The HTC 10 recently released but we already have several developers who contribute to mods this device, one of which is TeamWin, the team behind TWRP recovery. TeamWin has released TWRP for several devices, including the new HTC 10 with the code name “pme”. This custom recovery has undergone many changes to adapt to the development of Android OS, other than that the GUI is completely XML driven and fully theme-able, so you will not get bored with the common recovery UI.
To be able to change the HTC 10 stock recovery with the TWRP recovery, the phone’s bootloader need to be unlocked first. Do not worry, HTC allow you to unlock the phones via its official unlock via HTCDev program. However, not all 10 variants have a chance to get unlocked, only the international / unlocked phones variants and some carriers are given the opportunity for it.
A custom recovery like TWRP, is the entrance for those who want mods their device. Once it’s properly installed on your device, you can immediately gain root access by flashing the SuperSU zip file from Chainfire. In addition, you also have the opportunity to install a custom ROM that usually has been tweaked for better performance and add several new features.
In addition, do not forget the restore the stock system image that you created before doing anything else on your system including root. For that reason, we recommend you to make a full system backup right after installing TWRP, just in case to avoid bad things takes place.
To download the TWRP recovery with the code name “pme” you can directly visit the official TeamWin site here. And to follow the development and get support, head over to the official page by Captain Throwback at xda-developers. Based on experience of its predecessor, TWRP for the HTC 10 should works on all variants, including T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
The installation just like the other HTC devices, and because we still do not have a root, we must get it done via fastboot.
- Ensure your computer has the required fastboot files and the phone’s bootloader already unlocked.
- Download the latest TWRP image file from the official site (twrp-3.x.x-x-pme.img) rename it to twrp.img, then move the files into fastboot folder.
- Reboot the phone into bootloader mode, then enter into fastboot.
- Connect the phone to a computer via USB.
- Open a command window from fastboot folder, then test the connection:
- If your device recognized, now flash it:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
- Once flashing done, turn off the phone and try to enter the newly installed TWRP recovery.
There is one thing you need to consider, after you install a custom recovery, then you will lose the chance to get the update via OTA, since in order to install an official update, the phone need a stock recovery and an unmodified system. If you already apply a custom recovery and want to install an OTA update, you can search for a specific firmware for your device, extract it to get the stock recovery, then flash it with fastboot command.