Install Unofficial TWRP Recovery for Google Nexus 5 with One-Click Tool

Flash TWRP Recovery for Google Nexus 5

This tutorial will teach you how to successfully flash a custom Recovery such as TWRP for your Google Nexus 5. Since this device has been recently launched, there aren’t too many custom ROMs available.

However, you can still use this tutorial and flash TWRP, so that you’ll be prepared for the multitude of Nexus 5 custom ROMs to come.

The TWRP Recovery will be flashed over the Stock Recovery. It can be used to create NANDROID Backups for entire ROMs to create restore points, custom ROMs, kernels, themes or to wipe data, factory reset and more. Read the guidelines below before starting the installation:

  • Use this post only for the Google Nexus 5 smartphone.
  • Do not attempt to flash the files you find here on any other smartphones.
  • Your Nexus 5 should be on an unlocked bootloader, as otherwise this guide will not work.
  • IMPORTANT: if your device has a locked bootloader, then you will have to unlock it.
    - use the guide listed here and learn how to unlock Nexus 5 bootloader, but note that this process will wipe the entire phone contents.
  • Backup all your important data before starting the install process.
  • Download and install the Nexus 5 drivers from here.
  • The phone’s battery charge level has to be over 50%, so that the device won’t switch off in the middle of the installation.
  • Use this post only if you’re an advanced user.
  • For any questions, use the comments field.

How to flash TWRP Recovery for Google Nexus 5:

  1. Download the TWRP Recovery zip from here.
  2. Unzip the file downloaded in step 1.
    - save the new folder on your desktop.
  3. Power off your smartphone now.
  4. Boot it in Bootloader Mode.
    - it can be done if you press and hold Volume Down and Power at the same time.
  5. Connect the phone with your PC.
  6. Launch the ‘1-click-twrp-recovery-installer.bat‘ file.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions shown by the script.
  8. Complete the installation and when done, the Nexus 5 will restart in normal mode.

Disconnect the phone from PC, as you’re done with this tutorial.

In case the script window freezes and the <waiting for device> is listed for more then three minutes, then it means that not all Samsung USB Drivers are installed. Re-install them and then you should repeat the entire tutorial once again. If you have any other questions, use the field below.

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  • Andy Cao

    I keep getting an error “status read failed (too many links)” what does this mean