I have this friend, a real James Dean look-a-like type fellow, who never once throughout a day will let his face hang out of its ideal location for perfect bone structure when looking at him from all kinds of different angles. Perhaps he works hard at it, with his teeth squeezing bottom jaw to top, in respect of always keeping the jawline ripe for onlookers. Or maybe it’s just in his natural nature to put his head in those positions as to always keep up appearances.

In stark contrast, should I ever have to see a photo of myself, I will 99 times out of 100 be in a position where I’ve apparently let me guard down, let my face hang for comfort instead of calibrated for good looks. The ones who are photogenic will come up with phrases like “a camera never lies,” while the less fortunate among us will shake our heads, facepalm, look away, whatever it takes to deal with the malaise.

Among the worst of my features commonly found in photos is the double chin, a problem that people half my size will say is due to my weight, or, should this particularity critic be associated with the dental industry, then my jaw structure or lack thereof. But even more the culprit is how people half my size are looking at my face from below, as is the camera. It’s one of the drawbacks of being one of the taller white males of the neighborhood.

To help swing things in my favor, I’m rarely seen peering down at tablets, installing software on devices, or doing anything that forces me to look down to a point where my face will be positioned even lower than it would usually be, which was already too much to be considered a well-proportioned man. But when I’m home alone, few things become more appealing than monkeying with software of some description.

Of all the software that’s out there to dabble with, the Android operating system is one of the best. Android is open source so anyone can grab its source code and have a play with it. Only a handful of developers in the entire world are good enough to be creating the custom ROMs that are at the forefront of competition for official Android stock ROM builds though, you might remember CyanogenMod being one of them. CyanogenMod started off as a third-party custom ROM that had nothing to do with Android and grew so much that some manufacturers demanded it come preinstalled on their devices over the official Android. Before long CyanogenMod was then CyanogenMod Inc, employed tens of people, all of whom worked out of the one office each day. Point being that a custom ROM is more than just software for fiddling around with. These are ROMs intended as viable solutions to whatever the Android stock ROMs aren’t achieving for some groups of people.

Details of Note

  • The custom recovery images available in this guide are only to be installed on the OnePlus 3 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.
  • The codename for the OnePlus 3 TWRP recovery image is “OnePlus3.” You will see that codename in the TWRP image file path and also from your About Device menu so you know you are flashing the right file on the right device.
  • 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.
  • You can install the official TWRP Recovery application from the Google Play Store or from the TWRP website as an apk, if you have root access on the device already, and get the TWRP installed that way, no adb required. Once the app is installed, it will be in your Downloads folder. Navigate to the Downloads folder and select the TWRP application. When the application opens tap on the option for flashing the TWRP.

Files Required

How to Install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus 3

If you already have TWRP installed on the OnePlus 3 smartphone, then you can just install the latest version of TWRP directly from the custom recovery itself by uploading it there. Achieving that would go as follows: download the TWRP to your computer, connect your device to the computer using the USB cable, transfer the TWRP file to the internal storage folder, disconnect the device from the computer and then boot it up into the Recovery mode where you would then flash the file.

For everyone else who hasn’t yet installed TWRP on the Google Pixel XL smartphone before now, you’ll need to do as follows:

1. Make sure you’ve installed the universal ADB drivers on the computer (link above). That will make it possible for you to use adb commands as well as the OnePlus 3 smartphone. If you can’t get the OnePlus 3 smartphone connected to the computer, then you can also download the OnePlus USB drivers instead so the computer has both the ADB drivers and OnePlus drivers installed . . . you then can’t go wrong.

2. 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.

3. 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.)

4. Pick up the OnePlus 3 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.

5. Connect the OnePlus 3 smartphone to the computer by using the USB cable that it comes with.

6. Now on the computer open the Command Prompt and type the adb reboot bootloader command and hit “Enter” on your keyboard to get the OnePlus 3 smartphone into the bootloader mode and ready for the flashing.

7. The OnePlus 3 smartphone needs to be unlocked before you can flash a custom recovery image on it. Do that by typing the fastboot oem unlock command and press “Enter” on your keyboard and the device will then be unlocked.

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.imgcommand and hit “Enter” on your keyboard to flash the custom recovery.

10. Lastly type the fastboot reboot command and as soon as the OnePlus 3 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 OnePlus 3 smartphone is now installed, and you are ready to boot into recovery mode and start flashing the custom ROM or rooting zip files.

TWRP App Installation Method (Root Required)

If you decided to download the TWRP application from the Google Play Store or the APK file from the official TWRP website, then after you open the application you will be given a few different options to choose from. But before even going that far, it’s important to note that you should only install the TWRP APK file from the official TWRP website. If you’re installing it from Git, or any other file hosting website, it might not be the official version, and thus, it won’t have been built or tested by the official TWRP developers and maintainers.

Once the application is open, you’ll need to agree to not hold anyone from TWRP responsible for any issues that your device may face while using the application. This is a standard disclaimer that Team Win puts on top of each of the recovery image files from the official website as well, so it’s nothing new. It just explains that it is your decision to put the custom recovery on your device, and while they work hard to provide a quality product, there are no guarantees that your device isn’t susceptible to damages relating to TWRP while the custom recovery is installed. You can grant the application root permissions now as well. Root access can be obtained by flashing SuperSU, or other appropriate rooting files, from the custom recovery itself. Without root, you won’t have access to some of the app’s features, such as image flashing. It’s here also where you can enable InsightCore (a feature to monitor and record the network performance of your device).

Once you’ve accepted the agreements, you’ll see the TWRP application’s home screen, where you can choose to flash TWRP or view the network statistics. When choosing to flash the custom recovery, you’ll need to scroll and select your device from the list to make sure you are flashing the correct file. When the device is chosen, the TWRP application automatically then searches for the latest version of the TWRP for that device and will continue doing so every day for as long as the app is installed. This interval can also be altered from the Settings in the top right-hand corner of the device’s display when the apps open.

If root access has been enabled, you’ll see the chance to select the custom recovery image and the buttons for flashing the images to boot or from recovery. You should choose to flash the images to recovery. Only use the boot image flashing when you are flashing full boot images, not just kernel zimages.

DD Installation Method

You can also get the custom recovery installed on the OnePlus 3 smartphone by using the DD install method. To do it this way, download the latest recovery image file for your device from its downloads page on the official TWRP website (Primary [Americas]Primary [Europe]) and then place the file in the root of your /sdcard folder. Rename the image “twrp.img.”

You then need to run the following commands from the ADB shell or a Terminal Emulator application:


dd if=/sdcard/twrp.img of=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/recovery

Nowadays people are installing CyanogenMod custom ROMs. The company went downhill after it decided to take on Android. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that CyanogenMod custom ROMs were once not only crucial for tens of millions of people who have it running on devices around the world, but also as a base that was being used for custom ROMs. Not all developers have the skills to create a ROM that is as a stable a foundations as CyanogenMod, but a lot of the ROMs that you find out there are actually based on CyanogenMod; they just add and take away features from that base point. As such, you might want to look into before installing what custom ROM foundation yours has. If it is based on CyanogenMod or LineageOS (the name CyanogenMod developers operate under now), then you know that it is likely going to be a decent ROM.

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