Install /e/ on a Samsung Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 3G - “n8020” (beta)

Tip: Please read through the instructions at least once before actually following them, so as to avoid any problems later.
Warning: Downgrading Smartphones already on Android Q or LineageOS 17.x to Pie or other OS can cause instability or at worst brick some devices
Caution: Flash your device only if you know what you are doing and are OK taking the associated risk. All builds are provided as best effort, without any guarantee. The /e/ project and its project members deny any and all responsibility about the consequences of using /e/ software and or /e/ services.
Tip: Installing a custom recovery or unlocking the bootloader will erase all data on your device! Take a backup of your data before proceeding!!

Requirements

  • Take a backup of all important data on your phone before proceeding.
  • A guide on backing up with TWRP is available here
  • Ensure your phone is charged more than 50%
  • Check that adb and fastboot are enabled on your PC. If not you can find the setup instructions here
  • Download all the files and images mentioned in the download section below before starting the installation
  • Make sure you have a working data cable to connect your device to the PC. There are cables which are only for charging and do not transfer data.

  • Enable USB debugging on your device. You can find the instructions here
Caution: Before following these instructions please ensure that the device is on the latest Android Stock firmware. This can be done by checking for any OTA updates available in the Updater. If available run them before installing /e/OS

Downloads for the n8020

  • TWRP (not required if you already have it running on your phone)

    The version we used for our testing was 3.5.0-9

  • /e/OS build : Pie dev

To understand the difference between /e/OS builds check this guide

Warning: Please note some of the above links can lead to external sites

Preparing for installation using Heimdall

Samsung devices come with a unique boot mode called “Download mode”, which is very similar to “Fastboot mode” on some devices with unlocked bootloaders. Heimdall is a cross-platform, open-source tool for interfacing with Download mode on Samsung devices. The preferred method of installing a custom recovery is through this boot mode – rooting the stock firmware is neither necessary nor required.

Please note: On windows PC’s to run the installation using ODIN check this HOWTO. The steps given below explain how to install Heimdall and flash /e/OS

  1. Enable OEM unlock in the Developer options under device Settings.

    It appears sometime that the OEM unlock option is missing from Development options, especially on new devices. Please connect your device to the wifi and check of system updates. After a reboot, the option should appear.

  2. Install Heimdall or if you prefer you can Build latest Heimdall suite
  3. Power off the device and connect the USB adapter to the computer (but not to the device, yet).
  4. Boot into download mode:
    • hold Volume Down + Power

    Accept the disclaimer, then insert the USB cable into the device.

  5. Windows only: install the drivers. A more complete set of instructions can be found in the ZAdiag user guide.
    1. Run zadiag.exe from the Drivers folder of the Heimdall suite.
    2. Choose Options » List all devices from the menu.
    3. Select Samsung USB Composite Device or MSM8x60 or Gadget Serial or Device Name from the drop down menu. (If nothing relevant appears, try uninstalling any Samsung related Windows software, like Samsung Windows drivers and/or Kies).
    4. Click Replace Driver (having to select Install Driver from the drop down list built into the
    5. If you are prompted with a warning that the installer is unable to verify the publisher of the driver, select Install this driver anyway. You may receive two more prompts about security. Select the options that allow you to carry on.
  6. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type:

     heimdall print-pit
    
  7. If the device reboots, Heimdall is installed and working properly.

Installing a custom recovery

  1. Download a custom recovery (also linked in the Download section above)

    • TWRP.

      The version of TWRP we used to test the ROM was 3.5.0-9

  2. Power off the device and connect the USB adapter to the computer (but not to the device, yet).
  3. Boot into download mode:
    • With the device powered off
    • hold Volume Down + Power

    Accept the disclaimer, then insert the USB cable into the device.

  4. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window in the directory the recovery image is located, and type:
    heimdall flash --RECOVERY recoveryfilename.img --no-reboot
    

    Replace the recoveryfilename with the name of the recovery image you downloaded

  5. A blue transfer bar will appear on the device showing the recovery being transferred.
  6. Unplug the USB cable from your device.
  7. Manually reboot into recovery:
    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Home + Power

    Note: Be sure to reboot into recovery immediately after having installed the custom recovery. Otherwise the custom recovery will be overwritten and the device will reboot (appearing as though your custom recovery failed to install).

Installing /e/ from recovery

  1. Before proceeding ensure you have downloaded the /e/OS for your device, from the link given in the Downloads section above

  2. If you aren’t already in recovery mode, reboot into recovery mode by typing the below command in the console of an adb enabled PC

     adb reboot recovery
    
    Tip: You can also do this manually using the below key combination
    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Home + Power
  3. In TWRP return to main menu, then tap Wipe

  4. Now tap Format Data and continue with the formatting process.

    Here a new screen may show where you will have to type Yes and confirm the action by clicking a button.

    Caution: Format Data will remove encryption as well as delete all files stored on the internal storage. Remember to take a backup first. Check Requirements section above.
  5. Return to the previous menu and tap Advanced Wipe.

  6. Select the Cache and System partitions to be wiped and then Swipe to Wipe

  7. Sideload the /e/ .zip package.

    Tip: Sideload requires actions in two places to be done. One on your phone in the TWRP UI and secondly on the connected PC which should have adb enabled. Also note the sideload process while running may stop abruptly around 50%. The console would show a message Total xfer: 1.00x. This would mean that the transfer has successfully completed.
    • On the device in TWRP,

      select Advanced, ADB Sideload, then swipe to begin sideload.

    • On the host machine, in the console , start the sideload of the package by typing
     adb sideload filename.zip
    
    Tip: Change the filename to the name of the file you downloaded
  8. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu, tap Reboot, and then System

Warning: Avoid installing any additional apps or services if suggested by the recovery. They may cause your device to bootloop, as well as attempt to access and or corrupt your data.
Success: Congratulations !! Your phone should now be booting into /e/OS !!
To find some troubleshooting tips… click here

adb

  • Getting a Total xFer ':' 0.01x message - Try to upload the /e/OS to internal storage and retry to install
  • adb ':' sideload connection failed ':' insufficient permissions for device error - Try to execute the commands adb kill-server and adb start-server and retry
  • Running adb shell twrp install /sdcard/</e/ zip package> raise non-existent directory error - Try to check solution here
  • Getting an insufficient permissions error - Try the solution given here
  • When running "adb devices" in bash a device is shown as "unauthorized" - Try the solution given here

TWRP

  • Errors while running TWRP version 3.4.x.x or above - Try downloading and using a previous TWRP version.. below 3.4.x.x
  • In TWRP if this error shows up failed to mount /preload - Try in TWRP wipe screen in advanced menu select preload and swipe to wipe
  • /cache/recovery/xxx -> no such file or directory error while flashing a ROM - On PC run adb shell in the console now create a folder called recovery for e.g. here the devicecode name is violet "violet :/cache# mkdir recovery"



Tip: To suggest changes to this install guide documentation, please visit the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 3G specific topic on our community forum. To report issues in the build please refer this guide