ClockworkMod Recovery is one the most popular custom recoveries and is available for large number of android devices. It is developed by Koushik Dutta (Koush) – a well-known name in the Android dev community. ClockworkMod recovery allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Android device that aren’t possible with the stock recovery, and is one of the most common ways used to gain root access, back up device data, install custom ROMs, kernels, themes & mods, and more.
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There are 2 methods for installing CWM, but simplest of them is via app called ROM Manager also developed by Koushik Dutta.
Before installing the CWM there are few points you should remeber :
- A custom recovery image can be installed only on a rooted handset. Therefore, before applying this tutorial, you need to learn how to root your smartphone / tablet.
- Before starting the flashing operation, backup the data, personal info, saves and accounts from your handset
- The warranty of your handset will be voided – because you need to unchain the OS of your phone (as you know the root operation isn’t official and that’s happening when you are applying unofficial procedures).
- Your device is already featuring a recovery image; the stock recovery that comes pre installed on all the Android devices, which isn’t useful though especially if you are looking into tweaking your handset.
- The custom recovery image can be used when trying to flash .zip files from the SD card (such as custom ROMs), when trying to perform maintenance, optimization, customization, backup, restoration, hard reset and a lot more operations that usually aren’t available.
Ok now we are ready to install a custom recovery.
- The first thing to do is to download the ROM Manager. Price: Free+
- Get the app and install the same.
- Open CWM recovery.
- From the pop-up menu select “flash CWM recovery”.
- Use the recovery menu for performing the operation you need.
- You can access CWM recovery in a different way too; all you have to do is to turn off your phone. Then, you need to reboot by pressing (usually, but on some devices the buttons that need to be pressed are different) Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time.
- That’s it; you can reboot into Android by selecting “reboot system now”.
Now second method involves manually downloading the recovery zip and flashing via computer or app. But is not recommend for average user, because using wrong version of recovery can brick your phone. Also note that not all devices are officially supported but if your devices is supported ROM Manager will take care of installing correct version for your device.
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