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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 2, 2014

Looking For A Good Recovery? Cannibal Open Touch Has It All!

Recoveries in Android have had a long and successful history. ClockworkMod and TWRP are just two of many recoveries that made popular over the last few years. These custom recoveries have served us well, flashing countless ROMs, kernels, and mods. The two most commonly used recoveries are without a doubt TWRP and CclockworkMod (and their derivatives). A few months ago, XDA Senior Member drewwalton19216801 and other developers came up with an idea to create another recovery. This is how the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 19, 2014

TWRP Available for the Google Nexus 9 and 6

The HTC-manufactured Google Nexus 9 has just been on the market for just a couple of weeks. As you may recall, Google promised to deliver the newest version of the Android with encryption turned on by default. Luckily, the strengthened security policies didn't cause any additional trouble with rooting, as the Volantis was quickly rooted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. With working root, the only thing that was left was a custom recovery. This problem has been solved by the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 28, 2014

Flash Cyanogen Recovery to Your 2012 Sony Xperia

Cyanogen Recovery is one of the newest custom recovery projects available in the aftermarket development community. Its minimalist and easy-to-navigate user interface makes it worth a shot for many new users. While ClockworkMod, TWRP and PhilZ remain three of the most popular recoveries, you can try Cyanogen Recovery on a large number of devices. XDA Recognized Developer championswimmer decided to port the Simple CM Touch Recovery to the whole 2012 line of Sony Xperia devices. You can find images for...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 23, 2014

Recovery? Check. Root? Check. Android One Ready for Lift Off!

In the last few weeks, we have been written quite a lot about Android One devices. There's plenty of good reason for this, as Google has released the first batch of Android One devices produced by Karbonn, Spice Mobile and Micromax. As a cherry on top, all of them have publicly available kernel source, which isn't too common for devices running chipsets made by MediaTek. Owners of these pretty much identical and pocket-friendly devices in India now have yet another reason to be happy. XDA Recognized Developer...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 26, 2014

Revert to Stock Recovery Effortless with Simple Recovery Switcher

Android updates released as OTA packages are very easy to apply, but they also cause major headaches to custom ROM lovers. Every time an OTA comes out, we need to revert back to stock recovery, flash the update, and then flash our favorite custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod to get back all of our recovery features like Nandroid backups and the ability to flash SuperSU. I don't even have to begin to cover how time consuming and frustrating this process is. If your...

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Conan Troutman · May 30, 2014

Jazz Up Your Recovery with TWRP Theme Manager

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is one of the most popular custom recovery options available. It offers support for a wide variety of devices both new and old. It has all the features that you would expect to find in a recovery, as well as a whole lot more. One such not necessarily essential, but nonetheless welcome feature is support for custom themes. While a recovery might not be the first thing on everyone's list of things to...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 7, 2014

RecoverX Goes Mobile

A custom recovery is one of those things that you will undoubtedly need if you wish to modify your device conveniently. While installing the recovery itself is not an overly complicated process, seeking out the appropriate version of your chosen recovery and the actual installation process can definitely be streamlined. RecoverX is a utility by XDA Recognized Developer LEDelete that we covered here on the XDA Portal many moons ago. Previously used to install recoveries to a device from a PC, the application has...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 7, 2014

Capture The Screen Of Your Recovery or Aroma with A Useful Tool

A picture is worth a thousand words. That's a well known saying. And in Android, pictures are used to show your home screen, developments in progress, or simply demonstrate an error. The ability to take screenshots was implemented into stock Android a long time ago, but grabbing a screenshot while in recovery is still quite problematic. You can try to use the monitor tool from Android SDK, but it doesn't always work right. Luckily, there is a workaround for almost...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 7, 2014

Slap the Latest TWRP onto Your Device with Recovery Installer App

Team Win Recovery Project, better known as a TWRP, is the custom recovery of choice for quite a few Android users here on XDA. Created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and his partner in crime, XDA Recognized Developer bigbiff, TWRP has earned its fair share of fans thanks to many interesting features like scripting used by OpenDelta, as well as themes and other innovative features that make the recovery worthwhile to try. Installing the TWRP is really easy and can...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 18, 2013

Bootstrap Custom Recovery for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3

A custom recovery is where most of the aftermarket magic happens in Android. Using one, you can backup your ROM, wipe your data, and of course flash a new ROM. In contrast to fastboot, recoveries can flash ROMs even on locked devices. There are some workarounds required, but it can be done. Owners of AT&T variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now have a working recovery thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode, who used a bootstrap method in order to make...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 13, 2013

How to Root the Oppo Find 5 and Install a Custom Recovery – XDA Developer TV

We have talked about the Oppo Find 5 before. This relatively unknown phone manufacturer (though well known for their home entertainment equipment) has created a lot of buzz recently. To be honest, this video is going to continue that buzz. And rightfully so, as the Oppo Find 5 is easy to root and install a custom recovery. In today's video, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin talks about the Oppo Find 5's features. He then talks about how to install a custom...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 22, 2013

TWRP Manager Makes Recovery (Even) Easier

A custom recovery is an incredibly useful tool for anyone who wants to make the most of his or her (rooted) device. Even if you aren't a fan of custom ROMs or kernels, you probably still use a custom recovery if for nothing but the ease of backing up and restoring your device. There are of course many other reasons why you might find yourself diving in and out of recovery, and that is a process which can become tedious. That's...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 2, 2013

Dual Boot Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We don't usually cover individual custom kernels here on the Portal for the simple reason that thanks to the development community, there are so many great options available that we wouldn't have time to cover anything else. However, every once in a while, a kernel developer brings so much awesome to the table that it would be downright rude of us not to sit down and stuff our faces until we are fat and happy. Devil Kernel by XDA Recognized Developer...

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Will Verduzco · May 27, 2013

Unofficial CWM Recovery Port for the Ouya

Some time ago, we gave the Android-powered Ouya game console a place in our forums. Since then, we've not heard too much about this curious little non-phone/tablet device other than a guide to help users connect via ADB, sideload apps, and obtain root access and some as of yet fruitless efforts towards UART and Play Store access. Luckily, this development lull has been interrupted thanks to XDA Forum Member mybook4, with some help from Forum Member sonofskywalker3 and Recognized Developer rayman. Mybook4 managed to port an unofficial CWM build to...

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Mike Szczys · May 23, 2013

XDA University: Crafting Recovery-Flashable Packages

Those of us who use Linux on a day to day basis don't think twice about sinking our fingers into the system files that govern how our devices perform. For instance, I use an LG L9 and was quite comfortable playing around with the way my SD card was being mounted in order to improve performance. For those who aren't at home with the way the OS works, adding a startup script with a few lines of code might as...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 18, 2013

Alternative Method for Taking Screenshots in Recovery

Up until recently, it was possible to take a screenshot of your recovery of choice using DDMS. This option, however, no longer works with some newer HTC devices. Now why is this a problem? Who needs a screenshot of their recovery? Well for a start there are themers who work with the ever popular TWRP. Additionally, it may just end up being useful in a troubleshooting situation. Whatever the reason, it used to be possible but now it's not. And for XDA Recognized Developer/Themer...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 16, 2013

TWRP Reaches Version 2.5.0.0 and Sees Debut on the HTC One

We have had some rather long running projects on XDA over the years. Some involve simple, yet elegant things like theming engines (UCCW, VR Theme, etc), while others focus a bit more on the functionality side of things. The case for recovery images is one such area that needs to be constantly evolving due to the evolution of the devices and their inner workings. Pushing an insecure recovery into a device is not always easy. Or rather, it is not...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Mar 2, 2013

TWRP Recovery Updated to 2.4.3.0 with New Features, Improvements, and Bug Fixes

The Team Win Recovery Project has been on a roll lately, adding several new features including auto screen timeout and built-in SuperSU flashing in the 2.4.2.0 update just a few days ago. Things are getting even better, as XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and team have just released the 2.4.3.0 update that brings even more improvements, bug fixes, as well as a couple of new features to TWRP. File selectors and list boxes now have a scroll bar to help you navigate their contents. Also,...

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jerdog · Jan 31, 2013

TWRP 2.4 Adds Impressive New Feature Set

Regardless of what the US Government and the PAC behemoth CTIA would have you believe, choice is a good thing in the wireless industry. And when it comes to having choices for different types of software you want to run on your devices, it is a great thing. TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project) is one of those options for recovery on many different types of devices, with over 80 being officially supported at this time. TeamWin has been very supportive of...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 17, 2012

Cannibal Open Touch is a Feature-Rich Custom Recovery for Multiple Devices

When there's mention of custom recoveries for Android, ClockworkMod is one of the first names that comes to mind. In the past, we had AmonRa recovery, which still retains several faithful followers. Lately, TWRP has emerged as another excellent custom recovery that many have started to favor over CWM due to a larger feature set and killer interface. COT (Cannibal Open Touch) is a new recovery aiming to bring some of the best features from other options in a single package....

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