Team Win Recovery Project

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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
Original author(s)Omnirom
Developer(s)Team Win
Initial release30 July 2011; 8 years ago (2011-07-30)[1]
Stable release
3.3.1-0 / 22 May 2019; 3 months ago (2019-05-22)[2]
Written inC++
Operating systemAndroid
Available inEnglish, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and others
LicenseGNU General Public License v3[3]
Alexa rank10533
As ofApril 2016

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is an open-source software custom recovery image for Android-based devices.[4][5] It provides a touchscreen-enabled interface that allows users to install third-party firmware and back up the current system which are functions often unsupported by stock recovery images.[5][6][7][8] It is, therefore, often installed when flashing, installing, or rooting Android devices,[9] although it isn't dependent on a device being rooted prior to installation.


Since February 2016 the first three digits of the version number specify the version, and the fourth digit, separated from the others by a dash, specifies an update for a specific device. This could be a performance improvement, hotfix, bugfix, or just simply an update for a device.

As of 2017, it was the most widespread custom recovery.[10] The main method of installing ("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, ODIN. Samsung devices should use Heimdall instead on a PC to replace the stock recovery image with the TWRP image. Also, some custom ROMs come with TWRP as the default recovery image.

TWRP gives users the option to fully back up their device (including bootloader, system data, private applications, etc.) to revert to at any time, and a built-in file manager to delete files that may be causing problems on the device or add some to fix issues.

As of 2017, TWRP supported the installation of custom ROMs (i.e. custom operating systems such as SuperiorOS, or the latest Android release), kernels, add-ons (Google Apps, SuperSU, themes, etc.), and other various mods.

Wiping, backing up, restoring, and mounting various device partitions, such as the system, boot, userdata, cache, and internal storage partitions is also supported. TWRP also features file transfer via MTP, as well as a basic file manager, and a terminal emulator. It is fully themeable.

In January 2017, the TWRP team released an Android application[11] that allows flashing the recovery using root access. However, unlike the recovery, the app is not open source. This app is also shipped via the official TWRP images to rooted and non-rooted devices. It is installed in the system partition, making it a system-level app by default, thus making it uninstallable from within Android without root access.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TWRP 1.x". TeamWin. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ "TWRP 3.3.1-0 Released". TeamWin. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Team Win Recovery-Project". GitHub. 23 June 2017. Core recovery files for the Team Win Recovery Project (T.W.R.P) - this is not up to date, please see
  4. ^ "TWRP". TeamWin. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Haroon Q Raja (4 May 2013). "What Is TWRP Recovery & How To Install & Use It On Android Devices". AddictiveTips.
  6. ^ Terrence O'Brien (20 December 2011). "Team Win Recovery Project 2.0 goes gold, tells your volume rocker to kiss off". Engadget.
  7. ^ Danny Stieben (12 January 2014). "What's a Custom Recovery? Exploring CWM, TWRP, and Friends". MakeUseOf.
  8. ^ Will Verduzco (10 April 2012). "Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1". XDA Developers.
  9. ^ Scott Matteson (31 March 2014). "Rooting your Kindle Fire: a cautionary tale concluded". TechRepublic.
  10. ^ "iRoot APK Download Latest Version Free For Android". Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  11. ^ Official TWRP App
  12. ^ TWRP App installation screen

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