How to Install TWRP on Android

Get custom recovery when you flash TWRP

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There are certain tricks Android users can apply to open their devices up for greater customization. One of the most popular customization programs available is the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) Custom Recovery tool, which allows users to access the most advanced Android customization functions in a relatively safe manner. Learning how to install TWRP on Android isn't too hard now that Team Win has an application that simplifies the process.

Instructions in this article apply to most smartphones and tablets running Android 7.0 (Nougat) and later.

How to Install TWRP on Android

This method is universal and will work for most Android devices:

Make sure your device is rooted and its bootloader is unlocked before installing TWRP Custom Recovery. Failing to do so will bring up issues with your installation and can render you device unusable. Also, be sure to back up your device data before attempting rooting.

  1. Download and install the Official TWRP app from the Google Play Store.

  2. Open the app, accept the terms and conditions, tap the box beside Run with root permissions, and then tap OK.

  3. Tap TWRP Flash, then tap Allow for any access requests that pop up.

  4. Tap Select Device and choose your device from the list. Either type the name of the device, or scroll to search for it.

    If you don't see your device's exact model listed, then you cannot go any further, nor can you use most the TWRP app's features.

  5. Download the latest TWRP image file for your device making sure to save the file to your internal storage. 

  6. Return to the app and tap Select a file to flash.

    TWRP app
  7. Find and tap the image file.

  8. Tap Flash, then confirm the action. The flash operation should finish in a matter of seconds.

How to Confirm TWRP Installed Correctly

To see if the setup process worked, tap Recovery mode when the option to restart your device comes up. Your device will restart and go straight to the TWRP interface instead of the Android home screen.

Why Install TWRP on Android?

One of the most common uses for TWRP is to try out unreleased or unofficial software such as customized versions of the Android OS, beta versions of upcoming releases, or apps that are unavailable on the Google Play Store.

From the TWRP interface, you can install ROM files, wipe your device clean, back up your device, or restore your device to factory settings among other things. To boot back into your main Android system, tap Reboot > System.