How To Install TWRP Recovery and Root Huawei P20 Lite

Huawei P20 Lite is a part of the new P20 series launched by the Chinese manufacturer. The P20 Lite shares its looks with the P20 and P20 Pro. The phone comes with a little less powerful hardware and dual-camera so it’s called the P20 Lite.Install TWRP Recovery and Root Huawei P20 Lite

An unofficial build of TWRP custom recovery by Pretoriano80 has been made available for the P20 Lite. Those of you who have got this phone or who are planning to get it in near future, they can maximize the features and performance of their phone with the help of TWRP recovery and root. The P20 Lite can be easily rooted by flashing Magisk in the TWRP recovery. Before I walk the P20 Lite owners through the flashing and rooting procedure, I will give you a recap of the P20 Lite.

The P20 Lite was launched in March 2018. The phone comes with a 5.84-inch 1080 x 2280 pixels display. The display of this phone has the aspect ratio of 19:9. There’s a small iPhone-X like notch right in the middle of the display. The notch on the P20 Lite is customizable. Huawei P20 Lite runs on HiSilicon 659 CPU. The phone is a house to a 32GB/64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM. The phone has a 16MP + 2MP dual shooter at the back. On the front, it has a 24MP camera. The P20 Lite has a 3000 mAh battery inside. It runs on Android Oreo out of the box.

In this guide, you will learn how to install TWRP recovery and root Huawei P20 Lite. The guide will first explain what tools you need and what preparations you need to make before rooting your P20 Lite. In the first part of the process, you will flash the TWRP custom recovery on the P20 Lite. Once the TWRP custom recovery has been installed, you will learn to flash Magisk in order to root the phone. Let’s begin now.

Note: Flashing custom recoveries and rooting your phone voids the warranty of your phone. This means after flashing a custom recovery or rooting the phone, you can no longer claim the warranty of your phone and you are not eligible for free services anymore. If you are not new to the recovery and rooting stuff, you can go ahead and follow the method given below. The method is verified and it’s supposed to work perfectly only if you follow each and every single step properly. However, since this is a completely custom process, you still need to be extra careful. Ensure that you are going to root your phone at your own risk. In case something goes wrong, Huawei, the recovery developer or TechBeasts may not be held responsible.

What do you need to install TWRP recovery and root P20 Lite

  1. A computer running Windows, Linux or the Mac OS.
  2. A Huawei P20 Lite with an unlocked bootloader.
  3. The original data cable of P20 Lite.
  4. Minimal ADB and Fastboot Drivers. You can download them from below.
  5. Huawei P20 Lite USB Drivers. You can download them from below as well.

Preparing your Huawei P20 Lite for Rooting & Flashing TWRP

  1. Your P20 Lite must have the battery charged up to 50% to avoid power loss during flashing process.
  2. This guide is only for the Huawei P20 Lite. Do not try this on any other phone.
  3. Unlock the bootloader of your Huawei P20 Lite.
  4. Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging mode on your phone.
  5. Disable Windows Firewall and Antivirus if you have one on your computer.
  6. Follow this guide being extra careful.

Tools you need to download & install

  1. Minimal ADB & Fastboot Drivers – Download
  2. Huawei USB Drivers – Download
  3. TWRP Custom Recovery for P20 Lite – Download the recovery and rename it to twrp.img only. Copy the twrp.img file to C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.
  4. The latest Magisk – Download and copy it to your phone’s internal storage.

How To Install TWRP Recovery and Root Huawei P20 Lite

  1. Open Minimal ADB and Fastboot.exe file from your computer’s desktop.
  2. Connect your P20 Lite to your computer. If the phone asks for any permission, immediately grant it.
  3. Now enter the following commands in the command window one by one.
    1. adb devices
      1. This command will return a code with the list of devices attached. This means the connection is successful.
    2. adb reboot bootloader
      1. This command will put your phone in the bootloader mode. Once you see the bootloader mode, proceed with the next command.
    3. fastboot flash recovery_ramdisk twrp.img
      1. This command will flash the TWRP custom recovery on your P20 Lite. As soon as the command window ends the installation process, enter the next command.
    4. fastboot reboot recovery
      1. This command will reboot your phone in the TWRP custom recovery. Use your phone’s PIN or Password to enter the recovery now.
  4. Now in TWRP recovery, tap Install > Install Zip > Locate and select Magisk > Swipe screen to flash.
  5. Let the recovery flash Magisk. Once done, reboot the system. You can now open Magisk Manager from the app drawer to verify root access.

That’s it, folks. I hope that you found this guide incredibly easy to follow. If you have any queries regarding this guide, feel free to reach out to me using the comments section below.

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