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Install CWM / TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Grand 2 using Odin

Using CWM or TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is important especially if you are thinking in tweaking your Android device. So, if you are an advanced Android user and want to customize, optimize and power up your Galaxy Grand 2, then installing and using a custom recovery image such as CWM or TWRP recovery is a must. That’s why, during the following guidelines I will show you how to easily replace the stock recovery image from your phone with the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery.

You will be able to complete this operation by using Odin which means that the installation process can be applied even by a newbie who is on his first experience when talking about replacing the stock recovery with a custom one. We will be also checking the risks that are implied by this operation and then we will also check how to prepare your Galaxy Grand 2 for the installation process, so you have all the info needed detailed during the following lines; therefore, don’t hesitate and read the same before doing anything else.

A custom recovery image represents a custom app that offers access to the internal system of your Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 device. Basically by using a custom recovery you can make changes within your Android system and you can also complete other various custom operations such as making a Nandroid backup, wiping the system, clearing cache, installing a custom ROM firmware (like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), flashing a custom kernel, applying different .zip files and so on. Of course, for most of these operations root access will be required, but a custom recovery will offer an unlimited access to your phone’s internal system.

Basically you need to flash a custom recovery because the stock one is introducing restrictions so your access will be limited. Now, CMW and TWRP recovery are the most popular custom recovery images used by the Android users; these apps are available for almost all the Android based devices out there and comes with various features and with an intuitive interface. CWM recovery is the classic custom recovery developed for Android OS while TWRP recovery is coming with a touch user interface in addition to what CWM recovery is offering – choose the custom recovery image you prefer the most and apply the same on your Galaxy Grand 2.

CWM and TWRP recovery represents custom apps developed by third party devs; so the same has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. Therefore, this tutorial is not official and by completing the same you will lose your Galaxy Grand 2 warranty. Moreover, this guide can be applied only if root access has been previously ensured on your smartphone – learn how to easily root your Galaxy Grand 2 before doing anything else. Do note that the root operation is also unofficial so be careful when applying the same (try not to mess things up as you can end up in soft bricking your phone).

This is a manual installation guide and for safely completing the same first you have to take care of several tasks (the pre requisites) which are being detailed during the following list.

  • Backup your data because in some cases, after using Odin, everything that is saved on the internal storage memory of your phone might get corrupted or even erased.
  • Use backup and restore apps, or cloud services from Google Play and try to save your contacts, call logs, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder and everything else you might use or need afterwards – basically your personal data, info and accounts.
  • A Windows powered computer must be used as on the same you will have to install Odin and also to download the CWM or TWRP recovery file.
  • Your Galaxy Grand 2 USB cable must be near you too since a connection between your devices will have to be established at some point.
  • On your computer turn off the antivirus or any other security protection – do that only temporarily, or else you might have problems while trying to complete the steps from below.
  • On your Grand 2, from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to check the USB debugging option.
  • Also, on your phone check the battery status: if the battery level is lower than 50% you should plug in the charger before starting the flashing process – in case your phone gets turned off in the middle of the installation procedure, it might also get bricked.
  • Apply the steps from below only if you own the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 model number G7102 – the CWM / TWRP recovery files that are being provided are compatible only with the mentioned Android device.

How to Install CWM / TWRP Recovery on Galaxy Grand 2 using Odin

  1. On your computer download Odin, CWM (from here) or TWRP recovery (from here) and Samsung KIES.
  2. Unzip Odin and install the program by following the on screen prompts.
  3. Also unzip the recovery file and place it on desktop.
  4. Install Galaxy grand 2 USB drivers by using Samsung KIES.
  5. Run Odin on your computer and enter Galaxy Grand 2 into download mode.
  6. For reaching download mode you first have to turn off your phone; then press and hold power, volume down and home buttons at the same time, for a few seconds.
  7. Connect your device with your computer by plugging in the USB cord; once the connection is established, Odin will try to recognize your phone: if everything works as expected, on Odin your will have the “added” message displayed while the ID:COM section will be yellow or blue.
  8. If not, you will have to close the program, to force restart your smartphone and to reinstall its drivers on your computer; of course, in the end repeat the steps from above.
  9. Now, from Odin click on the “PA” option and pick the recovery file which is located on your desktop.
  10. Without making any other changes click on “start” and wait while CWM / TWRP recovery is installed on Galaxy Grand 2.
  11. In the end the “pass” message will be displayed while the ID:COM section will be green.
  12. Unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone.
  13. In case a boot loop will be experienced, enter your Galaxy Grand 2 recovery mode; from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” followed by “reboot system now”.
  14. Also, if Odin gets stuck, close the tool and remove the USB cable. Then, force restart your device, reinstall its drivers on your computer and then try to reapply all the steps from above.

That was all for now; you have successfully installed CWM / TWRP recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. In case there are problems, or if you just want to share something with us, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below – we will assist you as soon as possible.

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