TWRP vs Orange Fox Recovery: Which Custom Recovery is the Best?

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By Abhijeet

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In this article, we’ll review TWRP vs Orange Fox Recovery and conclude which is the best custom recovery and why? Every Android smartphone or tablet comes with a preinstalled recovery. This recovery platform is Android stock recovery.

It performs limited operations such as to implement a complete factory reset, restore the device to default settings, update the operating system, and install OTA update zip files, etc.

Unfortunately, the default Android stock recovery is a minimal and limited system. That means it can only perform limited operations for a particular Android device. This brings us to the birth of custom recovery.

TWRP vs Orange Fox Recovery

Custom Recovery: Overview

A custom recovery is nothing but a third-party platform that performs exactly like the Android stock recovery, except it comes with many additional functions. Flashing a custom recovery on any Android phone overwrites the default stock recovery with this customized recovery platform.

The main reason why users flash a custom recovery is to gain root access, take Nandroid backup and restore, flash custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, LineageOS, Resurrection Remix, etc.

There are various types of custom recoveries available in the Android world. Some of these include CWM (ClockworkMod), TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project), CTR (CarlivTouch Recovery), COT (Cannibal Open Touch Recovery), and Orange Fox Recovery Project.

Out of these recoveries, the most popular and widely used are CWM and TWRP. However, due to a touch-based interface and simplicity, TWRP is gaining more importance than the CWM in the past few years. The process to install a custom recovery is quite easy.

Still, implement it with caution. A slight mistake can brick your device. However, before initiating the custom recovery flashing process, you need a few things to be done. At first, you’ll need to unlock the bootloader on your phone.

This is because every Android device comes with a locked bootloader. The main reason is that the manufacturer of that mobile brand does not want its users to try any other operating system.

Hence, he locks the Bootloader and adds an extra layer of security. Furthermore, you need to enable USB debugging on your phone. Besides, if you are flashing the recovery from a PC, then ensure to install the latest mobile-specific USB drivers on it.

In this guide, we’ll go through a detailed difference between TWRP and Orange Fox recovery. Although Orange Fox is inspired by TWRP, still from this detailed review, we’ll get an idea of how is Orange Fox more advanced as compared to TWRP. Let’s get straight into our article on TWRP vs Orange Fox recovery.

What is TWRP Recovery?

TWRP recovery vs Orange Fox recovery

TWRP stands for TeamWin Recovery Project. It is a touch-based custom recovery that was initially built for the Google Nexus phones. But with the increased Android users as well as developers, today it has been made available for countless other smartphones and tablets. Moreover, they are launched in both officials as well as in unofficial ways.

Since TWRP is an open-source project, it is quite simple for the developers to build an unofficial TWRP recovery. You can easily install TWRP without a PC using an Official TWRP app from Google Play Store. Orange Fox, a new recovery is developed using the TWRP source code. In this guide, let’s check out a detailed difference between TWRP vs Orange Fox recovery.

TWRP Features

  • Flash Zip and Img files
  • Create a Nandroid backup and restore
  • Supports USB-OTG
  • Wipe partitions
  • Repair or change file system
  • ADB sideload
  • Remove Bloatware
  • Overclock and Underclock

What is Orange Fox Recovery?

OrangeFox vs TWRP recovery

Recently, a new custom recovery was designed for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Snapdragon (Mido). It was based on the TWRP source code. Because of its orange color user interface, it was named as Orange Fox recovery. Later on, the quality, stability, UI designs, and device support of the recovery was improved drastically. Due to this, Orange Fox Recovery now supports more than 50 devices.

Although it is based on TWRP, it has many more advanced features than TWRP recovery. It is considered as the most stable recovery with the latest code and fast fixes. To be specific, Orange Fox supports both the Treble and non-Treble ROMs, built-in support for installing init.d functionality, Magisk, and SuperSU. Moreover, it supports the password, pin, and gesture lock. Its main attraction is the MIUI OTA support.

Most importantly, Orange Fox is the best alternative to Redwolf Recovery. The Redwolf recovery features are almost the same as the Orange Fox Recovery. So if Redwolf recovery is not available for your device, then you can install Orangefox recovery instead. Let’s check out some features of OrangeFox listed below.

Orange Fox Features

  • Supports Treble and non-Treble ROMs
  • Up-to-date Oreo kernel, built from sources
  • Increased compatibility with TWRP
  • Updated with latest TWRP commits
  • White Flashlight
  • Password, torch, led
  • Implemented support for Flyme and MIUI OTA
  • Synced with last Team win changes
  • Built-in support for installing SuperSU (v2.82-201705271822 non-Treble ROMs)
  • Included customization
  • Inbuilded patches, like Magisk and password, reset patch
  • Built-in support for installing init.d functionality
  • choice of color scheme
  • Designed with last Material design 2 guidelines
  • Frequently updated
  • Built-in support for installing Magisk
  • choice of a splash screen
  • Password protection
  • Fully open-source
  • Support for Miui and Custom ROM
  • MIUI OTA support
  • AromaFM
  • Alternative lock screen
  • Better language support
  • Optimized versions of community scripts
  • Fox theme engine:
  • choice of theme (black, dark, etc)

After checking out the features of both the recoveries, let’s have a look at the difference between TWRP vs Orange Fox.

TWRP vs Orange Fox Recovery

  • At first, let’s check out the difference between the user interface of TWRP vs Orange Fox recovery.
  • For TWRP, when you boot your Android phone into recovery, a TWRP logo along with the TeamWin Recovery project version is shown on the screen.
  • Whereas for Orange Fox, only a logo appears with no information about the version info.

TWRP vs Orange Fox Version

  • You can check out the Orange Fox recovery version in the Settings->About section.

Orange Fox Recovery Version

  • Moreover, the TWRP UI color is blue and the Orange Fox UI is Orange in color.
  • When we compare the main menu screen of TWRP vs Orange Fox, we can conclude that TWRP seems very simplified as compared to Orange Fox.

TWRP vs Orange Fox Main Menu Screen

  • If you are a new user, then TWRP will be easier for you to use.
  • Advanced options in Orange Fox might confuse the noob users.
  • Looking at the functions, we can say that both the recoveries have similar functions.

TWRP vs Orange Fox Recovery File ManagerTWRP vs Orange Fox WipeTWRP vs Orange Fox Backup

  • However, Orange Fox comes with a few additional functions. The options like install, wipe, backup, restore, mount, and reboot are the same in TWRP as well as in Orange Fox recovery.
  • The main difference is in the Settings tab. Orange Fox settings are more advanced as compared to TWRP.
  • In Orange Fox, you can enable MIUI OTA.

Orange Fox Recovery MIUI OTA

  • This function enables you to install the new updates after flashing an MIUI custom ROM.
  • That means you don’t need to flash the complete MIUI firmware every time a new update is launched.
  • This is why Orange Fox is mainly available for Xiaomi phones running on MIUI OS.
  • As far as the customization is concerned, you can customize the Navigation bar, Status bar, Lockscreen, Keyboard, Theme, Fonts, and Splash.

Orange Fox Recovery CustomizationOrange Fox Recovery Splash Theme

  • In TWRP, you cannot implement such functions. For that, TWRP requires an additional app such as the Magisk module.
  • For security, Orange Fox provides a text password, pin code, and a gesture key. This makes the recovery more secure as compared to TWRP.

Orange Fox Recovery Password Lock

  • To flash Magisk Manager in TWRP, you need to download and install a Zip file separately.
  • On the other hand, Orange Fox automatically provides a Magisk Manager install option. Hence, no need to download a Zip file every time.

Orange Fox Recovery Magisk Manager

  • Furthermore, Orange Fox also provides an App Manager that shows a list of all the applications installed on your mobile.

Orange Fox Recovery App Manager

  • Most importantly, this App Manager can manage, install, or uninstall any app. Yes, it can delete the preinstalled system app as well!
  • In this TWRP vs Orange Fox review, we can say the Orange Fox is a more customized type of recovery.
  • Unlike TWRP, there is no need to install any additional app or modules in Orange Fox.


From the detailed comparison of TWRP vs Orange Fox recovery, we can conclude that Orange Fox is a more advanced recovery with additional features like an MIUI OTA support. This is why it is more useful for Xiaomi users. Also, due to its additional features and complexity, it might be beneficial mainly to the Android developers. However, TWRP has a simplified UI with no complicated functions like the Orange Fox. Hence, if you are a noob and want to perform simple operations, then go for TWRP. Whereas, if you want to experience something new, and advanced features like password protection, theme support, flashlight, colors, customization, etc. then Orange Fox is the best recovery for you.

At last, we can say that the main aim of a custom recovery is to flash Custom ROM, wipe data and cache partitions, take Nandroid backup, etc. And both the recoveries perform all these things very well. We suggest you try both the recoveries and decide which is the best? For any questions or issues related to this article, kindly comment below. Thank you!


2 thoughts on “TWRP vs Orange Fox Recovery: Which Custom Recovery is the Best?”

  1. Great comparison!

    “Increased compatibility with TWRP” could be more explained…

    Does it mean I can restore with Orange Fox a Backup made with TWRP?


    • This may be possible, depending on a number of factors:
      1. The partitions list of the TWRP backups must be compatible with OrangeFox’s partitions list
      2. TWRP looks for its backups in the “TWRP/BACKUPS/” folder, while OrangeFox looks for its backups in the “Fox/BACKUPS/” folder – so you will have to rename the TWRP folder before OrangeFox can find it
      Whether the attempt to restore will work is a matter of trial and error. You are welcome to try it. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t work, there is nothing that can be done.


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