CWM VS TWRP - Android Recovery

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by 3bs, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Which do you use and why? I've only ever tried CWM.
     
  2. The Face macrumors member

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    CWM. Theres no real reason to use anything else as CWM does everything you need it to do when it comes to backup, ROMS, installing etc.

    99% of ROMS coming with instructions on how to install via CWM anyway, I've never actually seen a developer recommend anything other than CWM or even mention anything else as an option.
     
  3. tmoney82 macrumors member

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    I've used both. Seems like Twrp is easier to use. Twrp uses the screen like a touch phone where you just press the screen to make a selection. With CWM, you have to use the volume button for up and down and the power button to make the selected selection. How this help! Also you can charge your phone while flashing
     
  4. 3bs thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah I didn't even know there were alternatives to CWM up until a few weeks ago. My only only concern is that CWM has changed the way nandroid backups are made and it's not as easy to delete single backups anymore.

    CWM has been updated so you don't have to use the buttons anymore. Charging, well flashing and backing up doesn't take that long :p
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Interesting. Why?

    I'm currently using CWM touch on both my GS3 and Nexus 7.
     
  7. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I used TWRP as that is what was recommended for the N4 over at android central (I used the guide there).



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  8. viskon macrumors 6502

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    I had a Motorola Triumph back in the day. Adequate hardware for its time , but stuck on Android 2.2 thanks to good old Moto. Any self respecting body would have rooted and rom-ed the phone. Which is exactly what I did. Ended up running Android 4.0 on it towards the end. During one such flirtation, I ended up losing touchscreen functionality. Only the buttons worked. Luckily, I was able to boot into recovery,wipe SD card and restore my nandroid backup using CWM. This set me thinking. If I was using TWRP, and I lost touchscreen functionality, it would have been very hard to recover. CWM offers both button and touch input. That to me is insurance.

    Remember it is called recovery for a reason. To recover from misshaps.
     
  9. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    I used TWRP for a few days on my S3 (when I still had one) and it was fairly buggy. That was a while ago so I'm not sure how it is now. I myself prefer to use CWM.
     
  10. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Well, the original Kindle Fire only has the one button - The on/off one. So we couldn't have CWM originally because of that. TWRP is very nice because of the big huge buttons and idiot proof menus. You can also apply a new ROM with GApps and whatever else in one go if you wanted to because it allows you to install I think like 10 zips all at once.

    The issue I have with CWM Touch is that our buttons are on the right side on the KF version, and I can't use my right hand, so I often turn the device off when I mean to click something else. :eek: I manage to do that like 20 times every time I'm in recovery. :rolleyes:

    Love it on my Skyrocket though. It's easy to navigate with my volume buttons.
     
  11. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    I like TWRP better. Two reasons: 1.) If I'm not flashing a Stock Rom, I can flash the Custom Rom and GApps at the same time, 2:) Backup compression is built in so you can save space. TWRP always worked better on my Galaxy Note and I found the Backup Restoration process better on TWRP.

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  12. alisakatherine, Oct 1, 2013
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    It's really a personal preference. I like TWRP better myself, but that's because I've used it more. It does seem to have a time stamp bug for the GS3, (it's correct on my Nexus 7). I'd recommend you try both and see for yourself. You can switch between them by flashing the recovery.

    Here's the link for TWRP The easiest way to install it is through a program called Goo Manager in the Play Store. You then tap the 3 dot menu and select "Open Recovery..." It does it for you.

    I found this for CWM, apparently you install ROM Manager from the Playstore to install it. I haven't done it that way, so I can't speak for it. If you search, you can probably find the .zip's for each one and flash them from recovery manually. You can have CWM installed and flash TWRP and vice versa. A word of warning though, the backups created with one are not compatible with the other.

    More Visit: http://www.android-recovery.net/
     
  13. scott craft macrumors 6502a

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    For my Rezound TWRP is the recommended recovery although both will work.
     
  14. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    The vibe I got from XDA, is that TWRP is easier to navigate and use, but is more likely to mess up.
     
  15. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    CWM always, but the ROM's I'm considering for my G2 all go with TWRP so I'll probably go that route although I've never used it before.
     
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    I use twrp on my touchpad. preference really
    I use fastboot to CWM on my GS4GE and leave stock recovery installed to keep compatibility with OTA's.
    TWRP doesn't work in fastboot (well touch functions don't work, which essentially breaks the recovery)
     
  18. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    I used to love CWM but have found myself opting for TWRP lately. No real reason as both of them suffice for what they are built to do.
     
  19. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I prefer TWRP, it has worked well for me. I only ran into an issue once where the touch functionality broke after a firmware update. I simply updated it to the newest version and that fixed everything.
     
  20. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    Either of them work well. At this point it is just a matter of preference, however, devs are starting to switch to TWRP because it allows for ADB sideloading of ROMs. Saves time for them.

    Even if touch input fails with TWRP, there is always ADB via your PC to pull or push file S3 update or load a new ROM, etc... ADB is not used as much as TWRP or CWM, because it requires you to plug the phone into a PC. But it is very easy to use, once you know the command lines.

    Point is, there is no reason not to use TWRP. I have flashed thousands of times with both on several pieces of hardware and neither has given me a problem.
     
  21. chagla macrumors 6502a

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    both are good. i personally prefer CWM.

    now on *SOME* phones, latest version of CWM may not work and it is possible that there may be a more recent TWRP version available for that phone. if you are in that situation, I would recommend switching to TWRP.
     

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