Unofficial TWRP and LineageOS 17.1 are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Samsung is among the small handful of Android OEMs still betting on the tablet segment. The Korean OEM announced a mid-range tablet – the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – back in April this year, which also made its way to India after a few months. For a budget-friendly tablet that also supports Samsung’s S Pen, the device offers some solid specifications, such as the Exynos 9611 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage accompanied by a microSD slot for expansion, a 10.4″ WUXGA+ TFT LCD display, and dual AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Audio. And if you’re the type of person who loves to mod their gadgets, then you’ll be pleased with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, as the device has now received both an unofficial TWRP build as well as a pretty stable build of LineageOS 17.1.
XDA Junior Member Linux4 has ported the TWRP custom recovery (v3.4.0-0) to this tablet. You can download and flash the custom recovery on your device by following the instruction in the XDA thread linked below, after which you’ll be able to flash Magisk, some mods, or even a custom ROM on the device. However, since this is an early build of the TWRP recovery, some features don’t work as expected. For instance, sideloading using ADB is broken and data decryption on the stock Samsung ROM is unsupported.
An unofficial build of the Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 ROM is also available for the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, courtesy of the same developer. Linux4’s build uses work from fellow developers modpunk and derf elot as a base, who ported LineageOS for the Galaxy S10 series. To install the ROM on the Tab S6 Lite, you’ll first need to install the aforementioned build of TWRP on your device. The custom ROM comes with enforced SELinux, which is indeed a big plus from a security perspective. There are separate flashable ZIPs for the LTE and Wi-Fi variants, so pick the one appropriate for your model.
It is worth mentioning that installing a custom software on the device will permanently trip KNOX, thus you will lose access to Samsung Pay and security features such as Secure Folder. Still, if you don’t mind these trade-offs, then feel free to go ahead and enjoy aftermarket development on your tablet.