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How to : Huawei P20 Root & TWRP Recovery

Just got your hands on a brand new Huawei P20 and want to root? Well, we got you covered. In this post we are going to achieve Huawei P20 root using Magsik, and also install TWRP recovery in the process of rooting. The first step in this process would be to unlock the bootloader on your Huawei P20, followed by TWRP and then finally root using Magisk. We will show you all of these steps as we go on.

How to : Huawei P20 Root & TWRP Recovery


We are not responsible for any bricked devices. You are doing this at your own risk.

Make sure your Huawei P20 is charged 70-80 percent.


Make sure you have Unlocked the bootloader on your Huawei P20. If not, you can read our Huawei P20 bootloader unlock tutorial below.

How to : Huawei P20 Bootloader Unlock

Next, please ensure you have enabled USB debugging and OEM unlock. To do so, Navigate to Settings -> About on your Huawei P20 and tap on build number seven times. Once you see a message saying “Your are now a developer” go back to Settings and you will see an option called Developer Options.

Open developer options and enable USB debugging and OEM Unlock.

Make sure adb and fastboot are setup on your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and working. Click the link below to learn how to setup adb and fastboot on Windows, Mac and Linux.

How to Setup ADB and Fastboot

Download TWRP Recovery for Huawei P20 from below link, rename it to recovery.img and place it in platform-tools folder.

Download TWRP Recovery for Huawei P20 Pro

Download latest version of Magisk and no verity and place the zip files in internal memory of Huawei P20.

Download latest version of Magisk

Download no verity

How to Install TWRP Recovery Huawei P20

Step 1 – Boot into fastboot mode

Turn off your Huawei P20.  Press and hold Power + Volume Down until you see a fastboot screen.

You can also boot into fastboot mode while device is on :-

  1. Connect Huawei P20 to computer using usb cable.
  2. Open command prompt (for Windows) or Terminal (for Mac and Linux).
  3. Navigate to platform-tools folder and issue below command.


adb reboot bootloader

Mac or Linux

./adb reboot bootloader

Step 2 – Flash TWRP recovery

  1. Open command prompt (for Windows) or Terminal (for Mac and Linux).
  2. Navigate to platform-tools folder and issue below command.


fastboot flash recovery_ramdisk recovery.img

Mac or Linux

./fastboot flash recovery_ramdisk recovery.img

Step 3 – Boot into TWRP

We need to prevent the device from booting into Android as that will result in TWRP recovery being overwritten by stock recovery.


fastboot reboot

Mac or Linux

./fastboot reboot

As soon as you execute above command, remove the USB cable and keep pressing Volume UP, so the device will boot to TWRP. Once in TWRP you can go to Reboot -> System.

How to : Huawei P20 Root

Step 1 – Boot into TWRP

Power off device and reboot device by holding volume up + power button. You will boot into TWRP recovery.

You can also boot into TWRP recovery after installing TWRP by issuing below commands in fastboot mode.


fastboot boot recovery.img

Mac or Linux

./fastboot boot recovery.img

Step 2 – Root using Magisk

Once in TWRP click on Install, then select Magisk zip file downloaded in pre-requisites, and swipe to confirm flashing zip file.

HTC U11 Root Magisk

Once Magisk zip file is flashed successfully, repeat the same process to flash no verity zip file downloaded in pre-requisites section.

Step 3 – Reboot into Android

Click on back, then on Reboot and then on System and you will boot into Android.

How to : Check Huawei P20 Root

In case you want to check if your Huawei P20 is rooted or not, download Root Checker app, open it and click on Verify Root. If you are rooted you will get an appropriate message.


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