The HTC One S has finally received the much-awaited touch-based recovery known as TWRP. For those of you who have already tried ClockworkMod Recovery for flashing custom ROMs and other modified hacks, you’ll be surprised at how TWRP Recovery can outsmart the competition by bringing in whole lot of features.
TWRP, which stands for Team Win Recovery Project, features a touch-based recovery in full graphical detail. Not only that, TWRP supports queuing ZIP files for installation, a lockscreen, faster backup and restore, and whole lot more.
Follow our step-by-step instructions below on how you can install TWRP Recovery on your HTC One S.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the HTC One S. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Rooted HTC One S with unlocked bootloader. Need help? You can check these guides:
- A Windows PC
- HTC Sync installed on your PC. This should install the important device drivers on your PC.
- ADB installed on your PC. You can install ADB by setting up the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) on your computer.
- Make sure HTC Sync is not running when you perform the instructions below.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Download the following files from here and save them to your PC:
- Extract the fastboot.zip file using any extracting software such as WinZIP or 7-Zip. Save the extracted files to a single folder on your PC. You should have 4 files.
- Copy the downloaded TWRP Recovery file and place it in the same folder where the Fastboot files have been extracted to. You should now have a total of 5 files.
- Switch off your HTC One S.
- Boot your phone into Bootloader Mode. You can do this by pressing and holding down the Volume Down and Power buttons. Once you reach a selection screen, highlight the Fastboot option and select it using the Power button to enter Fastboot Mode.
- Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
- On your PC, locate the Fastboot folder containing the extracted files.
- Open a command prompt window in that location. You can do this by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on any empty space inside the folder. After which, a list of options will pop-out. Select Open Command Window Here.
- At the command prompt, type this command and press Enter:
- You should get a string of numbers and letters in the command prompt window. This means that your device has been detected. If nothing displays on the screen, then it means you haven’t properly installed your phone’s device drivers.
- Enter the following command to flash TWRP Recovery on your phone. Press the Enter key after the command.
fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-2.1.7-ville.img
- After recovery has been flashed, you should receive a Finished/Okay message. Reboot your phone by entering this command.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed TWRP Recovery on your HTC One S.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.