Updating my Galaxy Tab S 8.4 to AOKP
I finally got fed up with my Galaxy Tab S running like a dog and always running out of space. I decided it was time to put something a little more vanilla onto the tablet and blow away all of the Samsung provided
To do this, I went through the following steps:
- Track down, or grab the micro SD card out of your tablet, you will need this later
- Download ODIN to my PC, after much searching I found it here. Currently the latest version I could find is 3.12.3
- Install ODIN on your PC
- Download TWRP from here. Note this is for the LTE (5G) version of the tablet. The wrong version can brick your device
- Grab the .zip for AOKP from here. Click on the HeroLTE link and then make sure you get go to AOKP->SM-T705 and download the Zip file.
- Go back to here if you don’t still have that tab open and grab GApps as well (more on this later)
- Copy the two file above onto a folder on your SD card. If you do step 9 before this you may think you have bricked your tablet but it’s not so bad.
- I followed these instructions, from step 3 onwards. At step 10 you may have to hold the power+vol down buttons down to get the tablet to power off. It is important that you then boot into recovery mode to make TWRP stick.
- In TWRP I selected WIPE and did the swipe to wipe the data, cache and dalvik. I also did a format data. BEFORE you
- Insert the SD card you prepared earlier into your tablet
- Choose Install in TWRP and browse to external_sd/<your folder> and pick the zip for AOKP
- Select the option to queue another install and select the GAPPs
- Wait for the installs to finish and then reboot your tablet
You should now have a tab S running AOKP Nougat, with the bonus of running google assistant.
After this, I installed the Open GApps app from the play store, went into it and installed the lastest stock version. Strangely, after doing this, I had the Pixel UI on my tablet, added bonus.