Install CWM Recovery on any Android device in a minute

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The other days we have discussed about how to flash a custom ROM on an Android based tablet or smartphone and as you already know, there are some pre requisites to complete before being able to update with an unofficial release of the Android system. That’s why today I will teach you how to install a custom recovery imageCWM recovery – on your Android powered handsets (the step by step guide will work for both tablets and smartphones). So, if you are looking forward in tweaking your phone, do read and apply the following lines.

First of all, you should begin this guide by asking yourselves: do I really need to install a custom recovery image on my Android device? In order to answer to that question, first read the things mentioned during the following list:

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

So, you should learn how to install a custom recovery only if you agree with the up mentioned aspects. Furthermore, now you should be asking yourselves, why CWM recovery? Well, here the answer is simple: CWM recovery, or ClockworkMod Recovery, is one of the most popular custom recovery available for the Android system. The tool is being available on Google Play (the official variant of the app only) and the same is suitable with almost all the Android powered devices available on the market. Furthermore, CWM recovery comes with great features and capabilities and will smoothly run on your handset.

Therefore, if you had decided to install CWM recovery on your smartphone / tablet, then begin the flashing operation with the preparation tasks. In this way you will be able to avoid the unpleasant situations and also your phone will be prepared for the installation procedure.

  • First, you need to know that not all the devices are being supported by the official CWM recovery tool. So, before installing the same, make sure to check if your device is included on the official CWM recovery support list.
  • Then, also before starting the flashing operation, backup the data, personal info, saves and accounts from your handset – the data might get corrupted and you are risking in losing all of your personal info.
  • Remember to root your phone first.
  • If you are applying the unnoficial CWM recovery, then you will have to use a computer, your device and its USB cable – you will have to download a suitable version of CWM recovery that can be applied on your phone / tablet.
  • Don’t complete things by yourselves without consulting my directions as you can end up in bricking your device.

How to Install CWM Recovery on any Android device

  1. The first thing to do is to download the CWM recovery tool.
  2. So, take your device and go here.
  3. Get the app and install the same.
  4. Open CWM recovery.
  5. From the pop-up menu select “flash CWM recovery”.
  6. Use the recovery menu for performing the operation you need.
  7. 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.
  8. That’s it; you can reboot into Android by selecting “reboot system now”.


If you have installed CWM recovery on your Android device, but you don’t know how to enter the same, then here is a detailed list that can be used in that matter:

Good job; you have easily installed the official CWM recovery tool on your Android based device. If you had encountered problems while trying to flash the custom recovery image, contact us and we will try to assist you as soon as possible. Also, stay close for further tutorials as we are updating you with fresh and useful step by step guides daily.

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Andy Stevenson

Andy is a senior editor here on Android Flagship and you can surely rely on its experience as the Android subject is more than a hobby to him. Andy is currently focusing on developing dedicated and detailed tutorials, tips and tricks, so you will be able to find its work through the “how to” section of our website. Also, don’t hesitate and contact Andy if you have questions or if you want to hear a second opinion about anything that’s related to the Android OS.