There are a lot of things you can do with Android devices, thanks to the variety of customizations that developers are cooking up and the apps emerging on the Google Play Store. However, a custom recovery such as TWRP Recovery is a must-have tool if you want to enjoy all of these customizations on your phone. With this tool, you can enjoy hassle free and quick installations.

XDA Developer arrrghhh managed to put together TWRP Recovery for the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897. The essential recovery features are up and running, though the port is still not a hundred percent perfect since the USB Mass Storage is not working, the clock is off, and the physical keyboard can’t be used to type while in recovery mode. Still, it’s already workable and can be used to install customizations on your phone. If you are thinking of giving it a try, just follow the our step-by-step tutorial below.
This guide shows you how to flash TWRP Recovery for the Photon Q 4G LTE XT897.

  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, model number XT897. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.


  • A rooted Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897 with an unlocked bootloader.

  • The following are only required if you wish to install via Fastboot:
    • You should have Android SDK installed on your PC.
    • Download Motorola Drivers for Windows (MotorolaDeviceManager_2.3.4.exe, 31.5 MB).
    • Enable USB Debugging on your phone. Go to Setting > Developer Options and tick the USB debugging option.

  • Download TWRP Recovery (openrecovery-twrp-, md5sum: abebd6f5ab21e7f269a591443b94f64d)
  • Make sure your device’s battery still has at least 70% power. You don’t want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
  • Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.


Installing via GooManager

  1. Install GooManager on your Photon Q 4G LTE.
  2. Open GooManager on your phone.
  3. Go to Menu (tap the icon beside the Search button) and select Install OpenRecoveryScript from the list.
  4. Confirm Recovery Install by selecting Yes.
  5. Grant root access to the app, if prompted.
  6. Wait until the installation is done.

Installing via Fastboot

  1. Save the TWRP Recovery image to your computer’s C:\ drive.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via a USB cable.
  3. Open a command prompt on your computer. You can do this by pressing the Windows button and pressing R to launch the Run dialog. Type cmd in the dialog box.
  4. Change the working directory of the command window to the location where you saved the TWRP Recovery image. In the command prompt, enter the location of the file in this format “cd c:\location of file”
    • For example, cd c:\android.

  5. Put your phone in Fastboot Mode by entering adb reboot bootloader at the command prompt.
  6. Enter fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp- at the command prompt to install TWRP Recovery.
  7. Once installed, unplug your phone and reboot.
  8. To boot into TWRP Recovery, do the following:
    1. Turn off your phone.
    2. Hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together then release the Power button.
    3. When the display turns on release the Volume Up button. You should now be in TWRP Recovery.

Hooray! You have just installed TWRP Recovery on the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897. You can now install custom ROMs and other goodies on your phone.

SOURCES XDA Developers Forum TeamWin