Xiaomi Poco F1 might be running on the most powerful Chipset available on the market, but is it a real flagship killer as OnePlus used to be? The price tag is low, well actually substantially lower than any other device that comes packed with the Snapdragon 845 processor, though there are a few downsides to consider too, mostly related with the material used, or with the display quality. Anyhow, the Poco F1 is a great deal if you want a fast response from your Android device, so that’s why we decided to keep you posted with subjects related with third-party support.
It’s always good to have tweaking possibilities at your disposal, especially when high-end devices are involved, and starting with a custom recovery image is, in that respect, mandatory. Well, speaking of that, this tutorial is here to teach you how to set up the latest build of TWRP recovery on your Xiaomi Poco F1. Therefore, shortly, we will see how the built-in recovery environment can be replaced with a custom platform that can support further Android customizations and optimizations initiatives.
TWRP recovery is therefore a custom recovery image designed by third party devs. The purpose is to ensure a software that can be used without dealing with factory or default restrictions and through which the Android core system can be modified and personalized. That’s why, when TWRP recovery is installed on your Xiaomi Poco F1 you can choose to tweak the Android UI for improving general performance and for obtaining even better results from your already powerful smartphone. In a few words, after taking care of the steps that are explained and detailed below you will be able to customize your device through different tweaks.
If from stock recovery you can apply only official operations (such as making a hard reset, applying OTAs or clearing app data cache), from TWRP recovery you will be able to do so much more – for example you can use the custom recovery image for gaining root access on your Xiaomi Poco F1; for making Nandroid backups; for removing bloatware; for adding new kernels and MODs; for installing custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android; for overclocking CPU frequencies; for installing custom apps from other sources than Google Play and lot more else.
TWRP recovery is based on CWM recovery and comes with a touch-based interface. The custom recovery app is fully stable and can easily guide you through different tweaks as it comes with intuitive settings and features. Bottom line, even a newbie will be able to quickly learn how to use TWRP recovery on his Xiaomi Poco F1.
But, before heading towards the flashing steps that are detailed below, you first have to review and apply the essential pre-requisites that are shortly explained during the next list:
- You have to unlock the Xiaomi Poco F1 bootloader first as otherwise the custom recovery image cannot be applied.
- You first have to make a backup for avoiding any unexpected unpleasant situations – your data might get corrupted or erased while TWRP recovery is set up.
- On your Xiaomi Poco F1 you can use built-in cloud storage services for quickly saving essential stuffs; additionally, you can sync files with your Google Account or you can use more complex backup and restore apps from Google Play.
- During the backup process make sure you secure the most important files including your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and other packages that might be still required afterwards.
- On your smartphone you must access Developer Options; if this entry isn’t displayed under General Settings, you first have to: go to About Phone and tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number – tap until the ‘you are a developer’ message is returned by the Android system.
- On your phone, from Developer Options, you have to check the USB Debugging feature.
- Charge your smartphone or otherwise it can get turned off during the TWRP recovery flashing process – if a sudden shut down happens, different soft related problems can be caused so you can end up in soft-bricking your Xiaomi Poco F1.
- As a general recommendation, you should plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
Do note that replacing the stock recovery image with TWRP recovery isn’t an official process. Therefore, you cannot associate this tutorial with Google and with your OEM. Moreover, as a conclusion you should be aware about one particular aspect: if you choose to set up TWRP recovery you are going to lose your Xiaomi Poco F1 warranty – the warranty flag can be restored only if you choose to reinstall the stock Android OS, situation during which the stock recovery will be reinstalled and the bootloader will be relocked.
A computer will have to be at your disposal. There, you first have to install the Xiaomi Poco F1 drivers and afterwards you will have to set up Android SDK: for the Windows OS you can use the steps explained here while for MAC OS X / Linux you can use this dedicated tutorial.
Good; you can now successfully start the installation procedure:
Install TWRP Recovery on Xiaomi Poco F1
- On your computer access this page and download the TWRP recovery file.
- Save the recovery file on desktop and rename it into ‘recovery.img’. Transfer the renamed package inside the Android SDK folder.
- Now, on your computer access this page and download the force encryption disabler package; you have to transfer this file on your smartphone, so connect your device with your PC via USB cable for completing this copy-paste procedure.
- Reboot fastboot mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1 and then reconnect your handset with your PC.
- On your computer access the Android SDK folder and from there open a cmd window: hold down the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In this cmd window type ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img’ and press Enter.
- When done, unplug the USB cable from your PC and reboot recovery mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1.
- If you’re asked to ‘Keep System Read only?’ just tap on ‘Keep Read Only’.
- In recovery tap on Install and load the force encryption disabler package; swipe in order to start the installation process.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.
So, that’s the operation that must be followed and also applied if you want to run a custom recovery image on your Xiaomi Poco F1. You can boot into TWRP recovery easily, by using our dedicated and complex tutorial from here.
In the end, let us know how the flashing operation worked for you. Also, tell us the tweaks that you plan to apply on your smartphone and the results that you hope to obtain – you can easily and quickly get in touch with our Android community by using the comments field from below. And, of course, if we can, we will try to assist you with new step by step guides and with other relevant Android related tips and tricks compatible with your Xiaomi Poco F1. Enjoy and stay close.