OnePlus Two users rejoice as you now have a custom recovery for your lovely Android device. As soon as the bootloader got unlocked on the device, it did not take too long for a custom recovery to become available.

With a custom recovery for your phone, you can do many things that you could not do before. Installing a custom ROM, flashing a custom kernel, backing up your system image – all of these things require you to have a custom recovery. And the guide below teaches you exactly how you can get a custom recovery up and running on your device.

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So, if that’s what you wish to do, here’s what you need to do:

Files You Need

  1. Your bootloader must be unlocked before you can flash a custom recovery on your phone. If you haven’t done so yet, please head to our how to unlock the bootloader on the OnePlus Two tutorial to do that.
  2. This should install TWRP custom recovery on your phone. Your stock recovery will be replaced by the TWRP Recovery.
  3. You need a Windows based computer to do this tutorial. Grab anything that supports USB and runs on Windows.
  4. Make sure that ADB drivers are installed on your computer. Without them, your computer won’t be able to detect your phone.
  5. Download ADB to your computer. It will help you issue commands to your phone for flashing a recovery.
  6. Download TWRP Recovery to your computer. This is the actual recovery image that will be flashed on your phone.

Installing TWRP Recovery on the OnePlus Two

  1. You need to first extract files from ADB over to your computer. To do so, right-click on ADB and select Extract here. It will extract the files for you.
  2. On your phone, open Settings and then tap on About phone. Tap on Build number for 8 times and your phone will say you are a developer. When it does, go back to Settings.
  3. Tap on Developer options in Settings and then turn on the option that says USB debugging. It is a must for this option to be enabled for the following steps to work.
  4. Connect your OnePlus Two to your computer using a USB cable.
  5. Launch a Command Prompt Window where the ADB files have been extracted. To do so, open the folder where adb.exe is located, hold down Shift on your computer’s keyboard and right-click on your screen and select Open command window here. It will launch a CMD window in your current directory.
  6. Type in the following command into the Command Prompt Window and press Enter:
    adb reboot bootloader
  7. Your OnePlus Two should reboot into bootloader mode. It has to be in bootloader mode for a custom recovery to be flashed on it.
  8. Next up, issue the following command using Command Prompt Window. Make sure to replace filename.img with the actual recovery image file name.
    fastboot flash recovery filename.img
  9. Wait for it to flash a custom recovery on your phone.
  10. When the above procedure’s done flashing a custom recovery, reboot your phone by using the following command:
    fastboot reboot
  11. Your phone should reboot in normal mode.
  12. You are done!

A custom recovery has been successfully flashed on your OnePlus Two and you can now follow our how to root the OnePlus Two tutorial to gain root-access on your phone.