How to Update Samsung Galaxy Nexus with TWRP Recovery

Galaxy Nexus

Everybody expected the Galaxy Nexus to be the top droid on the market once it had been officially unveiled, but the thing is it only managed to surpass its competition in some key areas. For example it does have a rather modest 5 MP camera, and it is entirely made out of plastic, but other great features are the HD Super AMOLED display and its button less front side. Nevertheless it did manage to catch the developer community’s attention. Some of these dedicated developers have join in a group named Team Win Recovery Project and they have been working on what is one of the best recoveries available for a myriad of Android running devices: the TWRP Recovery.

Unlike its ClockworkMod counterpart which only received a touch enabled version in the recent past, the TWRP Recovery has been envisioned from its very early beginning with this feature and a very nice graphical interface. The biggest advantage of is that you it will no longer require you to operate it with the volume controls and the power buttons. After some more development, the TWRP Recovery has been made available for both the GSM and CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus, so if you fancy an upgrade over the common CWM Recovery you can safely follow our guide below.

It goes without saying that flashing a custom recovery on your Galaxy Nexus will void your warranty, so if you have already made this step, you should have nothing to fear. Updating your flagship Google device with the TWRP Recovery is also not a very easy job, so if you are new to Android you should stick to the more common ClockworkMod software. As always, you should read our disclaimer before proceeding any further: This software is not our creation so we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us.

Make sure you check the screen shots below to get a feel of how the TWRP Recovery looks like:

TWRP Recovery

TWRP Recovery

You also need to have the ClockworkMod recovery installed on your Galaxy Nexus in order to properly install the TWRP one.Having read and understood all of the above you can now follow the simple and explicit steps below to update your Galaxy Nexus with the TWRP Recovery:

  • We will begin with downloading the proper version of TWRP depending on your Galaxy Nexus:
  • Next up you will have to transfer the file you just downloaded to root of your Galaxy’s Nexus internal memory card. You should also use the original USB cable for the transfer.
  • In the next step you will have to reboot your Galaxy Nexus into ClockworkMod recovery. To get there simply press both the volume keys and the power key once the device is shut down and in the menu screen that is shown select the Fastboot option and the in the next screen the Recovery option.
  • Once you are there you will need to choose the option labeled: Install zip from sdcard and then the one named Select Zip from sd card. You will have to browse the files until you find the Zip archive of the recovery file you downloaded at step 1 after which you will have to select it and press yes in order to begin the updating procedure.
  • The last step involves some waiting, as you will have to be patient until the TWRP Recovery has finished flashing on your Galaxy Nexus. This can take several minutes and it is very important not to pull the battery out even if the process seems to have reached a stop point.

If everything has gone smoothly you should now have a Galaxy Nexus running the latest version of the TWRP Recovery. You can check if it has installed correctly by following the same steps you took to get to the ClockworkMod recovery previously. Make sure you do a nandroid backup after a successful install to have a backup in case you also decide to flash a new custom ROM.

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