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ClockworkMod (CWM), developed by Koushik Dutta is a custom recovery (See this article to know more about custom recoveries) for Android devices, which provides you with many additional functions that are otherwise not possible with the stock recovery (What is a Stock Recovery?). It is an alternate recovery for Android phones and tablets. Stock recovery of most of the Android devices gives the users a few basic options that enables them to factory reset the device, update firmware etc. The limitations of the stock recovery thus demands the need for a custom recovery. ClockworkMod recovery is one of the most popular Android custom recoveries that supports many Android devices. CWM recovery could be used for installing ROMs like AOKP, AOSP, CyanogenMod etc.

ClockworkMod Recovery

Installing ClockworkMod

Before going into the installation procedure you should make sure that your device is rooted. Two methods are described below to install ClockworkMod in your Android device.

1) Flashing ClockworkMod Recovrey via ROM Manager

  • Launch the Android market from your phone and search for a free app called ‘ROM Manager’ and install it.
  • Once it has been installed, launch ‘ROM Manager’ on your phone.
  • In ROM Manager, tap ‘Flash ClockworkMod Recovery’. Your phone model should be specified if it is prompted during the process.
  • Wait till ClockworkMod is installed . Once the process is finished, you can enjoy more freedom on your device with ClockworkMod recovery.

Note for unsupported device owners : If your device is not in the CWM recovery supported list but you still need it, you could try searching for unofficial CWM recoveries or any other custom recovery. Google it and you might find some or you can head over to XDA Forums and search the forum (lots of custom recoveries are snooping around there).

2) Manually Flashing ClockworkMod Recovery

  • Download ClockworkMod Recovery for your device from here and move it to your SD card.
  • Turn your device off and boot into ClockworkMod Recovery using the button combination of your device. You can google to find out the combination.
  • Your device will now boot into recovery and you may take a backup, just to be safe.
  • Now, choose install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the downloaded file you moved to the SD Card and wait till ClockworkMod Recovery is installed in your device.
  • Reboot your device.

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