TWRP Recovery 2.2.0 for Verizon Galaxy Nexus [Guide]


TWRP recovery – an alternative to ClockworkMod recovery for installing custom ROMs and hacks that has been becoming more and more popular in the development community – has received a major update, bringing it to version 2.2.0. TWRP, along with an intuitive touch interface has many useful features such as the ability to queue zips for installation, inbuilt file manager, fast backup and restore (with the ability to compress ROM backups), and the latest update adds even more features to it.

Here’s the list of features added in TWRP 2.2.0:

  • On-screen keyboard in recovery! — supports long press, backspace repeat, and swipe left deletes everything left of the cursor
  • Name new backups and rename existing backups
  • Rename files and folders in the file manager
  • Pseudo-terminal emulator
  • Support decrypting an encrypted data partition on Galaxy Nexus (enter password using keyboard)
  • Backup archive splitting — allows backup and restore of data partitions larger than 2GB
  • Simplified XML layout support between resolutions
  • Added dual storage selection radio buttons to zip install, backup, and restore pages
  • Improved zip install compatibility
  • Updated update-binary source code
  • Numerous small bug fixes and improvements

The guide below will help you flash TWRP 2.2.0 recovery on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus with step-by-step instructions, so continue reading..


This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus CDMA/LTE, model number i515. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.


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 2.2.0 on Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  1. Important! You must unlock the bootloader on your Nexus. You can use this tool for unlocking the bootloader. You will lose all installed apps and data, including the SD card files by unlocking the bootloader, so make sure to make a backup of everything. This Android backup guide would help you.
  2. Download and install the drivers for the phone on your computer. Skip this if you already installed the drivers while unlocking the bootloader by following step 3.
    Download Drivers
  3. Download the TWRP recovery image:
    Download TWRP  |  Filename: openrecovery-twrp-2.2.0-toro.img
  4. Download fastboot, which will be used to flash the TWRP image downloaded in step 3.
    Download Link  |  Filename:
  5. Extract the file to the C: drive on your computer to get a folder named Fastboot with four files inside it.
  6. Copy the openrecovery-twrp-2.2.0-toro.img file downloaded in step 3 to the Fastboot folder on C drive. You should have 5 files in the Fastboot folder now.
  7. Enter fastboot mode. To do this, turn off the phone, then press and hold the following keys together: Power + Volume Up and Down. You will enter Fastboot mode where you will see “Start” written in big green letters. Here, connect your phone to the computer.
  8. Open Command Prompt on your computer from Start » All Programs » Accessories (or open Start menu and type cmd in the search box and press Enter).
  9. Now, type the following commands in command prompt, pressing Enter after each command (check screenshot after step 9.3 for reference).
    1. cd c:Fastboot
    2. fastboot devices (this is to ensure the phone gets detected. A string of numbers and letters should appear if the phone is properly detected. If not, make sure you have installed drivers as given in step 2). 
    3. fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-2.2.0-toro.img
  10. TWRP recovery will then be flashed. After it finishes and you get a finished/OKAY message in command prompt, type fastboot reboot in the command prompt window to reboot your phone (or press the power button on the phone to reboot).
  11. To try out TWRP recovery, turn off phone and boot into fastboot using the procedure given in step 7. Then, using the volume buttons, scroll to the Recovery mode option, then select it using the power button to enter TWRP recovery.

The latest TWRP recovery version 2.2.0 is now installed on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Let us know how it works!

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