Having trouble with installing cwm recovery on your Android smartphone? As we have already talked about the ClockWorldMod Recovery in our previous post on how to install CWM recovery with ROM Manager so we will not go much into details this time. The stock recovery that comes pre-installed on your Android smartphone is limited to basic features, you can’t install or extract 3rd party zipped files through it. This problem has been solved by installing any custom recovery like CWM recovery or TWRP recovery – the 2 most famous custom recovery. I have already shared one method to install cwm recovery through ROM Manager that is said to be the official method to install it. But for this method, your device needs to be rooted. If you are having trouble installing cwm recovery with ROM Manager then you should try this method. So let’s get started.
Pre-Requisite (Before you Start)
Before your start with anything, make sure the below points are satisfied.
- Latest USB drivers of your smartphone must be installed on your PC.
- USB Debugging should be enabled (scroll down to see how to enable it)
- Your device bootloader should be unlocked.
Using ADB to install CWM Recovery
Enable USB Debugging
Now the very first thing is really obvious, you need to enable USB debugging on your Android device. Follow the below steps to enable USB debugging on your smartphone.
- Go to Settings > About Phone and tap on Build Number 7-8 times to enable developer options.
Install ADB and Fastboot Drivers
Now the next thing is to install ADB drivers on your PC. You can use the 15 seconds ADB installer tool created by an XDA member. Follow the simple steps to install ADB drivers.
You can also see this post to install ADB & Fastboot on Mac OS
- Download 15 seconds ADB installer tool (9.18 MB)
- Run it, type Y and hit enter 3 times to install
ADB and Fastboot
Flashing CWM Recovery through ADB
1)) Download cwm recovery (.img file), rename it to recovery.img and move it into drive C: > adb
2) Open Command (cmd) window inside adb folder. To do so, Shift + Right Click on the empty space and click on Open Command window here.
3) Now type adb devices and you should see your device in the list displayed (see the screenshot).
4)Now type adb reboot bootloader and click enter. Your device will be booted into fastboot mode.
5) Type fastboot devices and hit enter. You should see your device in the list displayed.
6) Nowtype fastboot flash recovery recovery.img and hit enter.
7) Once CWM has successfully flashed on your device, type fastboot reboot and press enter to reboot your device.
CWM has been successfully installed on your Android device. You can install Quickboot app to reboot your device directly into cwm recovery.
So far, this is the best method that I would suggest to install cwm recovery. But if you are still facing any problem with this method which you should not, you can try using another method to install CWM recovery without PC.