clockworkmod samsung galaxy s5

Now that you have finally knew how to root Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900* any variants, it is now time for you to learn how to easily install or flash ClockworkMod (CWM) custom recovery for your smartphone. If you don't know much about custom recoveries, you may read this article about ClockworkMod for you to understand it well.

Samsung Galaxy S5 does not actually have an official ClockworkMod recovery yet, but XDA Developers found a way how to port this recovery to Samsung Galaxy S5 of any variants except for the models carried by Verizon and AT&T as they were locked. Porting custom recoveries are impossible with a locked bootloader, we have to unlock it before we can flash custom recovery in it, however, XDA Developers are not giving up to put up a solution to this problem. Temporarily, let us proceed to the lucky variants of Samsung Galaxy S5 that are capable of flashing ClockworkMod Recovery.

Flashing CWM recovery requires:

Rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 with USB cable
Computer (Windows OS) with your device drivers properly installed
Download Odin Flashing Tool for Windows
Download CWM recovery image for Samsung Galaxy S5
Charge your phone more than 50%

Tested on:
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F (International Qualcomm) 
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H (International Exynos) 
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900P (Sprint)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T (T-Mobile)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 (Canada)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS)
Might work on (as long as it is unlocked):
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900I (Oceania)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L (Korea)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900M (Middle and South America)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900R4 (US Cellular)
Not working on:
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 G900V (Verizon)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 G900A (AT&T)

How To Easily Flash ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on Samsung Galaxy S5

1 Download all the required files above.

2 Entract or unzip the Odin Flashing Tool

3 Turn Off your Samsung Galaxy S5 and boot to Download Mode by holding Volume DownHome and Power buttons all at once. Then press Volume up to proceed. 

4 From your computer, run Odin.exe application as administrator.

5 Connect your phone to your computer via USB Cable. (Your phone must be detected by Odin. If not, reinstall your phone drivers.)

6 Uncheck Repartition. Click PDA button then select the philz_touch_6.26.6-klte.tar.md5 file that you have downloaded above.

7 Click the START button to start flashing the ClockworkMod recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S5. Dont unplug your phone. Just wait for process until it is completed and your phone will automatically reboot.

8 Verify if the flashing was successful by rebooting your phone into Custom Recovery mode. Turn off your phone, hold Volume Up, Home, Power buttons at the same time to boot to ClockworkMod recovery.

With a custom recovery like this, you will be able to have a lot more functions that what stock recovery don't have. You can now enjoy flashing mods and ROMs easily.

Please leave your comments and suggestions if it works for your Samsung Galaxy S5.



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  1. Replies
    1. thanks you for sharing your experience. most probably it may or it may not work since this was tested on other variants. Is your G900L unlocked?

    2. Yes it is unlocked and rooted. I just downloaded the latest firmware update yesterday. I will give it another try and let you know what happens.

  2. 900L flashed successfully but won't enter recovery mode. Creates a boot loop if I try and enter recovery from CW app. Be careful.