Installing a custom recovery image on an Android device is extremely important especially if you are an advanced Android user. Why? Well, basically because by using a custom recovery image you can perform several operations that are usually used for improving the performances of your handset. Because of that and also for other reasons which will be detailed below, during the following tutorial we will be checking on how to easily install the latest version of CWM recovery on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4.
As I have mentioned during the introduction from above, replacing the stock recovery with a custom one represents the first step to make when trying to tweak your Android device. Of course, when you first buy your Verizon Galaxy S4, it will be delivered with a stock recovery, an app which can be used only for performing basic operations. But the stock recovery isn’t useful when trying to apply procedures like: updating with a custom ROM firmware, gaining root access, flashing a custom kernel, overclocking your Android device, and lot more. So, because of that you should replace the stock recovery with a custom one.
Why to use CWM recovery and not any other custom recovery app? Mainly because CWM recovery is one of the most popular app used by worldwide Android users. The tool is also available on Google Play, though if you want to install CWM recovery from Google Play you will need a compatible device (the list of supported handsets is available also on Google Play) and also a rooted smartphone. In our case, until now official CWM recovery isn’t compatible with the Verizon model of the Samsung Galaxy S4, so that’s why you need to follow and complete a dedicated tutorial.
Anyway, CWM recovery also comes with great features and with a user friendly interface that can be easily used even by a newbie. Thus, with CWM recovery you will be able to make a Nandroid backup, to wipe the data and clear cache, to restore old versions of Android OS (if a Nandroid backup has been previously applied), apply zip files from SD card and lot more. Basically, CWM recovery represents a link between you – the user and your phone’s internal system. As you can see, flashing the latest version of CWM recovery on your Verizon Galaxy S4 is a must have, especially if you are considering in tweaking your Android smartphone.
Unfortunately, completing this guide represents an unofficial operation that has nothing to do with Samsung or with Verizon. Furthermore, the CWM recovery tool is being provided by those of xda-developers so we should thank them for this opportunity. Now, due to the mentioned aspects, by completing this guide, the warranty of your Galaxy S4 will get void. So, be careful in what you do and try not to mess things up as you can end up in bricking your device – don’t worry as everything will be fine if you stick to the guidelines explained on this tutorial.
Anyway, before going any further backup the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your Verizon Galaxy S4. Why? Well, by completing the steps from below, you data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, if you have data that is important for you, don’t hesitate and back it up. I recommend you to save at least the contacts list, your text messages, call logs, market apps, EFS folder and personal info, data and accounts. Don’t worry, the backup can be easily applied; you can anytime go to Google Play and download free distributed backup and restore app.
A computer will be required for this tutorial. On your computer you should disable the antivirus protection and you must install the Galaxy S4 drivers – use Samsung KIES in case you don’t know how to manually install the drivers. On the other hand, on your computer Android SDK must be also installed (install Android SDK on Windows, or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux). Your Galaxy S4 and its USB cable must be near you as you will have to establish a connection between your smartphone and your computer. On your phone, before doing anything else enable the USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. Also, do charge your device before starting the flashing operation as if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the procedure from below it might get bricked – plug in the charger especially if the battery level is showing less than 50% power left in the system.
This step by step guide is compatible only with the Verizon model of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Therefore use the steps from below for installing the latest version of CWM recovery only on the mentioned Android smartphone, or else you will probably end up in bricking your device.
How to Install Latest Version of CWM Recovery on Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4
- Download the CWM recovery file (go to this page) and place it on your computer – preferable on desktop.
- Now, unzip the downloaded file on the same folder as ADB.
- Up next, connect your Verizon Galaxy S4 with your computer; use the USB cable in order to establish the mentioned connection.
- Go to the ADB folder and there open a command prompt window: hold SHIFT key on your keyboard and RIGHT CLICK and select “Open command window here”.
- If the path where you have extracted the recovery file is for example /data/local/tmp/, on the cmd window type the following commands (if you have unziped the file on a different path, replace /data/local/tmp/ with the coresponded path): adb push recovery.lok /data/local/tmp/ and then adb push loki_flash /data/local/tmp/.
- Up next, on the same cmd window, enter: adb shell followed by su.
- Finally flash CWM recovery by typing in cmd: chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/loki_flash and /data/local/tmp/loki_flash recovery /data/local/tmp/recovery.lok.
- If everything went as expected in the end, on cmd the “Loki flashing complete!” message will be displayed.
- You can then unplug the USB cable and reboot your Verizon Galaxy S4.
- Perfect, now just enter your Android device in recovery mode.
Congratulations; you have installed the latest version of CWM recovery on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4. So, now you can look forward in installing a custom ROM firmware based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and perform other operations for improving the performances of your Android device. Do feedback us and share your impressions and experience with other users who might want to use this tutorial – just use the comments field from below in that matter.