CLockworkMod Touch Recovery can be installed on your Galaxy Nexus phone and you can use it to install new custom ROMs and improve its performances, as well as gaining access too all its sub-system functions and features. Install CWM Touch Recovery on Galaxy Nexus phones that are already rooted and do not attempt to install it on any other device than the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
The CWM Touch Recovery you’ll find in this post will work with the Galaxy Nexus GSM and CDMA models has been created by an XDA recognized developer called ‘koush’ and now you can use his tools to install it right on your device without too much trouble. Before we can begin to install this custom recovery image you will have to read the info listed in the preparation guide and learn how to correctly prepare your PC and your smartphone so that everything will work smoothly. Make sure that you read all the info listed under both, preparation and tutorial, guides as you wouldn’t want to repeat the entire process because you forgot to apply one or two steps.
Here’s what you need to know before moving to the how to install CWM Recovery Touch on Galaxy Nexus phones:
- install this CWM Touch Recovery only on rooted Galaxy Nexus GSM and CDMA variants. Do not attempt to install it on other smartphones because it won’t work and you might end up damaging them.
- Make sure that your computer has the ADB software installed along with the Galaxy Nexus USB drivers.
- Enable USB debugging on your smartphone.
- Unlock the phone’s bootloader using this guide here. Remember not to delete the fastboot folder, which you’ll download at the ‘bootloader unlock guide’.
- Charge the Galaxy Nexus battery at least until it goes over 70% and so you will prevent the phone from switching off during the update.
- disable the antivirus and antimalware applications on your computer so that neither of these apps will interfere with the installation process.
- it is recommended for you to create a full backup of the current ROM so that in case you will mess something up, then you’ll be able to restore it.
- you can save the APN settings, SMS text messages, Call Logs and the installed applications by using these small Android applications: AppBAK for Android apps backups | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
- Gmail can save your Phone Contacts using the phone’s sync feature. If you don’t know how to do it, then you should try this guide here.
- the installation of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery on your Galaxy nexus should be applied only at your own risk and you are the only person to be blamed in case the phone is bricked during the process.
I think that these are all the instructions you had to read and now you’re free to move to the tutorial guide. In case you cannot complete the update, then you should let us know by posting in the comments section. Also, if you have any extra tips and tricks about Galaxy Nexus and the CWM Touch Recovery please tell us by leaving a comment at the end of this article.
Read all the instructions in the how-to guide and do not skip any of them. Also, remember that your PC should still have the fastboot zip file and the folder you’ve created when you’ve unlocked the Gnex bootloader. If your PC doesn’t have the fastboot then you should click the listed above in the preparation guide.
Now that you know all this info, move to the tutorial and install the custom touch recovery image.
How to install CWM Touch Recovery on Galaxy Nexus:
- Download the CWM touch recovery image from here.
- After you download the file, save it on your PC and after that you have to rename it to ‘recovery.img’.
- Move the recovery.img file in the ‘fastboot’ folder or at least where you’ve saved the ‘fastboot.exe’ file. Also, fastboot folder, because of the ADB software, might be located in /tools or in /platform-tools which are folders created by Android SDK installation process.
- Now, power off the Galaxy Nexus.
- Boot your phone into fastboot mode by pressing and holding the ‘volume up’ + ‘volume down’ buttons at the same time and, while doing this, press Power also. Wait for fastboot mode to load.
- Go back to your PC and go to the folder where the ‘fastboot.exe’ and ‘recovery.img’ files are located. Press ‘shift’ on your computer keyboard and, while you hold it like that, right-click in the folder’s empty space and select ‘open command prompt window here’. Windows’ command prompt will open and you can move to the next step.
- To flash the recovery.img you will need to enter the following command in command prompt: fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- Press Enter to run the command and when this action is complete, you need to restart the phone.
- After the phone will restart and load its home screen, it will also pack the touch-based CWM Recovery. This is the last step you had to take in order to complete its installation.
I think that this should do it, and now your Galaxy Nexus device has the ClockworkMod touch-based Recovery installed and now you’re free to install new custom ROMs and other applications that are usually requiring root access and CWM installed.
If you didn’t manage to complete the installation or your phone got stuck in the process, then you should remove its battery and after that repeat the entire tutorial once again and the second time you need to make sure that you apply all the instructions I’ve told you to apply. In case you still cannot complete the guide at your first attempt, then please use the comments section to ask for our help.
Also, if you have any extra info or any tips and tricks then use the same comments field and tells us all your Galaxy Nexus and CWM Recovery-based secrets.
I hope that this guide helped you get clockworkmod touch recovery image installed on your Gnex device and you should know, that now since your device is unlocked, with CWM Recovery installed and rooted then you can use this guide HERE and learn how to update it to Google’s brand new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM.