How to Install TWRP on Google Nexus 10

Google Nexus 10 was launched on November 2012. The Nexus 10 may have Google’s branding but it is actually manufactured by Samsung, a company with a strong pedigree in Android phone and tablet manufacturing. It is the flagship model in Google’s Nexus range and is designed to show off Android in the most stylish way possible. A senior XDA member  Dees_Troy given the TWRP recovery for this device. In this article, we will show you how to unlock bootloader and Install TWRP on Google Nexus 10. Once you’ve installed TWRP, you can easily root your device and install various custom ROMs available in developer forums.
With a display that beautiful it’s reassuring to know that it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 2 to keep it in pristine condition. It features a retina-searing 10.05-inch 2560 x 1600 Super PLS display. The device is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 processor coupled with 2GB RAM for both the 16GB & 32GB model. It has the slick operation and fast processing & Sits comfortably in the hand.
The TWRP for Nexus 10 lets you backup/restore, install ZIP files, wipe data much like CWM, but with a touch-oriented, theme-able user interface. Additionally, it can backup, restore and flash ZIP files from an attached USB flash drive, provided your device supports USB host.
The TWRP or TeamWin Recovery Project is a custom recovery available for almost all Android devices through official or unofficial channels. Installing a custom recovery is the first thing most users do after unlocking the bootloader. With TWRP recovery you can not only install custom ROMs, kernels, and mods but even create nandroid backups which are pretty much like the system restore on Windows. 
The custom recovery will assist you in wiping partitions, executing shell commands, installing custom ROMs, kernels, and mods. TWRP is one of the most popular custom recoveries for Android smartphones. It is a touch-based custom recovery with an intuitive interface and a lot of useful functions.

Install TWRP on Google Nexus 10


Installing a custom recovery on your device requires unlocking the bootloader which will void its warranty. If you’re here though you’ve probably already made up your mind about it.

So, if you’re ready to go, let’s see how to unlock the bootloader and Install TWRP on Google Nexus 10.


  1. This guide is only for the Google Nexus 10. Do not try this on any other phone.
  2. Charge your phone good enough so that it doesn’t go dead during the installation process.
  3. Backup your call logs, contacts and SMS messages. Also backup your media content. This is important since unlocking the bootloader will completely wipe your phone.
  4. Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging mode on your device.
  5. Use the OEM data cable to connect your phone to your PC.
  6. Unlock Bootloader On Google Nexus 10

Download TWRP Recovery for Google Nexus 10

How to Install TWRP on Google Nexus 10

  1. Rename the TWRP file as recovery.img.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you have installed ADB and fastboot files on your computer.
  3. Connect your device to the PC using a USB cable.
  4. Open a command prompt window from the ADB and Fastboot folder [Press shift key + right-click on any blank space of the folder] and then select “Open command window here” from the context menu.
  5. Execute the below command to reboot to bootloader.
    adb reboot bootloader
  6. Make sure the “recovery.img” file is in the fastboot folder and execute the below command to flash it on your device.
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  7. It will take a couple of seconds for the TWRP recovery image to flash.
  8. Once the flashing process is complete, reboot the device.

That’s all. You have successfully installed TWRP on your Google Nexus 10 smartphone. You can reboot into recovery mode by pressing “Volume Down + Volume Up + Power button” buttons until your device boots into recovery mode.

Dinesh is responsible for tech tutorials at TechBeasts. Dinesh's expertise are mostly in the Android and iOS ecosystem.

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