Samsung Galaxy Nexus has to be one of the lesser bought Nexus phones out there as many people still confuse it with the Google Nexus 4 made by LG. However, the phone is independent from its namesake but does pack somewhat of a similar hardware. In any case, the android development for both of these phones is separate and the developers usually frown on any one making the age old mistake of calling them the same set.
In any case, if you do own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and want to flash a custom recovery on to it, we would recommend that you think about trying out the TWRP custom recovery. We recommend this recovery as some users have been reporting some issues while trying to flash in various custom in house ROMs with CWM. In any case, the whole process is relatively simply and will only take about 20 minutes of your time at max (even if you do it all manually) if you just follow the simple guide given below.
Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages that might be done to your device either during or after the process. However, the possibility of any harm that might be done to your device is very low.
Prerequisites: Before starting, you require a rooted device and an unlocked bootloader but then again a rooted device is usually obtained through an unlocked bootloader. You will also require Android SDK (or alternatively fastboot and adb files placed in a convenient location on your computer) installed on your computer.
Guide: (We would prefer if you use the second, easier method)
The first is the long and standard method for installing TWRP custom recovery on any Android device and is kind of generic.
- Download TWRP Recovery files from the official site by entering your device name (click here)
- Place the downloaded file in the folder which has fastboot and adb in it.
- Reboot into the bootloader manually by pressing the power button and volume up key.
- Connect your Samsung Galaxy Nexus to the computer and open a command prompt window in the fastboot folder.
- Type the following command “fastboot flash recovery ‘recovery file name’.img”
- Wait for the recovery to flash and then reboot out of the bootloader by selecting the appropriate option
- Just download GooManager from the Play Store by clicking here
- Click on the right corner and choose install open recovery script and choose TWRP.
That’s it, you will now have TWRP custom recovery installed on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus.