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HOW TO: Install TWRP Recovery on Sony Xperia Z5 – Complete Guide

Sony Xperia Z5 users can now easily install TWRP 2.8.7.0 custom recovery through this quick and simple guide. Sony released its latest Z series flagship just few months ago and as it is making its way to customers, developers have already ported TWRP custom recovery for the Xperia Z5. Custom recoveries do serve a good purpose especially when you need to flash custom ROMs and third-party packages which all require you to have something like TWRP pre-installed. Not only that, TWRP custom recovery would allow you to modify your phone’s partitions seperately and allow you to wipe advanced sectors which are otherwise hidden in the stock recovery. Follow along this easy guide to install TWRP custom recovery 2.8.7.0 on your Moto X Play. Before you continue, it is essential that you have unlocked bootloader on the Sony Xperia Z5. Once you have done that, we can proceed next with flashing of the TWRP custom recovery on your phone.

Some of the small bugs in the new Lollipop software update such as battery drainage can easily be fixed by performing a factor reset or wiping Dalvik cache of your Moto X Play. As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to install TWRP 2.8.7.0 Recovery on Sony Xperia Z5 with complete steps. You will also be able to root Sony Xperia Z5 with SuperSU once you install a custom recovery. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Xperia Z5

 

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 (TeamAndroid.com) 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 😉

TWRP 2.8 Recovery on Sony Xperia Z5:

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 2.8, 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.

Some of the key features of TWRP 2.8 Recovery are:

  • Touchscreen driven with real buttons and drag-to-scroll
  • XML-based GUI that allows full customization of the layout true theming!
  • Settings are saved to the sdcard and persist through reboots
  • Ability to choose which partitions to back up and which to restore
  • Ability to choose to compress backups now with pigz (multi-core processor support for faster compression times)
  • Onscreen keyboard
  • Decryption of /data
  • Easy selection of internal/external storage

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Sony Xperia Z5, 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 Sony Xperia Z5, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Sony Xperia Z5 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 Sony Xperia Z5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Sony Xperia Z5 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:

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.

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, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.

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.

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 read below and install TWRP Recovery on Sony Xperia Z5 with the given step-by-step tutorial.

HOW TO: Install TWRP 2.8.7.0 Recovery on Sony Xperia Z5

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install TWRP recovery on Sony Xperia Z5. This is a very simple tutorial and if you have been updating or installing new custom recoveries on Nexus / Google Play Edition 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 Sony Xperia Z5. 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.
  • You need to have working Fastboot / ADB on your computer. Download links are posted below.
  • Bootloader should be unlocked. How? -> How to Unlock Bootloader on Sony Xperia Z5.

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. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

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

Step 2 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 3 – Connect your Sony Xperia Z5 to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 4 – Download TWRP (sony-recovery-z5.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

Step 5 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Sony Xperia Z5. How? Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.

Step 6 – Navigate to the same directory now as where you have Fastboot (i.e. Step 1) and on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.

Step 7 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

fastboot flash recovery sony-recovery-z5.img

Step 8 – Once completed, you can access the custom recovery by pressing Volume Down button when the light turns amber during boot-up of your Sony Xperia Z5.

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That’s it! You should now be in the TWRP Recovery from where you can choose whatever function you want to perform.

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Have fun playing with it! If you have any issues, please fire them up in the comments below!

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