The OnePlus 5T can be easily customized and optimized as the devs from xda-developers already managed to came up with dedicated solutions for tweaking the Android system that runs by default on your smartphone. In that respect, you can now install the latest version of TWRP recovery on your phone. So, through this dedicated tutorial we will be checking how to flash a custom recovery image on your own OnePlus 5T.
TWRP recovery is a custom recovery image dedicated for the Android system. Based on CWM recovery, TWRP is perhaps the most popular custom recovery image that can be used on almost any Android based device. Well, the OnePlus 5T can be now successfully installed with the same software.
TWRP recovery brings a touch-based user interface that is intuitive and which can be smartly managed even by a newbie who is experiencing the Android platform for the first time. Additionally, the recovery mode is pre-loaded with important features and with useful capabilities which can easily and quickly guide you through various processes.
By default your OnePlus 5T is running on stock recovery mode. This mode is there to ensure a virtual path towards the Android system. So, through this mode you can access and customize the Android OS that powers your phone. Well, as expected, the stock recovery is pre-loaded with various restrictions which means that you will have only limited access – for example through stock recovery you can make a hard reset, clear app data cache or adb sideload a new OTA.
Therefore, if you will want to extend your access or if you will want to tweak the Android OS for improving general performance, you will first have to replace the stock recovery mode with TWRP recovery – the custom recovery mode will came without factory or default restrictions.
So, after taking care of the steps from below you can apply different custom operations on your OnePlus 5T such as: adding a custom kernel, applying a custom MOD, gaining root access, flashing .zip files and apk files from other sources than Google Play, install custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, make Nandroid backups, remove bloatware and lot more.
Backup your data before installing the custom recovery image. It will be important to secure your personal files before resuming the lines from below – the data might get corrupted or wiped out during the flashing process so be precautious. Contacts, texts, call logs, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on can be easily saved through specialized backup and restore apps from Google Play, by syncing everything with your Google Account or by using built-in cloud storage platforms.
An unlocked bootloader is required – you cannot apply TWRP recovery on your OnePlus 5T if you don’t unlock the bootloader first, so take care of this essential additional process before anything else.
Then, make sure that a computer can be used. On this computer the OnePlus 5T drivers must be installed. Moreover, Android SDK must be set: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Afterwards, enable Developer Options on your phone and check USB Debugging option – first, go to Menu – > Settings – > About phone and tap repeatedly for 7 or 10 times on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed; then, access Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options and check the USB Debugging feature.
If the power that’s currently left on your smartphone is somehow lower than 50%, plug in the charger before installing TWRP recovery. If you skip this operation (which is, of course, optional) you can end up in experiencing different problems – the worst thing that can happen is to end up in soft bricking your OnePlus 5T.
Resume the steps from below only if you own the OnePlus 5T. The TWRP recovery package offered is compatible only with this particular device. Applying the custom recovery image on a different handset might cause severe software problems and you can easily damage the Android system.
How to Install TWRP recovery on OnePlus 5T
- Download the TWRP recovery file for your OnePlus 5T – you can get the custom recovery image from this page.
- Save this package on desktop.
- Rename the TWRP recovery zip file into ‘recovery.img’.
- Then, select the renamed package and transfer it inside the Android SDK folder.
- From that path you need to launch a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while holding this button right click on any blank space and choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Switch off your smartphone and wait a few moments; then reboot fastboot mode: press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons until fastboot mode is displayed.
- Next, use the USB cable and connect your phone with your computer.
- Inside cmd type fastboot devices and press Enter – if your phone’s serial number isn’t returned, reinstall its drivers and repeat the steps from above.
- If everything works as expected, in the cmd window, type: ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img’.
- The TWRP recovery software will be now automatically installed on your OnePlus 5T.
- When it’s done, remove the USB cord, close the cmd window on your computer and reboot your smartphone.
- That should be all.
Perfect. Now TWRP recovery is installed on your OnePlus 5T. You can go to recovery mode easily, by following this dedicated tutorial. Now, through this custom recovery environment you can start further customizations and optimizations – in that respect, if you need our assistance don’t hesitate and contact us. Also, share how the flashing process worked for you through the comments field from below – in this way you can help others decide whether to apply this guide or not. Enjoy.