If you want to buy a new Huawei branded device because you like how it looks but you aren’t quite eager to spend your money on a new flagship, maybe you would want to consider in getting the Honor 10 which is by far a better deal. Anyway, what’s even greater is the fact that the Huawei Honor 10 can be already tweaked since the latest build of TWRP recovery is available and can be quickly flashed. Thus, if you already use the Honor 10 or if you plan to buy it during the following period, here is the process in which TWRP recovery can be installed.
TWRP recovery is a custom recovery image designed to work on Android. On the Honor 10, TWRP recovery will replace the stock recovery environment which runs by default. The reason why you should consider in performing this replacement consists in the ability of customizing the Android system. You see, with the stock recovery installed you can apply only official processes such as making a hard reset, clearing app data cache, or applying a new OTA. But, when tweaks will be involved you will notice that there are restrictions which are limiting your access.
So, TWRP recovery will remove these restrictions and will add new functionalities through which you will be able to initiate custom operations on your Huawei Honor 10. In that respect, once this step by step guide is completed you can successfully apply procedures such as: flash root exploits for gaining root access, remove bloatware, install custom kernels or MODs, update with custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, add custom apps from other sources than Google Play, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and lot more.
TWRP recovery is based on CWM recovery and brings a touch based interface. So, using this custom recovery environment on your Huawei Honor 10 can be done without hassle even if you are a newbie who is trying to tweak his Android device for the first time.
However, you should be careful. Replacing the stock recovery with TWRP recovery isn’t a process supported by your OEM or by Google. Shortly, you are going to lose your phone’s warranty if you will choose to resume the steps explained below – the warranty can be restored only if you choose to reinstall the stock Android OS on your Honor 10 situation during which the stock recovery image will be reapplied.
You need to perform a backup on your Honor 10 before installing TWRP recovery – this is a precaution measure as in isolate situations you can end up in losing certain files from your smartphone. So, for avoiding any unpleasant events, do take your time and secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. You can save such files and others easily by using Huawei’s own cloud services, or by syncing data with your Google Account. Another solution will be to use already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
TWRP recovery can be installed on your Huawei Honor 10 only manually so a computer is needed during the steps from below. On this computer you first have to set up the drivers for your smartphone. Then, you need to flash Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows by using this guide or learn how to set ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using this tutorial instead.
On your phone you need to check the USB Debugging feature, which is located under Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options. Now, if Developer Options cannot be accessed, before doing anything else go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message – you will receive this prompt after tapping for 7 or 10 times.
If the power is running low on your Honor 10, plug in the charger before starting the custom recovery image flashing process. That’s an important task as otherwise your handset can get switched off, and eventually soft-bricked, while you try to resume the guidelines from this tutorial. So, bottom line, plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
One last thing: your Honor 10 must run on an unlocked bootloader or else you cannot replace the stock recovery with TWRP recovery. Thus, learn how to unlock the bootloader on Huawei branded devices by using our dedicated tutorial.
How to Quickly Install TWRP Recovery on Huawei Honor 10
- Switch on your computer and run your web browser client.
- Navigate towards this page and download the TWRP recovery package that’s available for your Honor 10.
- Save this package on desktop. Then, rename it into ‘recovery.img’ and afterwards, transfer it inside the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right-click on any blank space; then from the list that is displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Power on your phone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and press Enter – fastboot mode will be now automatically reached on your smartphone.
- Next, in the same cmd window type ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img’.
- Wait while the installation process is completed and in the end, in the cmd window execute ‘fastboot reboot’.
- Your Honor 10 will automatically reboot; afterwards you can close the cmd window and unplug the USB cable.
- That’s all.
Perfect. TWRP recovery is now installed on your Huawei Honor 10. You can learn how to access this custom recovery image by using this general step by step guide. So, that was all for now; stay close as we will soon show you how easy is to gain root access on your phone now that a custom recovery image can be used. Also, don’t forget to share your experience with us by using the comments field from below.