The development for Essential Phone is going really great, the device released a few months back and now you can easily root and install twrp recovery on it. Just a day ago we posted guide on unlocking bootloader on Essential Phone now great news is that twrp recovery is now available for both variants of Essential Phone including NMJ-20D and NMJ-32F.
In this guide we will guide on each step to root and install TWRP recovery on Essential Phone following the same process we used for Pixel 2. First you need to install TWRP recovery on Essential Phone then root it via Magisk. If you think you are all set to go then follow the complete instructions in sequence to root Essential Phone and install TWRP recovery on it.
Once you successfully install TWRP recovery on your device, you would be able to flash different custom ROM like Lineage OS, CyanogenMod or others along mods and tweaks via TWRP recovery. On the other side, a rooted device allows you to modify the system files including removing bloatware (unnecessary apps), setting third party apps as system file, overclocking CPU and much more.
How to root and install TWRP recovery on Essential Phone
Before you begin:
Charge your device battery to a safe level, it must be above 70%
Download and install latest Essential Phone USB drivers on PC. Download here
Install ADB & Fastboot drivers on PC, follow this guide to install the adb-fastboot drivers within 15 seconds.
Enable USB debugging on your device. Go to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging.
If you can’t see the Developer options in settings menu, then you need to enable them. Go to Settings > About device > Tap the build number 7 times until it says ‘You are now a Developer’.
Ensure bootloader is unlocked on your device if not, follow this guide.
How to install TWRP recovery on Essential Phone
Download TWRP Recovery for Essential Phone – (boot.img file) Download (NMJ-32F)
Download TWRP Recovery for Essential Phone – (boot.img file) Download (NMJ-20D)
Save the downloaded TWRP recovery file in a new folder on your PC.
How to root Essential Phone
Download the Magisk Zip from this link.
Connect your device to PC and copy the downloaded Magisk zip on the internal storage of your device.
Now it’s the time to reboot your device into TWRP recovery mode.
Your device will enter recovery, now flash the Magisk zip from there.
Once done, simply reboot your device and enjoy the freedom to flash custom ROMs and tweaks on your Essential Phone.
That’s it! If you have successfully flashed TWRP recovery and rooted Essential Phone, give us your feedback and share it the guide with others.