How to Install TWRP Custom Recovery on Nexus Devices


The Nexus devices are infamous for their after market development and easy to do customization. The first step to achieve customization is to install a custom recovery on your device, and if you’re looking to do that, today is your lucky day as we will teach you just how to do that.

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 will require an unlocked bootloader on your phone to proceed, to do that just go to fastboot mode and type: “fastboot oem unlock”. You will also need Minimal ADB & Fastboot on your computer before you proceed.


  • Boot your Nexus device into Bootloader mode by connecting it to the PC and opening a CMD window in the folder containing ADB and Fastboot binaries.
  • Type: “adb reboot bootloader” to boot into bootloader mode
  • Type: “Fastboot getvar all” to get all the parameters of your device. Note the Model Name.
  • Go here and search your device and download the recovery corresponding to your device
  • Once done, change the file name to recovery.img and place it in the folder containing the ADB and Fastboot binaries or you can alternatively drag and drop the file in the CMD window after typing the relevant command.
  • Type: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img” to flash TWRP custom recovery on to your phone
  • Now type: “fastboot reboot” to reboot your phone
  • Once it boots up, type “adb reboot recovery” to boot into your custom recovery

That’s about it, you will now have a custom recovery on your Nexus device. You can easily install a custom recovery, flash to easily root your device or even make backup of your current ROM before trying some crazy things on your phone.

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