TUTORIAL: How to execute TWRP in the Android TV-Box with Amlogic SoC

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Today we present a guide to run TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) on our Android TV-Box with Amlogic S905, S905X, S912 or S905X2 SoC. A system that allows us to have a recovery menu with many more options and that allows us to install modifications, back up or recover our system easily.

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LAUNCH TWRP IN OUR TV-BOX

These compilations of TWRP are developed by users altruistically, the compatibility with all TV-Box is not guaranteed. They can be tested without fear because they only run temporarily and do not modify the TV-Box.

Requisites

Boot our Android TV-Box with TWRP

  1. Copy the recovery.img file to the root folder of the USB memory or SD card
  2. Introduce our SD or USB drive in the TV-Box.
  3. With the TV-Box off (take out the DC power cord) we introduce our SD or USB drive.
    We keep the Flash Mode button pressed (some models are inside the audio/av jack) and insert the DC power cord to turn it on, wait for the update percentage to appear automatically.
  4. If we have managed to start TWRP, we will have on screen the buttons menu of this recovery system
    – We need a keyboard or mouse to move through the TWRP system
  5. If we reboot the TV-Box we will have the classic Recovery since it is only temporarily executed

BASIC CONCEPTS ABOUT TWRP

INSTALAR FIRMWARE O MODS DESDE TWRP

  1. In our SD card or USB drive formatted in FAT32 we need the following files:
    – recovery.img
    – ZIP file with the firmware or modification to install
  2. We restart in TWRP mode as explained in the first point of this manual
  3. Click on the Install button
  4. Click on the Select Storage icon and select the units where we have located the ZIP to install
  5. We select the ZIP file from the unit file list
  6. To install the firmware we move the arrows to the right with our mouse, the installation process will start
  7. Once installed the firmware will give us the option to make Wipe Cache / Dalvik, we recommend doing it
  8. We restart the device (this TWRP has a bug and we need to disconnect the TV-Box physically)
  9. The system may take a while to start because different packages will be installed in the boot process
  10. We recommend doing a factory reset from the Android settings if we have installed a major modification

IMPOSSIBLE TO RECOVER THE TV-BOX

If our TV-Box is not recovered by any flash method we may be trying to update in the wrong way, it is advisable to repeat the previous instructions step by step, if it still does not recover we recommend reading the following guide.

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I tried to test the S905X2 version of TWRP (ViT) on the A95X MAX, but it would only boot into stock recovery. I put the recovery.img on an SD, pressed the reset button in the AV port as I inserted the power jack… several times. No boot to TWRP. Is there something I don’t know about or have the manufacturers done something to prevent booting into another recovery?

If I can’t test this TWRP version, how can I be sure it will work in the A95X MAX? I don’t want to flash it and brick the box.

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As I couldn’t get TWRP to boot with the above method, I tried to use the stock recovery to install it. That also failed:

“Footer is wrong… Signature verification failed.”

I haven’t found anything on the web to explain “Footer is wrong”, though it’s mentioned several times.

Seems I just can’t install TWRP.

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I found an app called Flashify, which allowed me to flash the TRWP recovery.img. The result was that I couldn’t boot to recovery, so I reflashed the stock recovery. Oh well, the TWRP for S905X2 in the above article didn’t work this S905X2 TV box (A95X MAX).

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