Nexus 5 TWRP Recovery v2.8 with MTP support [One Click Installer]

UPDATE: We have covered the Nexus 5 TWRP recovery installation in a new and better way at the link below. It’s recommended you follow this link to install TWRP for your Nexus 5.

New guide: Nexus 5 TWRP Recovery [Recommended] → So, use the guide linked right above instead of the one given below.

Name TWRP Recovery
Stability Good
Credits TeamWin


Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.


Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.


To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be Nexus 5 D820/D821!

Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other variant of Nexus 5 or any other device of LG or any other company. You have been warned!


Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.



You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash TWRP Recovery on your Nexus 5. If you are not sure, follow the link below for a guide to install driver for your Nexus 5 on your computer.



 Skip this step if your device is already bootloader unlocked.

Use must first unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 5 before proceeding with the guide below. Without unlocking the bootloader you won’t be able to use fastboot commands to flash the recovery on your device.

Check out our step-by-step guide (linked below) on unlocking the bootloader on Nexus 5.

► How to Unlock Nexus 5 Bootloader



Download the TWRP Recovery Image and One click recovery installer file given below. Transfer both the files to a separate folder on your computer.


DOWNLOAD LINK  |  File name: twrp- (14.3 MB)

→ Download the latest version available of TWRP for Nexus 5 from here.


DOWNLOAD LINK  |  File name: (920 KB)


Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing TWRP Recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

  1. Prepare your phone:
    • Enable developer options: Go to your phone’s Settings » select About phone » Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times to enable developer options.
    • Enable USB Debugging: Open phone’s Settings » select Developer options » Tick the “USB debugging” check-box (under Debugging section).
  2. Connect your phone to PC with a USB cable and if a pop-up screen shows up on phone asking you to Allow USB debugging for the computer, make sure you tick the checkbox and tap OK.
  3. Extract the installer file (using 7-zip free software, preferably). You’ll get the following files:
    • one-click-recovery-installer.bat
    • adb.exe
    • adb-linux
    • adb-mac
    • AdbWinApi.dll
    • AdbWinUsbApi.dll
    • fastboot.exe
    • fastboot-linux
    • fastboot-mac

    └ The only file that matters for you is one-click-recovery-installer.bat, you can ignore others (but DON’T delete any).

  4. [!Important] Rename the the TWRP recovery image file you downloaded above to recovery.img
  5. Paste the recovery.img file to the folder where you extracted the files in the Step 3.
    └ Both the one-click-recovery-installer.bat file and recovery.img file should be in the same folder along with all the other files we got in Step 3.
  6. Double-click/Run the one-click-recovery-installer.bat’ file and follow the simple on-screen instructions like ‘Press any key to continue..’ to install TWRP recovery on your Nexus 5.
    └ Note: In case the script gets stuck on < waiting for device > (see image below) for more than a minute or so, then it means you don’t have proper drivers installed on your computer for your Nexus 5. Follow the drivers installation guide provided above for troubleshooting driver and other connectivity issues.
  7. Once the TWRP recovery is flashed successfully, your device will automatically reboot into system.

That’s it!

You have successfully flashed TWRP Recovery on your Nexus 5. It was easy to install, right? Let us know how you plan to use it in comments below.


  1. Power off your device and wait 4-5 seconds after lights go off.
  2. Press and hold Volume Down + Power key together and release the Power key once the Screen turns on. You will boot into Bootloader mode.
  3. Press Volume Up twice to highlight Recovery option, and then press Power key to reboot into recovery mode.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

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  • is says error cannot open recovery.img … and then it says installation successful and it star rebooting. what to do ? i had twrp before but because i downloaded android 6.0 on my nexus 5 it was deleted.and im trying to root my device. does it matter if i download it from play store before flashing it ? it doesnt open anyway it says need root.

    • Krishna

      Can you share a pic of the error. You don’t have to extract or open the .img file of the recovery. Simply issue the fastboot command to install it, which is: fastboot flash recovery twrp-recovery.img
      Be sure to rename the TWRP recovery to twrp-recovery.img before running the command.

  • bruno

    the tutorial is asking to rename the TWRP- file to recovery.img more have to rename to TWRP-recovery.img

  • michael

    I’m not managing to install install TWRP recovery, follow the tutorial link >> more this popping up error (FAILED (remote: image is not a boot image )

  • michael

    the TWRP- this corrupted file, his size is 32bytes !! lower the TWRP- file elsewhere and replace the file so this available here in the forum !!It worked here !!

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