A custom recovery allows you to do a myriad of tasks on your phone from rooting it easily to installing a custom ROM. Whether you choose TWRP or CWM or even Philz, they all serve the same purpose and are installed on almost all HTC devices in the same way. So, if you own a HTC device (other than the M9) and want to install a custom recovery on it, just follow the simple guide below.
Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages that might be done to your device either during or after the process, please proceed at your own risk.
Prerequisites: You are required to have
- adb and Fastboot binaries installed on your computer
- An unlocked bootloader on your HTC phone
- USB Debugging enabled on your phone
- Boot into your device’s bootloader by typing: “adb reboot bootloader” in a CMD window opened in the folder containing the adb and fastboot binaries.
- Once there, type: “fastboot getvar all” and look for the product name. Note it down.
- Go here and look for a custom TWRP recovery for your device.
- Download the latest recovery and place it in the folder containing the adb and fastboot binaries.
- Type: “fastboot flash recovery file-name.img” to flash the custom TWRP recovery onto your phone
- Now press the vol. down key once, if you have flashed the correct recovery file, the word recovery will be highlighted on your phone screen. If not, find the correct recovery for your phone and repeat the previous step.
- Press the power button once and voila, your phone will boot into the newly installed TWRP recovery.
As I mentioned earlier, it doesn’t matter if you choose TWRP or CWM, the procedure for installing custom recoveries on any HTC device is the same, you just have to change the file-name with the recovery you want in step 5 and everything else will take care of itself. Have fun and if you have any questions, just ask us in the comment section below.