How To Install / Flash ClockworkMod Touch Recovery On Supported Android Devices [Root Only]

Developer koush’s ClockworkMod Recovery is the most popular custom recovery today. It is used and recommended by just about every Android enthusiast out there because of its availability on a wide variety of devices.

Unfortunately, ClockworkMod Recovery never really had the most elegant of user-interfaces. It required the user to navigate its menus through their device’s volume up/down, home, back, power keys.


Fortunately, the developer recently gave a sneak preview of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery which has a similar overall look as the non-touch version, but lets users navigate menu through touch. The recovery is now available for a bunch of new devices, namely:

    • Samsung Galaxy S II International Version
    • Sprint Epic 4G Touch
    • AT&T Galaxy S II
    • T-Mobile Galaxy S II
    • Sprint Epic 4G
    • Motorola Cliq
    • LG Optimus Black
    • LG Optimus 2X
    • LG Optimus 3D
    • HTC Rezound
    • HTC G2
    • HTC MyTouch 4G

This is besides its availability on the HTC EVO 4G/3D, Desire, Desire HD, Sensation, Thunderbolt, Motorola Atrix 4G, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S / 4G.

This list will expand over the next few days, so we are going to write down a guide which is applicable for those versions of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery which are available in .zip format. Yes, certain versions of CWM Touch will not work for this method, so be sure to check if the file is a .zip or not. If it is, and your device is rooted, follow one of the guides below.

DISCLAIMER: Redmond Pie will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk.

Flashing Through ROM Manager [The Easy Way]

This method is safer, easier and is guaranteed to work for everybody whose device is supported by ClockworkMod Touch Recovery (you can check from here)

Step 1: Download, install and launch the premium version of ROM Manager [Market Link]. Costs $2.

Step 2: Tap on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery and let ROM Manager work its magic.

Manually Flashing Through ClockworkMod Recovery [The Hard Way]

This method is less safe, relatively difficult and is not guaranteed to work for everyone. It is also free.

Step 1: Download the .zip file of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery from here [Official Website]. Transfer it directly under /sdcard on your device’s storage.

Step 2: Turn off your device. Once it is completely shut down, you will have to press and hold a specific combination of buttons to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery. You can find out this combination for your device by searching on your favorite search engine.

Step 3: Once inside ClockworkMod Recovery, take a nandroid backup. This is a precautionary measure.

Step 4: Once backup is complete, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > [.zip file you transferred in step 1] to flash ClockworkMod Touch Recovery.

If you followed the steps correctly, you will now go straight into ClockworkMod Touch Recovery.

Select reboot system now to resume normal operation.

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