How to flash a custom recovery (like CWM or TWRP) on Android
0. phoneArena 12 Oct 2014, 16:53 posted on
If you have decided to take a trip to the land of custom ROMs and Android hacking in general, you’d need to take one first step - flash a custom recovery…
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1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Wait for it....."The beauty of Android". ;)
Sorry, that was terrible. If only there was a delete button.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8843; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I was going to show you this article since you want to try rooting, but you beat me here. Did you actually do it or no?
3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
No I needed to downgrade the kernel to root without unlocking the bootloader - not sure if downgrading such would wipe everything. :s
Just want to save app data from my old phone to use for the new one. Lesson learnt - when buying a new phone, root it ASAP!
4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Cont.: which is what I have done with the new one.
7. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Anyways put a link up of the srticle.
10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4342; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
It's never too late to root your phone. The reason you want to root your phone is so you can have FULL control. Once you root you can always put the most up to date ROMs & Kernels.
Just back up you phone to your PC just so you don't lose anything important & follow directions & you will be fine. The only time you could ever f*ck something up is if you deviate or just not follow directions.
Trust me I have been rooting EVERY phone I have ever owned that has been Android that is. Root is the only WAY to go & the reason why to me Android is the CLEAR winner in the mobile world.
My rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is by FAR the most epic phone I have ever had the pleasure to root & install a custom ROM. TouchWiz is pure garbage. I have an AOSP ROM BUT with all the core Samsung Galaxy Note 3 functionality & it's truly a pleasure to use...
11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I just want my app DATA backed up from my non-rooted phone - in any way, root or no root.
13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4342; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
15. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I've seen that before but it doesn't work on Sony (and Moto) phones - Sony's disabled something on their phones.
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4342; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That is very interesting... All I have to say is WOW. Looks like the only way you will be able to achieve what you want is through root.
Better get going on your root adventure. It will open your eyes to how locked down you really are when running STOCK...
5. antonioli (Posts: 185; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
I made it for the first time. The options are more interesting by far.
6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 778; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
You don't actually need the whole Android SDK, just the necessary files
8. Victor.H (Posts: 454; Member since: 27 May 2011)
True. We recommend getting the whole Android SDK, though, in case you want to continue with development further on.
9. GTX_Ti (unregistered)
May be Mini-SDK from XDA.
12. tedkord (Posts: 5148; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It's been a while, but if you're already rooted, can't you just install ROM Manager on your phone and use it to install CWM over your recovery partition? Or GooManager if you prefer TWRP? Much easier. Just make sure it supports your device.
18. networkdood (Posts: 6311; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Yes..you can..that is how I do it...twrp is great.
14. AfterShock (Posts: 2905; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I am thankful, PA didn't suggest a took kit.
17. water99211 (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
Phone Arena, you guys should do a article explaining how to combine your micro sd card with your phones memory to putt apps on it for rooted phones :D
19. networkdood (Posts: 6311; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Some devices have toolkits on XDA that can make this process even easier..as long as you have the drivers for tour computer...
20. headaxe (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
Hi, what do you mean on step 4? I can't understand where i have to put the FILE.IMG (Cwm recovery image).
21. headaxe (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
By the way (also in the step 4) my phone doesn't appears on the cmd line! What can I do?
23. HC1Gunner (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)
Everything goes great until step 3. In the terminal enter the following:
adb devices, my device is listed
Next, type in:
adb reboot bootloader
Wait for the phone to reboot in bootloader mode.
Which results in the following below
Phone shows green Android character and says...Downloading... do not turn off target!!
at top left it says...
Product name: SGH-I537
Current binary: Samsung official
System status: Official
KNOX Kernel Lock: 0x0
KNOX warranty void: 0x0
Write Protect: Enable (text grayed out)
eMMC Burst mode Enable (text grayed out)
4. Now, go to the platform-tools directory (a sub-directory of the Android SDK)
In the command line enter the following:
Make sure that your device is listed.
Nothing appears to be listed..
29. Mfa901 (Posts: 73; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
hey....go to XDA...if you will use this article...than surely you are going to messup your phone.....
24. IlyasMiah (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2014)
On step 3, after typing in 'adb reboot bootloader' it restarts, but doesn't go into bootloader mode.
26. smmytmc (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)
How do I get from fastboot screen to recovery screen without shutting down phone?
27. Alexboey (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)
Please my case is now diffrent I accidentally flashed everything now even there is no android os nor the CWM the device is off and cannot boot to anything. Please how do I install the CWM back to the phone so that I can Intsall the OS also. I have just remained with an empty device.HELP me out PLEASE.
28. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Ever heard of FLASHIFY? PA?
Yes it's an app
lol it only took me less than 20 seconds to install a TWRP on my device
No need to complicate things, really
Or if you own a MEDIATEK device just install an app called MTK Mobile Uncle.... Works similar to Flashify
32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3607; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Thanks bro, its way easier than old school flashing. Installing.
37. Deadeye37 (Posts: 82; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
Heck, the new version of the TWRP app will download & flash TWRP recovery itself. Super easy!
31. greenelektron (Posts: 185; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)
I own a nexus 5 but haven't tried flashing it. Friend say that i am not fully harnessing its power. Hehe.. I will try it one of this days.
33. Planterz (Posts: 1010; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Custom ROMs are fun. So are kernels. And with TWRP (or CWM), full backups are absurdly easy (and ALWAYS a good idea), and Titanium makes bringing all your apps (with data) to new ROMs painless.
34. Planterz (Posts: 1010; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
It's also really, really, REALLY hard to permanently screw up a Nexus, especially with custom recovery installed. Of course, that doesn't mean you should be careless, and you should definitely educate yourself on xda or at least some youtube guides.
35. Whitefur (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)
Ya, I f**ked this up pretty bad... RIP my Droid RAZR M...
36. Deadeye37 (Posts: 82; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
I rooted, loaded TWRP, and flashed Pac Man Rom on my Samsung Galaxy S III literally the day before this article came out. I remember jumping through all the hoops specified in the article when I rooted my old T-mobile G2. This time around it was super easy:
Rooted with TowelRoot (download app and tap the button to root)
Installed TWRP from Google Play and used the app to flash the custom recovery and to run a full phone backup to my SD card. No USB hookup required!
Downloaded the Pac Man 4.4.4 Rom (RC2) along with the requisite Google Apps package.
Installed the ROM using the TWRP app. The TWRP app lets you select the zip files that will be installed and also lets you select the options for the install (backup, wipe caches, etc). After you select everything, the phone automatically restarts and boots into recovery and does everything.
You win Team Win! TWRP FTW!
38. maharab (Posts: 1; Member since: )
Hi, do you know why I get this error with flash for my ZTE kisq?
$ fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-184.108.40.206-blade.img
FAILED (remote: partition 'recovery' not support flash
I actually have drivers as I enter to fasboot mode from linux when I make:
$ fastboot devices