Install Custom Recovery (TWRP / CWM) on Android Mobile (Samsung)

By default Android device are in STOCK recovery mode, where we don’t have much flexibility to update android versions or install UNOFFICIAL softwares.  Custom recovery allows us to do such things.

A custom recovery is used for installing custom software on your device. This custom software can include smaller modifications like rooting your device or even replacing the firmware of the device with a completely custom “ROM”

  1. Root your device
  2. On your PC download and install some Flashing Tool (e.g Samsung Odin is used here). Install and start the same.
  3. Download TWRP/CWM image (Download zip file, extract it and get recovery.img file). File should be downloaded according to device. e.g. for Samsung galaxy s4 mini I9192
  4. Boot your device into Download mode:
    1. Switch off your device.
    2. Press and hold “Home + Power + Volume down” buttons for a few seconds until you see a warning screen.
    3. Press Volume Up on the warning screen to accept it and boot into Download mode.

5. Once your device is in download mode, connect it to the PC with a USB cable. The     Odin window on PC should detect the device and show an “Added!!” message.

6. Now click on the AP tab on Odin window and select the TWRP recovery.img file that you downloaded for your PC.
Note: DON’T play with any other options on the screen. You’re only required to connect your device and select the TWRP recovery.img file in the AP tab.

7. Click the Start button on Odin and wait for it to finish the process. Once it has finished successfully, you’ll see a pass message on the Odin screen.

8.  Your device will automatically reboot when Odin is done flashing. You can then disconnect your device.

How to boot into TWRP recovery on a Samsung Galaxy device

  1. Switch off your device.
  2. Press and hold “Home + Power + Volume Up” buttons for a few seconds and as soon as you see your device’ logo on-screen, release three buttons altogether. Your device will boot into TWRP recovery.
  3. Enjoy!



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