If you ever find yourself searching for the best custom recovery for Android, just try to remember the name “TWRP Recovery.” There was once a time when both TWRP and ClockworkMod were getting installed at the same time, but those days are long gone, not so much because people fell out of love with ClockworkMod but rather because the developer pulled the plug after more of a self-realization that TWRP was better than his creation.

And as much as we all loved what ClockworkMod Recovery did for us over the years, the developer was right: TWRP coming with its touch-based interface was going to be the future over what ClockworkMod had created with Volume and Power button navigation. There’s also the fact that TWRP is, much like Android, open source in nature itself, so there were many people working on it, making it hard to keep up with competition for ClockworkMod.

It’s not impossible to find ClockworkMod Recovery files still available today, but you should avoid them and choose TWRP Recovery instead if you can ever find it available for your device; it’s going to be compatible with more modding options such as custom ROM files since it is continually being developed still whereas the competition is not. As anyone in the software business will tell you, if things aren’t still being developed, the compatibility will be lacking and the overall product suffers.

This is what you need to install TWRP Recovery on the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone.

Details We Should Know

  • The custom recovery images available in this guide are only to be installed on the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone. Most devices have a custom recovery image developed specifically for it, and you shouldn’t install one that is intended for another device unless advised it is okay by a professional.
  • You can follow this guide on any of the major three computer operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux. You just need to download the right platform-tools file from the Android SDK package when you’re on the Android website, which is walked through during the guide below.

Files We Need

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphones

1. If you’ve already installed TWRP on the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone before then all you need to do is boot to the custom recovery by using the same hardware key combination as the stock recovery and then flash the updated zip file from there. For everyone else, follow the rest of the guide below.

2. Make sure you’ve installed the universal ADB drivers on the computer. That will make it possible for you to use adb commands as well as the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone. If you can’t get the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone connected to the computer, then you can also download the Motorola USB drivers instead so the computer has both the ADB drivers and Motorola drivers installed . . . you then can’t go wrong.

3. You need to have the platform-tools part of the Android SDK on your computer. From the download link scroll down until you get to the command line tools section and then download the package that is made for your operating system.

4. Once you have the SDK Manager on your computer, check the box only for the platform-tools, so you end up with the adb and fastboot binaries installed on the computer. (You could also install the drivers from there as well if you wanted.)

5. Pick up the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone and navigate to the Settings > About and tap your finger over the build number at least seven times so that the Developer Options menu becomes unlocked. Then go back to the Settings, enter the Developer Options menu and then enable the USB debugging mode.

6. Connect the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone to the computer by using the USB cable that it comes with.

7. Now on the computer open the Command Prompt and type the adb reboot bootloader command and hit “Enter” on your keyboard to get the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone into the bootloader mode and ready for the flashing.

8. Make sure you have copied the TWRP image file to the same folder as the adb and fastboot binaries. Also when you’re there, change the name of the TWRP to “twrp.img” by right-clicking the mouse pointer on it and selecting the “Rename” option from the menu.

9. From the command line type the fastboot flash recovery twrp.img command and hit “Enter” on your keyboard to flash the custom recovery.

10. Lastly type the fastboot reboot command and as soon as the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone reboots, hold down the key combination to boot directly into the recovery mode. (If you don’t sometimes the stock recovery will wipe over the custom recovery you just installed.)

The custom recovery image for the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone is now installed, and you are ready to boot into recovery mode and start flashing the custom ROM or rooting zip files.

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