Install TWRP Custom Recovery on HTC One M8 – Full Tutorial

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HTC One (M8) can now be updated with the latest TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) custom recovery. Why replace the stock recovery with this? A number of reasons. For starters, if you want to root your phone, then you will need a custom one at the back-end for the root package to work. Custom recovery will also allow you to install latest custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 11 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. TWRP Recovery is very customizable and you can change every look and fell of it with themes and other mods. We have added a list of features that are included with TWRP You can now easily install TWRP Touch Recovery on HTC One (M8) using our tutorial. Please note, you should unlock HTC One (M8) bootloader first before proceeding.

As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to update HTC One with TWRP custom Recovery. Please note, by doing so, you are voiding the warranty of your HTC One (M8). Make sure you go through all the tips given below and keep them in mind before performing the tutorial. Also make a backup of your data. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial πŸ˜‰

HTC One (M8) TWRP Recovery Details:

Here is a little about the TWRP Recovery as per the official website:

Team Win Recovery Project 2.4, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

And for those looking for a list of features included in TWRP Recovery, here is a list:

  • Ability to save custom recovery settings
  • Default partitions to back up
  • Default zip folder location
  • Default color theme (lots to choose from) (Thanks to ffolkes!)
  • Default Time Zone (for more accurate time stamps)
  • Zip Signature Verification
  • Zip md5 Verification (looks for file with
  • Ability to flash multiple zips in one go
  • Ability to select which individual partitions to backup, and restore.
  • Ability to choose compression or no compression backups.
  • Compression takes longer of course, but you save roughly half the space. EVO3D’s stock system uncompressed is ~800mb, 380mb compressed. You choose.
  • Ability to auto restore GAPPS on zip flash (for CM based ROMS)
  • Ability to auto reboot after successful flashes (for the lazy)
  • Some devices utilize their capacitive buttons in recovery.
  • Home – Main Menu
  • Menu – Advanced Menu
  • Back – Up a Menu Level
  • Search – Select Current Selection
  • Battery Level and Timestamp

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the HTC One (M8), but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root HTC One (M8), read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

HTC One (M8) USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for HTC One (M8) properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download HTC One (M8) USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One (M8) X.

If you already have a custom recovery (TWRP, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

5. Your bootloader should be unlocked. See here: How to Unlock Bootloader of HTC Phones.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and install TWRP Recovery on the HTC One (M8).