Install TWRP 3.2.1 Custom Recovery on HTC U11 – Complete Guide

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If you are looking to get more performance out of your HTC U11 then this is the perfect guide to start. Install latest TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery from TeamWin on your HTC U11 with the detailed guide given right ahead. HTC has somewhat lacked in the number of smartphone releases in the previous years. This has given the brand more time to focus on the few smartphones it actually does release. The U11 carries a very unique design thanks to its color scheme along with some great hardware. However, in its stock form, everything is pretty much locked. Once you install TWRP 3.2 custom recovery, you would be able to root your phone, install custom ROMs and install third-party packages. The installation guide for TWRP is quite simple and straight forward. Before you actually read ahead, make sure you have your HTC U11’s bootloader unlocked. Following is a detailed tutorial on how to install TWRP 3.2 custom recovery on HTC U11.

As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to update HTC U11 with TWRP custom Recovery. Please note, by doing so, you are voiding the warranty of your HTC U11. 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.

Install TWRP 3.2 on HTC U11

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 😉

HTC U11 TWRP Recovery Details:

TWRP Touch Recovery will allow you to install custom ROMs, advanced options like formatting the system partition, making backups etc. The entire tutorial has been given on the next page for those who want to install this custom recovery on their phones. Here are a few details about TWRP:

Team Win Recovery Project 3.2.1, or twrp3 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.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the HTC U11, 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 U11, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

HTC U11 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 U11 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download HTC U11 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. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

HTC users can also back up data using HTC Sync Manager to your computer. Sync Manager helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving HTC 10 backup data to Samsung Galaxy S8.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, 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. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and install TWRP Recovery on the HTC U11.

How to Update HTC U11 with TWRP Recovery

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install TWRP recovery on HTC U11. This is a very simple tutorial and if you have been updating or installing new custom recoveries on HTC phones, then this one should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

To Remember:

  • This TWRP Recovery tutorial is only for unlocked HTC U11. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.
  • This will void your warranty.
  • HTC Sync should be installed with full working ADB/Fastboot before performing the tutorial.
  • Bootloader should be unlocked. How? –> How to Unlock Bootloader of HTC Phones.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. Tutorial given here: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.


Step 1 – Download Fastboot / ADB package from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Connect HTC U11 to your PC with a USB cable and install ADB drivers.

Step 3 – Download TWRP (twrp-3.2.1-0-ocn.img) and copy/paste it in the android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.