How to install CWM Recovery in your Galaxy S4

SGS4Almost anyone who has ever installed a custom ROM on their device knows how important it is to have a custom recovery installed on your device. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a TWRP guy or someone who prefers CWM as at the end of the day both of them manage to accomplish the same tasks. That being said, this guide however will focus on how you can install the CWM custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

Now, there are several methods you can adapt for installing CWM recovery on your Galaxy S4 but here we will only share two methods with you. One is via Odin and the other one is flashing the recovery through your phone’s SD card.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages that might be done to your device either during or after the process, so proceed at your own risk.

Prerequisites: You need Odin installed on your computer if you are going to opt for Method I if that isn’t your thing, then you can simply opt for the simpler approach offered by Method II.

Method I:

  • Download the required file from here, it will have a .tar format.
  • Boot into your phone’s Download mode by rebooting and pressing the Vol. Down + Home + Power key
  • See if Odin recognizes your device, you will see a light blue figure on the top side of Odin.
  • Click PDA, select GT-I9500-CWM-6.0.4.4.tar and click start.
  • Wait for your device to reboot and that’s it you’re done.

Method II:

  • Download the file required for the job from here. It will have a .zip format.
  • Put it on your phone’s SD card and boot into its recovery (Reboot with vol. up + home + power key)
  • Flash the downloaded .zip file from the option available in the stock recovery, same if you’re already running some sort of custom.
  • That’s it you’re done with flashing CWP recovery on your Galaxy S4.

Happy flashing everybody.

Odin Download Link: Click here

Method I (.tar) CWM File Link: Click here

Method II (.zip) CWM File Link: Click here

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  • Waleed Khalid

    Ah the problem with Dev-Host is that you’re clicking the Download button, instead try clicking the Download Now button, it will download the .tar variant of the recovery. If anything else is being downloaded, stop the download immediately. Also instead of CWM, I would recommend that you go for TWRP now instead as further development of CWM recoveries is almost next to none.

    You can search up your device on Google by typing: TWRP Recovery device name and opening the link from TWRP.me (that is the official website) and simply download the file you need, the rest of the procedure is same as it is written in this guide.

    Of course, you will have to reboot directly into recovery once you flash it, that can be done by turning off the auto-reboot option in Odin, flashing the .tar, disconnecting device, taking out the battery, putting it back in and booting up your device by holding power+home+vol.UP keys. If you boot back to home screen after the flash, the custom TWRP will be overwritten by the stock recovery.

  • Chizzle

    I posted a problem since yesterday and I’m yet to see any reply. *depressed*

    • Waleed Khalid

      Ah my reply isn’t going through due to increased security.

      • Waleed Khalid

        However, you can download TWRP instead of CWM. Just google TWRP and search for your particular device. Remember to boot into the recovery directly after flashing it otherwise it won’t stick

  • Chizzle

    I tried downloading the CWM recovery but it is never in a .tar format, instead it will be in a form of an application where I will need to install and get so many files. zip, disc files etc but never a tar file. I’ve tried different links and it always take me to that same Dev-Host link. Please help! Thanks.

    • Waleed Khalid

      Ah the problem with Dev-Host is that you’re clicking the Download button, instead try clicking the Download Now button, it will download the .tar variant of the recovery. If anything else is being downloaded, stop the download immediately. Also instead of CWM, I would recommend that you go for TWRP now instead as further development of CWM recoveries is almost next to none.
      You can search up your device on Google by typing: TWRP Recovery device name and opening the link from TWRP.me (that is the official website) and simply download the file you need, the rest of the procedure is same as it is written in this guide.
      Of course, you will have to reboot directly into recovery once you flash it, that can be done by turning off the auto-reboot option in Odin, flashing the .tar, disconnecting device, taking out the battery, putting it back in and booting up your device by holding power+home+vol.UP keys. If you boot back to home screen after the flash, the custom TWRP will be overwritten by the stock recovery.