OnePlus 3 is adding another plus to its kitty just days after we got the awesome news that we’d be seeing the Soft Gold version of the device. Now, an official version of Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) for the OnePlus 3 has been released.
Before the release, the OnePlus 3 made this all possible by making its firmware bootloader easily unlockable. For reasons best known to them, some other phone manufacturers usually make it difficult, if not impossible to root their Android devices by restricting access to their brand’s bootloader. OnePlus is keeping up with its policy of making the OnePlus 3 accessible, not only for purchase at affordable cost but also for exploration of the capabilities of the flagship.
For those who don’t know, Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP), is an open-source software custom recovery image for Android-based devices. It provides a touchscreen-enabled interface which allows users to install third-party firmware and backup the current system, which are often unsupported by stock recovery images. It is, therefore, often installed when rooting Android devices.
Let it be known though, that rooting of smartphone isn’t for novice but for those that have got the expertise. One wrong move and the phone might get permanently damaged. So, in case you have never rooted your phone before, proceed with caution and if you’re not sure what you need root for, go play Pokemon Go.
For those who’ve got the expertise, if you’re interested in exploring the capabilities of your OnePlus 3 by rooting it, you start by unlocking developer options under settings and allowing OEM unlocks and USB debugging. Then, you simply write down the following line “fastboot devices” and then “fastboot oem unlock” in the command line / terminal.
Then, you can proceed with flashing recovery by installing TWRP on your OnePlus 3 and hitting the big install button in the TWRP app. Once you do all this, your phone should be rooted and ready for all your experiments with it.