Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, has become synonymous with custom recovery for Android devices. The open-source solution offers a plethora of features that are otherwise not provided by a stock recovery environment, such as the ability to flash ZIP packages that contain aftermarket OSes or different mods, make and restore partition-level data backups, modify protected files, and much more. However, it is virtually impossible to construct a generic TWRP image due to the nature of Android’s recovery implementation. A device-specific TWRP build, on the other hand, has to achieve a certain degree of stability before gaining “official” status and being offered on the team’s website. Since our previous coverage, the team has officially added support for the ASUS ZenFone 5Z, the BQ Aquaris VS and VS Plus, and reinstated support for the Xiaomi Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A.
ASUS ZenFone 5Z
An unofficial build of the custom recovery for the ASUS ZenFone 5Z first popped up back in 2018, thanks to the contributions of XDA Recognized Developer jackeagle and XDA Senior Member Rohan purohit. That very TWRP port is now mature enough to receive official status under the maintainership of jackeagle. The official build is fully compatible with the Android 10 firmware, and it can flash stock ASUS update ZIPs as well.
BQ Aquaris VS/VS Plus
BQ phones are known for their developer-friendliness, which has been justified once again by the arrival of official TWRP builds for the BQ Aquaris VS and BQ Aquaris VS Plus. Prominent developer Alejandro Lopez, also known as XDA Member Kra1o5, is the maintainer for the two devices.
Xiaomi Redmi 6/6A
Official TWRP builds for the Redmi 6/6A were originally maintained by SamarV-121, but the developer dropped support a few weeks ago for unknown reasons. XDA Junior Member MEGAFON929 has now picked up where SamarV-121 left off, thus official support for these phones has now been renewed.
Removal of Honor 5X
XDA Recognized Developer deadman96385 has decided to step down from the duty of maintaining TWRP for the Honor 5X. The existing builds for this device, including the latest TWRP 3.4.0, are still available for download to help the owners of this phone.