A custom recovery is a must for everyone who wants to customize their Nexus 5X. The latest phone by Google comes with a stock recovery by default. However, it is not as powerful as a custom recovery such as TWRP.
A stock recovery can accomplish basic tasks such as wiping data, cache and dalvik cache, as well as apply official OTA zip files. A custom recovery on the other hand can flash custom zip files such as ROMs, kernels and mods, perform full Nandroid backups and much more.
You can install a custom recovery on your Nexus 5X very easily. Developers support this phone since it is a Nexus device, so ROMs and recoveries are not missing. Follow the guide below to learn how to install a custom recovery on your Nexus 5X for as long as the recovery comes on the .img format.
How to install custom recovery on Nexus 5X
To install a custom recovery on your Nexus 5X, you need to download you preferred recovery image and unlock the bootloader:
- Download the recovery .img file on your computer and move it inside the ADB folder.
- Rename the file to “customrecovery.img”.
- Turn the phone off and boot into fastboot mode (volume down + power).
- Connect the phone to your computer.
- Go to the ADB folder and open CMD. Enter the following code:
fastboot flash recovery customrecovery.img
- Wait for the recovery to be installed.
Once the recovery is installed, turn the phone off. Boot into fastboot mode and select recovery. Now you can make a full Nandroid backup, root, install ROMs, kernels and more.