In this article, we will show you how you can fix the Unable to mount storage error in TWRP recovery. The Android operating system is an open source operating system which allows a variety of customizations to be made to the operating system. For all of the customizations, you only need to have your phone’s bootloader unlocked and have a custom recovery installed because a device’s stock recovery can not install these files. If you have both of these requirements completed, you will be able to flash a wide collection of custom binaries, various mods and Customs ROMs along with rooting your device as well by installing the Magisk app.
TWRP recovery proves to be very useful for Android users. Once you have installed TWRP recovery on your device, you can use it to wipe different device partitions, do complete Nandroid backups along with flashing the files mentioned above. But your tasks and operations can sometimes be interrupted owing to some errors in the custom recovery. The most frequently faced and disturbing error which is faced is the unable to mount storage error in TWRP. In this article, we will be looking over the possible causes of this error message and then discuss the possible solutions to this problem which has victimized many unfortunate users.
The Reason for Unable to Mount Storage Error in TWRP
There are different reasons for the unable to mount storage error in TWRP recovery to occur. The first one is that your device’s internal storage may be encrypted. Why does this cause the error? Well, it’s because in this case, TWRP is not able to decrypt your device’s internal storage while it is doing a task so it is unable to use or access any files that are available or downloaded in your device’s internal storage. This is also why this error mostly occurs when you are using TWRP recovery to flash a file that is downloaded in your file’s internal storage.
If the problem mentioned above is not the case, your device’s data partition may be corrupted. This can happen owing to incorrect flashing of a file, flashing a wrong kind of file or by flashing a file in an incorrect data partition. How do you get to know that this is indeed the problem? Well in these cases, your TWRP interface shows that your device’s internal storage is entirely empty and has 0MB of occupied space. But you don’t need to worry because that is not the reality and your data may be still safe. As we have now discussed the possible causes of the unable to mount storage error TWRP, lets discuss the ways we can solve the problem.
How to Fix Unable to Mount Storage Error in TWRP Recovery
Below, we have mentioned three different methods in which you can fix the unable to mount storage error in TWRP recovery. You need to to take care that you follow the methods in the order in which we have mentioned them. Also, remember to boot your device into TWRP mode.
Fix 1: Remove Lock Screen
If you use a pattern lock on your device, you should either remove it or change it to a PIN code or Password because TWRP recovery is not able to decrypt pattern locks. Changing locks on a device is very easy, but still, we have shown you how to do it:
STEP 1: First of all, quit TWRP mode and boot back your phone to system.
STEP 2: When you are back into system, head over to Settings > Security and from there, go to Lock Screen > Lock.
STEP 3: From there, either select PIN or Password or remove your lock. Once done, boot your device back into TWRP mode.
STEP 4: After that, the TWRP recovery will ask you to enter your device’s PIN or Password. This will decrypt your phone’s internal storage.
Now you can try to flash some files to your device in order to check if the unable to mount storage error in TWRP recovery is fixed or is it still occurring. If you still see the error message, head over to the next method.
Fix 2: Repair or Change File System
The second method you can try is repairing or changing your device’s file system. You can do this directly from TWRP.
STEP 1: First of all, boot your device into TWRP mode.
STEP 2: Next, head over to Wipe > Advanced Wipe and over there, tap on the Wipe and Advanced Wipe option.
STEP 3: After that, tap on Data Partition and then click on the Repair or Change File System option. Over there, tap on the Repair file system button and wait while the process is completed. Then check if it fixes the Unable to mount storage error in TWRP.
STEP 4: If the problem is solved, then it’s all good but if the error is still there, head back to the Repair or Change File System. This time, select the Change File option.
STEP 5: You will see a menu, from which you have to select EXT 2 and confirm it by doing a right swipe.
STEP 6: Once done, you need to switch back to EXT 4 and confirm it as well.
STEP 7: Once done, go back to the TWRP main screen and go to the Mount option.
STEP 8: Open the data partition and then again, try to flash some files.
Check if you are still facing the unable to mount storage error in TWRP or not. If you are still facing the error, follow on to the next method.
Fix 3: Format Internal Storage
If you have tried the two methods above and are still facing the unable to mount storage error in TWRP recovery, you should try this last option that will surely fix the unable to mount storage error in TWRP. This method involves formatting your internal storage, in which you will have to wipe all of your device’s data. So as you now know that this method will involve erasing your data, you should check out our guide on how to perform a backup of your data in order to avoid losing some important files or data.
Once you are done with performing the backup, follow the steps mentioned below:
STEP 1: Boot your device into TWRP mode.
STEP 2: Then head over to Wipe > Advanced Wipe and over there, select internal storage.
STEP 3: Then perform a right swipe to format this partition which will erase all your data.
STEP 4: Once you are through, the unable to mount storage error in TWRP will be fixed. Your internal storage in TWRP will still be showing you 0MB, but this time, it will be true.
So that is it from our side! We hope that you found this article helpful. If you have any queries or questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below.