A custom recovery is most useful when you are installing a custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. Once you have the custom recovery, you can wipe data, wipe cache, factory reset, flash your new custom ROM and take a NANDroid backup of that ROM and your data. Without the NANDroid backup option available from inside a custom recovery, installing a custom ROM would not be fun. Luckily we have third-party developers looking after us with custom recoveries so we can enjoy our custom ROM experience.
The Files You Need
- Download the CWM recovery file from here.
- Download the Odin from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for Samsung developers from here.
Installing CWM Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 by Sprint (SPH-L720)
- Installing the USB Drivers on your computer.
- Check that you have USB Debugging Mode enabled on the device by heading ot the Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
- You might need to unlock the hidden Developer Options if you don’t see it from the Settings menu. Do that by heading to the Settings > About Device > tap where it says the build number around 7 time or until it says you are now a developer.
- Extract the Odin and the CWM recovery files on the desktop. Once they are on the desktop, right-click over the files and choose the extract here option.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S4 and reboot it to the download mode. Do that by hitting the Volume Down + Home + Power keys at the same time. You will soon see the download mode option on the display.
- Follow the rest of the prompt to get your device in the download mode.
- Now connect the S4 to the computer where you have the files waiting. Do that with the USb cable.
- Click the AP or PDA button you have in the Odin user-interface.
- Browse the computer for the custom recovery file. That’s the executable file after you extracted the file before.
- Click the Start button and the Odin flashing tool will now flash that custom recovery on your device.
- Do not touch any button on the Samsung Galaxy S4 until you get the pass message and the smartphone is rebooting.
- Once that’s done, you can reboot the device into the custom recovery mode right away. Enter custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 by pressing the Volume Up + Home + Power keys.