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Install CWM Recovery on Google Nexus 10

Nexus 10 has been launched on November 13th and if you’ve unlocked it’s bootloader, then you should also install a custom ClockworkMod Recovery image. This will help you flash new customizations and custom ROMs, which should help users easily improve or simply customize their tablets.

Installing this CWM Recovery image on your Google Nexus 10 device is easy and you should read this entire post if you wish to do it. Note that this is a guide that should be applied by advanced Android users, which means that novice owners should ask for more help in comments. You need to read all parts of this post as you first have to apply the changes listed in the preparation guide and only after you’re done with it, you can move to the CWM recovery flash process.

Here’s what you need to know before starting to install ClockworkMod Recovery image files on your Nexus 10 tablet:

  • Do not attempt to flash the files you find in this article on any other Android device. That might brick them and you won’t be able to use them.
  • If your device isn’t running on an unlocked bootloader, then you will have to use this guide here. NOTE: Unlocking the bootloader will wipe all the data from your device which means that you should backup all your important files before starting the installation.
  • Install the Android SDK from HERE. This will add the ‘adb files’ you need for flashing CWM recovery files over the stock recovery.
  • Enable the USB debugging option from your tablet’s developers menu. The Developer Options can be found in the Settings app, then you need to open ¬†About Tablet menu, which will open and you now have to tap the ‘build number’ section 10 times; it will unlock the developer options and you can enable USB Debugging option.
  • Charge the tablet’s battery so that the device will not power off while you’re installing the custom recovery.
  • We cannot be held responsible in case you will lose any data or the tablet gets bricked in the process.
  • Read the entire tutorial and if you need help, tell us in comments. Leave a detailed comment in which you explain exactly which steps you took and where you got stuck.
  • Don’t skip any steps I’ve listed in the tutorial guide.

Now that you know all of the above, I think that you should move to the next part of this post and learn how to flash the custom recovery files.

How to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Google Nexus 10:

  1. Download the Fastboot zip file from HERE. This is the file that you’ll use to flash all files.
  2. Extract the contents from this zip file and then place them in a ‘Fastboot’ folder on your desktop.
  3. Download CWM Recovery img from HERE. This is the file that you will have to flash. Move the file in the Fastboot folder.
  4. Power OFF your Nexus 10 tablet. Boot into Fastboot mode by pressing at the same time ‘Volume up’ + ‘volume down’ + ‘power’ buttons until you see the START text.
  5. Now you should connect your Google Nexus 10 to your PC via USB cable. Windows will install the drivers for the devices. Get to the next step.
  6. Go to the ‘Fastboot’ folder. Now press the ‘SHIFT’ key and then right-click on the white space in the folder. Select ‘open command window prompt here’ from the context menu.
  7. Enter the following command lines in order to flash the CWM Recovery:
    • fastboot devices – now your Nexus 10 should be detected. If not, then you should re-install the Android SDK drivers.
    • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img – this will install the CWM recovery. When the install is complete, CMD window will say ‘finished’ or ‘OKAY’.
    • fastboot reboot – it will reboot the tablet.
  8. That’s it, your device will now restart and the CWM recovery has been installed. The Nexus 10 will boot into normal mode.

If you want to see that the CWM Recovery mode works, then you should follow the steps below:

  • power off your Nexus 10.
  • Boot into Bootloader Mode by pressing at the same time the following buttons: volume up, volume down and power.
  • Select the ‘Recovery mode’ and confirm.
  • Your device will now restart into CWM Recovery mode and from now on you can use it to flash custom ROMs and any other Android customization files.

If you’re having troubles in completing this tutorial, then you should tell us at the end of this post.


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