Install CWM Recovery (built 6) on New Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) without root

When trying to tweak your Android device a custom recovery image will be required. Basically the custom recovery tool must be used when dealing with almost all the unofficial or custom operations like installing custom ROMs for upgrading the battery life and improving the performances, flashing custom kernels, updating with beta versions of the Android system, or overcloking / undervolting the CPU for increasing the speeds. So, since a custom recovery is extremely important for the Android users, during the following lines I will show you how to manually install CWM Recovery 6 on the New Google Nexus 7, the 2013 edition of the Asus tablet.

CWM recovery is one of the most popular custom recovery for Android. The tool has been used by many users, the app being available for all the Android based devices out there, whether we are talking about low range, old, mid range or high end smartphones or tablets. CWM recovery offers the classic features included on a custom recovery for Android as you don’t receive the touch capability that is featured on TWRP recovery. Anyway, today we will be checking on how to install the build 6 of CWM recovery on your New Google Nexus 7, so if you want to update your tablet to ParanoidAndroid, or with any other custom ROM, first complete this step by step guide.

The best is that you will be able to flash CWM recovery on Nexus 7 2013 without previously rooting your tablet, as this guide is compatible with both rooted and un-rooted handsets. The bootloader must be unlocked though, but you can anytime learn how to easily unlock the Google Nexus 7 2013 bootloader by following one of our previous tutorials. So, go and unlock the bootloader before starting to apply the steps from below. As for the root access, you don’t have to ensure it because the tutorial will work either way.

Since you will unlock the bootloader, the New Nexus 7 warranty will be lost. So, at this point your tablet will come without the warranty. That’s why you should be careful when performing the steps from below. If something bad happens you will be by yourselves, so try not to mess things up. For the future, if you will want to restore the warranty you will just have to downgrade / update your Nexus device with an official version of the Android OS. Then, the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked, the stock recovery reinstalled and the factory restrictions applied.

A backup is always recommended, so the present situation is also implying in previously saving your personal data, saves and accounts. In some cases, rare ones, after installing CWM recovery on Google Nexus 7 2013 the users stated that the data which is saved on internal storage memory has been corrupted or even wiped out. Therefore, for being able to avoid the unpleasant situations, before going any further use backup and restore apps from Google Play and save everything that’s important for you. Then return here and resume the rest of the guidelines from below.

Now, after taking care of the tasks described above, concentrate on ensuring the following pre requisites; don’t begin the installation procedure without completing the guidelines mentioned in the list from below.

  • A computer must be used so make sure you have access to the same.
  • Your Nexus 7 2013 and its USB cable should be near you.
  • Remember to unlock the bootloader of your device and to backup your data.
  • On the computer there shouldn’t be any antivirus programs installed; if different temporarily deactivate the security protection.
  • On your tablet you should go to path: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”; from there enable the USB debugging option.
  • On your device there should be more than 60% power left; if different plug in the charger before going any further.
  • On your computer fastboot and Android SDK must be installed. Use these guides for learning how to install Android SDK on Windows, or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • Apply this step by step guide only if you own the 2013 edition of the Asus Google Nexus 7 because the steps from below are compatible only with the mentioned tablet. CWM recovery 6 is available for many other devices, but use suitable guides if you don’t want to brick your Android based handsets.

How to Install CWM Recovery (built 6) on New Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) without rooting

  1. Get the CWM recovery tool. You can download the app from here.
  2. Save it on your computer.
  3. Optional: rename the file into “clockworkmod.img”.
  4. Place the downloaded file to the same folder as fastboot.
  5. Turn off your New Nexus 7.
  6. Reboot it in bootloader mode.
  7. For bootloader press and hold Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  8. Connect your tablet with the PC via USB cord.
  9. Go to the fastboot folder and there open a Command Prompt window.
  10. On the cmd window enter the commands: “fastboot flash recovery clockworkmod.img” and “fastboot reboot-bootloader”.
  11. The CWM recovery image will be installed on your handset.
  12. Also, in the end your device will be rebooted into bootloader mode.
  13. From there you can now choose to enter into recovery mode.
  14. Test the app, see if everything is working as expected and in the end select “reboot system now” for rebooting into Android.

Perfect, CWM recovery 6 has been successfully installed on your New Google Nexus 7 2013 which means that now you can easily root, install custom ROMs and kernels and perform other custom operations on your tablet for increasing the speeds, upgrading the battery life, improving the performances and so on. That was all for today, but stay close as we will bring more Android based trick, tips and step by step guides.

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