Motorola Moto X4 is a great device that offers a pure-like Android experience and a premium design on a fair price – however, it’s not a true flagship but a mid-ranger which looks great and runs smoothly as long as you don’t push the limits too high. Now, you can improve the general performance and unleash the true potential of your Android device by applying certain tweaks. And you should start the tweaking process by installing a custom recovery image.
Well, in that respect we are here to assist you. So, during the following guidelines we will learn how to install TWRP recovery on the Motorola Moto X4. TWRP recovery is therefore a custom recovery image that can replace the stock recovery environment that runs by default on your smartphone.
The recovery environment is there to let you communicate with the Android core system. So, it’s a virtual path between you and the Android OS, a path through which you can modify, customize, optimize and personalize built-in features, apps, capabilities and the actual Android functionality. Of course, the stock recovery will offer only limited access as you will be able to initiate only official procedures – such as making a hard reset, clearing app data cache or installing a new OTA manually.
If you want to extend your overall access and tweak your handset, then the best solution is to replace this stock recovery with a custom software – TWRP recovery in our case. TWRP recovery is a dedicated tool that features a touch-based interface and intuitive settings through which you will be able to apply different other customizations. For example, once this tutorial is completed you will be able to flash a custom root exploit for gaining root access, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies, remove bloatware, add root-only apps, install apps from other sources than Google Play, flash custom MODs, kernels and ROMs and similar other processes that are there to personalize the default Android experience and to upgrade your Motorola Moto X4 performance.
TWRP recovery is developed by third-party devs (we must thank those of xda-developers for this flashing opportunity – the original source can be accessed here), so this software is now released by your OEM. Thus, you are going to complete a custom operation that’s not official. Shortly, because of this aspect you are now going to lose your phone’s warranty – the warranty can be afterwards restored, if that will be required, only if you choose to reinstall the stock Android firmware (in that case the stock recovery image will be also re-flashed).
You should backup your Moto X4 before installing the custom recovery image – during the installation process your data can get corrupted or a wipe might be initiated which means that you have to be careful. If you have important files saved on your smartphone, you shouldn’t hesitate from applying the backup – the goal is to secure the files which aren’t there from day one. Anyhow, on the Moto X4 the backup can be applied by using built-in cloud storage platforms; other ways in which you can save your data is by using backup and restore apps from Google Play or by syncing your files with your own Google Account.
A computer will be required for this operation – as mentioned, TWRP recovery is a third-party tool; well, this tool can be flashed only manually. Now, on the computer that will be used you have to install Android SDK – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Also, on this computer your Moto X4 drivers must be flashed – otherwise, your phone might not be recognized by the PC.
On your smartphone you have to make a few changes: first, you need to access the About phone field from where you must then tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed; then, you have to access the Developer Options field (from Menu – > Settings) and check the USB Debugging feature.
An unlocked bootloader must be first ensured – you won’t be able to install TWRP recovery if your Motorola Moto X4 is running on a locked bootloader, so complete this additional operation first.
Don’t forget one last thing: you should charge your handset before starting the flashing operation explained below. This charging process should be completed if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50% – in that case your device might get turned off right in the middle of the TWRP recovery installation procedure and if that happens your phone might get bricked (soft-related malfunctions can be caused).
How to Install TWRP Recovery on Motorola Moto X4
- Download the TWRP recovery file on your computer – the custom recovery image for your Motorola Moto X4 can be downloaded from here.
- Save the custom recovery image on desktop; then, rename the downloaded package into ‘recovery.img’.
- Then, transfer the renamed file inside the Android SDK folder.
- Meanwhile, switch on your smartphone and connect it with your computer – you can do that by using the USB cable.
- On your computer, from the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right-click on any blank space; then, pick ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In this cmd window type ‘adb reboot fastoot’ and press Enter.
- Bootloader mode will be displayed on your smartphone at this point.
- Return to the cmd window and type ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img’ and press Enter.
- The TWRP recovery image will be now automatically installed on your Motorola Moto X4.
- When done, close the cmd window, remove the USB cord and reboot your phone.
- If a boot loop is experienced, reboot your Android device into recovery mode. From recovery choose to make a full wipe by choosing ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’.
There you have it. Those are the steps that must be applied if you will want to install TWRP recovery on the Motorola Moto X4. So, now you can easily and successfully gain root access on your device – stay close as we will soon show you how to install SuperSU on your Moto X4. Until then, enjoy and don’t forget to let us know how things worked for you – you can get in touch with us easily by using the comments field from down below.