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How to Install TWRP Recovery on Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Knowing how to smartly tweak the new Xiaomi Redmi 5A is more than recommended. The device runs on the latest Android firmware, but it’s powered by a mid-range processor which means that you can experience hangs and lags while completing daily tasks. Well, for ensuring a smoother Android system and for upgrading general performance you should first apply the right tweaks. And in that respect, you should now learn how to install TWRP recovery on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A.

TWRP recovery is a custom recovery platform that can be applied on the Android platform. The custom recovery is here to replace the stock recovery environment in order to ensure extended access towards the Android core system. Shortly, if through stock recovery you can apply only official procedures (such as making a hard reset, clearing app data cache or manually installing OTAs), by using the custom recovery app you can apply endless custom operations that can successfully customize, optimize and personalize the Android software that runs on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A.

So, once this step by step guide is completed you can start upgrading general performance for bumping speeds or improving battery life. In that respect you can use the TWRP recovery platform for completing custom operations such as: gaining root access, flashing apps from other sources than Google Play, adding custom features that cannot be found on the stock Android OS, removing bloatware and start-up programs, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies, updating with custom ROMs, flashing custom MODs and kernels, making Nandroid backups and so much more.

A backup should be applied on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A. Your data might get corrupted or wiped out during the TWRP recovery flashing process so if you have important files saved on your handset, you should be precautious. Therefore, use your favorite backup and restore tools in order to secure your images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, contacts, call logs, texts and so on. General backup and restore operations can be applied by using built-in cloud storage platform, by syncing files with your Google Account or by downloading and using compatible and already tested backup and restore platforms from Google Play.

Replacing the stock recovery image with TWRP recovery is not an official operation. That’s happening because the custom recovery image is not developed by Xiaomi and cannot be associated with your OEM. Therefore, by choosing to resume the guidelines from below you will assume one risk: the warranty of your Xiaomi Redmi 5A will get void – you can restore the warranty only in some conditions: you have to reinstall the stock Android firmware on your smartphone.

Moreover, installing TWRP recovery can be done only manually. Thus, a computer will be required and your phone and its USB cable will be also required. On this computer you have to install the Xiaomi Redmi 5A drivers before doing anything else. Additionally, Android SDK must be set on your computer – therefore, learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.

On your Xiaomi Redmi 5A you have to gain developer rights. For doing so, access About Phone and tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Afterwards, from Developer Options (accessed from ‘menu – > settings’) you have to check the USB Debugging field.

Do note that an unlocked bootloader must be ensured first – you can install TWRP recovery only if your smartphone is running on an unlocked bootloader.

Enough power must be ensured on your phone as otherwise your device might get turned off during the flashing process. In that case you will risk one thing: the Android core system might get bricked. Therefore, you must verify the power level that’s left on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A; if the power left is lower than 50%, you need to plug in the charger before anything else.

Good; one last thing: complete this process only if you own the Xiaomi Redmi 5A because this TWRP recovery build is compatible only with this particular Android based device.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Xiaomi Redmi 5A

  1. Download the TWRP recovery package for your device – download the custom recovery package from here.
  2. Save the file on desktop; select it and rename this package into ‘recovery.img’.
  3. Then, transfer the renamed file inside the Android SDK folder.
  4. From that location open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing that right click on any blank space and afterwards choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. Meanwhile, power off your Redmi 5A. Wait while the shut down process is completed and then reboot into fastboot mode.
  6. Finally, connect your phone with your computer via USB cable.
  7. In the cmd window type ‘adb devices’ – if your phone is not listed, you need to reinstall its drivers before repeating this step.
  8. In the same cmd window type ‘adb reboot bootloader’ followed by ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img’.
  9. Now the TWRP recovery software will be automatically installed on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A.
  10. In the end, close the cmd window, remove the USB cord and reboot your handset.
  11. That’s all; enjoy.

Good work; now TWRP recovery is running on your Xiaomi Redmi 5A. You can learn how to access the custom recovery mode menu by using this dedicated tutorial. The recovery offers a touch based interface so using its features can be done without hassle – for rebooting back to Android mode just tap on Reboot. Don’t forget to use the comments field from down below for sharing your TWRP recovery flashing experience with us and with other users who might want to use this step by step guide.