The first thing to do when trying to obtain more from your Android based device, or when you want to improve its performances is to unchain its system. The same can be achieved by rooting the OS and then by installing a custom recovery image into the phone’s internal system. Well, today I will show you how to do the mentioned operations for your Samsung Galaxy Grand; we will start by flashing CWM recovery and then by gaining root access, as those of xda-developers had made available a root procedure that can be completed only by using the CWM recovery tool.
You will install the CMW recovery tool on your Galaxy Grand by using Odin, this being the only way in which you can apply a custom recovery image on a locked handset. Usually, CWM recovery can be flashed only on rooted devices. Also, as mentioned, after completing this guide you will be able to easily root your Grand, a suitable tutorial being available here, on Android.gs, too. So, by performing these operations, you will be able to unchain your phone from the factory restrictions and also you will gain access to its internal system.
By using the CWM recovery tool you will be able to apply customization, optimization, maintenance, backup, restoration and a lot more operations on your Samsung Galaxy Grand. Furthermore a custom ROM firmware can be updated only by using a custom recovery image, so as you can see, completing the present step by step guide isn’t an option for you. But you should be careful as this is an unofficial procedure and also a complex and risky operation; if you somehow mess things up you can even end up in bricking your device.
You shouldn’t worry though as the warranty will not get void by installing CWM recovery on the Galaxy Grand. Unfortunately, you will lose the warranty when you will root your phone, but that’s not our case, at least not now.
Now, even though Odin will be used on the flashing process, it is still recommended to backup the Grand data before going any further. A wipe of the system might be necessarily, so in order to avoid the unpleasant situations, take your time and apply a full backup operation for saving your contacts, the EFS folder along with the internet settings, the market apps, the call logs, text messages and everything else you need to.
Since you have to install Odin and use the same, you need to have access to a Windows running computer; your phone and its USB cable will be used too. Now, on your computer and preferable on the handset too, deactivate the security protection, starting with the antivirus programs and Firewall tools. Then, enable the USB debugging option on your device and charge its battery (you can skip this step if you notice that there is more than 60% power left).
Take note that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Grand model number GT-I9082. Don’t install CWM recovery by using the steps from below on a similar or different Android based smartphone because you can end up in bricking your device. Also, the CWM recovery tool is being offered by those of xda-developers so we have them to thank for the present tutorial.
How to Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Grand GT-I9082
- The Galaxy Grand drivers should be installed on your computer; if not download Samsung KIES and flash the same.
- Then, download Odin; extract and install the program on your computer.
- Up next, use the link from here and download the CWM recovery file; also extract the file on your computer, preferable on the desktop.
- On the computer run Odin.
- Turn off the smartphone.
- Reboot it by pressing on Power, Home and Volume Down buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
- Your phone will be booted into download mode.
- Next, you need to connect the Galaxy Grand with the computer (via USB cable).
- Take a look on Odin; the ID:COM section should be yellow or blue and the “added” message should be displayed.
- If different you need to: close Odin, disconnect the phone from the computer, use Samsung KIES and re-install the drivers, open Odin and repeat the steps from above.
- Now, if everything is working as expected, then from Odin select “PDA”.
- Pick the CWM recovery file from the desktop.
- On Odin make sure that the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” options are both checked.
- Also, the re-partition option shouldn’t be enabled.
- Now, click on “start”.
- The custom recovery image will now be installed on your Galaxy Grand.
- In the end on Odin you will see the “pass” message displayed.
- The phone will reboot and you can remove the USB cable.
While trying to install CWM recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Grand you might get the following issues: Odin might get stuck, and in the end, your phone might get stuck in a boot loop. In order to resolve these problems, complete the following lines.
If Odin gets stuck:
- Close Odin.
- Unplug the USB cord and disconnect the handset from the computer.
- Force restart your phone.
- Reinstall the drivers on the computer via Samsung KIES.
- Run Odin.
- Reconnect the device with your computer.
- Return to the flashing process.
If in the end your handset will be stuck in a boot loop:
- Reboot the Grand by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.
- You need to boot into recovery mode.
- From recovery mode you need to wipe the system; so select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to the recovery menu: select “+++go back+++”.
- End this process by choosing “reboot system now”.
So, that’s it for now. Your Samsung Galaxy Grand has been installed with the touch version of CWM recovery. You can boot into recovery by pressing the Volume Up, Power and Home buttons at the same time. Anyway, if you have something to share with us or with other users who might want to apply this tutorial, use the comments area from below.