How to Install TWRP

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An essential tool for anybody that loves to modify their Android device is a good custom recovery.  TWRP has been around since the invention of the wheel back in 1996 and has been providing modders with all kinds of great tools. If you’re wondering how to get TWRP on your device this guide should help you with that. I’ll also go over all of the basic functions of the recovery and what they can be used for.

Install TWRP

Let’s start by downloading TWRP for your device. You can find a list of devices that are currently supported by following the link.

TWRP Download

Now we will go through a couple different methods that you can use to install the TWRP recovery. Before we get started, go ahead and enable USB Debugging on your device.

Install ADB and Fastboot drivers
To get everything setup properly, you can use this very simple tool created by XDA member Snoop05. Download an install using the guide fro in this XDA thread.

15 Second ADB Installer

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Enable USB Debugging
To enable USB debugging, navigate to Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging
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Install via ADB

  1. Open the folder where your TWRP Recovery .img file is saved.
  2. Then open a CMD 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.
  3. Connect your Android device to the PC. Type the following into the command window to boot your device into bootloader/fastboot mode:
    adb reboot bootloader

    └ If your asks for permission to “Allow USB debugging”, tap OK.

  4. Once your device boots into bootloader mode, type this into the command line.
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-2.8.x.x-xxx.img

    └ Here modify twrp.img with the name of your TWRP recovery .img file.

  5. Once TWRP is successfully flashed on your device, type this final command to reboot your device.
    fastboot reboot

Install VIA TWRP Manager

TWRP Manager is a root application that will allow you to backup, restore and install your recovery. If your device is compatible with this option, then it should be a little bit easier than the previous method.

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TWRP Manager

TWRP Functions

NANDroid Backup

Perform full system backups to hold onto just in case you screw something up on your phone. It’s always a good idea to backup before you flash any kind of ROM.

Restoring an Existing Backup

If you flash a ROM that you don’t like, or you’re experiencing some kind of bug in your software, restore from a known good backup.

Flash ZIP Files

If you’re installing a mod, flashing Gapps, or flashing a ROM, you’ll need the ability to flash ZIP files through your recovery.

Factory Reset

Sometimes you get stuck and you’re not able to boot into the Android OS. When this happens, you can try to boot into TWRP and perform a factory reset.

Fix Permissions

When you’re flashing ROMs, sometimes your system can forget which permissions were granted to different apps. Fixing permissions will set everything back to the way you had them.

Now you should have TWRP and running with a good idea of the different tasks you can perform. Cool dude.