The HTC Rhodium (which is also known as HTC Touch Pro2 CDMA, or HTC XV6875) can now be installed with a custom recovery image, CWM recovery, so you will be able to update your device with a custom ROM firmware. Therefore, during the next few lines we will be checking in how to manually install CWM recovery on your Rhodium smartphone. This step by step guide should be completed by those who want to obtain more power from their devices or to perform complex operations on it, so let’s get started.
I know that the Rhodium is an outdated phone, with low end specs and features, but this is not a reason for spending money on a new device, as you can still power up the performances of your old one. The easiest way in which you can do that is by flashing a custom ROM into the system. By performing such operation you will be able to update your handset with Jelly Bean or ICS based firmware that comes with features that cannot be found in the default version of the Android platform. Anyway, for being able to apply a beta ROM you must first root the Touch Pro 2 and install a custom recovery image (today I will teach you how to flash CWM recovery) on the same.
You should start with the root procedure, as CWM can’t be installed on a Rhodium that has a chained system. The root access comes with many advantages too, so it is a good idea to ensure it. You must be careful though as by rooting the warranty will get void. If anything bad happens and if you somehow damage or brick the internal system, then you will be by yourselves. You can restore the warranty but only by downgrading to the stock ROM, so you might want to note the version of the current ROM first.
As you are dealing with a complex operation that has nothing to do with HTC, you must first backup the data which is being saved on your phone’s internal storage memory. By flashing CWM recovery, the data might get corrupted or wiped out, meaning that you will not be able to use your personal info afterwards. Completing a backup is an easy task, but for easing your work I have displayed some suitable tips below along with other pre requisites that you must take care of.
- If you want to backup the text messages, download SMS backup and restore apps for Android.
- For saving the call logs, you should backup suitable backup and restore tools for Android.
- The contact list can be stored as soon as you learn how to sync with your Gmail account.
- You should backup the internet settings too.
- For saving other files, like images or videos, I recommend you to use a computer or an SD card.
- Remember to gain root access.
- You will have to use a Windows running computer.
- ADB should be installed on the PC.
- Also, install the proper drivers for your phone.
- On the computer and HTC Rhodium there shouldn’t be any security programs (like antivirus) installed; these tools can interfere with the installation procedure.
- On your device enable the USB debugging option “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
- Charge the phone’s battery or ensure that there is at least 70% power left.
That was the list of essential pre requisites, so you will not be able to perform the next steps if you skip the above section. Now, make sure you are applying this tutorial only if you own the HTC Rhodium (HTC Touch Pro2 CDMA, or HTC XV6875). If you somehow install CWM recovery by using the next steps for a different or similar smartphone you will risk in bricking your device. The present operation was first developed by those of xda-developers, so we have them to thanks for this opportunity. You can safely head to the proper tutorial now, so be careful and follow my directions.
How to Install CWM Recovery on HTC Rhodium
- Download the CWM recovery file from here.
- Save it to your computer.
- Ensure that ADB is installed on the PC.
- Place the CWM file to the “Platform-tools” folder (from the “Android” folder).
- Take your handset and connect it with the computer.
- Use its USB cord for that.
- On the PC open command prompt: “Start -> All programs -> accessories -> right click on command prompt and choose Run as administrator”.
- In the cmd window that opens type the following commands: “Adb devices”; “Adb reboot bootloader” and “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”.
- In the end the smartphone will reboot by itself.
- If something isn’t working as it should, long press the Power button to turn off the device and then re-do the above mentioned steps.
Congratulations as you have succeeded in installing the CWM recovery custom recovery image on your HTC Rhodium. You can now perform backups, maintenance and restoration operations, wipe tasks and a lot more by using this new tool. Don’t forget the most relevant one, as starting from now you can look forward in updating your Rhodium with a custom ROM firmware. We will be coming with suitable guides during the following days, so stay close. Also, share your thoughts and impressions with us and do tell how things worked for you.