On January 14, 2021, Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series smartphones. This flagship lineup consists of three handsets – Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The company offers these devices in two different variants in terms of processor. The Snapdragon 888 powered variants are available for select markets including the US, China while the Exynos 2100 version of other regions including Europe and India.
These phones come pre-installed with the Android 11-based One UI 3.1 version which is a huge customizable UI. However, a large number of developers and modders still want to customize the system as well as the functions of the Galaxy S21 models. For this, the TWRP is the top choice of these users to install custom recoveries, unofficial ports, etc.
TWRP (AKA Team Win Recovery Project) is an open-source software custom recovery image for Android-based devices. With its touchscreen-enabled interface, smartphone users can use its different tools to flash custom ROMs, restore, backup, and more.
However, the TWRP ROM is already available for several Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Now, the company’s latest Galaxy S21 series users can get the unofficial TWRP builds, thanks to XDA member afaneh92 for compiling separate sets of unofficial TWRP 3.5.0 builds.
Download TWRP 3.5.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series:
Snapdragon 888 variants:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – Download Link (o1q)
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G – Download Link (t2q)
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G – Download Link (p3q)
Exynos 2100 variants:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – Download Link (o1s)
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G – Download Link ( t2s)
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G – Download Link (p3s)
Conditions of TWRP installation:
- A model with an unlockable bootloader,
- The US versions not suitable for modding because it is locked,
- Installing a third-party binary will permanently trip Knox
- Permanently lose access to Samsung Pay and security features such as Secure Folder
Download the latest TWRP image file (.img) from the above download link and boot TWRP. Go to install and find and select the Images… button. Browse to the image that you downloaded and select it.
According to the developer, “Make sure you read through the step-by-step installation instructions to avoid running into bootloop or other issues. You have to wipe the whole user data partition of your phone in order to get rid of the stock encryption, so do perform a backup beforehand.”
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Here’s how to switch your Galaxy buds between your phone and tablet
If you own a pair of Galaxy Buds, you might want to use them with both your phone and tablet. But how do you switch between the two devices without having to manually disconnect and reconnect them? Don’t worry, you can do that as Samsung offers a function for Galaxy devices named “Auto switch to other devices”.
The Auto switch to other devices function allows your Galaxy Buds to automatically connect to the phone or tablet you’re using when you start a call or play media. This way, you don’t have to worry about missing a call or pausing your music when you switch devices. You can enjoy seamless audio across your Samsung devices.
To use this feature, you need to sign in to the same Samsung account on both your phone and tablet. This feature may vary depending on your device, so make sure you have the latest software update on both devices. You also need to enable Bluetooth on both devices and pair your Galaxy Buds with them.
To enable the auto switch feature, follow these steps:
- Tap on Earbuds settings.
- Tap on the Auto switch to other devices option
- Toggle on the switch, next to the devices you want to use with the auto switch.
That’s it! Now you can enjoy using your Galaxy Buds with both your phone and tablet without any issue. You can also disable the auto switch feature anytime by following the same steps and toggling off the switch.
Here’s how to add transitional effects on lock screen of your Samsung device
Samsung offers a bundle of features for lock screen customization on your Galaxy smartphone. In addition to the wallpaper, you can now add transition effects for lock screen wallpapers, all thanks to the Samsung Wonderland Good Lock module.
The new update of Samsung Wonderland added a new type of wallpaper that includes captivating transition effects when the user turns on the screen. It allows users to customize their experience by setting different wallpapers with transitions.
How to add transitional effects on the lock screen?
To apply the transition effect lock screen wallpaper, you just need to follow a few steps given below.
- Open Samsusng Wonderland app.
- Tap on the “Create your different lock screen effect” option.
- Select any one transitional wallpaper for the lock screen. You can also select it from the Gallery app.
- Now tap on the Set as Wallpaper option and it is done.
However, you can customize the transition effects type, Speed, thickness, Brightness, and Grayscale of the lock screen, just need to tap on the Edit option ahead of Set as wallpaper.
Here’s how to use Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 ‘Water Lock Mode’
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 offers a remarkable feature named Water Lock Mode. It prevents unintended interactions while submerged in water. This feature is a valuable addition, ensuring seamless functionality and peace of mind while wearing the Galaxy Watch 4 in the water.
There are two simple methods to activate Water Lock Mode on the Galaxy Watch 4. The first involves a quick swipe down to access the Quick Settings Panel, followed by tapping the Water Mode icon.
Alternatively, users can enable this mode through the device’s Settings menu by selecting “Advanced Features” and toggling on the “Water Lock” option. Once enabled, Water Lock Mode renders the touchscreen inactive, shielding the watch from accidental touches underwater.
To deactivate Water Lock Mode, users can press and hold the home key. The watch emits sounds to expel water from the speaker, while a gentle shake eliminates any moisture from the pressure sensor.