Rooting your device gives you access to customize your phone according to your needs. If you are naive to TWRP recovery and what is rooting then no worries. In this blog, you will understand what is rooting, why you need TWRP recovery, and How to use TWRP recovery on your android mobile device.
What is TWRP Recovery?
TWRP recovery is very easy to use recovery software for your android device. When you install TWRP on your android device, it replaces the stock the android recovery gives you full access to tweak your android device. Using TWRP recovery, you can install custom ROMs on your android device, and also you can take a backup of your running device just in case you brick your phone. This is the most important thing you need to do.
If you wish to install a new firmware/custom ROM to your android device then you can install it using TWRP custom recovery. We have listed out the complete step-by-step guide for you.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Android Device –
You can install TWRP using two ways, either you can use the TWRP app from the play store you can flash TWRP using the ADB tools. In this guide, we will learn both methods.
Pre-requisites to install TWRP –
- SD card
- USB cable
- Laptop/Desktop with an internet connection
Installing TWRP recovery using Android App –
It is easy to install TWRP recovery from the app and it does not take much effort. If your device is already rooted then I recommend you try the TWRP app instead of using the ADB method. To install custom recovery TWRP on your android device using the app, follow the below steps –
- Launch Play Store on your rooted android device
- Download the Official TWRP app and install it.
- Now, Open the app and select TWRP flash.
- Now you get an option to choose between different devices. Here you need to choose your device and then click on flash to recovery.
- You have to download the TWRP recovery image file supported by your device. We have listed a few, click here to download TWRP recovery according to your device model.
- Load the custom recovery image file and click on flash. Now your device is successfully installed with TWRP recovery.
How to check if the TWRP is properly installed? We have listed it out in our blog post here.
Setting up TWRP Installation For Fastboot / ADB tools –
You can install TWRP using ADB tools from your computer and I love this method. In fact, when I first installed TWRP recovery, I used this method and it was easy and exciting. You can either write down the below commands in a notepad so that you can copy-paste it easily in the terminal. To copy-paste do not use shortcuts on the keyboard and instead use a mouse, it is convenient. Let’s get started.
Before installing TWRP recovery it is important to download a few important files and charge your android device at least 80%.
Files to download –
On the official site of TWRP, you will find a list of devices and make sure you download the correct file according to your device model.
After downloading the above files, extract the SDK tools zip file on your desktop and copy the TWRP IMG file into it.
Open the settings menu on your android device and click on build for 7 seven times(vary for few devices).
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Developer mode will be enabled on your device and now you have to enable USB debugging in the developer’s mode.
Connect the android device to your computer.
Now’s let load the TWRP on your android device using ADB tools.
Note: To install twrp recovery it is important that you have unlocked the bootloader.
Installing TWRP custom recovery using ADB tools –
After setting up is done. In the extracted folder on the desktop, hold the shift key and right-click to open a command prompt window from the menu.
Type the following command –
If your device is listed then you are good to go. If your device is not listed check for the USB cable and drivers. Change the USB cable and check if the device drivers are installed on your computer.
Once your device is listed, type the below command –
adb reboot boot loader
This will take you to the boot loader on your android device and may take some time. Once you are in boot loader then type the following command to flash the TWRP custom recovery.
fastboot flash recovery filename.img
Here the filename refers to the TWRP custom recovery image file you have placed in the SDK folder you previously extracted.
After you have successfully completed this step, follow this last step.
fastboot boot filename.img
Flashing of your TWRP custom recovery is completed and you can now see the interactive menu on your device.
Check if TWRP is successfully installed –
You can check if TWRP recovery is successfully installed on your device. Here are the steps –
- Boot your device into recovery mode (Press “Volume down + home + power” on most of the devices)
- You should see the TWRP recovery mode
- Take a backup of your device on External SD card
- If the backup is completed successfully, your TWRP installation was successful.
After you take the backup of your android system, install custom ROM or restore the previous android system.
Note: If you are taking backup of the android system, place it in an external sd card.
Download TWRP recovery –
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What is rooting?
Android systems are developed using the basics of the Linux kernel and rooting your device gives you superuser access. When you get this access you can easily change the software piece on your phone and customize according to your needs.
After rooting you can delete the system apps, tweak some cool features such as a double-tap status bar to lock or adjust the brightness sliding the status bar. You can also increase the volume more than the system volume and do a ton of customizations. In simpler words, you can customize your phone according to your needs and not just theme it using the launchers. These android launchers only customize the looks of your phone but not the real customizations and so we root the devices.
Mostly rooting is done by hackers to install proper Linux systems on their mobile phones and perform hacking on the go. You might have seen such only in movies but it is cool and you can do it right here on your android phone.
Rooting alone won’t give you access to all the features, you need to install custom recoveries and tweaks using TWRP or any other recovery software. My personal favorite is TWRP and it gives you a touch interface and also it is available for most of the devices.
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