use odin, how can I do this?
    – L.Tommy
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 11:27

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You can't ADB in recovery mode, not with a stock recovery. You can only ADB Sideload which is used to flash zip packages (updates, gapps, etc). To install TWRP, you need to flash it in Download mode.

  1. Download TRWP or here
  2. Boot in Download mode (Hold volume down then briefly press the power button. Press Volume up to confirm).
  3. Download and unzip Odin then launch it.
  4. Click on PDA or AP button and select TWRP file you downloaded previously (Should be in .tar format. If in zip, unzip it)
  5. Click on Start button
  6. When you see PASS, disconnect the phone and power on (Hold volume up this time: you should boot in TWRP recovery )
  • As a side note, a stock recovery doesn't allow sideloading flashable zips that are signed by anyone other than the manufacturer.
    – Grimoire
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 18:11
  • how do i use odin if I am on mac?
    – L.Tommy
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 11:26
  • On Mac you'll need Heimdall. It's the Mac equivalent of Odin (Windows). @L.Tommy
    – esQmo_
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 11:50
  • lol can't install heimdall because "not compatible with this version of OS". I give up, i'll just settle for nova launcher and icon packs
    – L.Tommy
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 13:38
  • Oh, sorry to hear that
    – esQmo_
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 14:20

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