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How to Install Custom Recovery on Android

-- Monday, July 03, 2017
If you want to flash a third-party ROM to get additional features, communicate with ADB on a computer for developer-type actions, backup & restore your phone, root and other tricks to dig into your Android system, you should install the custom recovery on your Android phone to replace the default one - Android's Stock Recovery. Here is the guide to flash a custom recovery(TWRP recovery)environment into your Android.

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    1. Unlock your phone. To successfully install the TWRP recovery environment to your Android, it is required to firstly unlock your bootloader. However, as the way to unlock bootloader for each Android is not the same, please just search for the guide for your device on Google and it is not complicated to deal with it.

    2. Make sure there is a suitable version of TWRP available for your smartphone. You can do some research on the Internet.

    3. Install the Android Debug Bridge(ADB) on your computer.

    How to Flash TWRP Recovery into Android?

    After you get all the stuff well prepared, you can now follow the instruction below to start to install the TWRP recovery.

    Step 1 Enable USB Debugging on Android
    On your Android smartphone, please turn on the USB debugging option. You can click here to find out more details if you have no ideas how to enable it.

    Step 2 Download Suitable TWRP for Your Android
    Please head to the device page of TWRP and then you can enter your device's model for the suitable TWRP. Click to download the TWRP image from the "Download Links" section on that page. After that, you are recommended to rename the TWRP image to twrp.img and copy it to the folder where you get ADB installed in.

    Step 3 Boot into Your Phone's Bootloader
    For most of the latest Android smartphones, you are able to boot your phone into bootloader by turning off your device, and then holding the "Power" and "Volume Down" buttons for 10 seconds before releasing them. But not all the Android would work with this and you would better to search for the instruction for your phone on Google.

    Step 4 Flash TWRP to Your Phone
    After you successfully turn your phone into bootloader mode, you should connect your smartphone to computer via a USB cable. Navigate to the location where you kept ADB on your computer and then press Shift key and right click at the same time on the empty area.

    Choose "Open a Command Prompt Here" and then enter the command: fastboot devices

    Now, you can see a serial of numbers displayed on the interface to tell you that your phone has been detected. After that, you should continue to run the command: fastboot flash recovery twrp.img

    If you successfully install the TWRP Recovery, you would able to see the interface as below:

    Flash TWRP to Your Phone

    Step 5 Boot Into TWRP Recovery on Android

    Please disconnect your Android phone and then choose "Recovery" option by using volume down, volume up or power button. Then your phone will be booted into the custom recovery.

    If you get any problem about this guide, please just let us know by dropping us a comment below!

    Ivy Bruce

    Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.