If you’ve ever thought about thinking with your Android device, you’ve probably read that you need to flash a custom recovery before you can do anything serious. But, this raises a few questions – what is recovery? What is a custom recovery? What are my options for custom recoveries? We’re going to take a look at recoveries so that you can be well informed when you start playing with your Android device.
What is a recovery?
An Android device consists of particular software, including bootloader, radio, recovery, and system. The bootloader is the first software launched. When your device turns on, it decides whether to load recovery or load the Android system and the radio.
Recovery is a runtime environment “mini operating system” separate from Android. That can perform various system-related tasks. Inventory recovery on most Android devices can apply OTA (over-the-air) updates, delete user and cache content for reset purposes, and allow external tools to run functions on the device.
Compared to a full-size PC, it is more like BIOS. It is a small piece of software independent of the operating system and capable of controlling various system parameters and functions. But it does not perform the same tasks. For example, recovery does not control any I / O functions, which is all about BIOS. Recovery also has no power as soon as Android is charging.
What is custom recovery?
A custom recovery is a non-inventory recovery, which users can install over the inventory recovery. There are several different reasons someone will want to install Custom Recovery. Main features of custom recovery:
- The ability to install third-party ROMs on the device
- The ability to perform Nandroid backups are great backups that completely backup everything from your data to the operating system.
- Communicate with Android Debug Bridge or ADB. which is only possible when activating Developer Tools on your android device
- A more practical and visually pleasing interface for retrieval may include touchscreen capabilities or an interface not driven by menu options.
The custom recoveries allow various things that the manufacturer doesn’t. The OEMs develop inventory recovery to secure your device from bricks. But you know what you’re doing.
Most popular custom recoveries
We are describing some of these popular custom recoveries. Let’s know about it.
TWRP Custom Recovery
In addition to the clockwork mod developer solution, there are other modified recovery environments. One of the most functional solutions of this type is TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP).
It is necessary to indicate that manufacturers limit the possibilities of pre-installed recovery. Many experienced users want to make use of the features of the hardware components as much as possible, and therefore there is so-called custom recovery, available for installation on a large list of Android devices. Such a solution is quite seriously expandable: the possibility of adding new features to the firmware and the fine configuration of android device.
CWM Custom Recovery
CWM Custom Recovery is a fantastic choice and comes with some great features. CWM has been the recommended recovery for a long time and is still the most used, but TWRP has grown in popularity, has a few more options. CWM also works fine on your device. CWM is menu-driven and comes with a boring interface.
In addition, ClockworkMod recovery also provides advanced recovery options, restorations, and operating system maintenance that doesn’t allow stock recovery.
It is also based on TWRP custom recovery. OrangeFox Recovery has additional features from TWRP custom recovery and interface. OrangeFox Recovery has improved quality UI and UX designs for users. Exactly OrangeFox Recovery has been designed for Xiaomi devices, but now OrangeFox supports other devices also.
The OrangeFox Recovery has an excellent support team, and they fix bugs on it. It has some features like Password protection, Fully open-source, and frequently updates.
Custom recovery is great tools. Useful for installing a third-party ROM or your Android stock image. However, be sure this custom recovery as replacing the inventory recovery may void the warranty.
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