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HOW TO: Install TWRP Recovery on Moto G4 Plus – Complete Guide

TWRP 3.0.2 custom recovery is now available to be installed on the new Moto G4 Plus. This custom recovery build is an official TWRP release and not an adapted compilation of source code. What this means is, you can expect the reliability and security you get with TWRP releases. Also, TWRP 3.0.2 is based on Marshmallow hence it would be able to fully utilize the Moto G4 Plus. For those of you who are not accustomed to custom recoveries should simply relate to them as a means of flashing third-party software which is otherwise impossible to install with the pre-installed stock recovery. You get to install custom ROMs, themes and root packages once you carry on the installation of TWRP 3.0.2 custom recovery itself. The recovery also comes with handy utilities that you can access like ability to format system partitions, create extensive backups and also wipe advanced cache. TWRP 3.0.2 can quickly be installed on the Moto G4 Plus if you read our guide properly. Before you continue, it is essential that you have unlocked bootloader on Moto G4 Plus. Once you have done that, we can proceed next with the 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 G. 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 3.0.2 Recovery on Moto G4 Plus with complete steps. You will also be able to root Moto G4 Plus with SuperSU once you install a custom recovery. Let’s get on 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 😉

TWRP 3.0.2 Recovery on Moto G4 Plus:

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 3.0 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.

Moto G4 Plus will be getting a huge list of custom ROMs, because of its popularity and most of them are installed using CWM or TWRP. Of course, you can always enjoy the added benefits of a custom recovery with TWRP 3.0.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Motorola Moto G4 Plus, 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 Moto G4 Plus, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus 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 Motorola Moto G4 Plus properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Motorola Moto G4 Plus 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.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now read below and install TWRP Recovery on Moto G4 Plus with the given step-by-step tutorial.

HOW TO: Install TWRP 3.0.2 Recovery on Moto G4 Plus

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install TWRP recovery on Motorola Moto G4 Plus. 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 Motorola Moto G4 Plus. 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 Moto G4 Plus.

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.


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 Moto G4 Plus to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 4 – Download TWRP (twrp-3.0.2-0-athene.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

Step 5 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Moto G4 Plus. 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-3.0.2-0-athene.img

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


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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  • Be aware: The Amazon lockscreen ads & bloatware on the Moto G4 (XT1625) can NOT be removed. Nor can the phone be rooted.
    It is possible to unlock the bootloader, and TWRP can be loaded, either in RAM (temporarily) or flash (non-volatile). But the additional root package can NOT be loaded, doing so will soft-brick the phone.
    After the soft-brick, I was able to reload a Motorola XT1625 factory image on it, after which all the Amazon stuff and associated lockscreen ads are actually gone. However, the phone will then keep pestering you about downloading the latest “system update”. When you agree to that, all the Amazon stuff will be back (while still being the same Marshmallow V6.01 version as before the update). When you don’t agree to the system upgrade, it will pester you for the update from here to eternity, which is actually even worse torture than the lockscreen ads.
    To top it all off: The update message nag can NOT be removed.
    So my end conclusion about this phone, after having worked on this for several days with just about every method tried as described on the internet, is that this phone can NOT be de-Amazoned. At least not with the methods as they are known today.
    The problem seems to be in the update software channel which is set for “AMZ”. This causes system updates forced on the phone to be of the Amazon kind. The only way to fix that is to get the software channel setting set for a generic code. However, there is no working method available on the internet today to accomplish that, believe me.

    So to summarize: Spend the extra $50 and get the generic G4 model without the advertising crap. That is what I have done now; I have returned it and successively bought the ad-free version for $50 more. Because that is the good news: The Moto G4 X1625 is a VERY good phone, it is worth the extra $50.

  • hello sir

    my moto g4 plus phone bootloder unlock but can’t go the twrp mode after reboot again twrp mode, how exit the twrp mode plz plzzz sir help me.

  • hey, it gives me an error after typing

    fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.2-0-athene.img

    it says FAILED (remote failure)

    Any advice?

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