How to install TWRP 3.0.x Recovery on Android: complete guide

It is proven that installing TWRP Recovery is the best solution to personalize your Android device. It provides the necessary tools to flash and modify your smartphone or tablet without facing potential risks of compromising the device. In most cases, a modified recovery helps to obtain root permissions by flashing the file.

In addition, you can create backups of the entire operating system with all user data and apps. It is a very useful operation to recover your device in case you encounter some problems, or you would like to return to the previous version of the operating system and do not want to install all the apps from scratch.

Another advantage of the modified recovery is that it can perform a deep cleaning of the cache and the Dalvik cache. Fundamental procedure in case your Android device should restart continuously after flashing a custom ROM. Basically, having a modified recovery on your device is essential. Even if you do not need it immediately to make changes or anything else, it can always be useful to restore your smartphone or tablet.

Currently, two are the most known and used modified recovery systems: the CWM (ClockWorkMod) and the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). The CWM was the pioneer in this field, followed, in temporal order, by TWRP. Both have their own merits and their own faults, but personally, I prefer the TWRP, which has a more accurate and intuitive graphic interface and therefore easily usable by all users. If you are looking for a way to install TWRP Recovery version 3.0.x on your Android device, I will show you how to do it later. There are three different methods to install TWRP Recovery and I will show them all, so you can choose which one is right for you and proceed in complete safety.


  1. This guide is compatible with almost all Android devices currently on the market. The TWRP Recovery can be installed on devices with Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and O.
  2. Download the TWRP Recovery compatible with your device. A version not compatible with your device can cause the brick of the latter.
  3. Charge your device at least up to 50%, to prevent it from turning off during the installation phase.
  4. If possible, use the original USB-micro USB cable to connect the device to the PC.
  5. Disable your PC’s antivirus.
  6. Enable USB debugging mode. To do this you must first activate the Developer Options menu by going to  Settings  ->  Phone Info and by clicking 7 times on Build Number. At this point go to Settings  ->  Developer Options and enable the USB Debug mode.
  7. If your device has a locked bootloader, you must unlock it before proceeding. On Teknologya we have discussed this topic several times and you can find some guide by clicking on this link.
  8. Installing a custom recovery will invalidate the warranty of your Android device. In the event that problems arise, Teknologya is not held responsible. Proceed at your own risk.

How to install TWRP 3.0.x Recovery on Android devices

This method works for most Android devices. You can easily flash the TWRP.img file on your smartphone or tablet HTC, Sony, Google, LG, Huawei, Oppo, Motorola and all devices that are supported by TWRP for flash via the .img file.


To make this method work, you need to set up ADB and Fastboot on your PC. Another method is to flash the TWRP.img file using applications like Flashify or Flash Gordon, but these require root permissions to work. In any case, both methods are shown below.

Install TWRP 3.0.x Recovery.img using ADB and Fastboot

  • First make sure you have ADB and Fastboot on your PC. If not, you can read our guide which explains how to install ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
  • Download the TWRP recovery 3.0.x.img file from this link, paying attention to download the version compatible with your device. When the download is complete, rename the file to TWRP.img.
  • After downloading TWRP Recovery image, copy this file to the ADB and Fastboot folder. If you followed our guide to install ADB and Fastboot, then the folder will be in C: Android-adb.
  • Open the ADB and Fastboot folder (in our case the folder Android-adb ) in which you will also find the file TWRP.img, click the right mouse button in an empty space and select Open Command Window Here …
  • Now, making sure you have enabled the USB Debugging mode on your device as shown above, connect it to your PC.
  • Insert the following commands in sequence at the command prompt, pressing enter at the end of each one:
adb devices
adb reboot-bootloader
fastboot devices
fastboot flash recovery TWRP.img

After executing the last command, wait for the recovery flash. At the end of the operation you can restart the smartphone and start using TWRP Recovery.

Install TWRP 3.0.x Recovery.img using Flashify

Make sure your Android device has root permissions (on Teknologya you will find many guides in the relevant section ). Once this is done, you can proceed with the guide.

  • Download and install Flashify on your Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Download the TWRP recovery 3.0.x.img file from this link, paying attention to download the version compatible with your device. When the download is complete, rename the file to TWRP.img.
  • Transfer this file to the internal memory of your device.
  • Launch Flashify and, if prompted by a popup, grant root permissions.
  • Click on the FLASH button.
  • Now select the Recovery image button, look for the file previously transferred, select it and follow the instructions that will appear on the screen to start the installation process.

After the installation is complete, you can restart your smartphone or tablet in recovery mode using the Flashfy app or using the key combination for your device.

Install TWRP 3.0.x Recovery.img.tar on Samsung Galaxy devices

  • Download the TWRP recovery 3.0.x.img file from this link, paying attention to download the version compatible with your device.
  • Download and extract the Odin 3.10.6 tool on your Windows PC.
  • Start your Samsung Galaxy in Download mode. To do this, turn off the device completely and then restart it by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power keys until a warning appears. At this point press the Volume Up key to continue and enter the download mode.
  • Now connect the Samsung Galaxy to the PC and start the previously downloaded Odin tool.
  • Odin will show a yellow or blue box in the ID: COM section. This indicates that the device has been correctly recognized. If not, install the drivers for your device on your PC.
  • Now click on the PDA button (if this button is not present then click on AP). Search for and open the previously downloaded recovery.img.tar file.
  • Make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time boxes are active.
  • Now click on Start to start the installation process. At the end of the procedure the device will restart automatically. To start recovery mode, from a completely off device, press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys.

At this point you have seen how to install TWRP Recovery on your Android device. Now you can install custom ROM, get root permissions or perform a full system backup.

That’s all. If you’re having trouble reading this guide to install TWRP 3.0.x, do not worry. Write to us via the comments posted at the end of this article and we will try to help you.

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