How to Install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus Nord

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the TWRP Recovery on the OnePlus Nord device. It has only been a few days since its launch, but the device has already managed to caught in quite a few eyeballs. Dubbed as the best budget device, there are a plethora of reasons why people are flocked to its purchase. The 6.44 inches screen has a 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, you get an octa-core Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G chipset with Adreno 620 as the GPU.

Out of the box you get OnePlus’ own customized skin dubbed as OxygenOS10, based on Android 10. The quad rear camera setup (48+8+5+2) manages to take some pretty decent clicks and the dual front camera (32+8) also does complete justice to this device. To support all these, you get a 4115 mAh battery that will be sufficient to make the device last an entire day, if not the 30W fast charging will come in handy. All these are quite commendable considering that the base variant costs only around Rs 25000, but these are just the beginning.

Once you jump into the custom development scenes, you will have literally opened the floodgates to the plentitude of customizations. In this regard, you could unlock the bootloader on your Nord device, root it via TWRP Recovery, or without TWRP- using Magisk and patched boot image file. Apart from this, you could also replace the device’s stock recovery via TWRP Recovery and carry out its functionality. And in this guide, we will be focusing on just that. So without further ado, here are the steps to install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus Nord.


Some Noteworthy Features of TWRP Recovery for OnePlus Nord

The benefits associated with a custom recovery is no hidden secret. The ability to flash Custom ROMs, flashable ZIPs, mods (including Magisk Modules), frameworks, image files among others is just the tip of the iceberg. Likewise, TWRP also allows you to wipe various device partitions that come in handy when you are flashing a custom ROM or GSI ROM. Apart from that, you could also mount external storage like USB or OTG Pendrive via its Mount feature.

twrp oneplus nord
Credits for this image and the featured image TWRP pic: Tracker31 (XDA)

Then there is some advanced functionality like its Terminal, Recovery Ramdisk, among others. We won’t go into details about all these since most of the readers might already be aware of it. What they might not be aware of is the fact that how could they install TWRP Recovery onto the OnePlus Nord device. This is where this guide will come in handy. The below instructions will be broken down into separate sections for the ease of understanding. So without further ado, let us begin.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus Nord

Before proceeding with the flashing steps, there are a few prerequisites that you need to qualify. So make sure to go through them and only then start with the steps to install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus Nord.

STEP 1: Prerequisites

  • First off, download and install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This will supply us with the necessary ADB and Fastboot binaries. Furthermore, it will help your PC in identifying your device in both the ADB and Fastboot modes.
  • Next up, enable USB Debugging on your Nord device. For that, head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging. This is needed so that your device gets recognized in the ADB mode, which in turn will be needed to boot your device to Fastboot or Bootloader Mode.


STEP 2: Download TWRP for OnePlus Nord

You could now download and TWRP Recovery for your OnePlus Nord. The credit for which goes to XDA Recognized Developer mauronofrio.

  • TWRP for OnePlus Nord [RECOVERY][3.4.0-0][avicii]: Download Link.

Here are all the working features and some of the bugs with this TWRP at the time of writing:

What’s Working

– TWRP boots normally
– Decryption works
– Rom flashing should work

Not Working
– Format data is broken
– Still in Testing Phase, so you might face some stability issues. Anyways, it still quite a commendable job on the part of the developer to release the TWRP at such an early stage.

STEP 3: Unlock Bootloader

It goes without saying that for carrying out any of the device modifications, you will have to unlock your device bootloader. Things are all the same for your Nord device as well. So please refer to our guide on How to Unlock the Bootloader on OnePlus Nord.

STEP 4: Rename TWRP and Move it to ADB Folder

Now you have to rename the recovery file to simply twrp. Since it is an image file, the complete file name will hence be twrp.img. Furthermore, you will have to move this TWRP inside the folder where the ADB and Fastboot files are installed, i.e inside the platform-tools folder.

STEP 5: Boot OnePlus Nord to Fastboot Mode

Now that you have got the necessary files, its time to make full use of the same. For that, your device needs to be booted to the fastboot or bootloader mode. Here is how to do so:

  1. Connect your device to PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging has been enabled.
  2. Head over to the platform-tools folder and type in CMD in the address bar.
    command prompt
  3. This will launch the Command Prompt. Execute the below command in that command window to boot your device to Fastboot mode:
    adb reboot bootloader

    fastboot mode oneplus
    Fastboot Mode on OnePlus. Credits: OnePlus Forum
  4. Now refer to the next section to install TWRP onto your OnePlus Nord device.


STEP 6: Install TWRP on OnePlus Nord

To begin with, this is an image file of the recovery (twrp.img). Hence, as of now, we would only be able to boot the OnePlus Nord to TWRP. For the permanent installation, we require the TWRP Installer ZIP file which isn’t available as of now. So what it means is that the next time you boot your device to recovery, it will be booted to stock recovery. To deal with this, there are a few workarounds. The first one is to simply boot your device to TWRP via the fastboot commands given below. However for that. you need to have a PC every time in front of you.

The second option is making use of a third-party app like Flashify. Through this app, you could easily flash all the ZIP, Recovery, and Boot image file. For most of the users, this is what they might be using TWRP for in the first place. So until the TWRP Installer makes it way, my personal opinion is to go for a third-party app like Flashify, but it ultimately boils down to our reader’s personal preferences.

Anyways, here are the required commands to flash the TWRP Recovery onto your OnePlus Nord device. Make sure that your device is connected to PC in fastboot mode. Also, the Command Prompt window needs to be opened inside the platform-tools folder only. Not to mention the fact that the twrp.img file should be present there as well. If all these requirements are done, then head over to the Command Prompt window and type in the following command to boot your device to TWRP Recovery:

fastboot boot twrp.img

That is it. Your device will now boot to the TWRP recovery and you could now carry out the desired flashing of files and mods. Or you could now root your OnePlus Nord using TWRP Recovery as well. With that said, we conclude the guide on how to install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus Nord.

As mentioned before, as of now you will only be able to get the temporary installation of the recovery. As and when there is any further development in this regard, we will update this guide accordingly. Rounding off, if you have any queries, do let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you with a solution.

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