Recovery mode is something that you rarely see on your Android device if you are an average user. It’s what your phone uses to install Android updates, restore itself to factory settings, and perform several other tasks. Your device’s default recovery mode is pretty basic, but third-party recoveries like the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) allows you to make backups, install ROMs, root your phone, and probably a hundred other things. So if you’re looking to heavily tweak your phone, you’ll most probably need one.
TWRP is a custom recovery for Android devices developed and maintained by the team at TeamWin. It lets you do things on your Android phone that neither Google nor your device manufacturer allows by default. For example, a full device backup. Using TWRP you can take a full backup of your Android phone, which you can restore later or even repair a soft-bricked device. Thus it works like a fail-safe if anything goes wrong at software end.
A Custom Recovery opens pandora’s box of the possibilities of modding and customizing your Android Device, and TWRP is best in the business.
How to Install TWRP Recovery:
Note that before proceeding, please make sure that you have an unlocked bootloader for your device.
- Enable USB debugging on your device:
- Open Settings on your device.
- Go to About phone and tap seven times on Build number, until you see a pop-up saying that you have now enabled Developer options.
- Now go back to Settings and you’ll see Developer options there, open it.
- Click on enable the USB Debugging option.
- Download and install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your PC from here.
- Download TWRP recovery .img file compatible with your device here.
- Now copy that TWRP.img file to C:\adb.
- Now open a command window inside that folder. To do that, Shift + Right click on any empty white space inside the folder and then select Open command window here from the menu. This will open a cmd window.
- Connect your device to the PC. And type the following into the command:
1adb reboot bootloader
- Once your device boots into bootloader/fastboot mode, type the following command to flash the TWRP recovery .img file (modify twrp.img with the name of your downloaded TWRP recovery .img file, OR change your TWRP recovery filename to twrp.img and use the command above.):
1fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
- Once TWRP is successfully flashed on your device, issue the following command to reboot into recovery :
1fastboot reboot recovery
That’s it. TWRP recovery is now successfully installed on your device. To boot into the TWRP recovery using manual method, press and hold both volume buttons along with power button to go into recovery mode. Also Do not forget to take a full backup once you boot into TWRP.
Flashed TWRP now, So ready to try out some cool new ROMs? Check out our cool list of top 10 ROMs.