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I work on projects that may brick your device. Don't sue me, hate me or try and kill my dog if that happens. I will feel bad the community will feel bad and hopefully we'll find a way to get you going again. But, the very nature of my projects involves a certain amount of risk taken by YOU. And by using the projects that I work on, you've accepted that fact.
THERE IS AN UNKNOWN ISSUE WHERE IF YOU HAVE ENCRYPTION ENABLED AND INSTALL SS IT BOOTLOOPS. IF YOU FIT THIS DESCRIPTION PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM SAFESTRAP FOR NOW.
Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Safestrap
CURRENT PROJECT STATUS: STABLE v3.65 (JB) / BETA v3.75-B03 (NC2/KK)
WHAT IS SAFESTRAP?
Safestrap is a Bootstrap / Recovery for locked bootloader phones. The goal is to avoid touching your primary system (I'll call this "stock" system) and only flash or make large changes to another place on your phone that Safestrap treats as a "2nd system" (in this case, it's a series of virtual ROM slots located on the internal emmc area: "/sdcard"). Once installed, you will see a "Splashscreen" giving you the option to hit "menu" to enter recovery. The recovery portion of Safestrap is now based on TWRP 2.7.1.x (a touch based recovery) and you can perform .zip installs, backups and restores here. The additional features I've added to TWRP are mostly located under the "Boot Options" menu:
Here you can create virtual ROM-slots (2 on the N3 due to partition size and internal space) for flashing ROMs. These ROM-slots allow for different sizes of /system, /data and /cache partitions. The defaults *SHOULD* be good enough for flashing the stock-based ROMs.
NOTE: The bigger you make these partition the less room you will have to make other ROM-slots.
You can activate a new ROM-slot by choosing the slot you wish to make active and then selecting the "Activate" button. Once active, you will see the "rom-slot#" up in the top of the screen shown in green. If you make the "stock" ROM active, then you can see it in the top shown in red.
Once a ROM-slot is active, all actions you would normally perform using TWRP are directed to that ROM-slot. For example, "Install" to flash a .zip, backup and restore.
During each reboot a splashscreen will be displayed showing whether the device is running a rom-slot or on the "Stock ROM".
Press the button shown on the screen to either enter "RECOVERY" or "CONTINUE" booting (or the hard button underneath each option).
HOW DO I UPGRADE SAFESTRAP?
Push the APK up to your sdcard.
Boot back into the "stock" rom-slot.
[NEW 2013-12-19]Go into your old Safestrap app and use the "Uninstall Recovery" button
THEN, open a "file explorer" of some sort (even TW "My Files" will work)
Browse to where you pushed the APK
Click on it and install like normal
Once installed, open the APK
Grant SU access
Use the "Install Recovery" button
All set, now you can reboot and re-activate whatever rom-slot you were using
[v3.72] Sometimes the installation doesn't work correctly. If you don't see the splashscreen after a rebooting. Install Safestrap again. (DEBUGGING THIS AS I GET TIME)
[v3.72] Busybox is now required for the Safestrap APK to work correctly
[v3.72] "Reboot Recovery" doesn't work in the APK
If you don't see files on "Micro SDcard" for some reason try tapping that area and swapping to "Internal Storage" and then back again.
No Aroma installer support. This is due to the stock Note 3 kernel framebuffer. To build a recovery which worked, it needed QCOM patches. So will Aroma.
If you try a .zip file with an Aroma installer, it will most likely just hang.
If you use the "4way reboot" mod, then "Reboot Recovery" button in the Safestrap APK won't work correctly.
NEW TO v3.75:
[ONLY ON NC2 BOOT.IMG] ROM-SLOTs are BACK! (16gb size limit)[/B]
Lots of bugfixes for KK TW builds
DOWNLOADS: CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE USING AN VERIZON WIRELESS SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3
FIND YOUR STOCK OPERATING SYSTEM VERSION BELOW AND USE THAT FILENAME:
As of version 3.75, Safestrap Recovery is now based on TWRP 2.7.1.x. For more on TWRP you can visit their website: http://www.teamw.in/
WARNING: Safestrap is heavily modified to be "Safe" for your device. Do not download TWRP from their website and expect it to work the same way. Also TWRP does not support Safestrap, tho some issues that may come up will be TWRP dependant, please try and contact myself or look on the forums for your device for answers before hunting down TWRP people. They won't be able to help w/ Safestrap specific questions.
For the purposes of direct user testing I've established a channel on freenode.net IRC: #safestrap
I'm in the channel mostly all the time, but may not be active for discussion.
Special Thanks To
DeesTroy & TeamWin for all their hard work making TWRP such a fantastic recovery. If you are considering a donation, then please have a look at the Team WIN website: http://teamw.in/project/twrp2
XDA:DevDB Information Safestrap Recovery v3.65 (JB) / v3.75_NC2/NC4 (KK), Tool/Utility for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Added "Instant Stock" button support during the Safestrap Splashscreen. If you press the "HOME" button you will instantly boot to stock without having to go into Safestrap. NOTE: This is a temporary selection. The next reboot will go back into the current "active" slot.
Added hijack rules for skipping in recovery and charge only modes
ALPHA for SElinux Builds: New hijack to support safestrap under SElinux!
[v3.65]"Reboot Recovery" button in Safestrap APK *should* reboot to SS recovery now
[v3.65]Fixed adb shell in recovery
[v3.65]Bugfix "toolbox" commands in recovery
[v3.64]Fixed booting while plugged into charger
[v3.64]Fixed init.*.rc file processing order during 2nd-init
KNOWN BUGS (THINGS TO DO):
No adb in recovery.
"Reboot Recovery" doesn't work correctly from the APK
Rebooting while plugged in to charger causes SS splashscreen to be skipped
Testing for use w/o external SD card (possible bugs) [Need to change location via button]
Aroma not supported
Please know how to use ODIN and have the MI9(Root De La Vega ODIN file) or the MJ9 ODIN file handy in case something goes badly.
Originally Posted by 1313SAM
Please don't encourage dirty flashing. Dirty flashing is like unprotected sex. Yes it may feel better and take less work, but who knows what may happens later. Even though sometimes you still get surprises when you do things right. At least you know you took precautions and where to look for problems
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