We all love a great balance between high performance, premium design and price and the Nokia 6.1 Plus is, in that regard, one of the best choices that you can make at the moment. This smartphone runs on the latest Android OS and offers a pure stock Android experience on a daily basis and can be easily tweaked thanks to the third party support which is available for those interested in testing new features, apps, capabilities, and who knows an entirely new Android functionality. Well, in that regard we are here to help you succeed with your plans – since almost each tweak requires a custom recovery image, today we will be checking how to set up TWRP recovery on your Nokia 6.1 Plus.
This guide is possible thanks to those of xda-developers who managed to compile the TWRP recovery software on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, so we must thank them for the guidelines explained below. As you will notice, during this tutorial we will discuss about general aspects related with the TWRP recovery platform, we will talk about the advantages and about the risks implied and we will also review the essential pre-requisites that must be considered before heading towards the flashing steps from the end.
TWRP recovery is a custom recovery image based on CWM recovery. The software will replace the stock recovery that runs by default on your phone. The goal is to add an extra functionality within the Android core system that powers your Nokia 6.1 Plus. Shortly, the custom recovery image will grant full access towards the Android UI, meaning that from TWRP recovery you can initiate different customizations and optimizations which cannot be applied from the stock recovery platform – because of the built-in restrictions.
Replacing the stock recovery environment with TWRP recovery is not an operation supported by your OEM. In fact, you are going to complete an unofficial procedure as TWRP recovery is developed by third party devs. So, in conclusion you are about to lose your Nokia 6.1 Plus warranty - if something bad happens you will be by yourself. However, the warranty flag can be restored if that’s required but only by reinstalling the stock Android firmware – at that point your handset will be restored back to its initial state, which means that the stock recovery image will be reinstalled.
By the way, a backup will be required as during the flashing operation a wipe might happen – you can lose important files if you’re not careful enough. Thus, secure sensible files on your Nokia 6.1 Plus by using different backup and restore solutions: sync files with your Google account, use backup and restore apps from Google Play, use built-in cloud storage platforms or use an external storage device. Bottom line, while saving things don’t forget about contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
Now, once TWRP recovery will be running on your Nokia 6.1 Plus you will be able to perform different tweaks on your device. In that respect, here are the most important custom procedures that can be initiated from this custom recovery environment: make Nandroid backups for saving Android files and the actual ROM that powers your device, remove bloatware, flash root exploits for gaining root access, set up custom MODs and kernels, add apps from other sources than Google Play, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and flash custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android.
For being able to set up TWRP recovery on your Nokia 6.1 Plus you will have to use a computer. On this PC the Android SDK toolkit will have to be installed – so, learn how to install Android SDK on Windows by using this step by step guide or learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using the tutorial from here. Note: for making things work on your PC you must install your phone’s drivers first.
On your handset you have to access Developer Options from general Settings. If you can’t, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number – do that until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Then, from Developer Options check the USB Debugging feature.
Charge your Nokia 6.1 Plus before setting up the TWRP recovery software if the power that’s left is lower than 50%. When the power is low your phone can get turned off during the installation process. Unfortunately, a sudden switch off might cause severe issues on your device and you can end up in soft-bricking your Android device. So, be careful and try not to mess things up.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Switch on your computer and access this page. From there download the TWRP recovery package that’s compatible with your Nokia 6.1 Plus.
- Save this file on desktop. Rename the custom recovery file into ‘recovery.img’ and afterwards transfer the renamed package inside the Android SDK folder.
- From the same place open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and then right click on any blank space; from the list that will be displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer – do that with the help of your phone’s USB cable.
- Next, in the cmd window type this command ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and wait while the bootloader mode is being accessed on your smartphone.
- Afterwards, in the same cmd window enter this command: ‘fastboot flash boot recovery.img’.
- Wait while the TWRP recovery software is being installed on your phone.
- In the end, remove the USB cable and close the cmd window.
- Also, reboot your smartphone.
There you have it; now TWRP recovery should be running on your Nokia 6.1 Plus. You can enter this custom recovery image environment on your Android device by using this dedicated tutorial, if you don’t know how to do it already.
Of course, in the end share your flashing experience with us and with the users who are thinking in using this tutorial. Also, stay close for similar other tweaking opportunities available for your Nokia 6.1 Plus. Enjoy.