No matter how many custom ROMs float around for your Samsung Galaxy Express 2, you can only install them on your device if you have a custom recovery installed on your phone. Fortunately, CWM Recovery is available for your device that helps you flash such ROMs on your phone. It helps you do a number of other tasks as well, including backing up your phone and restoring it whenever you want.
Here’s how you can get a custom recovery up and running on your device:
Files You Need
1. A custom recovery can only be installed on a rooted device. If you haven’t rooted your device yet, please head to our how to root the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 tutorial and finish it, then come back here and continue.
2. Download ClockworkMod Recovery to your computer. It’s one of the finest custom recoveries ever available for Android devices.
3. Download Odin to your computer. It’s the tool that helps you flash various custom files on your device.
4. You should only install this on a SM-G3815 device.
Installing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Express 2
1. Right-click on Odin and select Extract here to extract its files to your computer. Do the same for ClockworkMod Recovery as well if it has come as a compressed archive.
2. Double-click on Odin and wait for it to launch.
3. When it launches, find the button that says PDA and click on it. Choose CWM Recovery available on your computer to be flashed on your device.
4. Odin has an option that says Repartition. You must uncheck it before going further.
5. You can checkmark Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options as they don’t deal with the system partition on your device.
6. Turn off your device.
7. You need to reboot your device into download mode. To do so, hold down Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons at the same time.
8. It should bring forth a warning screen. Hit Volume UP and you’ll reboot into download mode.
9. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
10. Hit Start in the Odin and wait for it to finish flashing the file on your device.
11. When the recovery is installed, Odin should say Passed and your device should reboot.
12. You’re done.
Great! You’re now rocking the world famous CWM Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Express 2. The said recovery should help you flash custom ROMs and kernels, take nandroid backups, and so on. Have fun with it!