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Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 using Odin

Using a custom recovery image, such as CWM recovery, on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 might be a must especially if you are considering in performing other custom operations for tweaking your Android tablet. Therefore, in case you are looking for an easy to follow method from which to learn how to install CWM recovery on Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, you should follow and apply the guidelines from below where I will show you how to flash the mentioned custom recovery image on your tablet by using Odin.

Odin is an official program developed and offered by Samsung which mean that you don’t have to use custom or risky apps in order to complete this step by step guide. Unfortunately, even though you will use an official flash program, completing this guide will imply in performing an unofficial operation. CWM recovery represents a custom recovery image which will replace the stock recovery that comes pre-installed on any Android device, meaning that this operation has nothing to do with Samsung.

Due to same reasons, by completing the installation process from below you will lose the warranty of your Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0. So, be careful while using Odin for installing CWM recovery on your tablet as if you mess things up you can also soft brick your Android device – if you are following the guidelines from this tutorial everything will be fine. Basically the warranty will get void because you will replace an official feature with a custom one which means that you can’t avoid this unpleasant situation in any matter.

Now as already pointed out, each Android device comes pre-installed with a stock recovery image. By using this recovery mode you can complete various operations, though your access will be limited. That’s why if you are an advanced Android user who wants to tweak his Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 a custom recovery will be a must. The recovery mode will establish a link between you and your tablet’s internal system; so basically, after flashing CWM recovery you will be able to complete different custom operations such as gaining root access, installing a custom ROM firmware, flashing a custom kernel, making Nandroid backups, removing bloatware and so on.

As you can see, flashing CWM recovery on Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a must especially if you want to unlock and improve the performances of your Android tablet. But, why CWM recovery? Well, this is the most popular custom recovery image for Android devices, the app being available for low range, mid range and high end Android based smartphones and tablets. CWM recovery is featuring an easy to use, almost intuitive, user interface and offers full access to your handset’s internal system. In order to navigate within CWM recovery menu you will have to use the hardware buttons of your device (volume up / down in order to navigate and power key in order to select).

Before starting to use Odin for installing CWM recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 you should backup your data from the internal storage memory of your device. In rare cases after using Odin you might be required to apply a wipe, which means that you can lose all of your personal data, info and accounts. Well, due to same reasons, you first might want to save everything that’s important to you by using cloud services or backup and restore apps from Google Play. You can then safely resume the steps from below.

A computer running on Windows should be near you as you will have to use the same on the installation process. Also, your tablet and its USB cable should be near you because you will have to establish a connection between your devices. On your Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 USB debugging option must be enabled; you can do so by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. Also on your computer the best will be to temporarily deactivate the security programs, including antivirus, antimalware or firewall – these programs might interfere with the flashing process of CWM recovery. Plug in the charger on your tablet if the battery level is less than 60% power left – if your device gets turned off in the middle of the installation process it might also get bricked.

Ensure that you are applying the steps from below only for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 because the CWM recovery file is compatible only with the same – try not to mess things up.

How to Install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 using Odin

  1. Download Odin, the CWM recovery file (from here) and Samsung KIES on your computer; place these files on desktop.
  2. Use Samsung KIES for flashing the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 drivers on your computer.
  3. Unzip Odin and install the program by following the on screen prompts.
  4. Unzip the CWM recovery package on desktop.
  5. Run Odin on your computer.
  6. Turn off your tablet and then reboot into download mode: after powering off, press volume down, home and power buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
  7. Connect your device with your computer via USB cable and check if on Odin the “added” message is displayed and the ID:COM section is yellow or blue.
  8. If not it means that the program hasn’t recognized your Galaxy Tab. Thus, you will have to reinstall the drivers on your computer and to repeat the steps from above once more.
  9. From Odin click on “PA” and select the CWM recovery file from desktop.
  10. Don’t make any other changes on the program; click on “start” in order to begin the flashing procedure.
  11. Wait while the process is being completed – in the end on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
  12. Unplug the USB cord and reboot your Android tablet.
  13. If your device gets stuck in a boot loop, enter your Galaxy Tab 3 in recovery mode and from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; in the end from main menu of recovery choose “reboot system now”.
  14. If Odin gets stuck while you try to complete the installation process, close the program, unplug the USB cord and force restart your tablet; in the end repeat the steps from above.

There you have it; that’s how you can easily install CWM recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 using Odin. So, congratulations; you should now test the new recovery image in order to see how the software works on your tablet. Of course, share your impressions with us and with our readers by using the comments field from below. Also, stay close as further tutorials will be developed for your Android device.