For the longest time, Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) has enjoyed popular support as the most reliable custom recovery, gaining an edge over competitors like ClockWordMod and others. Now, TWRP is offering official support for three new smartphones – Motorola Moto E4, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Sony Xperia X & X compact,
Custom Recovery allows you to take Android customization to the next level by installing different ROMs. These alternative ROMs completely change the look and feel of your smartphone. TWRP also allows you to make system-level changes, and backup/restore your device.
With official TWRP support, Xperia Z, Moto E4 and Note 3 users of these phones can securely play around and experiment with different ROMs. Specifically, the installation process becomes a lot more streamlined and there’s an active community for addressing bugs. This is especially beneficial for Mi Note 3 users because they can get rid of the heavily skinned MIUI in favor of a cleaner stock android experience.
With official support available for the mentioned devices, it should be relatively much easier to flash TWRP on them. All you need to do is unlock the bootloader. Specific devices have specific methods to do that. Then, you can use fastboot to run the command ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img‘ to flash TWRP onto your smartphone.
In case you are already running an older version of TWRP, you can also just flash the updated image through your phone itself. It is good practice to stay updated to the latest stable release of TWRP.
The latest TWRP version 3.2.2 fixes problems with Android Debug Bridge (adb) backup, and also makes it much easier to install Over the air (OTA) updates without having to decrypt the device.
It is worth noting that even with the added security of official support, it might still be risky to tinker with your phone’s operating system and try to install custom recovery software. In most cases, unlocking your bootloader and installing custom recovery software (like TWRP) also voids your manufacturer warranty. Hence, you should do this strictly at your own risk.