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 the community, from providing instructions on how to build TWRP for devices they don’t officially support, to actively participating in online and forum discussions assisting users with the usage and porting of TWRP. Their source code is completely open source and doesn’t require that you purchase an app in order to utilize the OpenRecovery scripting functionality, unlike other options available.
As of late, they have been hard at work adding various features that add value and continue to set TWRP apart from the other recoveries. Version 220.127.116.11 brings with it new features like using libtar instead of busybox’s tar implementation for better backup options, exFAT sdcard support, decryption of Samsung TouchWiz encrypted devices, updated ADB sideload functionality, and much more. You can view their site for a full list of supported devices or visit some of the device-specific threads below:
If you spot an official TWRP thread that we’ve left out, please let us know, and we’ll promptly add it in!
December 17, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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. The project comes courtesy of XDA Forum Members Drew Walton (Project Head), thenameisnigel, and Sblood86.
The current feature list of COT includes:
COT recovery v2.1 is currently available for the following devices:
Development is planned to bring COT recovery to other devices soon, starting with Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S III and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. You can learn more and download the appropriate recovery for your device using the links provided above.
The Acer E350, otherwise known as the Liquid Gallant, is one of those devices that sits squarely in the middle of the road. While more than capable of running Android 4.0.3, its specs aren’t really anything to write home about. This coupled with the fact that Acer’s devices aren’t particularly renowned for their developer support means that the E350 wasn’t given it’s own dedicated forum. That however has not stopped those with the device from providing it with that all important trio of root, recovery, and ROM that no device should be left without.
XDA Forum Member jaapstreepjan posted a thread detailing exactly how to go about gaining root access and installing a custom CWM-based recovery to the E350, as well as a simple tweaked stock ROM to be flashed from your shiny new recovery. The ROM includes some enhancements such as Google Now, init.d support, and a less bloated /system partition among others. The root method is courtesy of XDA Forum Member Bin4ry, and the recovery via XDA Forum Member erlucky.
If you own one of these devices and are looking to extend its capabilities, check out the original thread for more info.
We’ve made a fair amount of noise about TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) here on the Portal, and with good reason. It’s been ported to a wide array of devices, from the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 to the ever present mobile geriatric that is the HTC Hero. Now it’s available to owners of the brand spanking new Nexus 10. I personally can’t think of a better way to celebrate the arrival of your new device by slapping a custom recovery on there.
This particular port of the increasingly popular recovery option is brought to us courtesy of XDA Recognised Developer Dees_Troy, lead developer of TWRP, and includes all the features you would expect to find. And because it’s based on the latest version (18.104.22.168), it fixes an issue with ADB in recovery and enables USB OTG capabilities. There is however a slight issue with the theme. Due to the high resolution of the Nexus 10, the recovery requires some upscaling and won’t quite fill the entire screen. This is purely aesthetic though, and does not affect functionality in any way.
Installation can be accomplished via either the good old fashioned way of fastboot flash recovery or by simply installing the Goo Manager app and selecting the install recovery option if you’re already rooted. Take a look at the development thread for all the details.
For those unfamiliar, TWRP stands for Team Win Recovery Project. It’s an open source recovery for Android devices that offers an advanced touch-based UI and Open Recovery Script support, as well as several other features not offered in other recoveries.
This port comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member Ron G, and based on the user response, it is working virtually bug-free on the device. Installation is as simple as flashing the provided file from your existing recovery.
You can find more information, the complete feature list and the download link in the forum thread.
April 22, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Sony Xperia S users rejoice. The FreeXperia Project, has released not only a ClockworkMod-based recovery for the device, but also an unofficial version of CyanogenMod 9. So if you’ve been longing for a little AOSP action, your wait is now over.
First things first, before you begin installing that new ROM, you’re going to need a nice new recovery image. XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD has ported his version of a CWM-based recovery entitled DooMRecovery to the Xperia S. If you’re already familiar with his work, you may recognize this recovery. If not, be warned—this is not your average recovery. Although based on the standard CWM, DooMRecovery is heavily themed with a Honeycomb styling. Furthermore, it is touch capable, so there’s no fiddling around with the volume keys. It also implements haptic feedback to make sure you’re aware that your selections have been acknowledged. Other notable features and changes include:
This is a great take on the classic recovery that we’re all so used to so I highly recommend checking out the original development thread and familiarise yourself with its features.
Once you have your new recovery installed you’re going to need something to flash, right? Not a problem, as the FreeXperia Project and in this instance, XDA Recognised Developer Bin4ry have released an unofficial version of CyanogenMod 9. As with any first release there are still a few bugs and issues, some of them fairly major such and WiFi and GSM not being fully functional .HDMI, FM Radio, and ANT+ are also still being worked on. It important to note that this is an unofficial release of CM9, and is not coming directly from the CM team themselves. Installation is a standard flash-from-recovery, as you would expect.
March 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
Sometimes, users who are new to a device require a little more than even the most precisely worded How-To thread in order to get started with the basics such as rooting their phones, unlocking their bootloaders, and installing custom recoveries. XDA Senior Member hasoon2000 has solved this problem for HTC Vivid owners and want to get their phones rooted, unlocked, and ready to go.
The HTC Vivid All-In-One Toolkit gives users a plethora of aids including permanent root, CIQ removal, ClockworkMod Recovery, and a debloater that will remove the bloatware. The full list includes:
- Install HTC Drivers
- Unlock Bootloader (Must place Unlock_code.bin in the folder)
- Install Recoveries
-Flash Kernels provided
Stock Vivid Kernel
Holicakes OC Kernel
- CIQ Removal v1.1 (credit to 8125Omnimax)
- Link to this thread
- Link to the FAQ thread
- Link to the Vivid Development thread.
- Boot Into Recovery
- Relock Bootloader (must be in fastboot)
- Debloater and Debloater Remover (Credits to Bling)
The user interface is very plain and easy to understand, so there’s no real guess work involved. Just plug in your HTC Vivid and start going.
Check out the original thread for download links, screenshots, instructions, and everything else you’ll need to get started. Once you’re rooted with that custom recovery, make a full Nandroid backup—just in case.
February 12, 2012 By: Former Writer
Caring is sharing and in the world of AOSP Android development, that’s more than a motto, it’s basically a rule. More ROMs have been forged from the depths of repositories like Github than any other single source out there and ROMs don’t even comprise all the source code in Android repositories.
It is with the caring and sharing in mind that XDA Senior Member Napster and XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD of Team UtterChaos have merged their Touch versions of ClockworkMod Recovery and have released the repositories containing their source code to the public.
Their mission? To give the code to any developers who want or need it in order to port the super nifty touch recovery to phones that do not yet support it. Of course, they already know that XDA Recognized Developer, and CM Team Recovery Guru Koush has been working on his touch recoveries, but they say:
we are well aware that koush is already working on a touch version of CWM recovery… we do not mean to compete with anyone… since we have been working on this for a while, we felt others might benefit from this and learn something new, we sure did learn a LOT ourselves throughout this project…
So for any developers out there who are yearning to port the ClockworkMod Touch Recovery on their device, you can find the Github link and all additional information in the original thread.
January 30, 2012 By: Former Writer
It’s hard to throw around some words in the Android development community. Some mods are superb, some ROMs get tens of thousands of users and their threads have millions of views. Some themes are universally loved and some things people just can’t imagine living without. Even so, there are very few releases that can be described as truly great.
So, as a result of my work, I would like to present the first ever Ubuntu Recovery. This will totally wipe your device. With the exception of the ROM Partition which contains serial information, every single partition will have zeros written to it then flashed with just enough to perform an initial factory reflash. Normally when you perform an update or flash of a device, it is simply formatted. A formatted device can be unformatted. A zeroed device cannot be unformatted. All information is overwritten with zeros.
This will also work if you’ve damaged the bootloaders or recovery partition.
The recovery will wipe your device clean sans some important ROM information and the parts that allow for a factory re-flash and could be helpful for those trying to restore back to 1.4.0 firmware on their Nook Tablets.
For additional information, screenshots, full instructions and even a nifty how-to on creating a recovery SD card, you can find everything you need in the original thread.
The LG P350, also known as the LG Optimus ME Titanium, is a mid range device that is pretty affordable. If that isn’t enough, it also has received CyanogenMod 7.
XDA Member pax0r has been kind enough to compile the mega popular ROM to this humble device and while the ROM is still a beta, it’s got enough features working to use as a daily driver for some people.
The list of features not working is very short and only includes a small break in the camera where users can’t see previews. However, the camera does still take pictures. This doesn’t mean there aren’t more, as pax0r states:
It’s testing and still WIP release so there still could be bugs.
Before installing, make sure you pick up the LG Optimus ME compatible custom recovery from the link and always take the proper precautions such as creating a full backup. Once you’ve got the proper prerequisites, though, it’s all a matter of installing the ROM.
For additional information, the installation instructions, download links and if you just want to keep updated on the progress, you can find all that and more in pax0r’s original thread.
January 13, 2012 By: Former Writer
Users of the Samsung Galaxy Mini have had a lot of excitement. Not long ago, CyanogenMod9 was successfully ported to it and it’s also had CM7 for quite some time.
XDA Senior Member squadzone has kept the train rolling on the development for the Galaxy Mini with his simultaneous release of RZ Recovery and ClockworkMod Recovery. This gives users a more familiar recovery experience and makes the process of making back ups and flashing ROMs a little easier.
Both recoveries work perfectly fine, with the exception of the RZ Recovery being unable to read ClockworkMod backups. The feature list for the RZ Recovery is:
-=Arbitrary update.zip selection (with folders) (don’t have to rename files to update.zip).=-
-=rom.tgz support (of course)=-
-=Unsigned update.zip support=-
-=ability to wipe system, data, boot, dalvik-cache, battery stats, cache-
-=No automatic backup when installing a rom.tgz=-
-=update.zip from folder support=-
-=Ability to install APK’s, IMG’s, ZIP’s, TAR’s, TGZ’s from the same menu=-
-=Wipe battery statistics=-
-=clockwork nandroid restore=-
-=Ability to root any ROM=-
-=12 predefined colors + random color selection=-
-=Rave mode: random color every time screen is redrawn=-
-=preinstall update.zip menu=-
-=battery status (charging status, temperature and charge level) display=-
-=android_secure nandroid / wipe support=-
-=Hold volume keys to scroll=-
-=Touch screen scrolling on some devices=-
-=Can add plugins for new menu=-
Squadzone didn’t post a feature list for CWM, but since it’s one of the most popular recoveries of all time, you can easily find a feature list if need be.
If you own a Galaxy Mini and want to check out the recoveries, you can find the original thread for the RZ Recovery here and the original thread for the ClockworkMod Recovery here. In both threads you’ll find download links and instructions for installation. As with any installation of recovery, there is a small risk of damage to your device, so be sure to back up your device before attempting to flash.
January 3, 2012 By: liwen
If you’ve got an LG Esteem from MetroPCS and craved for some custom ROMs, your wait may, well, still go on for a bit, considering that the device isn’t that popular (and doesn’t even have its own forums). But apparently, another important milestone was crossed a little over a week ago: it has gotten custom recovery, thanks to the work of, among others, recognized developer PlayfulGod.
He has released scripts for Windows and Linux that will both root and install the recovery of your choice, either ClockworkMod or Raidzero, with one click. For download links and further instructions, visit the forum thread.
Well the development didn’t stop there. The reportedly sexy (in a non-threatening Johnny Depp sort of way) XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, who not only brought root to the device, has also now released a custom recovery for the device as well.
And did so without even owning the tablet. Mad props.
The recovery is a heavily modified ClockworkMod 5 release with everything you loved about ClockworkMod recovery plus a few extras, including:
changes to graphics (ported some graphics from CWM5.5 ICS edition)
revamped layout for recovery menu (to improve navigation) [renamed few options and changed their order]
changed “wipe data/factory reset” option to just “factory reset”, and detailed the partitions which will be wiped
added reboot options
Now, as DooMLoRD notes, this is still in the testing phase so before doing anything drastic, be sure to back up your current system! He also notes:
currently this recovery doesnt allow u to flash/backup/restore the boot and recovery partitions… thats because i was not able to find the device block associated with those partitions… if u know wht partitions are mapped to /boot and /recovery do let me know and i will add that feature asap!
So, as with any work in progress, tread with caution. However, if you want to check out all the details, instructions, the full changelog and downloads you can find all that and more in the original thread found here.