17/08/2013

How to install Clockworkmod/TWRP Recovery on Xolo Play T1000

As the poll we ran showed, more people are willing to spend their money on Xolo Play instead of Micromax Canvas 4 or any other phone in that budget. This accounts for the development efforts that are taking place for the Xolo Play. Lava Xolo T1000 aka Xolo Play was rooted in its early days, thanks to the Motochopper tool. Good news for Xolo Play users is that a port of both clockworkmod and TWRP recovery has been made and both the recoveries are working perfectly fine.

To brush your knowledge about Android Recovery partition and thirs party recoveries like CWM and TWRP, read these articles. This will also help you decide which recovery you would prefer to install on your Xolo Play T1000:

Disclaimer:

Flashing third party recovery will void your warratny. This can be reverted by going bacck to stock recovery. I have included steps for that in this guide.

Also, there is a known bug in TWRP recovery for Xolo Play, which prevents the screen from waking up once the screen times out when the phone is in recovery mode. To solve this, change the timeout settings to a higher time limit.

Install CWM/TWRP Recovery on Xolo Play T1000

  1. Enable USB Debugging on your device. Go to Settings > Developer Options and tick the USB Debugging checkbox. In Android 4.2 and above, Developer Options is hidden and need to be unlocked by going to Settings > About Phone and then tapping on Build Number seven times.
  2. Make sure you have already rooted your Xolo Play.
  3. Install drivers for your phone using pdanet. (If you have rooted your phone using the unofficial method given in the link in second step, then you have already installed drivers for your device and can skip this step.
  4. Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your Windows PC.
  5. Depending on which recovery you want to install, download either Clockworkmod Recovery or TWRP Recovery for your device. My personal favorite is TWRP. (If you want to go back to stock recovery at a later point of time, download this file, extract it and proceed with the following steps.)
  6. If you didn’t change the destination folder while installing Minimal ADB and Fastboot, go to C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot and copy the recovery.img file you downloaded in step 5. In case the file you downloaded is in .zip format, extract it to find a .img file. If the .img file is not already named recovery.img, rename it to that.
    Note: If you have a 64 bit Windows OS, the location would be C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot
  7. Switch off your phone. Wait for the vibration feedback to confirm that the phone has shut down completely. Now press Volume Up + Power till your Xolo Play powers on in Fastboot mode.
  8. Once in Fastboot mode, connect your device to the pc.
  9. In the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder on your pc (C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot) and double click the py_cmd.exe file.
  10. In the command window that opens, give the command
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  11. When the command you gave above flashes the recovery.img file, enter this command
    fastboot reboot recovery
  12. This will boot your phone in recovery mode. I will recommend you to take a full nandroid backup of your phone from the recovery and store the backup in your pc. This will help you recover your phones from soft bricks and bootloops.
For any updates or bug fixes to these recoveries, refer the original threads of CWM recovery, TWRP recovery and stock recovery for Xolo Play.
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