Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP recovery), is an open-source software custom recovery image for Android-based devices. It provides a touchscreen-enabled interface which allows users to install third-party firmware and backup the current system, which is often unsupported by stock recovery images.
Installing TWRP is super-simple and if you’ve previously installed a custom recovery, you shouldn’t have any trouble doing it. Though for those who haven’t had any prior experience with custom recovery installation, we have you covered. Just head over to the guide linked below and follow the steps for successful installation of TWRP to your device.
- Root your phone using SuperSu App
- How to Unlock Android phone Bootloader
- How to flash TWRP to your Android Phone
Features of TWRP Recovery
TWRP gives you access to all the features you would expect from any custom recovery, and then some. Let’s take a look at them in detail.
The interface of TWRP comprises of large buttons that make it easy to spot the feature you require at a quick glance and select it with a quick tap. You’ll also find soft buttons for Home and Back here, along with one for the log view that shows the progress of all the operations you’ve performed in recovery.
TWRP offers 8 buttons
All these options have it’s own importance when we perform each operations. We will get into this one below.
As the name suggests, the Install option lets you install any recovery-flashable zip file to your device. This can be a ROM, a kernel, a mod, a theme, a system app – pretty much anything that’s available in the recovery-flashable zip file format.
This section is dedicated to wiping all standard partitions on your Android device. By default, TWRP offers you to perform a full factory reset upon hitting Wipe, since it’s the most common form of wipe operation that most users need in recovery. This will wipe all your user data from the phone, including your installed apps, cache, and dalvik cache. This will not effect the internal or SD card storage area of your phone, meaning your documents, downloads, pictures, music, videos and other files will stay safe.
For a normal wipe (Most of the time this is the only wipe you need) – Tap on the wipe button -> Swipe through the option Swipe to Factory Reset.
If you want Advanced Wipe – Tap on ‘Advanced Wipe’ option -> Select the partitions you want to wipe and Swipe to Wipe.
If you want to repair or change Android File System
NB – ext4 is the default file system for Android
Select Wipe -> Advanced Wipe -> Repair or Change File System -> Choose & Swipe to flash.
A timely backup can save you from a lot of hassle later on in case of any data loss due to a faulty installation or an operation performed by mistake in recovery mode. That’s why all custom recoveries for Android come with a backup feature (also called NANDROID backup). TWRP’s backup section lets you take a backup of the current state of your phone, allowing you to select the partitions you want to be included in the backup, and even letting you give the backup a custom name on the go.
As the name insists, this section lets you restore your phone to the state of any previously taken backup. Simply select the backup that you want to restore, optionally choose the specific partitions that you want to restore, and swipe the slider to begin the restore process.
Most casual users will never really need this section, but for power users, this can be immensely useful. Here, you can mount or unmount several key partitions of your device, in order to access them over ADB (or certain areas of the recovery, as we’ll see later.) You can also see the amount of free internal storage available on your device here.
TWRP lets you tweak a few recovery-specific settings, such as :
– toggling signature verification for the zip files you flash
– using the rm -rf command for wiping instead of the format command
– skipping MD5 generation during backup
– enabling MD5 verification of backup files
– using military-style time for the clock display
– simulation mode in which you can test out recovery operations without actually performing them, which is super-useful for those creating custom TWRP themes, in testing them out to ensure they apply properly to all areas of the recovery.
In the Advanced section, you’ll find some further features that many users might not require. You can copy the recovery’s log to SD card for accessing it later, which can be useful for debugging purposes. You can also fix file permissions, which can help if things aren’t working properly due to improperly set permissions for important files. There’s also a Reload Theme option that is useful for those developing a custom theme for TWRP.
This menu provides you with handy options of rebooting your device directly into specific modes right from recovery. The options available include System (normal Android mode), Recovery, and Bootloader (fastboot mode). In addition, you can also directly power your device off from here.
TWRP is nothing short of a breakthrough when it comes to Android recoveries. It provides the most impressive user interface we’ve seen in recovery mode, making it a very easy-to-navigate GUI – a major jump from the traditional menu-based boring and complicated recovery interface found in most other recoveries including ClockworkMod.
TWRP has replaced ClockworkMod on all our devices here at TechBiriyani.com, and we have no hesitation in recommending it to any Android user looking for a custom recovery for their device.
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