TWRP and CWM in Android Custom Recovery

Sometimes we often encounter the word TWRP, CWM, and Custom Recovery in Android modification activities. Actually, what is meant by these words, and what are the functions and how to use them?

What are TWRP, CWM, and Custom Recovery?


Alright, now the Kampung Anak Blog will review the meaning, function, and usefulness of the intended words.

Basic Definition

The three words are a unity that has a different name but has the same function. TWRP and CWM are a Custom Recovery that runs on the Android OS (Operation System).

As is commonly done in Android modification is to use or install a custom ROM. Well, this is where Custom Recovery plays and functions.

More or less basic understanding like that. If you want to dig in detail, then continue to see to the end.

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What is Recovery?

All Android devices are equipped with a service or recovery menu by default from the manufacturer. This recovery works to do some things that are very vital to the system settings such as returning to factory settings (factory reset), updating the Android OS (OTA Update), and many diagnostic tasks that can be run.

Recovery itself is currently divided into two categories, namely stock recovery and custom recovery.

1. Stock Recovery

Android devices come equipped with stock recovery because this recovery is a must-have software for every Android device. To be able to enter recovery mode, usually using the three-finger method, namely by pressing and combining the buttons, or it can also do the command via ADB.

But it is very unfortunate, with this stock recovery we can not do many things, because it is already set in a limited manner.

You can only do a factory reset or return to factory settings and update the OTA ROM. For the rest, such as installing TWRP, Custom ROM, Tweek, etc. it cannot because it is already limited in its function.

2. Custom Recovery

Custom Recovery Basics

Custom Recovery is a recovery developed by third parties. To be able to use this custom recovery, you need to install it manually, such as flashing the Android OS

This custom recovery function is the same as the function of stock recovery, but what distinguishes it is without any restrictions on its features. Thus, you are free to do whatever is indeed provided in the menus.

Because it has no limits and has more capabilities than stock recovery, it’s no wonder that custom recovery is very popular among lovers of Android modifications.

Popular Custom Recovery

Because this custom recovery is a development from a third party, logically there will be many different types and names. But for the most commonly used there are only two.

2.1 CWM (ClockworkMod Recovery)

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CWM is short for ClockworkMod Recovery, CWM was developed by Koushik Dutta (Koush), a developer of the famous Android operating system.

The design or user interface of CWM is indeed similar to stock recovery but has more functions.

From the same navigation, using the buttons to operate and run features such as the volume button, power button, and home button.

ClockworkMod also offers a ROM manager with a file browser that allows you to easily browse and install special ROMs through ClockworkMod Recovery and manage and restore NANDroid backups.

2.2 TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project)


TWRP is short for the Team Win Recovery Project which carries the principle of open source just like the Android principle.

According to information from the official website, currently TWRP was developed by four people. They also provide support to forums such as IRC and XDA, so that they can ask questions and share with one another regarding problems.

TWRP has an interface with a touch-based system, in contrast to CWM and stock recovery using the keypad. In addition, TWRP also supports a variety of themes, but for the same functions and uses as CWM.

According to my personal analysis, TWRP is the most widely used by fans of Android modification. So do not be surprised if TWRP has become the most popular custom recovery for now. Because they have a simpler user interface or interface, so it’s easier to use.

If you are interested in using TWRP, then you can pick it up according to your Android type and brand here.

Related article:

When and Why to Install Custom Recovery (TWRP)

Custom recovery is very useful for those of you who want to install ROM from a third party on your Android, because the features needed to install it are only available in this custom recovery such as backup, restore, and flashing. But keep in mind, if you want to use it, then your device must have unlocked the bootloader (unlock bootloader).

Indeed, by default, Android already provides backup and restore options, but in its use must use the ADB command. You don’t need to unlock the bootloader, but it’s a bit more complicated to use.

So in general, custom recovery is needed if you really want to modify the Android system, such as the ROM ROM or custom ROM, install tweaks, and others that are directly related to the system.

Maybe up to here just sharing from me about the TWRP material, CWM, and Custom Recovery. Hope it can be useful for those of you who need it.

Then are you interested in using it? Only you know the friend.

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