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How to Install TWRP Recovery on Moto G4 Plus

If your Moto G4 Plus device runs on the latest Android Nougat firmware and you want to tweak it and remove the usual bloatware and factory restrictions; the first step, to begin with, is the installation of TWRP Recovery.

You can prepare your Moto G4 Plus smartphone for the root process and various other custom operations through which you can tweak the Android core center of your device. Thanks to XDA-developers the TWRP custom recovery image has been optimized for the new Android Nougat firmware to be used on the Moto G4 Plus devices.

Based on CWM recovery, the TWRP recovery is a custom recovery image that comes with a touch-based interface and replaces the stock recovery software running on your Motorola Moto G4 Plus device for extending your access towards the Android internal system.

TWRP recovery adds useful features and settings that will help you to modify, change and customize the Android platform. The most important advantage is that after the installation of this custom recovery, gain root access by flashing a dedicated root exploit on your device.

It should be kept in mind that replacing your Moto G4 Plus stock Android recovery with TWRP custom recovery is an unofficial process and you will lose the warranty of your device if you will choose to resume the guide from below.

In order be able to flash the TWRP recovery, first you will have to unlock the bootloader of your Moto G4 Plus device, otherwise, you won’t be able to install the custom recovery software.

Before starting, you need to know a few prerequisites that will help you avoid unpleasant situations and to prepare everything for the installation process:

  • Backup all your personal files from your Moto G4 Plus. You should save your contacts, texts, images, call logs, audio and videos files, internet settings, market apps, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info, passwords and so on.
  • You can complete the backup by syncing your data with your Google account, by using Motorola’s built-in cloud storage software, or by downloading dedicated backup tools from Google Play.
  • On your computer install the Moto G4 Plus drivers and the Android SDK. Also, make sure the minimal fastboot package is installed.
  • Enable the Developer Options on your Moto G4 Plus by going to Settings-> Above Phone and tapping repeatedly on the Built Number until the “you are a developer” message is shown. Then check the USB Debugging option located under Developer Options menu.
  • Charge your Moto G4 Plus device otherwise you will risk in soft bricking your device.
  • Complete the tutorial from below only if your Motorola Moto G4 Plus runs on Android Nougat OS.

How to Install the TWRP Recovery on Moto G4 Plus that runs Android Nougat

1. Download from here on your computer the TWRP recovery file for your Moto G4 Plus device and then place it on the desktop.

2. Transfer the TWRP recovery file inside the ADB folder.

3. Switch off your Moto G4 Plus and then reboot bootloader mode on your device by pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time until the Droid Logo is displayed.

4. Connect the phone to the computer using a USB cable.

5. Go to the ADB folder from your computer and launch a command window by pressing and holding the Shift keyboard key and right clicking on any blank space.

6. Enter in the command window: ‘fatboot.exe flash recovery twrp-3.0.2-0-athene.img’.

7. Press Enter and wait until the custom recovery image is being flashed.

8. When done, remove the USB cable and reboot your device.


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