As you know, OnePlus released the Nougat Beta 8 program for the OnePlus 3 users. Well, if you already installed the Android 7.0 beta system you might have already noticed that TWRP recovery can’t be anymore used on your device. It seems that the old version of TWRP is now broken in the new Android system. So, if you are still wanting to use a custom recovery image on your device, I have the perfect solution for you: flashing the modified built of TWRP recovery.
With the modified TWRP recovery software you can safely use a custom recovery image on your OnePlus 3 after flashing the Nougat Beta 8 firmware. The new TWRP recovery platform was developed by those of xda-developers so we must thank them for this new opportunity. As you will see, installing this new version of TWRP recovery on the OnePlus 3 is safe and easy, so you have nothing to worry about, even if you are a newbie.
With a custom recovery image installed you can start a dedicated tweaking procedure for your OnePlus 3. The recovery system ensures a virtual connection between you, as the user, and your phone’s internal system. Thus, through this environment you can modify, optimize, customize and personalize the Android OS. That’s why, after completing this guide you will be able to improve the performance of your Android based handset.
Here are some examples of dedicated operations that can be applied once TWRP recovery is applied on the OnePlus 3:
- You can gain root access by flashing the SuperSU root exploit.
- You can flash a custom kernel.
- You can apply custom MODs or custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, AOKP or Paranoid Android.
- You can remove bloatware and install custom apps from other sources than Google Play.
- You can overclock or undervolt the CPU frequencies.
- You can make a Nandroid backup for saving the current Android firmware that powers your OnePlus 3.
- You can apply OTAs, smartly manage new updates, make a hard reset or clear app data cache.
These are only the most common operations that can be performed through a custom recovery image. Anway, as you can tell, flashing TWRP recovery on your phone is a good idea especially if you want to become an advanced user.
Anyway, since TWRP recovery is a custom software that will replace the stock recovery image, this process is not an official one. The custom recovery image is developed by third party devs and can’t be related with OnePlus or with Google. Thus, if you choose to resume this tutorial you will lose your phone’s warranty – thus, a good idea is to learn how to unbrick the OnePLus 3 manually in case something wrong happens (taking your device back to service will imply in paying for the technical assistance).
A good idea is also to backup your data – in rare situations your personal files might be wiped out during the TWRP recovery installation process. Thus, take your time and save what you might want to use afterwards – basically I am talking about the usual stuffs: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info or saved passwords. On your OnePlus 3 you can use built-in cloud storage services, you can even save everything by syncing your data with your Google account or you can just access Google Play from where you can download various backup and restore tools.
Of course, a computer is required as this is going to be a manual installation process. So, on your computer you have to install the OnePlus 3 USB drivers and the Android SDK toolkit. Android SDK can be flashed with ease: for Windows use this tutorial and for MAC OS X / Linux go here. Other things that must be ensured: on your phone tap on Menu, go to Settings and under About Phone tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number until you become a developer. Then, from Developer Options (located under “menu – settings – developer options”) check the USB debugging option and the OEM Unlocking field.
Finally check the battery life as there should be at least 50% power left – if not, plug in the charger before resuming the lines from below (if not, you might end up in bricking your handset – if it will get switched off while you apply the TWRP recovery file).
Don’t forget that this version of TWRP recovery was modified especially for the OnePlus 3 that runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat Beta 8 program. Don’t use this step by step guide in any other conditions.
Install Modified TWRP Recovery on OnePlus 3 (compatible with Nougat Beta 8 system)
- On your computer access this page. From there download the modified TWRP recovery package.
- Save this file on your desktop first and then transfer it to the Android SDK folder.
- Now, power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer – use the USB cable in that respect.
- Now, on your computer access the Android SDK folder and from there open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window then type: “adb reboot bootloader”. Your OnePlus 3 will be automatically rebooted into bootloader mode.
- Next, in the same cmd window enter: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”.
- When the process is done, reboot your smartphone.
- If during this last reboot a boot loop is issued, reach the recovery environment and from there choose the following options: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
That should be all. You can now use TWRP recovery on your OnePlus 3 that runs on official Android 7.0 Nougat Beta 8 system. Enjoy.