Development [RECOVERY][UNOFFICIAL] TWRP for Galaxy A53 5G (Exynos)

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Team Win Recovery Project 3.x, or twrp3 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. Its a fully touch driven user interface no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

Code:
 * Your warranty is now void.
* I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,
* thermonuclear war, or your getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please
* do some research if you have any concerns about features included in this ROM
* before flashing it! YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if
* you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.

Supported Models:
Galaxy A53 5G A536B, A536E, A536N & A5360

Download & Guide:
1. Unlock your bootloader.
2. Downloads for A53 5G: a53x twrp and kernel
3. Reboot to download mode
4. Put the TWRP TAR for your device with Odin in the AP slot, vbmeta_disabled_R.tar in USERDATA slot and click start.
5. Reboot to recovery via recovery key combo (Vol up + power + USB connected).
6. Disable encryption:
- Go to Advanced > Terminal, type: multidisabler.​
If vendor complain about free space left on device, will attempt to resize vendor. and it ask to - Run multidisabler again!.​
- Type: multidisabler again. will see - Finished. when done.​
- Go back to Wipe > Format Data > type yes.​
- Reboot to recovery.​
7. Flash custom kernel and magisk apk in twrp.
8. Reboot to system, Enjoy.

Support:
Live support is available via #twrp on Freenode with your IRC client or just click this link.

Telegram:
https://t.me/twrp_a_m_series

Bugs:
- Encryption not fully working.

Thanks:
TWRP team
@MaloyZV on telegram for testing
@ianmacd for multidisabler
@Dan_FFM (David Dean) for helping with convert readonly f2fs vendor to readwrite
Donators

Sources:
Kernel tree
Device tree
 
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Note1: You need a custom permissive kernel to boot with R/W vendor.
Note2: If you got bootloop on Samsung logo, reboot to TWRP and wipe metadata from Advanced Wipe section.
 
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Hi, I am currently testing this. So far, I have only flashed the TWRP via ODIN (already have a custom ROM running).
I want to backup my data first before messing around. When I try to mount internal storage, it says 0MB.
So do I need to flash the custom kernel before I can access the data partition or internal sdcard?
Or is data access/backup not supported?
 
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Hi, I am currently testing this. So far, I have only flashed the TWRP via ODIN (already have a custom ROM running).
I want to backup my data first before messing around. When I try to mount internal storage, it says 0MB.
So do I need to flash the custom kernel before I can access the data partition or internal sdcard?
Or is data access/backup not supported?
You cant access the data as mentioned in bug list we dont have encryption support.
 
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And what does GSI that installed to system has to do with data encryption?
If you are worried about your data just move them to pc
And if you are worried about encryption simply dont use twrp.
The GSI has no support for userdata encryption, which means that the internal data can't be encrypted (and should be unencrypted in /data). Otherwise I would not be able to boot into the ROM. But maybe I am wrong on this.

So if I reformat my data and run the multidisabler, does that mean I can access data in TWRP even having a custom ROM?
 
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The GSI has no support for userdata encryption, which means that the internal data can't be encrypted (and should be unencrypted in /data). Otherwise I would not be able to boot into the ROM. But maybe I am wrong on this.

So if I reformat my data and run the multidisabler, does that mean I can access data in TWRP even having a custom ROM?
Yes after running multidisabler and formatting data. You might able to boot GSI without custom kernel but not stock
 

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TWRP and your kernel work in A536N, But root and /system are still ro

I installed stock May 24 firmware with magisk patched before installing TWRP

P.S ) I have to clear dalvik & cache every reboot 😅😅
 
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TWRP and your kernel work in A536N, But root and /system are still ro

I installed stock May 24 firmware with magisk patched before installing TWRP

P.S ) I have to clear dalvik & cache every reboot 😅😅
Yes as I said earlier only vendor is rw to disable encryption. We cant do the same for system as the size doesn't fit.
 
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Ah, Biometrics lockscreen from stock ROM conflicts with SafetyNet Fix module...

That's why I have to clear that every reboot...
 
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Are there any roms available for the A53? Because I was looking for twrp .zip files for this phone, and couldn't find anything for this model.
 
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Are there any roms available for the A53? Because I was looking for twrp .zip files for this phone, and couldn't find anything for this model.
phh's AOSP, LineageOS GSI, Pixel Experience GSI are only available for A53 at this time

vndklite version of these can be installed via fastboot mode!

If you want zip-flashing rom, waiting is the only soulution unfortunately

Pixel GSI : https://github.com/ponces/treble_build_pe/releases/download/

phh's AOSP : https://github.com/phhusson/treble_experimentations/releases

Lineage GSI : https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/gsi-12-lineageos-19-x-gsi-a64b-64b.4358041/
 
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phh's AOSP, LineageOS GSI, Pixel Experience GSI are only available for A53 at this time

vndklite version of these can be installed via fastboot mode!

If you want zip-flashing rom, waiting is the only soulution unfortunately

Pixel GSI : https://github.com/ponces/treble_build_pe/releases/download/

phh's AOSP : https://github.com/phhusson/treble_experimentations/releases

Lineage GSI : https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/gsi-12-lineageos-19-x-gsi-a64b-64b.4358041/
If I were to download phh's AOSP extended for the Samsung galaxy A53 would I have to get the vanilla version? Also when downloading due I have to extract the img.xz file to just get the .img file, and then using an sd card put the file on the phone to flash?
Note my phone model is SM-A536E/DS.
 
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If I were to download phh's AOSP extended for the Samsung galaxy A53 would I have to get the vanilla version? Also when downloading due I have to extract the img.xz file to just get the .img file, and then using an sd card put the file on the phone to flash?
Note my phone model is SM-A536E/DS.
gapps = google apps (e.g play store)
vanilla = no google apps

You should install that via TWRP fastboot mode! (or fastbootd)

In fastboot, you may need USB 2.0 port

P.S) my phone is A536N + stock ROM

Treble Info : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tk.hack5.treblecheck
Screenshot_20220720-210732_Treble Info.jpg
 
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    home.png
    backupname.png

    Team Win Recovery Project 3.x, or twrp3 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. Its a fully touch driven user interface no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

    Code:
     * Your warranty is now void.
    * I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,
    * thermonuclear war, or your getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please
    * do some research if you have any concerns about features included in this ROM
    * before flashing it! YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if
    * you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.

    Supported Models:
    Galaxy A53 5G A536B, A536E, A536N & A5360

    Download & Guide:
    1. Unlock your bootloader.
    2. Downloads for A53 5G: a53x twrp and kernel
    3. Reboot to download mode
    4. Put the TWRP TAR for your device with Odin in the AP slot, vbmeta_disabled_R.tar in USERDATA slot and click start.
    5. Reboot to recovery via recovery key combo (Vol up + power + USB connected).
    6. Disable encryption:
    - Go to Advanced > Terminal, type: multidisabler.​
    If vendor complain about free space left on device, will attempt to resize vendor. and it ask to - Run multidisabler again!.​
    - Type: multidisabler again. will see - Finished. when done.​
    - Go back to Wipe > Format Data > type yes.​
    - Reboot to recovery.​
    7. Flash custom kernel and magisk apk in twrp.
    8. Reboot to system, Enjoy.

    Support:
    Live support is available via #twrp on Freenode with your IRC client or just click this link.

    Telegram:
    https://t.me/twrp_a_m_series

    Bugs:
    - Encryption not fully working.

    Thanks:
    TWRP team
    @MaloyZV on telegram for testing
    @ianmacd for multidisabler
    @Dan_FFM (David Dean) for helping with convert readonly f2fs vendor to readwrite
    Donators

    Sources:
    Kernel tree
    Device tree
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    OK thanks. What partition does the multidisabler actually patch to disable encryption? System? Or boot?
    Vendor is ro, it convert it to rw then patch vendor/etc/fstab.exynos****
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    The GSI has no support for userdata encryption, which means that the internal data can't be encrypted (and should be unencrypted in /data). Otherwise I would not be able to boot into the ROM. But maybe I am wrong on this.

    So if I reformat my data and run the multidisabler, does that mean I can access data in TWRP even having a custom ROM?
    Yes after running multidisabler and formatting data. You might able to boot GSI without custom kernel but not stock
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    Changelog:
    12.07.2022 - Initial Release.
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    Is it also possible to make system/product partitions RW optional? That would be great for debloating/removing GOS.