How to Install TWRP on Android Using Fastboot


This post was last updated on December 20th, 2019 at 01:43 pm

Here is a simple Step By Step guide explaining How to Install TWRP Recovery on any Android device using Fastboot. There are many ways by which you can install TWRP on your phone or tablet out of which flashing the TWRP using fastboot is one such method.

If you are a beginner to these things like the TWRP or fastboot then I will tell you in simple words that the fasboot is a utility provided by Google to deal with fastboot ot bootloader mode on an Android device. Android has many partitions as a complete System, such as: Boot partition, Recovery partition, System partition, Cache partition, Userdata partition etc. Basically this fastboot mode is used to update these partitions manually. Here we are going to use fastboot to flash the TWRP Custom Recovery on an Android phone or tablet. Basically TWRP is a customized Android recovery available for many but not all Android devices.

How to Install TWRP using fastboot on Android

Installing TWRP custom recovery may require your Android’s bootloader to be unlocked and may VOID your warranty and may delete all your data. Before proceeding further you may consider backup your all data. You are the only person doing changes to your phone and I cannot be held responsible for the mistakes done by you. Neither the developer nor we can be held responsible for any disaster that happens to your device.

What all things needed to install TWRP using fastboot?

How to install TWRP using Fastboot?

  1. Download the TWRP recovery image to be installed on your Android. Make sure that the TWRP recovery is meant for your Android device ONLY.
  2. Enable USB Debugging under Developer Options. If you don’t know how to do this then here is How to Enable Developer Options and How to Enable USB Debugging under Developer Options.
  3. Install ADB and Fastboot utility on your PC or MAC. Follow the appropriate guide to install Fastboot according to the OS that you use:
    ADB Fastboot Installation guide for Windows.
    ADB Fastboot Installation guide for Linux and MAC.
  4. Go to the directory where you have downloaded the TWRP image file and then open the command console or termianl on this directory on your PC. To open a command window on Windows OS in the current directory, press shift + Right Click anywhere on Windows explorer, or some folder. Then on the menu opened, just press the “w” key on the keyboard or select “Open command window here” to open a command window.
  5. Now connect your Android to the PC using a USB cable.
  6. Enter the following command on the command window opened:
    adb reboot bootloader

    to put your Android into bootloader mode where you can flash/install the TWRP recovery.
    If your Android device asks permission such as “Allow USB debugging” then just tap on OK to proceed.

  7. Now when your Android is on the bootloader mode just execute the following command on the console:
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.x.x-xxx.img

    If you have a phone running on an Android version > 8.0 (Oreo or later) then use the below command:

    fastboot flash recovery_ramdisk twrp-3.0.x.x-xxx.img

    While executing this command make sure to replace the twrp-3.0.x.x-xxx.img with the actual file name of the TWRP that you have downloaded for your Android phone.

  8. Wait for the TWRP to be flashed. Once it is done execute the following command:
    fastboot reboot

    on the command console and VOILA, your Android is now installed with TWRP recovery.

After executing all above steps in order, your Android will have the TWRP installed. If you want some more TWRP guides, like: how to wipe data or other partitions using TWRP or how to take backup using TWRP then the following links will help you:
How to wipe Android partitions using TWRP
How to take NANDROID backup using TWRP

If you have any concerns while installing TWRP on your Android then just login and reply back on this thread to get instant help.


About the Author

A Software Engineer by profession who has worked for few big organizations; such as: Broadcom, Cypress Semiconductor, LSI Corporation, Toshiba, Western Digital; on various cutting edge technologies and product lines, such as: RAID storage Driver, SSD firmware, Wi-fi firmware etc. Having more than 8 years of experience in software engineering domain.


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