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Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP)
Main screen of TWRP 3.0.0-0
Main screen of TWRP 3.0.0-0
Developer(s) TeamWin
Initial release July 30, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-07-30)[1]
Stable release
3.1.1-0 / 19 May 2017; 28 days ago (2017-05-19)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Android
Available in English
License GNU General Public License v3[2]
As of April 2016

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is an open-source software custom recovery image for Android-based devices.[3][4] It provides a touchscreen-enabled interface that allows users to install third-party firmware and backup the current system, which are often unsupported by stock recovery images.[4][5][6][7] It is, therefore, often installed when rooting Android devices,[8] although it isn't dependent on a device being rooted to be installed.

What is it used for?[edit]

Since February 2016, the version-number convention has been modified. The first three digits specify the version, while the fourth digit, separated from the others by a dash, specifies an update for a specific device. This could be a performance improvement or a bugfix.

It is currently the most widespread custom recovery, probably due to its unique UI that is quite easy to use. The main method of installing, or "flashing", this custom recovery on an Android device requires downloading a version made specifically for the device and then using a tool such as fastboot (or ODIN for Samsung devices) on a PC to replace the stock recovery image with the TWRP one. Also, some custom ROMs come with TWRP as the default recovery.

TWRP gives users the option to fully backup their device (including boot, system, etc.) to revert to at any time, as well as a built-in file manager to delete files that may be causing problems on the device or add some to fix issues.

TWRP currently supports the installation of custom ROMs, kernels, add-ons (e.g. Google Apps, SuperSU, Themes), and other mods.

Wiping, backing up, restoring and mounting various device partitions (e.g. system, boot, userdata, cache and internal storage) are also supported. TWRP also features file transfer by MTP, a basic file manager and a terminal emulator. It is fully themeable.

As of 5 January 2017, the TWRP team has created an Android application that allows flashing the recovery using root access, however unlike the recovery, the app is proprietary.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TWRP 1.x". TeamWin. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "TWRP". TeamWin. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Haroon Q Raja (May 4, 2013). "What Is TWRP Recovery & How To Install & Use It On Android Devices". AddictiveTips. 
  5. ^ Terrence O'Brien (December 20, 2011). "Team Win Recovery Project 2.0 goes gold, tells your volume rocker to kiss off". Engadget. 
  6. ^ Danny Stieben (January 12, 2014). "What’s a Custom Recovery? Exploring CWM, TWRP, and Friends". MakeUseOf. 
  7. ^ Will Verduzco (April 10, 2012). "Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1". XDA Developers. 
  8. ^ Scott Matteson (March 31, 2014). "Rooting your Kindle Fire: a cautionary tale concluded". TechRepublic. 

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