One of the greatest tools available for Android in terms of third-party tweaks is now compatible with Sony Xperia XZ. Yes, with this post, you can install TWRP 3.0.2 custom recovery straight on your Xperia XZ from Sony. The smartphone is considerably a high-end device with some serious specs and design. For power users, a custom recovery is necessary to implement multiple mods and themes. Thanks to TeamWin, we now have a working TWRP 3.0.2 custom recovery. To install it directly on your phone, read below. The process to access it after you have successfully installed it would remain the same as accessing the normal recovery. Some things to note include that you should already have an unlocked bootloader. For those running locked bootloaders, view our guide: How to Unlock Bootloader of Sony Devices. You can now easily install TWRP Touch Recovery on Sony Xperia XZ using our tutorial.
As you continue reading, we will guide you through the process of how to update Sony One with TWRP custom Recovery. Please note, by doing so, you are voiding the warranty of your Sony Xperia XZ. 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 (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 😉
Sony Xperia XZ 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 3.0, 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 Sony Xperia XZ, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader on any Sony Phone.
- Try Nougat on Computer: How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Sony Xperia XZ custom ROMs, click here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Sony Xperia XZ, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Sony Xperia XZ 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 XZ properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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 Sony 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 Sony Xperia XZ.