How to root and flash TWRP custom recovery on OnePlus 3

The latest flagship killer OnePlus 3 is finally released and in this guide we we are here at with an another latest tutorial to root and install latest TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3. Even the latest device is release recently but developers started their work on it to give it a safe root access and latest TWRP recovery. As you are already know what these two operation are? And what’s their purpose? So if you have little knowledge about rooting and custom recovery then we have summarize the benefits of both in the below description.

If you are the one who is looking for the best custom recovery for OnePlus 3 then we recommend you install TWRP recovery on your device. The TWRP recovery features are user friendly and much more easier to use even for the beginner, in the previous tutorials we have posted guides on installing TWRP recovery on other devices. Let’s go ahead and see what you can do with a TWRP recovery on your device.

Why to use Custom Recovery (Benefits)

There are multiple thing you can perform with custom recovery some of them are;

Flash Custom ROMs: The most primary use of a Custom recovery is to flash custom ROMs. However you are limited to it but apart from custom ROMs you can flash Mods, Kernels and other tweaking stuff.

Nandroid Backup: You can create Nandroid backup of your device which will allow you to create a backup of your complete Android device, here is an example of Nandroid backup you can check.

Tweaking your Android device: A Custom recovery let’s you install tweaking mods and custom kernels to over clock CPU frequency for an enhanced device performance.

What you can do with a rooted device (Benefits)

There are multiple thing you can perform with a rooted Android device some of them are listed below.

Remove Bloatware: The key benefit of rooting is that you can remove unwanted system apps, which is called bloatware. Removing bloatware leads to less memory consumption and great battery backup, in fact you can perform tons of modification within your device.

Overclocking CPU: A rooted device let’s you install custom kernels to over clock CPU frequency to enhance device performance. Sometimes you want to install custom recovery and rooting is the basic demand for that operation.

How to root and install TWRP on OnePlus 3

Before you begin:

Disclaimer: This guide includes flashing custom recovery, root and other operations on your device. The writer is not responsible for any damage happens to your device during the whole operation neither we are forcing you to perform such operation. 

Create a Backup of your device

Backup is the most necessary part for your device, so we recommend you to create a secure backup of your data.

Early Preparations:

You need to prepare your device for installing custom recovery, follow the below perquisites steps to keep the recovery installation process smooth without facing errors.

Keep your battery charged or at least your device should contain at least 80% charge before the flashing operation.

Your device bootloader should be unlock or follow this guide to unlock bootloader of OnePlus 3.

Android USB drivers for your device should be installed on your PC, or you can download the latest USB drivers for your device from the below provided link.

Download USB drivers for OnePlus

Enable USB debugging and check the Allow Mock Locations option too. To enable USB debugging in your device go to Setting >> Developer options >> USB debugging. USB debugging is meant for the development purpose hence it will ask you for the confirmation so tap OK to confirm.

Sometimes “Developer options” are not visible in device settings menu, so what you need to do is, go to Settings >> About device >> Software information and there you will see an option build number. Tap it 7 times until a pop up arises with a message that you are now a developer, that’s it now go back and the Developers option is visible in the settings menu.

Download ADB-fastboot

Download TWRP recovery for OnePlus 3

Download SuperSU 2.65

Once you done with the above preparations now it’s time to flash TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3. Just go ahead and follow the steps in sequence to avoid any issue while flashing TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3.

How to install TWRP recovery and root OnePlus 3

Just follow the steps to install TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3.

Extract the downloaded TWRP recovery file and rename in to recovery.img

Now what you need to do is, connect your device to PC using USB cable.

Open the extracted “adb-and-fastboot” folder and copy the recovery.img file inside it.


Now inside the same folder press and hold SHIFT + Right-Click together and Right click on any empty space inside the folder and click on “Open command window here” as shown in the above pic.

A black command window will appear, now type the following command to reboot your device into fastboot/bootloader mode.

“adb reboot bootloader”

Once your device boots into fastboot mode now type the following command to flash TWRP recovery

“fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”

The above command will flash TWRP recovery on your device now enter the below command to reboot your device.

“fastboot reboot”

You have successfully installed TWRP recovery on OnePlus 3.

How to root OnePlus 3

You need to flash the SuperSU zip file via recovery to get root access on OnePlus 3.

Connect your device again with the PC and copy the downloaded SuperSU zip file on your phone.

Now type the following command to reboot your device to recovery mode. (Please note enable the USB debugging option from developer option as mentioned above).

“adb reboot recovery”

You will be taken to TWRP recovery mode. You can also perform the above operation using hardware keys combination.

Tap the install button and choose the SuperSU zip file and swipe the slider to confirm install.

Once the installation process is completed simply reboot your device.

That’s it! You have successfully rooted and installed TWRP recovery on your OnePlus 3. If you have any query feel free to contact us and please give us +1 or Like to say thanks.

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