Oppo Find 7a is a great Android based smartphone, but if you really want to take full advantage of its performances and capabilities, you first have to complete some custom operations. In that matter we will start by checking on how to easily install CWM recovery on your Find 7a, a basic operation that is required especially if you are thinking in rooting and flashing a custom ROM firmware on your Android smartphone. So, for further info, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines which are being explained during the present tutorial.
When you first buy an Android based handset, in our case the Oppo Find 7a, it will be delivered with various factory and default restrictions along with in built features, apps and programs. Now, if you want to speed up your device, improve its battery life, customize the Android system and spice things up, you need to unlock the system and remove the bloatware. In order to do so, first you will have to root and install a custom recovery image on your phone. With root access you will be able to gain full control over your phone’s internal system and by flashing a custom recovery, such as CWM recovery, you will be able to “play” with your device system.
So, CWM recovery represents a hidden menu that can be used when trying to access, change and optimize the internal Android system of your Oppo Find 7a. Of course, first your phone is pre-installed with the stock recovery image, which offers only limited possibilities. Therefore if you are an advanced Android user and thinking in tweaking your device, replacing the stock recovery with a custom one is a must. That’s why, I will be teaching you how to easily flash CWM recovery on your Oppo Find 7a.
The best is that after installing CWM recovery you will also be able to easily root your Find 7a, but we will discuss more about that in a separate step by step guide (stay close as it will be soon developed and posted for you – just check out our how to section for the same). Also by using a custom recovery you can perform other operations such as: updating with a custom ROM firmware, overclocking your Android device, installing a custom kernel, making a Nandroid backup, clear cache, making a hard reset and lot more.
It is important to know that flashing a custom recovery image represents an unofficial operation that isn’t supported by Oppo. Moreover, the CWM recovery file is being developed and offered by third party devs, so we should thank them for the same. Due to same reasons, by completing this tutorial you will lose the warranty of your phone and unfortunately you can’t do anything about this. So, if you think that you might end up in bricking your device, maybe the best will be to stop going any further – if you read, follow and apply all the guidelines from this tutorial, everything will be fine.
Also it is more than recommended to backup your data before going any further. In some cases, rare ones but it still happens, while performing the flashing operation the data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, in order to avoid bad things from happening you need to use backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving everything that’s important for you, including your text messages, call logs, contacts list, market apps, internet settings along with your personal data, info and accounts.
On the other hand, a computer will be required and you will have to use your phone’s USB cable since a connection between your devices will have to be established. Then, on your computer you should deactivate all the security programs, because tools like antivirus or antimalware might interfere with the installation process. On the same time, on your Oppo Find 7a go to “menu – settings – developer options” and enable the USB debugging option. Furthermore, check the battery status of your smartphone and if you notice that there is less than 50% power left, before heading to the proper steps plug in the charger.
On your computer Android SDK and Fastboot must be installed; so use one of our dedicated tutorial and ensure the same: how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Do note that this tutorial is only compatible with the Oppo Find 7a, so install CWM recovery by using the following steps, only if you own the mentioned Android based smartphone – else you can end up in bricking your handset.
How to Install CWM Recovery on Oppo Find 7a
- First of all, download the CWM recovery file from here.
- Place the file on the same folder as Android SDK – path “android-sdk-windows-platform-tools”.
- Also, on your computer install the Oppo Find 7a drivers.
- Now, go to “android-sdk-windows-platform-tools” and from there open a command prompt window: press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space within the mentioned folder.
- Power off your smartphone: press power button and select “power off” or press and hold the power button for 15 seconds.
- Now, press Volume up and Power buttons at the same time until the screen turn on.
- Connect your device with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Now, head your attention towards the cmd window; there type the following command: “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”.
- Wait while CWM recovery is being installed on your Oppo Find 7a and in the end, unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone.
- Note: you can learn how to enter recovery mode on your Android smartphone by checking our dedicated step by step guide – just check the provided link from above.
- Note 2: if after completing the steps from above, your handset gets stuck in a boot loop, access recovery mode and from there select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Finally go back to main menu of recovery and choose “reboot system now”.
Good; so that was how you can easily install CWM recovery on your Oppo Find 7a. Now, you can safely look forward in rooting and updating with a custom ROM firmware, such as CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid. Stay close as we will bring further tutorials for your device and also use the comments field from below in case you have questions and for sharing your experience with us and with our readers.