General hardware notes.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

  • Model: SM-T710
  • Code: gts28wifi

Hardware Power Options:

  • Force Restart: Hold volume down + power for more than 7 seconds.
  • Recovery Mode: Hold home + volume up + power for more than 7 seconds.
  • Download Mode: Hold volume down + home + power for more than 7 seconds.

Boot Issues:

Stuck on Samsung Boot Screen

If it's stuck on the Samsung boot screen, I've got out of this by executing a force restart and quickly switching to pressing the combination for recovery mode booting.

Flashing TWRP:

  • Download the latest TWRP gts28wifi image
  • Place the device in Download Mode.
  • Connect the USB cable.
  • Use heimdall to flash it on.
$ sudo heimdall flash --RECOVERY twrp-3.3.1-0-gts28wifi.img

Reboot into recovery mode and you should be fine.

TWRP Errors:

This one can happen when TWRP trips over itself:

E3004: This package is for device gts28wifi, gts28ltexx; this device is .