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How to Install LG Nexus 5X TWRP Recovery

This is how to install Nexus 5X TWRP custom recovery. The new TWRP 3.0.0 custom recovery is now available for installation on the LG Nexus 5X. TeamWin recently gave the TWRP recovery a big overhaul. The new and improved recovery now includes a theme which follows Google’s Material Design guidelines. Beneath all the fancy buttons and colors, TWRP 3.0.0 is now also based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s source code. Custom recoveries in themselves provide a great platform for installing third-party apps, mods and custom ROMs. TWRP 3.0.0 does just that but with better efficiency and style as well.

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 3.0.0 Recovery on Nexus 5X with complete steps. Why do we even need a custom recovery? To install all the awesome custom ROMs, themes, tons of mods and flashing official firmware updates. You will also be able to root Nexus 5X once you install a custom recovery. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

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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 Recovery 3.0.0 for Nexus 5X – Details:

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

Team Win Recovery Project 2.x, 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 folkes!)
  • Default Time Zone (for more accurate time stamps)
  • Zip Signature Verification
  • Zip md5 Verification (looks for file with zipname.zip.md5)
  • 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

We have already written and posted tutorials for flashing/installing ClockworkMod Recovery on Nexus devices, but for those who love TWRP, we now have complete guides for that as well now. Follow the install twrp tag for more tutorials and guides.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the LG Nexus 5X, 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 Nexus 5X, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

LG Nexus 5X 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 LG Nexus 5X properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 5X USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now read below and install TWRP Recovery on Nexus 5X with the given step-by-step tutorial.

HOW TO: Install TWRP 3.0.0 Recovery on Nexus 5X

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install TWRP recovery on LG Nexus 5X. 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 LG Nexus 5X. 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 Nexus 5X.

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 Nexus 5X to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 4 – Download TWRP (twrp-3.0.0-bullhead.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

Step 5 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Nexus 5X. 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 twrp-3.0.0-bullhead.img

Step 8 – Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu using your volume keys and enter Recovery Mode.

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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.

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

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