Guide How to Install TWRP Recovery and Root Motorola Moto Z Play.

Guide How to Install TWRP Recovery and Root Motorola Moto Z Play.

Install TWRP and Root Moto Z Play. Do you need to install or flash any custom ROM on your Motorola Moto Z Play, If so, you can try the following guide below before install the custom ROM. First you need is install TWRP recovery at this device. This is one of the popular custom recovery for Android device nowadays. By installing custom recovery on Motorola Moto Z Play it will allows the user to Create and restore a backup image, if create a backup image for Motorola Moto Z Play it will copy all of phone settings, installed applications, and app data. It's very useful to restore the backup image if there is something wrong on your Motorola Moto Z Play device. So that you can restore all settings and installed applications to factory settings without losing of any data. Other than that installing TWRP recovery allow you to flash zip file containing root script, for example SuperSU.

Before this guide begin's, let's we know Moto Z Play specs. This devices Also known as Motorola Moto Z Play Droid in USA, released on 2016, September. Comes with 5.5 Inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. Powered by Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Adreno 506 GPU. Supported by 3 GB of RAM. Featured by 16 MP of primary camera and 5 MP of secondary camera. Motorola Moto Z Play runs on Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat).

Now, let we proceed our guide to install TWRP.

Section 1. Unlock Bootloader (Official Method)

Unlock Bootloader on Motorola Moto Z Play is needed, this is official method you can try to unlock Moto Z Play device.

Section 2. Installing TWRP recovery.

  1. Make sure ADB and fastboot installed correctly on your computer, Fastboot used to send any command between the computer and Moto Z Play smartphone. Fastboot download link available below.
  3. Make sure USB driver for Motorola device installed on the computer. If you don't have this driver you can get it from link below.
  5. This is the latest TWRP recovery for Motorola Moto Z Play.
  7. Appreciation for the developer.
  9. Once all files above already downloaded, put it at the same folder. For example c:\recovery
  10. Then, enable developer options on your Moto Z Play. (Go to Settings - Tap 7 times at build number until you see you are now a developer.)
  11. Then, enable OEM unlocking.
  12. Enable USB debugging.
  13. Now turn off Motorola Moto Z Play.
  14. Then enter Moto Z Play to fastboot mode. (Press and hold Power Button + Volume Down).
    fastboot mode - Moto Z Play
    fastboot mode - Moto Z Play
  15. Now, connect Motorola Moto Z Play to the computer via USB cable.
  16. Now open command prompt at this folder (c:\recovery), how to do it.
    • Press and hold shift key on keyboard.
    • Then right click at empty space - select open command window here.
  17. Now type the following command below, This command will test whether ADB is working properly. If the test is correctly it will return to list of devices attached.
    • fastboot devices
  18. Then, the type the following command below to flash TWRP recovery 
    • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    • Change recovery name with the recovery name you just download at step 4 above, for example.
      • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  19. Once flashing process successfully you will see OKAY on command prompt window.
    flashing twrp recovery Moto Z Play
    flashing twrp recovery Moto Z Play
  20. On this step, disconnect your Moto Z Play from the computer
  21. Now, back to your phone fastboot menu. On this screen use volume down or volume up to select menu and power button. 
  22. Now select Recovery Mode.
    recovery mode - Moto Z Play
    recovery mode - Moto Z Play
  23. Your Moto Z Play screen will say that your bootloader is unlocked and can't be trusted.
  24. It will display menu in Chinese language, so you can select the button designated by arrows shown at this picture below. It will select the language.
    recovery mode - moto Z play
    recovery mode - moto Z play
  25. On the next screen select English, and screen will back to password prompt.
  26. Now enter the password. It's the same password that you put to encrypt Moto Z Play. When you set up the factory reset.
  27. Once password correctly input, you will see the main menu of TWRP recovery for Moto Z Play.
    twrp moto z play
    twrp moto z play
  28. On the main menu, select Advanced
  29. Now select Install SU
    install SU - Moto Z Play
    install SU - Moto Z Play
  30. Than swap to confirm install, this will install root on your Motorola Moto Z Play.
  31. Just wait the process, once finished tap reboot to reboot your device. 
  32. Finish.

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