Nokia 6.1 is a great mid-range Android based device that offers a pure, stock Android experience on a daily basis. However, you can obtain even more power and better results from your device if you are ready to apply a few tweaks. And in that regard you should start by replacing the stock recovery image with a custom environment and as you can already tell we are here to assist you. Thus, we will detail the steps that must be followed for properly setting up the latest version of TWRP recovery on your own Nokia 6.1.
TWRP recovery is therefore a custom recovery image that can be used on your phone. This custom recovery environment is based on CWM recovery and brings improved features and functionality in terms of future tweaking possibilities. TWRP recovery features a touch-based interface so you won’t have any problems while trying to apply certain custom operations from this custom recovery image. The software is also fully stable and will smoothly run on your Nokia 6.1 – the program was successfully tested on this device by the devs and by other users and the feedback is more than encouraging.
As already outlined your Nokia 6.1 comes pre-loaded with the stock recovery image. From this environment you can already access the Android system that runs on your phone, but this access is limited by factory / default restrictions. That’s why, by default you can apply only official operations such as manually installing a new OTA, making a hard reset or clearing app data cache. But, if you want to grant full control over the Android UI, you have to remove the factory restrictions, thus you have to set up TWRP recovery.
Once this custom recovery image is installed you can perform different tweaks on your handset and you can initiate customizations that can help you improve the Nokia 6.1 general performance. Here are a few examples of custom operations that can be completed on your phone once this step by step guide is applied: you can gain root access, you can flash custom apps from other sources than Google Play, you can make Nandroid backups for saving the stock Android OS, you can update your smartphone with custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, you can install custom MODs and kernels, you can overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so much more.
Do note that TWRP recovery is developed by third party devs. Your OEM cannot be associate with this custom recovery image and the actual process that’s described during these lines is not an official one. Thus, you are going to lose your Nokia 6.1 warranty and maybe the access to some built-in apps. Don’t worry, if needed the warranty can be restored; in that respect you will have to reinstall the stock Android firmware on your handset.
A backup should be completed on your Nokia 6.1 before TWRP recovery is installed. In that way you will be sure that everything that’s important for you remains safe during the flashing process. So, use your backup and restore tools and save your contacts, call logs, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. You can save these files in different ways and you can always choose to use these solutions: sync your files with your Google account, use built-in cloud storage platforms, download dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play or use an external storage device.
A computer is required and your phone and its USB cable are needed to. On your computer you have to install the Nokia 6.1 drivers and you have to set up Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows by using this tutorial or learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
On your phone you have to gain Developer Options – do that from About Phone: tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed (it will happen after 7 or 10 repeated taps). Then, from Developer Options (it should be located under General Settings) check the USB Debugging feature.
And finally, make sure that there is more than 50% power left on your handset and if it’s not plug in the charger before doing anything else. If you don’t charge your Nokia 6.1 your phone might get turned off while you try to flash the TWRP recovery package. Unfortunately, a sudden shut down can cause different malfunctions on your device – in the worst case possible you can end up in soft-bricking your Android based device so be careful and try not to mess things up.
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Nokia 6.1
- Power on your computer and download the TWRP recovery package that will be installed on your Nokia 6.1 – get it from here.
- Save this file on desktop first and rename it into ‘recovery.img’; afterwards transfer the renamed recovery file inside the Android SDK folder.
- From that location open a command prompt window: right-click on any blank space while holding down the Shift keyboard key and from the list that opens choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Switch on your Nokia 6.1 and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and press Enter – now bootloader mode will be reached on your device.
- Next, in the same cmd window type ‘fastboot flash boot twrp.img’ and press Enter.
- Now the custom recovery image will be installed on your smartphone.
- When that’s done, in the cmd window execute ‘fastboot reboot’.
- That should be all.
There you have it. TWRP recovery is now running on your Nokia 6.1 – you can use this dedicated step by step guide if you want to learn how to access the recovery mode menu on your smartphone. If you have questions or if you want to share something with us and with our readers don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below. Also, stay close if you want to learn similar other Android related tips, tricks and tweaks available for your Nokia 6.1.