Do you want to update your LG G Pad 8.3 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS? If so, then you will have to flash a custom ROM firmware (CM 11, AOKP, SlimBean and so on) as since now Android 4.4 is available only for Nexus handsets. This means that for the official or OTA KitKat release you will have to wait a couple of months. Anyway, as stated, you can stop waiting by updating your tablet with a custom firmware. But for being capable to do that you will first have to root and install CWM recovery on your LG G Pad 8.3.
Since I have already showed you how to easily root the G Pad 8.3, during the present step by step guide we will be checking on how to flash the latest version of CWM recovery on your Android based tablet. The G Pad is a really interesting and appealing (in both performances and price) tablet, the handsets coming with great specs and features, though Android Jelly Bean is still running instead of Android 4.4 KitKat OS. This is the main reason for flashing CWM recovery: updating to Android 4.4.
As you know, a custom recovery image, this is what CWM recovery really is, is usually used by those who wants to install custom ROMs on the Android devices. But using CWM recovery is not only limited to that operation. A custom recovery image will be extremely important and useful especially for the advanced Android users who are looking into tweaking the LG G Pad 8.3. Basically, with CWM recovery you can flash .zip files from the SD card, you can wipe the system, clear the cache, make a Nandroid backup, install a custom kernel, flash a custom ROM and lot more.
Since the operation mentioned above are quite important, flashing a custom recovery on your G Pad is not really an option for you. For example, if you install a custom kernel, you will be able to overclock or undervolt the CPU frequency – by doing that you will be able to bump the speeds, or upgrade the battery life. The examples are numerous, this was only something obvious. However, you should know that replacing the stock recovery (each Android handset is released with a stock recovery image) with a custom one (in our case CWM recovery) represents an unofficial procedure.
The app which is presented during this tutorial has been developed by those of xda-developers so we have to thanks them for the same. But, CWM recovery is also available on Google Play, though the official variant of the tool isn’t compatible with all the Android devices out there. That’s why third party devs have to develop a modified variant of CWM recovery – the same is applying when talking about your LG G Pad 8.3.
What is important to know refers to the following aspect: a custom recovery image can be installed only on a rooted Android based handset. Therefore, you can complete this tutorial for installing CWM recovery only if you have previously rooted your LG G Pad 8.3. So, gain root access before going any further. Both, rooting and flashing CWM recovery represents unofficial procedures and by completing the same the warranty of your tablet will get void. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid this, though afterwards, the warranty can be restored.
Of course by restring the warranty the root access will be revoked and the stock recovery reinstalled. Anyway, for regaining the warranty you will have to downgrade your G Pad to stock Android OS, or to update with an official release of the same (Android 4.4 KitKat firmware).
CWM recovery is one of the most popular custom recovery that is used by the Android users and devs, the app being suitable with almost all the Android powered devices out there. Also, CWM recovery comes with an intuitive user interface that can be easily used and accessed. Basically, the app represents a link between you and your tablet’s internal system; that’s why you need to use a stock recovery when dealing with unofficial operations like the ones mentioned during the lines from above.
If I have convinced you to complete this step by step guide, first start by reading and applying the pre requisites from below. Only after that you should head to the proper installation procedure from below.
- Remember to root your handset.
- Backup the LG G Pad 8.3 data – the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your device.
- Complete the backup because, during the flashing procedure, your personal info and accounts might get wiped out.
- Use suitable backup and restore tools from Google Play – don’t worry as most of the tools are free distributed ones.
- Make sure that you can use a computer, your G Pad and its USB cable.
- On the computer you need to disable the Firewall, antivirus and antimalware protection; the security tools might interrupt the installation procedure and we don’t want that to happen.
- You will have to connect your device with your computer; because of that, now you need to go to “menu – settings – developer options” for enabling the USB debugging option on your tablet.
- Also, you should check the battery status on your handset; if you notice that the battery power is less than 50% then you need to plug in the charger before installing CWM recovery.
- On your computer the G Pad 8.3 drivers must be installed; if you don’t have the drivers you can get them by going to this page.
- This tutorial is compatible only with the V500 model of the LG G Pad 8.3. The CWM recovery tool which is presented on this guide has been developed and tested only on the mentioned tablet. Using this guide on other conditions will probably conclude with a bricked Android device.
How to Install CWM Recovery on LG G Pad 8.3
- Download the CWM recovery file from here (or by going to this page) and place the same on your computer.
- Save the downloaded file on desktop.
- Unzip the file also on desktop.
- Connect your G Pad 8.3 with your computer.
- Use the official USB cable for establishing the connection.
- On your computer go to the CWM recovery folder from desktop (the one that has been obtained after the unzip process).
- From there run the 1-click-cwm-recovery-installer.bat executable file.
- Press any key in order to continue and in order to resume the installation procedure.
- Follow the on screen prompts.
- That’s it; in the end CWM recovery will be installed on your LG G Pad 8.3.
If you want to access the recovery mode, then you will first have to turn off your tablet. Wait a few seconds and then use our dedicated step by step guide: “how to enter recovery mode on rooted and locked Android devices”.
Also, if you have experienced issues while trying to complete the steps from above, go here and use our tutorial which will guide you through the troubleshooting process.
Good job; now, you can use CWM recovery on your LG G Pad 8.3, as you have successfully applied our step by step guide. Therefore, starting by now you can easily consider in installing a custom ROM firmware for updating to Android 4.4 KitKat software, or you can do other custom and unofficial procedures. Use the comments area from below if you have something to share with us and stay close as more tutorials are being developed as we speak.