How to Root Microsoft Surface Duo and Install TWRP Recovery
If you are a owner of a Microsoft Surface Duo smartphone, and also want to customize this rugged smartphone, then you have visited the right page. If you want to root and flash TWRP Recovery 3.6.1 on your device, then follow our guide.
The Microsoft Surface Duo features the specifications Chipset Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm), CPU/ Processor Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485), GPU Adreno 640, Display 8.1 inches, 195.4 cm2 (~144.2% screen-to-body ratio), AMOLED, 1800 x 2700 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~401 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Internal Storage/ RAM 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, Main Camera 11 MP, f/2.0, 23mm (wide), 1.0µm, PDAF, Battery Li-Po 3577 mAh, non-removable, Fast charging 18W.
If you are an Android Enthusiast, and want to Root and Install TWRP recovery on your beloved, then you have landed on the right page. In the due course of the article, we will guiding you through the process to install TWRP and root Microsoft Surface Duo.
The TWRP features the material design, and attractive user interface (UI), and by following this guide you can install latest TWRP for Microsoft Surface Duo. You can download TWRP Recovery from the links provided in the pre-requisite section of this article. Kindly note that this is a unofficial TWRP recovery and is only for Microsoft Surface Duo (Kindly confirm the model by going to Settings>About). The process given below is merely for rooting and installing TWRP on Microsoft Surface Duo, do not try out this method on any other device.
If you want to unleash the full potential of the hardware of your Microsoft Surface Duo, then rooting and flashing the TWRP is the main concern. The Stock ROMs have often limited and unsupported features in the sense of Customization. When you have a rooted device and also flashed TWRP recovery, then you are free to install any Custom ROMs, Mods, Kernel, and Xposed etc., as well as many apps which requires root access to work properly.
Brief Details and Advantage of TWRP Recovery
TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is an open source, community development project. By flashing the TWRP, your device will be enabled to install any custom firmware, rooting your smartphone, mod zip files for customizations, Xposed Modules for customized features, one click root and unroot processes. Apart from that, it allows you to take Full Nandroid Backup and restore it later, one click image file flashing, remove bloatware, overclock and underclock. Using TWRP, one can easily clean Wipe, Cache and Data after flashing any image file to reflect the changes and rectify minor errors due to cache.
For installing the TWRP, your Microsoft Surface Duo phone must have the Unlocked bootloader. That means you have to firstly unlock the bootloader to root your device as well doing any customization.
Disclaimer: The AndroidWeblog.com covers although everything in a very neat and a processed manner so that our readers get exactly what they want, still there are meager chances of basic issues that may arise out of the listed steps here. Hence it is in sole interest of the user to follow the steps very cautiously so as to stay away from any mishappenings with your device.
Rooting and flashing the Custom ROM firmware, certainly without any doubt voids your devices warranty and AndroidWeblog.com in no way will be held responsible for warranty void or your bricked device.
Ensure to check your model number, which must be:
- Microsoft Surface Duo
- TWRP Tested on Firmwares:
You must have to ensure that prior to rooting your phone , you have read thoroughly the disclaimer and you agree to proceed further on your risk.
- Phone Should be Charged
Your phone must be 70% charged atleast else, it may lead to complications sometimes while experimenting. Why to take risk, try to charge it fully.
- Back Up
If you are either going to root your phone or install a Custom ROM, it is a good habit to make a back up of your phone. Make a back up of all your media like images, videos and all on your PC and your contacts on Cloud.
- Enable USB Debugging
You must enable USB debugging option by going in to Settings, Applications and Developer options.
Downloads For Rooting Microsoft Surface Duo on Android 10
Download MediaTek USB VCOM Drivers here (MT6xxx_USB_VCOM_drivers. zip)
Download TWRP Recovery for Microsoft Surface Duo from here:
Download SuperSU by Chainfire from here.
Download Magisk Manager from here.
Download Latest version of SPFlash Tool for Windows here.
Steps to Flash/ Install TWRP Recovery 3.6.1 on Microsoft Surface Duo (Android 10)
Step 1: Begin with downloading all the files mentioned above in the prerequisite section.
Step 2: Browse through the files downloaded, and then Right click on the zipped file MT6xxx_USB_VCOM_drivers. zip and extract the same. Then navigate to the extracted folder and then click on the file InstallDriver. exe. This will install the Preloader VCOM in your system.
Step 3: Assuming that you have downloaded SP FlashTool (Win) from the provided link above, Then simply click and extract the archive. Then, browse and run the file flash_tool. exe
Step 4: Find the Scatter File from the downloaded TWRP zip file, which you have downloaded. Rename the TWRP (.img) file to recovery.img. Now, on the flash tool interface, navigate and select the scatter file in the extracted folder of the Stock ROM (Download Stock ROM for your Microsoft Surface Duo smartphone).
Step 5: At this stage, just leave the recovery as ticket/ checked. Now, at the location tab, click on the storage location field of the recovery and search and browse for the custom recovery image file which is device-specific (As shown in the picture above). Then click the Download button.
Step 6: Now, hook up/ connect your Microsoft Surface Duo to the computer via USB slot. Connecting your smartphone will begin the flashing process automatically, and it requires simply a few seconds to complete.
Step 7: At this point of the custom recovery on your device has been flashed. Now, you may disconnect the device from computer. Now, you need to turn on/ boot your device into TWRP recovery. For doing the same, boot the device while pressing and holding the volume up button. Kindly note that key combinations may vary on your device model, and you can confirm the right key combination for your Microsoft Surface Duo. The Volume Up button also starts the bootloader mode on specific devices, which is equipped with menu to browse to the recovery mode. You may try the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons as key combinations. That’s all, you have successfully flashed the TWRP on your Microsoft Surface Duo
Procedure to Root Microsoft Surface Duo/ Install Magisk or SuperSU
Make sure that you have downloaded SuperSU or Magisk Manager (link in pre-requisite section of this article). Then, proceed to the steps.
Caution: You can use either Magisk Manager or Super SU, but only one, so choose wisely. Go for Magisk Manager if you are not sure.
Step 1: Transfer the downloaded SuperSU.zip or magisk.zip file to the internal storage / SD card of your Microsoft Surface Duo smartphone.
Step 2: Now, just boot into the recovery. From the TWRP interface, you can optionally backup the Stock ROM. Though, I would recommend to backup the Stock ROM. Because if in case process gets failed, you can flash the Stock ROM.
Step 3: Tap on Install ‘, and then navigate to the file ‘SuperSU.zip’ or ‘magisk.zip’ and swipe to confirm flash (located at the bottom of the screen). The flashing process of Magisk/ SuperSU has been started and will take few seconds to complete.
Congratulations, now you have rooted Microsoft Surface Duo and also flashed the TWRP. Now, you can install Xposed Framework, and customize your smartphone as per your preference. If you wish to verify, you may download and check the Root Status through Root Checker app.