Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 Root and TWRP Recovery

In order to root your Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3, you will need to install TWRP recovery. Although CF-Root is also an option, but that tool is fading out slowly, and TWRP remains a must-have tool anyway.

So, first install the TWRP recovery, and then follow the link after TWRP’s guide to root your Xcover 3 very, very easily.

Know that installing TWRP would void the warranty of your Xcover 3. KNOX flag will be tripped, meaning you won’t be able to install enterprise security level apps, if any, anymore at office.

But, once you root, you will be able to use awesome tool like Xposed and will be able to customize your Xcover 3 to all your wishes excitingly well.


  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 TWRP Recovery — Link | File: twrp- (9.2 MB)
  • Odin PC software — Link | File: (1.6 MB)

→ Check the official page here for the newer version of TWRP recovery, if any, which may already have fixed the bugs mentioned above.

Supported devices

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3, model no. SM-G388F (xcover3ltexx)
  • Don’t try on any other device whatsoever!

Important: Check your device’s model no. on free Android app called Droid Info. If you see the model no. and codename mentioned above in the app, then use this recovery, otherwise not. BTW, you can check model no. device’s packaging box too.

Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files. Sometimes, Odin installation may delete everything on your device!

Step-by-step Guide

Step 1. Download Odin and TWRP recovery file from above.

Step 2. Install Galaxy Xcover 3 driver (method 1 there!) first of all. Double click the .exe file of drivers to begin installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)

Step 3. Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Disconnect your Galaxy Xcover 3 from PC if it is connected.

Step 4. Boot your Galaxy Xcover 3 into download mode:

  1. Power off your Galaxy Xcover 3. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  2. Press and hold the three buttons Power + Home + Volume down together until you see warning screen.
  3. Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Step 5. Double click on extracted file of Odin, Odin3 v3.10.6.exe, to open the Odin window, as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.

Step 6. Connect your Galaxy Xcover 3 to PC now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your Galaxy Xcover 3. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below

  • You cannot proceed until Odin recognizes your device and you get the Added!! message.
  • If it doesn’t, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem.
  • You can try different USB ports on your PC too, btw.

Step 7. Load the TWRP file into Odin. For this, click the AP button on Odin and the select the file: TWRP_2.8.7.0_xcover3ltexx_F-H-FU_5.0.2_v2.tar

  • Info: When you load files, Odin checks the md5 of firmware file, which takes time. So, simply wait until that’s done and the firmware file is loaded. Don’t worry if Odin gets unresponsive for a while, it’s normal. Binary size will also show up in Odin.

Step 8. Make sure Re-partition checkbox is NOT selected, under the Options tab. Don’t use PIT tab either. Go back to Log tab btw, it will show the progress when you hit start button in next step.

Step 9. Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the firmware on your Galaxy Xcover 3.Wait till installation is finished, after which your Galaxy Xcover 3 will reboot automatically. You’ll get PASS message as show below upon successful installation from Odin.

  • If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the firmware and flash it again as said above.
  • If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the firmware again as stated just above.

→ That’s it. Enjoy the TWRP recovery v2.8.7.0 on your Galaxy Xcover 3!

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 Root

Well, just check out our how-to root guide which tells you howto use TWRP to root any device with TWRP.

So just follow the guide linked above, and your Xcover 3 will be rooted in like 5 minutes.

If you need any help with this, let us know via comments below and we will try our best to help you out.

  • Roman


  • esquivel

    this works perfect, exactly as the author said. done in 5 minutes! samsung driver given here works perfect all went flawless. nice one!!!

  • Andy

    It does not work on the new Android 5.1.1

  • NAC

    true, It does not work on the new Android 5.1.1.
    Any news on that issue?

    • hey guys you have a samsung galaxy xcover 3, please refly

  • Ernesto

    It does not work on the new Android 5.1.1 🙁

  • Sebastian

    Any progress with Android 5.1.1? would really need that!

  • Preshy

    Any progress on new Android 5.1.1

  • George

    Hello, my xcover 3 seems to be stuck on step 4 (downloading) . I proceded with the 1 2 and 3 of step 4 and now the screen just shows downloading but hasent made any progress for the last 2 and a half hours.
    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks

  • Iconmoto

    It worked as good as it gets. I had the newer Android 5.1.1 (today is the 07.22.2016) and used:
    – Twrp 3.0.2
    – Odin 3.11.2
    follow the instructions and you wont have any problems.

    • Iconmoto

      Ok it seems like for odin everything went right but the Xcover is still not rooted (Super user not working)

  • Marcdu30

    Non enregistré sur le réseau
    Que faire ?