The benefits of flashing an Android device with custom recovery outweigh the standard stock recovery in every possible manner. With the popularity of Android and other Android-based OS cropping up in devices exported from China, users want to experiment and push the boundaries of a normal smartphone usage. There are two ways to flash a custom recovery to any Android device- TWRP Recovery & CWM Recovery. The latter is our main theme for today, so without further ado let’s jump right in.
Before you begin downloading a ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery app into your device, analyze these options to determine if you really need it.
- Installing any custom recovery on your device, either officially via Google Play Store or unofficially via flashing a ZIP folder to your device, demands that an Android device should be rooted.
- Rooting any Android device will void any existing warranty and you won’t receive any bug fixes, support from your device manufacturer or stock firmware upgrades. This part will be solely in your hands. It is a lot of responsibility that many are not up to.
- If you are not a techie, then none of this would make any sense to you and it is better to avoid the risk of bricking your phone.
- If you want to install a custom recovery image to flash unsolicited ZIP files to and from an SD card or an external memory, swap files from your computer, perform maintenance and customize the OS as per your specific needs.
Now that you’ve made your decision to download and install CWM Recovery anyway, let us get down to some action.
It is virtually impossible to not have an app for something that you desperately need, so CWM recovery can be downloaded from Google Play Store either via ROM Manager or Flashify, which is the official version and the most up to date. Best thing is, you won’t even need PC to install CWM Recovery for which you had to use ADB and Fastboot. In case, you are using ADB and Fastboot, you can check our Most useful ADB Fastboot commands
In the case your device only supports an older version of CWM recovery software, then you can download a ZIP file of the older version and flash it into your device if it is already rooted.
This would be the unofficial or unsupported version that may involve the risk of bringing malware and another virus onto the device, so apply caution.
Also, you will require a USB cable and a PC to perform the transfer of ZIP file to your device set in recovery mode.
Install CWM recovery using ROM Manager:
- To download CWM recovery and install, you need to download ROM manager. Download ROM Manager
- After you install ROM Manager on your rooted Android device, go to the app and click OK on the notification that mentions about updates being installed.
- The app will display options to either install or update a ClockworkMod recovery or recover an already installed CWM recovery or a TWRP recovery (TWRP is also supported by ROM Manager now).
- If this is your first time installing a custom recovery choose the first option, ClockworkMod Recovery and wait for the next page to options with a list of supported devices.
- Choose a supported device from the list. If you are unsupported, the system will tell you so. In this case, you need to flash a manual recovery image.
Install CWM Recovery using Flashify:
Flashify is quite straightforward in its interface. You will only see two options on screen-
Within the Flash tab, the options presented to you will consist of a Boot image, Recovery image & ZIP file. On the top-right, you will see three vertical dots representing settings. Here you will find additional options such as Reboot, Reboot Recovery, Reboot bootloader, Settings, etc.
Flashify makes it a tad bit easier to enter the bootloader menu for those of you who do not know “how to enter into recovery mode and access the bootloader?”
If your device is already rooted, you can easily install the CWM recovery on the front-end.
If not, then you need to enter the recovery mode and flash the ZIP file from your computer to the SD card and then install it on your device in the back-end.
Once the CWM recovery has been installed, you can swap files, folders, even reset partitions, or install a newer or older Android OS on your device.
CAUTION: Resetting partition, installing another version of Android will reset the phone completely. It is advised to make appropriate backs up of the partition folders as advised in the ultimate guide to TWRP recovery on Android.
It isn’t exactly a big secret that most Android phones, including the branded phones, suffer from a ton of slacking features. First, there’s the system slowdown; and second, the OS crashes frequently or the device begins to heat up very fast. Such problems aren’t necessarily caused due to stock recovery but this is the reason that you cannot tweak your device in a manner that it would work the best for you.