Install TWRP Recovery on Nexus 7 For Faster Backups and More Options [Guide]


The official TWRP recovery has been released for the Nexus 7 by the TWRP team. TWRP is a custom recovery like ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery that lets you install custom ROMs as usual, but also has other features such as a better touch-adapted user interface, faster backup and restore (when uncompressed), an inbuilt file manager, ability to rename backups, etc, making it much more advanced and convenient that CWM recovery.

The guide below will walk you through the steps to install TWRP recovery on your Nexus 7. Let’s take a look.


This hack and the guide below are compatible only and only with the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Nexus 7

  1. Root and unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 7 by using the Nexus Root Toolkit → here. Backup everything on your tablet as unlocking the bootloader completely resets it and wipes out all files. The toolkit will also install the necessary drivers for the tablet on your computer.
  2. Download the TWRP recovery image from the official TWRP website. The image will be a .img file.
  3. Download fastboot.
    Download Fastboot  |  Filename: 
  4. Extract the file to the C: drive on your computer to get a folder named Fastboot with four files inside it.
  5. Copy the ****.img file (*** is the name of the file downloaded in step 2) to the Fastboot folder on C drive. You should have 5 files in the Fastboot folder now.
  6. Install ES File Explorer File Manager on your tablet from the Play Store.
  7. Open ES Explorer on the tablet. Then, click the menu button on your device and click Settings. Here, tick the “Up to Root” option. Then go down and tick the “Root Explorer” option, then press the Allow/Grant button when prompted to grant it root access. Then, tick the “Mount File System Option” as well. Once all three options are selected, press back to exit the settings.
  8. Now, press the Up button on top till you reach the outermost folder and it says / at the top. Then, go into the system folder and long press on the recovery-from-boot.p file and delete it. This is necessary as otherwise TWRP recovery will get overwritten by stock recovery after a reboot. If this file is not there, ignore it and go to the next step.
  9. On your Nexus 7, go into Settings » Developer options, click the button on the top to turn on developer options, then enable USB Debugging. Then, connect your tablet to the computer. Wait for the drivers to finish installing.
  10. Now, open the Start menu, type “cmd” (without the ” quotes) and press Enter to open the Command Prompt (or open it from All Programs » Accessories » Command prompt).
  11. In the command prompt, enter the following commands to flash TWRP recovery on your Nexus 7 (check the screenshot after step 11.3 for reference):
    1. cd C:Fastboot
    2. adb reboot bootloader (this will reboot your tablet into fastboot mode)
    3. fastboot flash recovery _____.img  (replace the ____ with the name of the recovery file obtained in step 2)
  12. TWRP recovery will then be flashed on your Nexus 7. After it’s finished, you will get a finished/OKAY message in the command prompt. You can then type fastboot reboot to reboot the tablet.
  13. To try out TWRP recovery, turn off your tablet. Then, press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons together till the device boots into TWRP recovery.

TWRP recovery is now installed on your Nexus 7. Also try out ClockworkMod recovery for the Nexus 7 → here.

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1 Response

  1. mahdi says:

    after oppening cmd in the second step, adb reboot bootloader (this will reboot your tablet into fastboot mode).. it says: eror: more than one device and emulator

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