While the root-access on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition helps you install root-requiring apps, a custom recovery helps you flash new ROMs and kernels on your device. A custom ROM changes the entire appearance of your device and brings a number of new features with it.
Getting a custom recovery installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition is a child’s play. You just need to follow the following procedure and it’ll get the job done for you. Here you go folks:
Files You Need
1. Your device must have root-access before you can do this tutorial. Our guide on how to root the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition should help you do that.
2. Your computer must have the Samsung USB Drivers installed on it. You can download and install the latest USB drivers from here.
3. Download CWM Recovery to your computer. It’s the custom recovery that we will flash on your device.
4. Download Odin to your computer. It’ll be used to flash the recovery on your device.
Installing a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition
1. The CWM Recovery package comes extracted by default. So you only have to extract the Odin package. Right-click on the Odin archive and select Extract here and it’ll be extracted.
2. Double-click on the Odin executable and it will open on your computer.
3. When Odin launches, click on PDA and choose CWM Recovery that you downloaded earlier.
4. Ensure that Repartition isn’t checked in the Odin. If it is, uncheck it.
5. Checkmark both Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options.
6. Turn off your phone.
7. Turn your phone back on in download mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN+Home+Power buttons at the same time.
8. Press Volume UP when prompted and you’ll enter download mode.
9. Plug in your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
10. Odin should say Added when you connect your phone to your computer.
11. Click on Start in the Odin and wait for it to flash the recovery on your phone.
12. When the recovery is flashed, your phone will automatically reboot.
13. You’re done.
Your Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition is now equipped with a custom recovery that will help you flash custom ROMs and custom kernels on your device. Just reboot into the newly installed recovery mode and check out all the features it has for you. All you need to do now is find out what is needed to boot the Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition smartphone into the custom recovery partition so you can use it.
There are a few custom recovery images that people usually install on a smartphone or tablet that runs Android operating systems these days. The most popular one is the TWRP Recovery by Team Win. The other two are the ClockworkMod recovery that we have here on the Philz Touch Recovery which is a touch-based recovery based on ClockworkMod Recovery.
Just because CWM Recovery is no longer being developed doesn’t mean that is isn’t a great custom recovery image for people to install. It has most of the same features TWRP. The main difference is that it isn’t a touch recovery which means you have to use the Volume buttons and the Power button to navigate and confirm commands whereas the touch versions use the smartphone or tablet display just like you are used to navigating with daily when you turn on your device.
ClockworkMod Recovery has enough juice to give you the chance to install any custom ROMs or custom kernels that you might want to try, and it still allows for all the other things like taking NANDroid Backups.