After the last official Nougat update, the Huawei P9 Plus is once more locked with the usual factory and default restrictions. So, if you are an advanced user who wants to unleash the full potential of his Android based device you should now consider in tweaking the new Android core system. And in order to do so, you must first begin the tweaking process with a custom recovery installation process. Well, in that respect you can choose to use this dedicated tutorial through which I will show you how to install TWRP recovery on your own Huawei P9 Plus, model number VIE-AL10.
This new TWRP recovery port which can be successfully booted on the Huawei P9 Plus is compatible with the latest Android Nougat firmware. So, the custom recovery image will smoothly run even if you recently updated your smartphone. Thus, overall, you can now start to unlock the Nougat OS that runs by default on your device.
A custom recovery image is a third party app through which you can control the Android core center. So, the TWRP recovery software will make possible the tweaking process that will be afterwards completed on your Huawei P9 Plus. As you know, by default your device is running on the stock Android recovery but this environment isn’t providing enough access for those who are thinking in customizing and optimizing their smartphones. The goal is to remove these restrictions and to gain extended rights.
That’s why after completing this step by step guide you will be able to make everything possible – with TWRP recovery installed above the Android Nougat OS that powers your Huawei P9 Plus you will be able to perform custom operations such as: gaining root access, installing complex apps from Google Play or from any other source, removing start-up programs and the usual bloatware apps, adding new features that cannot be found on the stock Android software, installing custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, flashing custom kernels, making Nandroid backups or even overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies.
All these processes, along with the TWRP recovery flashing operation, are unofficial tasks that aren’t supported by your OEM or by Google. For example, TWRP recovery is a third party app which can be only manually installed and which will make important changes within the default Android system. That’s why, if you choose to begin the tweaking operation you should be prepared to lose your Huawei P9 Plus warranty.
So, by flashing TWRP recovery you will lose the warranty of your smartphone. Unfortunately, this aspect will expose your phone to some possible risks – of course, starting from now taking your handset back to service will imply in paying for the technical inspection. So, as a precaution measure you should first check which are the most common Android software related issues that can be caused on your device and also how to manually address all these problems without having to ask for any sort of help.
Also as a precaution measure, a backup should be completed if you want to resume the guidelines from down below. With a backup ensured you can safely complete any sort of unofficial operation as your personal data, info, accounts and files will be in safe hands. Usually, a backup can be completed by syncing your data with your Google Account, by using built-in cloud storage platforms or by downloading already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play. Just make sure you save everything that it might be required afterwards: the contacts list, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, the EFS folder, the IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
The TWRP recovery can be flashed on the Huawei P9 Plus by executing dedicated fastboot commands. So, a computer is required in this situation. On the computer you are going to use install your phone’s drivers; also, flash the Android SDK toolkit – learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
On your P9 Plus become a developer – go to Menu, select Settings and under About Phone tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ prompt. Then, access the Developer Options (located under “menu -> settings”) and check the USB Debugging checkbox.
It is essential to check the battery status on your phone. Then, if the battery power will be lower than 50% it is imperative to charge your Huawei P9 Plus before resuming the TWRP recovery tutorial. Plug in the charger if required or else your smartphone might get turned off and also bricked while the installation process is completed.
Don’t forget: this step by step guide is compatible only with the Huawei P9 Plus, model number VIE-AL10 that runs on Android Nougat so try not to mess things up.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Huawei P9 Plus (compatible with Nougat)
- Download the TWRP recovery file from here.
- Save this package on your computer. Then place the .img file inside the Android SDK folder – also rename the TWRP recovery package into “recovery.img”.
- Power on your P9 Plus.
- Use your phone’s USB cable and connect your smartphone with your computer.
- Now, from the Android SDK folder open a Command Prompt window: you can do so by holding the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In this cmd window enter: “adb reboot bootloader”.
- Fastboot mode should be booted on your Huawei P9 Plus.
- When done, go back to cmd where type: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”.
- The custom recovery image will be now flashed; when done, reboot your device.
- Finally, you can reboot recovery mode on your Huawei P9 Plus.
- If something isn’t working as expected, from recovery choose to make a wipe by selecting: “wipe cache partition”, “wipe dalvik cache” and wipe data factory reset”.
TWRP recovery can now be accessed and used on your Huawei P9 Plus. The fun can now begin as you can choose to perform various other custom operations on your smartphone. Do share your tweaking plans with us by using the comments field from down below.