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How to Install TWRP Recovery on Moto G5S Plus

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus is a slightly improved version of the original Moto G5 Plus. This new smartphone is coming with a bigger display and with better rear and front facing cameras. Also, the phone is also powered by Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box unlike its little brother who is running on Android 7.0 by default. Anyway, bottom line, regardless of the model you choose, you will use a budged device that tries to offer decent performance on the latest build of Android.

And, of course, now is when we make our entrance. As you know, the Android system is an open source platform which can be customized and optimized. So, with the right tweaks you can improve how everything runs on your Motorola Moto G5S Plus. Bottom line, you can bump speeds, upgrade the battery life and improve the other results you receive from your phone while running different apps or completing certain tasks.

But, for managing to improve the performance you must first gain full control over the Android system that runs on your handset. And, among the first things that must be performed we have the operation that’s explained during the step by step guide: installing a custom recovery image (TWRP recovery in our case) on your Motorola Moto G5S Plus.

A custom recovery image will replace the stock recovery that already runs on your phone. The goal is to get rid of default / factory restrictions so that you can extend your access towards the Android platform. And with TWRP recovery you can achieve that. Hint: the stock recovery can be used only for initiating supported operations such as manually flashing a new OTA, making a hard reset, clearing app data cache and similar other processes, while through TWRP recovery you can choose to apply unofficial / custom tweaking operations.

But replacing the stock recovery on your Moto G5S Plus comes with a risk. As you can tell, flashing TWRP recovery is not an official process. TWRP recovery is third party software which isn’t released by your OEM. So, the warranty of your phone might get void and the only way to replace it consist in re-flashing the stock Android firmware – and in that case the stock recovery will be reinstalled on your smartphone.

If losing the warranty is not a big deal for you, then you can successfully resume the steps from below. And the advantages are truly great – in that matter, here are a few examples of operations that can be initiated from TWRP recovery: installing custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android; gaining root access by flashing SuperSU and other similar root exploits; add custom kernels and MODs; remove bloatware; make Nandroid backups for saving Android system files that are required for downgrade operations and so much more.

As a general rule: when you are about to apply an unofficial process or to use a third party app you first need to secure your data. This is only optional but highly recommended – we don’t know what can go wrong and I bet that you don’t want to lose any personal data, info, accounts or files while installing the TWRP recovery package on your Motorola Moto G5S Plus. So, use built-in cloud storage services or choose any other backup and restore solution in order to complete the backup operation – it will be important to save the files which aren’t there from day one.

Then, we have the usual pre-requisites: a computer is required; your Moto G5S Plus and its official USB cord are required too; on your computer you must install the G5S plus drivers and the Android SDK software – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux; on your phone you need to gain developer rights (tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message); from Developer Options you have to select the USB Debugging feature if you want to avoid possible problems while connecting your phone with your computer; you need to charge your smartphone first if the power left is lower than 50%.

Additionally, an unlocked bootloader is required. Unfortunately, if your smartphone runs on a locked bootloader you won’t be able to install a custom recovery image.

And, of course, use this TWRP recovery guide only if you own the Motorola Moto G5S Plus handset – for the regular Moto G5 Plus phone use this tutorial instead.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Moto G5S Plus

  1. On your computer open a web browser program as the TWRP recovery file must be downloaded from this page.
  2. Save this file on desktop or anywhere you prefer.
  3. You should rename this file – name it ‘recovery.img’ for your own convenience.
  4. Then, transfer the recovery package inside the Android SDK folder.
  5. From the same path open a cmd window on your computer: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space and choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  6. Switch on your G5S Plus and connect your phone with your computer via USB cable.
  7. In the cmd window then type adb reboot bootloader – your Android device will be automatically rebooted into fastboot mode.
  8. Next, return to the cmd window and enter: fastboot flash recovery recovery.img. Hint: enter the right name of your recovery package.
  9. Wait until the flashing process is being successfully completed.
  10. When that’s done, in the cmd window, type fastboot reboot.
  11. You can close the command prompt window now and reboot the USB cord.
  12. Also, you can perform a last reboot on your Motorola Moto G5S Plus.

Good work; you can now boot into TWRP recovery. If you don’t know how to complete this reboot sequence for your Moto G5S Plus, don’t hesitate and use this dedicated tutorial. Do note that TWRP recovery is featuring a touch based interface so using this software is quite intuitive – also, the custom recovery image will introduce essential settings through which you can easily initiate different tweaks. If you have further questions, contact us – just use the comments field from down below.