Rooting your Android device allows you to extend its functionality and customize it according to your preferences. Installing a custom recovery image is one of the things that you can do once you have rooted your smartphone or tablet. In this guide, we will share the process to install a custom recovery image – CWM Recovery on Android, but before we start, it is important to go through a few aspects that will help you to decide if installing a custom recovery image on your Android device is really a good choice for you.
Consideration before installing a custom recovery image
The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that it is only possible to install a custom recovery image on an Android device that has been rooted. If your smartphone or tablet is not rooted yet, you will need to complete this process before proceeding with the installation of CWM recovery. Although rooting offers many benefits, it is important to bear in mind that your device’s warranty will be voided when you apply this process on your device. This is because you have to unchain the Operating System of your device. Since the process is not official, your device won’t be covered once you have rooted it.
You also need to consider the fact that your device already has a recovery image. There is a stock recovery pre-installed on all Android devices, but if you want to make adjustments to your phone or tablet to improve it, this default solution won’t be very helpful. With a custom recover image, you can flash .zip files from the SD card, including custom ROMs, when you want to carry out maintenance on the device, improve its performance, customize it, backup, restore it and other tasks that may not be available. If your Android device is already rooted or you are willing to assume the risks involved with rooting, then you can consider installing a custom recovery.
The next question that you may be asking is why should you consider CWM recovery. The answer is that this option (also known as ClockworkMod Recovery) is very popular and versatile. It is the most commonly used custom recovery solution and you can find the official version on Google Play. It works on pretty much all Android devices. In addition, CMW recovery has great functionality and it offers seamless performance on your tablet or smartphone. Before installing CWM, there are a few preliminary steps that need to be completed. This will help you to get your device prepared for the installation.
One of the main things to keep in mind is that not all devices are supported by the official CWM recovery tool. This is why the first step is to make sure that your device is in the list of the options supported by CWM recovery. Before starting the flashing process, you need to back up the data on your device, including your personal information and accounts. If the unofficial CWM recovery is the option you are going for, you need to use a computer and a USB cable to connect your device. Select a version of CWM that can be used on your device. You need to follow the steps very carefully to avoid damaging the device.
How to install CWM Recovery on Android
- Download the CWM recovery tool from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager
- Install CWM recovery on your device and open it
- Select flash CWM recovery from the pop-up menu
- Use the recovery menu to complete the operation needed. Alternatively,it is possible to access CWM recovery by turning off the device. Then you have to reboot it pressing Power, Volume up and the Home buttons at the same time.
- Select reboot system now to boot into Android
If you have previously installed CWM recovery on your Android device, but are not sure how to enter it, follow the below guides for specific devices.
Enter recovery mode on Galaxy Note 2
Enter recovery mode on Galaxy Note 3
Enter recovery mode on Galaxy S3
Enter recovery mode on Galaxy S4
Enter recovery mode on Google Nexus 5
Enter recovery mode on HTC One
Enter recovery mode on LG G2
Enter recovery mode on Moto X
Enter recovery mode on Xperia Z