Custom recovery is essential part of ROM flashing. There should be supported custom recovery installed to flash any ROM. If you want to flash an Android 4.4.4 KitKat based ROM, you must install a latest custom recovery. Two most renowned name in custom recovery is ClockworkMod recovery and TWRP recovery. There are many other free recovery available that actually based on either CWM recovery or TWRP recovery such as SafeStrap, Boot Menu Manager (BMM) or Philz Touch recovery. Custom recovery not only flash various custom ROM but also do various advance task.. Before continuing how to install latest version of ClockworkMod recovery or TWRP recovery easily, lets learn little bit about stock recovery.
“Nearly all Android devices ship with a recovery console that is basically a partition on the device’s internal memory and can be booted into. The stock recovery of almost all Android devices provides a few basic yet handy options that allow you to factory reset your device and also to recover its operating system using an official ROM in zip format, but that’s all you can do with it. That’s where a custom recovery comes handy.”
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A custom recovery basically replace stock recovery and bring various advance functions that stock recovery don’t have. With the help of custom recovery, you can install both official (stock firmware) and unofficial ROMs as well as other updates including apps, themes, kernels etc. by flashing zip files, can wipe not just user data but pretty much every partition on your device, mount the storage card for USB mass storage access without leaving recovery, partition your SD card, wipe Dalvik cache and battery stats, fix permissions, perform, manage and restore backups and so on. However, custom recovery mostly used for flashing or installing new ROMs and Gapps.
ClockworkMod recovery which developed by Kush, probably the most used custom recovery. The earlier version of CWM recovery don’t comes with touch feature (but now available in touch supported version) and to fulfill the gap the first touch supported custom recovery TWRP introduced. XDA developer Phil3759 also rolled out an advance version of CWM recovery which we call PhilZ Touch 6 Recovery. It remove the boaringness of custom recovery by offering various colourful customization features. Unfortunately, the project is discontinued now.
In this page you will learn how to install CWM recovery (currently the latest version is 126.96.36.199) and TWRP recovery (currently the latest version is 188.8.131.52) on your device. The installation guide I discussed here require a rooted device, so you must have a rooted Android smartphone or tablet. This tutorial should work most devices including latest Galaxy S4, Xperia Z or HTC One. However, please note official CWM recovery or TWRP recovery may not available for your device.
How To install latest CWM recovery on Most Android devices
- Download and install ROM manager app from Play Store. It’s available for free.
- Then tap on Recovery Setup and select ClockworkMod Recovery under Install or Update Recovery.
- Next confirm your device and in very next screen tap on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
- The app then download the recovery from internet and then ask for Superuser permission. Allow the app Superuser permission and wait till you see a Success massage.
- Now go back to ROM Manager main screen and tap on Reboot into Recovery. Confirm your action and soon your Android device boot into ClockworkMod recovery non-touch version. For need to purchase the touch version or find a flashable copy of it.
That’s it! Your Android device now have latest version (that available for your device through ROM Manager) of CWM recovery installed. You can now boot into recovery via ROM manager. In recovery use Volume Up and Volume Down to jump between option and Power button to select an option (in some cases Home button can select option). If you bought the touch version then you can operate through touch. One thing you should note, ROM Manager only offer latest officially supported version of recovery. You can always flash unofficially releases to obtain a newer version.
How To install latest TWRP recovery on Most Android devices
You already learned installation steps for CWM recovery. Now, if you want a touch enabled custom recovery but can’t purchase or find a touch version of CWM recovery for your device then try TWRP recovery aka TeamWin Recovery Project. The most notable part of TWRP recovery is its user interface; the big icons look really handy.
- Download and install TWRP Manager from Play Store. It’s available for free.
- Now open TWRP Manager app, it will ask for BusyBox update in first run. Tap on OK. After updating BusyBox, open TWRP again, and tap on Install TWRP. It will show your device details. Select Install Recovery to begin the installation process.
- Then confirm your action and follow on screen instruction.
- Once done, tap on Reboot recovery to boot into recovery. Confirm your action and soon you will see touch enabled TWRP screen.
That’s it. You now know how to flash custom recovery such as ClockworkMod recovery or TWRP on your Android device. Once done, go and find some custom ROM to enjoy your first modified OS experience.
*** Recently XDA developer DsLNeXuS develop an App called Recovery Tool which find and flash latest version of your choice of recovery between CWM recovery and TWRP. That mean, it can save your precious time but it still pretty new and may not support all devices. The app also allow you to flash a recovery from your phone’s internal or external memory.