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

Posted By Godwin On October 18, 2012 @ 8:00 PM In Android Hacks | No Comments

[1]TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) is a popular custom recovery which has the power to rival ClockworkMod recovery [2], 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.


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 [3] 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 [4]. Rename this file to twrprecovery.img for simplicity. Do not extract this file.
  • Install ADB and Fastboot [5] on your computer.
  • Motorola USB drivers for Windows [6], 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 [7].
  • 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)!


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 [8]]

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[1] Image: http://dottech.org/85026/how-to-install-teamwin-recovery-project-custom-recovery-on-motorola-photon-q-4g-lte-guide/photon_q_4g/

[2] ClockworkMod recovery: http://dottech.org/android/android-hacks/76648/what-is-clockworkmod-cwm-recovery-and-why-do-we-use-it-dottech-explains/

[3] unlocked the bootloader of your device: https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/standalone/bootloader/unlock-your-device-b

[4] Goo.im: http://goo.im/devs/OpenRecovery/asanti

[5] Install ADB and Fastboot: http://dottech.org/21534/how-to-install-adb-and-fastboot-on-your-windows-computer-for-use-with-your-android-phone/

[6] Motorola USB drivers for Windows: http://dottech.org/26188/usb-adb-and-fastboot-drivers-for-windows-for-all-android-phones/#motorola

[7] Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.s0up.goomanager

[8] XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1887070

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