Whether you are running the shipped CyanogenMod or the recently rolled out Oxygen OS on your OnePlus, at one point or another having a recovery is a boon, if not a necessity. It can help bring you back to stock condition or let you test new ROMs always coming out for this developer-friendly device.

Having used the default Cyanogen recovery, CWM recovery and TWRP, I have preferred TWRP personally [no specific reason of prominence over CWM]. Below, we’ll see how we can flash the TWRP Recovery on the OnePlus One.

In general, TWRP offers you the following utilities:

  • Touch-based recovery interface
  • Install ROMs, GApps, SuperUser as well as apps
  • Mounting external storage
  • Backing up a stable ROM in case flashing fails
  • Restoring a prior ROM
  • Wiping data as well as Advanced Wipe [System, Internal Storage, Cache, Dalvik]

What you need:

  • A Oneplus One & a USB cable [duh!!]
  • Latest TWRP image for your Oneplus [download links below]
  • USB drivers installed on your PC [download links below]
  • Platform tools installed [download links installed below]

Steps: Let’s get started

  • Boot your device into Fastboot mode & plug in the USB to your PC. [holding the Power button & volume up button brings your device in Fastboot mode]
  • Open a command prompt window and type in the following [for users whose bootloader is unlocked, skip to Step 3]
    fastboot devices

    [this helps to check if your device is indeed connected in Fastboot mode]

    fastboot oem unlock

    [this unlocks the bootloader]

  • Type in the following command to flash TWRP
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • That’s right. TWRP goodness now exists in your phone. Hold Power button and Volume Down button to enjoy.

Tested on:

  • Oneplus One 16 GB JBL Edition
  • Oneplus One 16 GB International version
  • Oneplus One 64 GB

Screenshot:

Typical TWRP layout
Typical TWRP layout

Download links:

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