A phone without a custom recovery cannot be flashed with a custom ROM as most of these ROMs come in a flashable ZIP format. These kind of files can only be flashed using a custom recovery. Two of the most used custom recoveries are CWM and TWRP. For the Kazam Thunder Q4.5, TWRP is available and can be installed by tapping a few options here and there.
Once the recovery is up and running on your device, you should be able to flash a ROM, flash a kernel, backup and restore your system, wipe cache, and so on. Sounds good? Huh.
Here’s how you can do that:
Files You Need
1. A custom recovery requires your device to be rooted. If you aren’t rooted, please follow our how to root the Kazam Thunder Q4.5 tutorial and root your device.
2. Download TWRP Manager on your phone. It’s the official TWRP app that helps you install a custom recovery on your device.
Installing a Custom Recovery on the Kazam Thunder Q4.5
1. Launch TWRP Manager from the app drawer on your phone.
2. Tap on Install Recovery in the app. It should let you install a custom recovery on your device.
3. You should be able to see a list of all the devices supported by TWRP. Tap on the name of your device.
4. Tap on Install Recovery and wait for it to install the recovery on your device.
5. It should automatically connect to the server, download the recovery, and install it on your phone.
6. When it’s done installing the recovery, reboot your device.
7. You’re all done.
The TWRP Recovery was successfully installed on your Kazam Thunder Q4.5, and you can use it now for installing the custom ROMs of your choice. The XDA-Developers website is a great source for custom ROMs as it is where most third-party developers post links to their work. We also create listicles showcasing the custom ROMs for a great many devices and hopefully the Kazam Thunder Q4.5 is one of them soon.
Most times when people are getting a custom recovery image installed on a mobile device, they do it before getting the root access because they use the custom recovery for installing something like Chainfire’s SuperSU. However, in this instance, we are getting root access first because we are then using a root app to help us install the custom recovery. In the end, it doesn’t matter what way you have to do it because they both end up with the same result which is the ability for you to install now the root apps that you wanted to use and install custom ROMs or custom kernels from the custom recovery partition that is now installed.
The custom recovery image that you just installed is great bt it isn;t much use until you know how to get access to it. It is usually available using the same hardware button combination that is used for the stock recovery mode or by installing one of the apps that boot it up automatically for you. The apps out there available from the Google Play Store usually require root access before they can run. We go through the app names and the hardware button combinations in more details from our dedicated post on how to get Android into the custom recovery that you just installed.