Install and set up TWRP recovery: Basic information
Every Android smartphone comes from the factory with a so-called recovery system. This can be called by a special key combination when the phone is turned off. However, the pre-installed recovery system often can’t do much and is therefore usually uninteresting for many users.
However, Android allows the user to remove the recovery system and replace it with a new recovery system. Tech-savvy users, therefore, use this option to unlock additional functional options for their smartphone.
A reinstalled recovery system that is different from the original system is called “Custom Recovery”.
TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is one of these alternative recovery systems. We’ll show you how to install and set up the system.
But be careful: by replacing the recovery system, you are interfering with the deep directories of the smartphone system. Incorrect handles can reset the device or even uninstall the operating system.
Installing TWRP Recovery – how it works
First, download the current image file from TWRP. This image file is ultimately the complete recovery system, packaged in one file.
Important: Each smartphone has its own TWRP recovery system. So, when downloading, make sure you have selected the appropriate smartphone model. To install, you need a computer, a charging cable for your smartphone, and your smartphone yourself. At the beginning, the preparations must be made on the smartphone:
Unlock your smartphone’s developer options. For instructions on how to unlock the developer options, click here.
Then open the developer options and enable the “Enable OEM Unlock” point.
Finally, enable the “USB debugging” point.
TWRP: Connect smartphone and PC
From the side of your smartphone, the installation can now start. The next step is to prepare on the PC:
Because you access the ADB feature during the installation process, Minimal ADB and Fastboot must be installed on the PC. The download of this program can be found here and instructions for installing and checking for a successful installation can be found here.
Only when ADB is installed and functional can the installation process begin.
The image file should be downloaded to your computer by now. Open the Explorer and navigate to the directory where the image file is located. Often, the file has a name, such as “twrp-3.2.3-0-tulip.img”.
Change the file name to twrp.img.
Installing the recovery system
open the command prompt (cmd) on your computer and use the “adb devices” command to ensure that your phone responds to the computer’s commands
Then enter the command “adb reboot bootloader” and confirm with the Enter key. The smartphone now restarts and lands in bootloader mode. Now TWRP can be installed.
To install TWRP, type the command “fastboot flash recovery [file path]”twrp.img” and confirm with Enter. For [File Path], specify the path where the image file is stored. Note that these are backslashes. These can be written with “AltGr + ß”.
When the “finished” process is completed, TWRP is successfully installed on the smartphone.
TWRP can now be started easily by the key combination of the Power + Leiser button when switched off.
You can do it all with TWRP
Install: Under “Install” you can install so-called Custom ROMs on your smartphone. To do this, you must first reset the smartphone incl. “System” (see “Wipe”).
Then play the ZIP file of the Custom ROM on your smartphone. Under Install, click the ZIP file, then the ROM will be installed.
Wipe: Here you have the option to clear the memory of your phone. The normal method only deletes system files. This is useful if you want to install a new ROM or update it. Under Advanced Wipe, you can also specify that all data on the smartphone, including the operating system, is deleted.
Backup and Restore: There you will find the most important settings. You have the option to make and save a complete system backup. In addition, you can explicitly specify which areas to back up. Restore allows you to restore the system with an existing backup. If you are trying to install a Custom ROM, it is recommended that you always make a full backup beforehand. In the event that something goes wrong, the last secured stand including the operating system can be restored at any time.
Mount: If you want to link more partitions to your smartphone, you can do so here. For example, you can connect a USB stick to your smartphone or connect it to your PC.
Other settings: Install recovery and set up TWRP
Settings: To make settings in the app, navigate to Settings.
For example, you can adjust the brightness, screen timeout, or time zone of the time displayed in the recovery.
Advanced: For experienced users, the advanced settings and features are interesting. Here you can view log files, exchange data via the Android Device Bridge (ADB) or make adjustments via the terminal.
Reboot: When you’re done, you can use Reboot to either restart, turn off, or put the device into recovery mode.