HTC Rezound: How to install unofficial TWRP Touch Recovery 2.1

May 7, 2012

Have you been waiting for a touch-based ClockworkMod Recovery to land on the HTC Rezound? If you are, then we’ve got great news for you.  The Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP), has released a touch-based recovery for the HTC Rezound.

With a custom recovery installed on your Rezound, you’ll be able to flash ROMs and scripts conveniently. There is no need to press those Volume buttons to navigate when you can do so with the tips of your fingers. Aside from the functionality you’ll be enjoying, TWRP also has a cool interface.

TWRP was originally developed for the Kindle Fire which benefited the most from a touch-based recovery since it doesn’t have any physical Volume buttons. Now HTC Rezound users can benefit in using the Kindle Fire’s TWRP touch-based Recovery thanks to XDA Developers member con247 who ported it.

Because TWRP Touch Recovery 2.1 is still in development, there are some bugs that need working on. One major bug is the inability to mount the SD card as USB storage on the computer. Don’t worry–the developers are working hard to get this bug squashed.

If you want to try TWRP Touch Recovery 2.1 on your HTC Rezound, check out the requirements and instructions below.

Requirements

  • HTC Rezound, preferably with S-OFF
  • 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.
  • Make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge to avoid interruption due to power loss.
  • Download the TWRP Touch Recovery 2.1 image (PH98IMG.zip, MD5: 64308E0CF447E496918ED21E7090B744)

Disclaimer

  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the HTC Rezound. 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.

Instructions

  1. Copy the PH98IMG.zip file to the root of your Rezound’s internal SD card.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Boot your phone to HBOOT by pressing the Power button and the Volume Down key of your phone.
  4. Your phone will detect and install the image automatically but if it doesn’t start, press the Volume Up key to start the installation.
  5. Try booting to TWRP Recovery. Select Recovery then reboot to TWRP Recovery.

Your phone should now be able to boot to TWRP Touch Recovery, but we’re not done yet. There is a minor problem with TWRP Touch Recovery because mounting the SD card as USB Storage on the computer is not working properly.

If you want to mount the SD card on your computer from the recovery, follow the instructions below.

  1. Download the SD card fix file.  Get one of the following:
    1. TEMPINTSDFIXNEWFIRMWARE.zip (142 kB) for new firmware
    2. TEMPINTSDFIXOLDFIRMWARE.zip (142 kB) for old firmware
  2. Copy the SD card fix file to the root of your phone’s internal SD card.
  3. Turn off your phone.
  4. Boot your phone to HBOOT by pressing the Power button and the Volume Down key of your phone.
  5. Select “RECOVERY” from the HBOOT menu.  You will be taken to Recovery Mode.
  6. From the recovery menu, select Install and browse for the SD card fix file to install it.

If the installation is successful, you should be able to mount the SD card from TWRP Touch Recovery manually. If it’s unsuccessful, try the alternative file.

Congratulations! You can now install custom ROMs in your HTC Rezound via TWRP Touch Recovery 2.1.

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