How to install TeamWin Recovery Project custom recovery on Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE [Guide]

TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) is a popular custom recovery which has the power to rival ClockworkMod recovery, which may be called the most popular and extensive custom recovery tool for Android devices as of now. While TWRP recovery is available to a relatively lower population of Android devices when compared to CWM recovery, there are certain devices, which currently do not have CWM ported to it. Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE supports both TWRP recovery and CWM recovery. The following guide will help you to install TWRP on your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Install a custom recovery at your own risk. Installing a custom recovery may void your warranty.

Requirements

This guide will help you to install TWRP recovery on your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. This guide requires you to have unlocked the bootloader of your device before carrying on with the procedures.

Before We Begin

To start with installing TWRP recovery on your device, make sure that you are ready with the following:

  • Download the latest TWRP recovery file (openrecovery-twrp-x.x.x.x-asanti.img) from Goo.im. Rename this file to twrprecovery.img for simplicity. Do not extract this file.
  • Install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
  • Motorola USB drivers for Windows, if you are running Windows, or the drivers for Mac or Linux if you are running those. Install the drivers if you haven’t installed them already.
  • Make sure that USB debugging is enabled in your device (Settings -> Developer Options -> USB debugging).
  • The fastboot method doesn’t require the device to be rooted while the GooManager method requires the device to be rooted.

How To install/flash TWRP recovery on Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

GooManager Method (relatively easier method)

  • Install GooManager app from Google Play Store.
  • Open the app after you install it.
  • Open Menu -> Install OpenRecoveryScript.
  • When prompted, grant root privileges to the app.
  • The device will reboot a number of times. Wait till the installation finishes.

Fastboot method

  • Turn on your device if it’s not already on.
  • Plug the device to your computer via a USB cable.
  • Open a command prompt in your computer (First, press Win + R to launch the Run dialog, then enter “cmd” in the dialog box).
  • First, change the working directory of the command window to the directory where you had placed the TWRP recovery file (twrprecovery.img) using the command “cd directorylocation” without quotes (for example, “cd c:\android“).
  • Boot into the fastboot mode by entering the following command in the command prompt:
    • adb reboot bootloader
  • Then (after the device is in the fastboot mode), in the command prompt, enter:
    • fastboot flash recovery twrprecovery.img
  • You can unplug and reboot your phone after the process finishes.
  • Congrats! You now have TWRP recovery installed on your device.

To enter TWRP recovery on your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, follow the steps below:

  • Hold down the Power button to turn off the device.
  • Turn on the device by holding down the Volume up and Power buttons together. When the device responds, release Power button.
  • Once the display turns on, release Volume up button.
  • Done! You should be now inside TWRP recovery (if everything went right)!

Conclusion

Enjoy the taste of TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) on your Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. Now you can do things such as rooting your device, performing advanced backup and recovery, partitioning SD card and much more.

[via XDA]

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