LG Aristo TWRP/Custom Recovery MetroPCS MS210 & T Mobile

The stock recovery of LG Aristo only helps in doing a Factory Reset. It does nothing else. When we replace it with a custom recovery i.e TWRP we get to do a hell lot more. Thanks to messi2050@ androidforums for making this twrp file for LG Aristo.

The 3 major uses of TWRP are –

  • Rooting – In case of LG Aristo, we can root the device by flashing Superuser or Magisk via TWRP.
  • Flashing a Custom ROM – There is no custom ROM for LG Aristo as of now but we may get it in the near future.
  • Creating a Nandroid backup – The most useful feature of TWRP is Nandroid backup. It is a complete backup of the system including apps, text, contacts, email etc. In short, it restores the phone back to the exact same state as before. If you mess with your phone it’ll come in handy.

The bootloader of your LG Aristo must be unlocked before flashing TWRP.  If you’ve unlocked the bootloader lets proceed with the process –

How to Install TWRP in LG Aristo MetroPCS MS210 & T Mobile M210 –

If you’ve unlocked the Aristo bootloader, then “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” must be installed on your computer.

Run it and type adb devices as shown above.

Now we’ve to reboot the phone in Fasboot mode. To do this type adb reboot bootloader and hit Enter

Next step is to download the twrp image file. We’ve to place the downloaded file in “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” folder.

You can download the file from the below link.

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Extract the downloaded zip file. It contains “recovery.img” file. Copy this file

Now click on C drive of your computer as shown above.

Look for “Program Files” and click on it as shown above.

LG Aristo Minimal ADB

In program files folder, locate “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” and double click to open it.

LG Aristo twrp recovery.img

“Right Click” and paste the “recovery.img” file in this folder.

lg aristo fastboot flash recovery command

Now we’re ready to flash the recovery image

Type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img as shown above, and Hit Enter

There are few more steps left for successful TWRP installation. Move on to Next Page –

LG Aristo Bootloader Unlock – MS210 MetroPCS & T Mobile

Among the GSM prepaid phones, MetroPCS/T Mobile smartphones are my favorite. The reason is ease of unlocking the bootloader. AT&T prepaid phones have securely locked bootloaders which make them less appealing.

LG Aristo can be rooted after unlocking bootloader and flashing a custom recovery.

To unlock the LG Aristo bootloader the prerequisites are –

  1. Turning on “USB Debugging” & “OEM Unlock” in Developer Options.
  2.  Installing LG Aristo USB & ADB Drivers on the computer.

Once the above steps are complete. Download & Install “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” from the download link below –

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LG aristo ADB mode

Connect your LG Aristo to PC & Run “Minimal ADB & Fastboot”

LG Aristo ADB connection

Type adb devices as shown above and Hit Enter key on the keyboard.

LG Aristo adb unauthorized

You can see in the above screenshot, the phone model LGMS210 is detected but showing up as unauthorized.

We’ve to authorize the compter for USB Debugging to proceed further.

As soon as you type adb devices and hit Enter, a pop-up “Allow USB Debugging?” appears on phone screen.

aristo adb usb debugging PC authorization

Hit “OK”, to authorize your PC for USB Debugging,

lg aristo adb list of devices

lg aristo adb driver window

Again type adb devices in cmd command prompt window and hit Enter.

Now you can see the PC is authorized and we’re ready to unlock the bootloader. At this time the PC will try to install the ADB drivers. Wait till the installation gets completed.

 

lg aristo fastboot mode command

Now type adb reboot bootloader and Hit Enter

lg aristo bootloader mode

Look at your phone screen it must reboot in “Fastboot Mode” as shown in the screenshot above.

 

 

lg aristo bootloader unlock command

Now type the bootloader unlock command i.e fastboot oem unlock and hit Enter.

lg aristo bootloader unlocked

You’ve unlocked the bootloader of LG Aristo. Turn OFF your phone by removing the battery.

aristo your device software cannot be checked for corruption

Re-insert the battery and turn on the phone. You’ll see the warning message, as shown above, every time till the bootloader remains unlocked. This is normal. Press the power button once again to get past this screen.

Now that you’ve unlocked the Aristo bootloader you may like to install custom recovery i.e TWRP on your LG Aristo. Move on to the next Tutorial to install TWRP.

If facing any issues please let me know via the comment section below.