Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP on Huawei MediaPad T3 10


Gone are the days when everyone used to love having a tablet. These days, the tablets are quite rare. Although companies like Huawei and Samsung are still producing powerful tablets, the users are reluctant to get a tablet for everyday use. Smartphones are big enough to serve the purpose of a tablet as well nowadays. You can easily find a phone with a screen of 5.0 to 6.0-inch in a very friendly budget. Because the tablets are not widely used devices now, the developers stopped focusing on custom recoveries, mods and custom ROMs for such devices. If you have a tablet, and you have got custom stuff for it, you are truly blessed. Right now, one of the blessed tablets is the Huawei MediaPad T3 10. Just recently, XDA member z1on developed a custom recovery for the Huawei MediaPad T3 10.Install TWRP on Huawei MediaPad T3 10

Huawei MediaPad T3 10 owners, it’s time for you to unleash the real power of your gadget. Before installing the TWRP custom recovery, you have to unlock the bootloader of the device. Upon installing the TWRP custom recovery, you will be able to carry out a number of operations to enhance the performance and usability of the tab. Using TWRP, you can install custom ROMs, MODs, SuperSU or Magisk to root. You can also backup the entire device. There’s an option to wipe the Dalvik cache as well. TWRP has its own terminal using which you can sideload applications and ROMs. TWRP has a long list of uses. It’s important to install it and try to understand it on your own.

In this guide, we will take a look at a method to first unlock the bootloader and then install TWRP on Huawei MediaPad T3 10. The method is divided into several parts. You must read the entire guide carefully in order to succeed.

Precautions & Preparation

  • This guide is intended for Huawei MediaPad T3 10 only. Do not try this method on any other device otherwise, you may result in bricking it.
  • Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged up to 80% in order to avoid any power issues during the flashing process.
  • Backup all of your important contacts, call logs, SMS messages and media content to stay on a safe end. Do not forget to create a backup since this process is supposed to wipe your phone completely.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your phone in developer options. To do so, go to settings > about device > tap build number for 7 times. You will have developer options in settings now. Open developer options > Enable USB debugging. If you have the OEM Unlocking option, enable it as well.
  • Use your original data cable to establish a connection between your phone and your PC.
  • Follow this guide to the letter to avoid any mishap.

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries and rooting the device are highly custom. Rooting the device and flashing a custom recover is never recommended by a device manufacturer. In case something goes wrong, TechBeasts or the device manufacturers may not be held responsible. Make sure that you’re doing everything at your own risk.

Required downloads & installations

  1. Download and install Huawei USB drivers.
  2. Download and install Minimal ADB & Fastboot drivers.

How to Unlock Huawei MediaPad T3 10 Bootloader

  1. Unlocking bootloader will wipe your device. Make sure that you’ve backed up everything before going ahead.
  2. Install Huawei’s HiCare app on your phone and call the support in HiCare. Request them to get your bootloader unlock code. You will have to provide your email, IEMI and serial number.
  3. Huawei will send you your bootloader unlock code through an email in a few days or in a few hours.
  4. Make sure that you’ve downloaded and installed Minimal ADB & Fastboot drivers on your Windows PC or installed Mac ADB & Fastboot for Mac.
  5. Connect your phone to your PC now.
  6. Now open Minimal ADB & Fastboot.exe from your desktop. If you do not have this file on your desktop, then go to your Windows installation drive i.e. C drive > Program Files > Minimal ADB & Fastboot > Press and hold Shift Key + Right-click on an empty area with the open folder > click “Open command window here”.
  7. Now in the command window enter the following commands one by one.
  • adb reboot-bootloader

    This will reboot your Nvidia Shield in bootloader. Once booted up, issue the following command.

    fastboot devices

    This command will verify the connection of your device with your PC in fastboot mode.

  • fastboot oem unlock (bootloaderunlockcodexxxxxxxxxxxx)

    This command will unlock the bootloader. As soon as you press the enter key after typing this command, you will get a message in your phone asking for the confirmation of bootloader unlocking. Use volume up & down keys to navigate through options and confirm unlocking.

Install TWRP and Root Huawei MediaPad T3 10

Required downloads [for the installation of TWRP and SuperSU]

  1. Download twrp_recovery for T3 10.img file and rename it to recovery.img.
  2. Download Magisk.zip file and copy it to your phone’s external storage.
  3. Copy the renamed recovery.img file to the Minimal ADB and Fastboot directory which should be in a location such as: C drive > Program Files > Minimal ADB & Fastboot.
  4. Connect your Huawei Mate 10 Lite to the computer now.
  5. Now open Minimal ADB & Fastboot.exe from your desktop. If you do not have this file on your desktop, then go to your Windows installation drive i.e. C drive > Program Files > Minimal ADB & Fastboot > Press and hold Shift Key + Right-click on an empty area with the open folder > click “Open command window here”.
  6. As the command window opens up, enter the following commands one by one.
    1. adb devices
      1. This command will return a list of devices attached with a code verifying connection.
    2. adb reboot bootloader
      1. This command will reboot the phone in bootloader mode.
    3. fastboot devices
      1. This command will verify connection in fastboot mode.
    4. fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
      1. This will flash the TWRP recovery on your phone.
    5. fastboot reboot
      1. This command will reboot your phone into the system.
  7. Once your phone has rebooted, turn it off.
  8. Now press and hold Volume Down + Power button to boot into newly installed TWRP recovery.
  9. Once you are in TWRP, tap Install > Locate and select Magisk.zip > flash and reboot into the system.
  10. You are rooted now. Congrats!
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