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Install TWRP 3.0.2 Recovery on Google Pixel – Complete Guide

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Written by Hassan Abbas

TWRP 3.0.2 custom recovery has been officially released for the new Google Pixel smartphone. TWRP custom recovery is a very useful utility that most Android users have installed on their systems. It lets you flash third-party packages like ROMs and themes along with allowing you access to other advanced options such as partition wiping. This time around, however, Google has implemented a new strategy that allows for background updates like on a computer hence causing some problems in the traditional TWRP custom recovery install procedure. Regardless, this guide will show you each on how you can properly install the TWRP custom recovery using the new procedure. Do note, once you install the custom recovery, the method to access it will remain the same as for accessing stock recovery. You can follow us by a guide is given below on installing TWRP 3.0.2 custom recovery on Google Pixel.

As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to install TWRP 3.0.2 Recovery on Pixel with completes. Why do we even need a custom recovery? To install all the awesome custom ROMs, themes, tons of mods and flashing official firmware updates. You will also be able to root Pixel once you install a custom recovery. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

TWRP Recovery 3.0.2 for Pixel – Details:

Here is a little about the TWRP Recovery as per the official website:

Team Win Recovery Project 3.0, or twrp3 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel.

HOW TO: Install TWRP 3.0.2 Recovery on Pixel

We have put together a detailed -by- instructions guide on how to install TWRP recovery on Google Pixel. This is a very simple tutorial and if you have been updating or installing new custom recoveries on Honor / Google Play Edition phones, then this one should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully below. We suggest that you should read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your phone.

To Remember:
  • This TWRP Recovery tutorial is only for unlocked Google Pixel. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • Make sure you back up all your data on your phone before proceeding.
  • This will void your warranty.
  • You need to have to work Fastboot / ADB on your computer. Download links are posted below.
  • The bootloader should be unlocked.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete -By- Instructions:

1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install it. Also, set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.


1 – Download Fastboot / ADB package from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere on your computer.

2 – Download and place the ZIP file on the root directory of your phone. After that, turn your phone OFF.

3 – Connect your Pixel to your computer using a USB cable.

4 – Download TWRP (twrp-3.0.2-0-RC1-fastboot-sailfish.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

5 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Pixel. How? Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.

6 – Navigate to the same directory now as to where you have Fastboot (i.e. 1) and on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.

7 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

fastboot boot twrp-3.0.2-0-RC1-fastboot-sailfish.img

8 – Once you enter the command, the phone will boot into TWRP. Now use the “Install” option to flash the “””” zip file. This will ensure your TWRP doesn’t get reset to stock on reboot.


That’s it! You should now be in the TWRP Recovery from where you can choose whatever function you want to perform.

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Have fun playing with it! If you have any issues, please fire them up in the comments below!

Also Read: How to Unlock Google Pixel Bootloader on Android 7.1 Nougat

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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