What Is TWRP Recovery?
you might be asking what is TWRP Recovery.
(TWRP) is an abbreviated term for “Team Win Recovery Project” is an open-source software custom recovery image for Android-based devices. It provides a touchscreen-enabled interface that allows users to install third-party firmware or software and back up the current system which its functions are often unsupported by stock recovery images.
This tutorial is a “universal method”, meaning you are going to be able to use it on any Android except Samsung Android devices, Which uses ODIN so you will have to follow this tutorial on How to Install TWRP using ODIN on Samsung Android instead, For Motorola device, you may have to use Motorola’s Bootloader Unlock Website here
What Happens If I Install TWRP Recovery?
Gaining root access is the first step towards truly customizing your Android device. However, root alone will only let you install root-only apps and custom recoveries, but won’t offer anything of its own to help you customize items on your phone.
To actually install something that customizes your phone, That’s where custom recovery. TWRP steps in.
Do I have TWRP installed Already?
If TWRP is installed it replaces the stock recovery and how to boot to it remains unchanged. There is a management app for TWRP available in the play store most but not all phones that have TWRP installed will also have this app and opening that will tell you if TWRP is installed
Now let’s Install TWRP Recovery Using Fastboot
Before following the steps below please first check if there is a TWRP Recovery for your device, If you don’t see your Android device at https://twrp.me/Devices/, you are not out of luck. You can try Googling for unofficial versions of your device TWRP.
Lastly, make sure you have your device Bootloader unlocked, Incase you have not Unlocked your device bootloader, this post will help you get it done
Now Get These Prerequisites To Install TWRP Recovery
- If you have followed our bootloader unlock guide you shouldn’t need to re-install Windows ADB drivers
- Download the latest TWRP image file (Old device)
- For new Devices download both TWRP image and installer zip files
Steps by step Procedures:
Step 1: Power off your Android device and boot into fastboot mode. The Universal Method For most devices, Now boot into fastboot mode by simply holding Volume Down and Power key but for some devices, volume up and Power key for about 3-5 seconds.
You can also use ADB tools to reboot using the command line if you cannot figure out how to reboot into fastboot mode, Try our Bootloader Unlock guide Guide
For Windows, you can verify you have correct drivers installed by going to Device Manager. You should see “Android ADB Interface” or something similar.
Step 2: Copy the TWRP image you downloaded
Step 3: Next, we will flash TWRP recovery using fastboot. There are TWO methods depending on which type of TWRP you need to install(refer back to Step 1 for your type).
Step 4: Open a command prompt by typing “cmd” in search bar of your PC.
Step 5: For Old device type the following commands below to flash TWRP recovery to the recovery partition
fastboot flash recovery PutImageFileNameHere.img
Once flashed successfully, you can simply boot into recovery by using the Volume keys then hitting the Power button on most Android smartphones. On certain phones, you may have to reboot into recovery manually. But that should boot you into TWRP recovery and also your TWRP has been installed permanently.
Step 6: This is for New device TWRP recovery, you will need to actually boot TWRP recovery temporarily then flash TWRP installer zip file to permanently install TWRP recovery
type the following commands:
fastboot boot PutImageFileNameHere.img
You should have booted into TWRP, Now you can run any custom Apps of your choice after this.
[*] Compatibility: The drivers above are compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 (x32 bit or x64 bit).
[*] Caution: remember to replace “PutImageFileNameHere.img” with your TWRP image filename.
[*] After Commands: Don’t forget to hit the enter button on your PC to execute the commands.