How to Install Huawei Honor 5X TWRP Custom Recovery – Complete Guide

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the TWRP custom recovery on Huawei Honor 5X. A custom recovery helps you install custom system patches, mods and packages that are otherwise not possible with a stock recovery.

It also helps you to install custom ROMs, and make full backups of your phone that you can easily restore later, when needed. Huawei Honor 5X is one of the most popular Huawei phones and there are a lot of custom ROMs available for this phone. To install the custom ROMs, you need to have a custom recovery first. You may also want to read about how to save TWRP backups on PC.

Huawei Honor 5X

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

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Huawei Honor 5X USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for properly. If not, you can download the latest Huawei official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Huawei Honor 5X USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

HOW TO: Install TWRP Custom Recovery on Huawei Honor 5X

Here is the complete and easy guide to install TWRP custom recovery on your Honor 5X.


  • Make sure the bootloader of your phone is unlocked, if it isn’t you can unlock the bootloader easily by following this guide.
  • Enable Developer Options by going to Settings>About Phone and tapping on build number multiple times.
  • Enable USB Debugging in Settings>Developer Options. Make sure that the USB Debugging is checked.
  • Go to Settings>Developer Options and enable ‘OEM Unlocking’.
  • Backup all the data as installing a custom recovery might delete all of your data.
  • Charge your phone up to 50% first and make sure your phone does not shut down during the procedure or it might damage your phone.

If you have fulfilled all the requirements above, then proceed to the actual tutorial.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. Tutorial given here: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.


Step 1 – Download Fastboot / ADB package from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Honor 5X to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 3 – Download TWRP (twrp-3.1.0-0-kiwi.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

Step 4 – Navigate to the same directory now as where you have Fastboot (i.e. Step 1) and on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.

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Uzair Khalid
Uzair has been very tech savy and an enthusiast since childhood. An Android geek, a passionate writer for all things technology and a Computer Science graduate.
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  1. Some images could have been better. I tried this for a spare phone and after wasting so much time and reaching to fast boot screen with green android boot it was always giving me error. Btw I generated bootloader unlock code from Huawei website. Now after so many tries I got a message FRP Unlock but now after running the command to transfer this recovery file there is no progress.

    Huawei is such a piece of crap.

  2. Hi
    Am i supposed to move the (twrp-3.1.0-0-kiwi.img) file into SDK>Platform tools file?
    I tried doing so, but when i entered “fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.1.0-0-kiwi.img”, it showed: C:Userstayst>fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.1.0-0-kiwi.img
    error: cannot load ‘twrp-3.1.0-0-kiwi.img’
    What should i do?

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