TWRP for Fairphone 4

I want to backup the phone before fastboot flash TWRP.

I am able to fastboot boot but then when I try to backup all partitions I get failed to mount /data (invalid argument)

Which would be the procedure to be able to set the phone back to its initial state after trying /e/OS ?

:point_up: You won’t be able to backup the whole device until there’s a version with support for encrypted /data


Can I decrypt /data?

I wouldn’t recommend it, encrypted /data is default on newer Android versions I believe.
If you do, you will have to wipe the data partition completely and I wouldn’t try that without a complete flashable rom available for disaster recovery.


since I flashed /e/os on my FP4, I cant boot into twrp anymore.
Any ideas, why this is the case?
I would like to use TWRP to root my device using Magisk, since the usual method doesnt work on /e/os

Because installing /e/ overwrites the recovery partitions :point_down:

And besides, please don’t flash TWRP to your device, just boot it with fastboot boot twrp.img

What problems do you have with the usual way, it apparently still works

Edit: To be slightly more precise, since you are flashing your whole phone anyway, you can just take the boot.img from the /e/ release, patch that with Magisk and flash it to your device. If you need help with that, please head over to the root topic :pray:


Thanks for answering!

Using Magisk to flash the Stock ROM boot.img works fine. I did that, when /e/os was not released yet. It doesnt work with the /e/os provided boot.img. Many guides in their forum suggested to use TWRP instead to flash the directly, since it doesnt require to modify the boot.img using the install step.

I did not try to flash it. I tried to boot it using fastboot boot downloaded-twrp-name-that-is-really-long.img, however it stayed in the boot screen where it showed “Fairphone”.

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Have you tried flashing a modified boot.img with fastboot? :thinking: Flashing Magisk through TWRP will modify the boot.img anyway. Could you maybe link one of their guides, I don’t really get the point.

Ah, sorry, misunderstood you there :see_no_evil:
Someone with /e/ actually running will have to test if booting TWRP still works…

Magisk will just crash if I attempt to modify the boot image using the app. So using TWRP seems to be my only choice.

Interesting, let my try that :smiley:
This is definitly root discussion territory now :point_right: FP4 Root Access is possible, maybe a bit risky

It instantly worked for me. Can you try it with another phone or do you want me to send you the patched img somehow?

@hirnsushi send me a boot img. And it worked (at least magisk shows that its installed), when I flashed it.
However, a direct install still doesnt work. Its really odd.

After the initial install of /e/os, what did you do? I only locked the critical bootloader again. Do you think that may be a reason?

I downloaded the e/os zip, patched the boot.img and then just followed the regular installation instructions with the patched boot.img. I also didn’t locked the bootloader after that

Edit: Meaning I just did this

  • Boot your FP4 in bootloader mode, and plug it to your computer
  • On your computer, download the zip file from the link provided above. Unzip the folder and browse into it
  • Flash /e/ with the following commands:

with the patched boot.img instead of the regular one

Interesting. Did you unlock your bootloader (again) before the install?
As my phone was already unlocked, I skipped it and only unlocked the critical part.

I didn’t unlock anything specifically for e/os, I’d already unlocked everything I needed to flash a rooted stock image about a week ago. I didn’t change anything since then

OK, so do I understand correctly that I can back up and restore my FP4 with this, but not my data folder? What folders would I have to additionally copy via USB to have a full backup of my phone?

Or asked differently: Does this guide work with this TWRP version on FP4?

Funktioniert das nicht mehr?

adb backup -all
adb restore backup.ab


adb backup -apk -shared -all -f <filepath>/backup.ab
adb restore <filepath>/backup.ab

Also ganz ohne TWRP und root…

All user data is on the so-called userdata partition which is always encrypted on FP4, and TWRP currently cannot decrypt it and see the data to back it up. So you can only “back up” system partitions that contain the Android system but that’s probably not what you’re looking for.


That guide won’t work for a full backup, all the interesting parts of the system (apart from the A/B partitions) are inside the super partition. Without access to encrypted data in TWRP you can’t back up that partition. Edit 2: super isn’t encrypted :man_facepalming:
I backed up all the partitions I could on a running phone using dd, but that won’t produce a complete set of partitions you can use to flash your phone back to normal, since you can’t completely back up those special partitions from userspace.

Edit: Too slow :smiley:

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Can we back up the super partition in TWRP? :thinking:
/data doesn’t work, sure, but the super partition would be more interesting. The amount of partitions I can choose from in TWRP doesn’t really match the partitons actually on device…