TWRP, which stands for the Team Win Recovery Project, is the most commonly used custom recovery on Android devices. It is essential to flash aftermarket Android builds (custom ROMs) as the built-in stock recoveries on the phones/tablets do not allow it. Hence, TWRP is the first thing to install if a user wants to use an alternate OS. The project supports a number of devices officially and now Realme XT, Realme X2, and Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 / 4 Plus also join the list.
Realme XT is one of the first emerged smartphones with a 64MP primary camera. It was launched in India with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0 Pie on-board. Soon, an improved version of the phone called Realme X2 debuted with Snapdragon 730G instead of Snapdragon 712 but with the same software. However, both of them were recently updated to Realme UI based on Android 10.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 and Mi Pad 4 Plus. This duo launched exclusively in China with MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, but it has received only one basic update so far, and that is MIUI 10. The underlying software is still Oreo, and it is yet to receive MIUI 11 when the company is moved on to the development of MIUI 12.
But now, as these devices support TWRP officially, their users can finally use a solid, trustworthy custom recovery to flash custom ROM, kernels, and mods of their choice.
The Realme X2 launched shortly after the Realme XT and can be considered as a slightly upgraded variant of it. It, too, launched with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie but it also received an update to Android 10 with Realme UI earlier this year. There are comparatively fewer custom ROMs available for the Realme X2, but things could pick up with official TWRP now available.
Lastly, there’s the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 and Mi Pad 4 Plus. These tablets are Xiaomi’s latest affordable mid-range tablets, though sadly they never launched outside of China. Xiaomi has not released MIUI 11 or Android 10 for the two tablets, so custom ROMs are currently the only way to enjoy the latest Android version. Fortunately, there are a plethora of options available on our forums.
You can download TWRP from the download pages linked below. Before you can install it, though, you’ll need to unlock the bootloader. Realme has posted guides on its official forums that teach you how to unlock the bootloader, while Xiaomi requires you to apply for a bootloader unlock code.