How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 needs to have a custom recovery image on it if you wish to be able to play with a custom ROM. This post dedicates a tutorial on how to get this tool on your gadget. We use ClockworkMod Recovery for this guide.

Requirements

Your Nexus 7 will first require the following: use the model which is already factory unlocked and rooted, make some backups with your important data, download the CWM image package (from the official website; we recommend you to use the version called Touch), then be sure to download fastboot files.

Now for the steps which are going to flash the new app on your tablet.

Important instructions

  1. Step one will need you to go to the fastboot files we told you to download, then use a tool to unzip them. The folder which contains them should have a total of four files.
  2. Step two will have you do the following: cut the CWM package archive (*****.img file) and paste it to the folder we mentioned just recently, then go to Google Play Store. nexus-7
  3. Once in that location, step three will tell you to flash ES File Explorer File Manager from there. Next up you should perform these couple of tasks: launch the ES File Explorer Manager on the Nexus 7, then press Menu and opt for Settings.
  4. Here is step four asking you to choose Up to Root and then Root Explorer once you’re in Settings; press “Yes” if the gadget asks you to.
  5. Step number five will have to happen like this: find “Mount File System Option“, tap it and opt for the three options it contains.
  6. Press the Back button and, once you are out of Settings, press the sign saying “/”.
  7. For step seven you will be required to choose System.
  8. When you’re in this folder, press and hold recovery-from-boot.p. Now opt for Delete; after the file is erased, you should open Settings, then tap Developer options.
  9. Activate the latter by clicking the key located on the top. Now tap USB debugging.
  10. As soon as the USB debugging option is turned on, you need to plug the Google Nexus 7 to your laptop, then launch the fastboot directory. Go to your notebook and start the command line.
  11. Step eleven will tell you to select the fastboot directory for this action. When you are done, you will be asked the following: enter a couple of commands. Here they are:
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash recovery ***.img
    The *** part should be replaced with the …img file. The first command is going to reboot your Nexus 7 in fastboot mode. What you should be doing next is as follows: wait for the custom recovery image to start its installation phase. When the process is complete, you should see a message that says “OK/finished“.
  12. In step twelve you will be prompted to enter:
    fastboot reboot
    in command prompt. The Nexus 7 will soon reboot automatically.

The ClockworkMod Recovery is now safe and sound on your gadget. But if you want to be 100% sure about this, then do the following: power the device off, press and hold Volume Down, Volume Up and Power together, then see whether or not the custom recovery image has replaced the tablet’s default recovery image.

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

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