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23 July 2013

How to Flash Custom Recovery for Samsung Galaxy S4 Models

This is a tutorial about flashing/installing a stock/custom recovery on Samsung galaxy S4 (its exactly the same steps for other galaxy devices, you just need the correct recovery file for your galaxy model)

Custom recovery will allow you to perform some powerful actions, like full backup / restore, flash custom ROMS, Mods, themes, apps, install updates to Android operating system manually and many other features.

Flashing/installation instructions :
 It won't wipe any data but it's recommended to backup your important data first just in case of this process corrupt your data 
1- Download the correct recovery file for your device (Link below) or any recovery you prefer
2- Download and install Samsung mobile driver (Link below)
3- Unzip the downloaded file only one time
4- Run "Odin3" as administrator
5- Click on PDA button and browse to the unzipped file.tar that you extracted
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Flash custom Recovery
6 - Disconnect any device connected to USB ports on your computer, disable your antivirus software and exit Samsung Kies
7 - Shut down your device
8 - Put your device into Download Mode (Volume Down + Home + Power)
9 - Volume up to continue
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10 - Connect the device to your computer by USB cable and wait until you get a sign in Odin (ID:COM section) and "Added" in message box
11 - Make sure re-partition is NOT SELECTED [Very important]
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12 - Click Start and wait a few seconds.
- Disconnect your device and check the custom recovery
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Done !
Notes :
  • I am not responsible if something happened to your device (use this AT YOUR OWN RISK)
  • Skip step 2 if you already have Samsung Kies or Samsung mobile driver on your PC
  • This stuff is made for Samsung galaxy S4 devices (AT&T, Cricket, GT-I9500, Canada/Bell, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and GT-I9505)
  • Some devices have a locked bootloader, unlock it first before flashing the recovery file
  • I just converted "*.img" files from clockworkmod website to "*.tar" file which you can flash by Odin3
  • (You can convert it by following this easy TUT : How to Convert *.img to *.tar.md5 )
  • Official CMW website
  • Download and Install Kies or Samsung mobile driver, if you didn't get a sign in ID:COM or "Added" in message box
Downloads :
  • Odin3_v3.04 HERE, v3.07 HERE, v3.09 HERE 
  • Latest Samsung Mobile Driver Here
  • Latest Samsung Kies Here
Touch CWM


  1. I have a Verizon S4 which has root, but I can’t seem to get
    clockwork flashed on it. After rooting it, I downloaded clockworkmod rom
    manager from the play store, and used it to install the recovery. It said successful,
    but always boots into “android system recovery <3e>”.

    I tried the instructions you have listed here, but it always
    fails. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? I downloaded a root checker and It
    confirmed root, but getting CWM installed has been a losing battle.

    Any advice?

  2. Verizon S4 has lock bootloader which prevent user from installing any custom files, so that it always fails
    You need to unlock bootloader first and unfortunately there is no way until now to unlock it

  3. i want to unlock my sprint s4 for any carrier, how can i do it?

  4. Thank you very much sir! ^^
    Worked on Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 LTE 4.3

  5. This can help you :)

  6. SKULLGANGofficial Channel24 December, 2014 08:39

    what about Samsung Galaxy S4 mini i9195 there is no touch CWM available please help...

  7. How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on Samsung Galaxy S4 (With simple root toolkit)

  8. why my galaxy s4 at&t sgh-i337 can not root T_T help me plz bro

  9. You can root it using this
    but its not possible to flash custom recovery because att is locked bootloader

  10. Please help, it said in odin "FAILED"... What do i do please help me MrW0lf Man :((( My phone is Galaxy s4 version sch-i545 4.4.2 halp please

  11. I545 is locked bootloader device, you can't flash custom images to your phone

  12. Hey... I have an S4 sgh-i337, and my phone is Rooted (I used the towelroot method because it's running on 4.4.4) and when I install CWM using Odin like how you did (I even converted the .img to a .tar using your other tutorial) it says RESET or PASS, which is good, right? But when I try to go into Recovery Mode, it just goes into Stock Recovery Mode? Any help is greatly appreciated, and like always, your tutorial is great!