[Guide] How to Install TWRP Recovery

WARNING

Always create backup or copy of your files in another storage or pc/laptop to prevent accidental data loss during the procedures posted here.

This guide is provided as is with no warranty or whatsoever. The author is not to be held liable for any damage that might occur to your unit. Follow at your own risk.

This method needs unlocked bootloader or rooted phone. Unlocking your bootloader and rooting your phone will void your warranty. If you don’t know what a bootloader means and how bootlader status affects your phone, read here: Blog Link


Method 1 [via PC]

Requirements

  • Your smartphone (Mi4c)
  • WiFi/Cellular data to download the required files
  • Battery charged atleast 50%
  • UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER
  • MiPhoneManager: MEGA Link
  • ADB drivers: MEGA Link
  • TWRP Custom Recovery img file: Blog Link

Instructions

  1. Enable Developer Options & USB Debuggin on your phone, by the following steps:
    • Go to Settings > About Phone > tap MIUI version multiple times until “You are now a developer” message apears
    • Go back, then go to Additional Settings > Developer Options
      1. Enable Developer Options
      2. Enable USB debugging
  2. Connect your phone to your PC/laptop.
  3. Install MiPhoneManager, then open it, it will detect and install necessary drivers for your phone.
  4. Extract ADB drivers zip file, copy the TWRP recovery file inside the ADB folder then rename it to “recovery.img” without quotes.
  5. Press and hold Shift Key then right click on empty space inside the ADB  folder then select Open command window here.
  6. Reboot your phone to fastboot mode by typing these command in the console window/command prompt:
    • adb reboot bootlader
  7. Your device will now reboot in fastboot mode, to check if the PC/laptop detects the device, type and enter this command:
    • fastboot devices
      • this will show devices connected with their serial number
  8. Now, to flash the TWRP recovery, type and enter this command:
    • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  9. After successful flashing, you can now reboot to TWRP recovery by typing command but don’t press Enter yet.
    • fastboot boot recovery.img
  10.  Press and hold the volume up button, then Press Enter key.
  11. Congratulations! TWRP custom recovery is now installed on your phone.
    • To reboot to the system from TWRP, just tap Reboot > System.

Method 2 [via rooted phone]

Requirements

  • Your smartphone (Mi4c)
  • WiFi/Cellular data to download the required files
  • Battery charged atleast 50%
  • UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER
  • Rooted phone
  • Rashr
  • TWRP Custom Recovery img file: Blog Link

Instructions

  1. Enable Developer Options & USB Debuggin on your phone, by the following steps:
    • Go to Settings > About Phone > tap MIUI version multiple times until “You are now a developer” message apears
    • Go back, then go to Additional Settings > Developer Options
      1. Enable Developer Options
      2. Enable USB debugging
  2. Place your TWRP custom recovery into your internal storage sdcard, then rename it to “recovery.img” without the quotes
  3. Install the Rashr app, Open it, then click I know the risk
  4. Select Recovery from Storage
  5. Locate the recovery.img file then select it
  6. A warning dialog will appear, click YES
  7. A Partition Flashed dialog will appear, click NO to exit or YES to reboot to TWRP recovery.
    • To reboot to the system from TWRP, just tap Reboot > System.
  8. Congratulations! You have successfully flashed a custom recovery.

Notes

  • During the first boot on TWRP there might be a dialog asking whether you want to Keep the system partition as read only. Check the Do not show this again then read below:
    • If you are still using China ROM and you want to receive the incremental OTA updates, select the option to mount system as read only.
    • If you want to flash Custom ROMs, root or tweaks, you may want to swipe the slider to allow modifications.

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