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Can't get ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery for your MediaTek device?


Getting a locally branded smartphone neither a tablet relatively gets a low number of developer for our device, that's why most android users can't really enjoy much of there devices. But thanks to XDA developers who contributed a lot to MediaTek device development,  we at least solve some of our problems like getting root and porting a custom recovery like ClockworkMod for our own devices.

Going back to your problem, if you can't find a good resolution to your problem of getting a CWM recovery ported for your device, now, I have a way to fix your problem. Even though I have created an article previously regarding how to flash CWM recovery to any device with root-required, this article that I will show you does not require you root access anymore which is great!

You can create / make your own CWM recovery to any of your MediaTek device!

Well, with this guide that I will provide you, you will learn how to make your own and flash ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery to any of your MediaTek devices. All you have to do is to carefully follow the steps so you can successfully do it well without problems.

CWM No Root

How To make your own CWM Recovery and flash it without rooting your MTK android device using MTK Droid Tools and SP Flash Tool.


Requirements:
  • Any MediaTek android device with ext4 type of block (rooted or not rooted, it doesn't matter):

MT6595, MT6592, MT6589, MT6582, MT6577, MT6575, MT6572, MT65xx

Instructions:

First, you have to prepare all necessary requirements and place it to the location where you are comfortable with. Download and install the MTK USB Drivers, wait for it to close itself because it includes 6 kinds of MTK USB drivers. Also, extract MTK Droid Tools to where you want it. You also need the scatter file for your device, you can easily make it yourself by just following the guide from the link and most importantly, make sure that you have your stock boot image for your device which we will use for creating the CWM recovery. If you don't have it, you have to follow the link above.

cwm need

Make sure that USB Cable is disconnected or unplugged. Open MTK Droid Tools.exe (run as administrator) and go to root, backup, recovery tab. (if UBIFS warning appeared in the status message, this process will not work for you. Only ext4 supported.)

mtk droid tools

From the root, backup, recovery tab, the radio button To choose the boot.img file was selected by default. All you have to do is click on Recovery and Boot button.

mtk cwm recovery

After clicking Recovery and Boot button, a new windows will appear asking where is your existing boot.img. In my case, I placed it on my Tools folder. Now, select and open the boot.img of your android device.

stock boot image

Wait a few seconds and a prompt asking To make CWM recovery automatically will appear. Click YES.

cwm recovery

Wait for the task to get completed, read the status messages on the right pane. If the task was successful, go to MTK Droid Tools -- recovery folder to check if the patching was done well. There will be two files, first is the patched boot image and the second is the recovery image which is the ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery.

recovery

Now that you have the CWM recovery already, we will proceed to flashing it through SP Flash Tool. Why? if you don't have root access, then use SP Flash Tool, otherwise if you are already rooted, use mobile uncle to update your recovery image.

To flash CWM recovery without rooting your android device, open SP Flash Tool.exe (run as administrator). Click on Scatter-loading, then find and open the Scatter file of your android device.

scatter file

Now, the regions of your device will be loaded. You are only to flash the CWM recovery that you made earlier so click on Recovery. Navigate to MTK Droid Tools -- recovery folder and select the recovery image which is the CWM recovery that we have made earlier.

flash recovery

Make sure that RECOVERY is the only one that checked. Now we will start flashing the recovery.

Also, make sure that the USB Cable is unplugged from your device. Now you nee to turn off your android device (shutdown or remove the battery). When your device was already powered off, from SP Flash Tool click Download , select YES then immediately connect your device to your computer via USB Cable.

sp flash tool

Your device must be detected even it is turned off since you have installed the MTK USB Drivers from the requirements. You'll notice that your android device was detected after you'll see the blue and red color loading on SP Flash Tool's status.

Wait for the download to be done. If done, it will look like the image below:

sp flash tool download

To verify if you have successfully flashed CWM Recovery on your unrooted android device, unplug or disconnect the USB Cable from your device and try to reboot to recovery (use the combo keys or rebooter app).

Congratulations!! You have successfully flashed ClockworkMod recovery on your unrooted android device.



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  1. Good Day Sir Princeton,

    I tried this tutorial however after I ticked the "To choose boot file image" & clicked "Recovery & Boot button", it asked for boot.img & recovery.img then after the inputs, another window appears & ask for phone's name. now I look on to your tutorial, it was never mentioned. Is anyone encountered this?

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    1. If you're in that situation, just connect your phone (turned on) to your computer via USB cable then do that step. But when you are about to flash the recovery on SP Flash Tool, make sure that it was turned-off.

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  2. Is your phone connected to Mtkdroidtools while doing this? If not, just name it with anything or your phones name. If it's successful you can find the cwm recovery in recovery folder.

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  3. First of all thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I successfully got the CWM recovery. However there is a minor problem. The recovery interface is upside-down. You have to hold the phone upside-down to use the recovery. Is there any way around it? My chipset is mtk6582.

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  4. thank you for the tutorial..

    I tried this tutorial step by step but i encountered an error saying like this " ERROR: No Split Boot Image" anyone can help me about this issue...thank you

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    1. i have the same problem.deed you solve it ? please some help, my phone can t be rooted, i ve tried different ways.that i need to install cwm recovery without root

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    2. I also got the same error message when I'm trying to make a CWM recovery during the 'To process file ROM_ from Flash tool'. I can't get my phone be rooted.
      Can I flash another ported custom recovery img instead?

      MTK6572
      Android v. 4.4.2

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    3. Was you mt6572 soc a ubifs? Most probably it won't work with that.

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    4. Did you fix this, I'm having the same problem
      --- ERROR :No find KernelGZ
      --- ERROR :No Split Boot Image
      and I can't root my phone with any available methods Please

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  5. Nice tutorial, thanks! I have followed all steps succesfully. However, I can't manage to boot into recovery mode, I have tried both power+volumeUp and power+volumeDown, but it just does a normal boot. My phone is a Wolfgang AT-AS45Q2, which is actually identical to the Amoi N828.

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    1. you should have backed up your stock recovery. what is your device cpu soc?

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  6. thank you for your tutorial . everything was done perfectly .

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  7. hi, i did the above tut but at the last step of the sp flash tool when i turn my phone off and click download and plug the usb cable nothing happens as if the phone is note recognised help please.

    i have huawei y511-u30

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  8. is there a risk of brick in this step? TYIA

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  9. Dear princeton sir there is no doubt that you are being very helpful with android users and there is also no doubt that you are really great.but as you seeing in your tutorial forum alot of users don't know that how to install usb driver,and especially winusb .inf file and android winusb.dll in pc as im unable to install driver cause new user in the field of pc so i have a request to u please describe a tutorial about installation of mtk driver please yes im your fan because i get a hope after reading your help full tutorial for my bricked device and i hape that will be alive again after your help so sir please fix this problem about mtk driver.
    One thing more sir will this method work for me that im attaching link about vcom driver Dear princeton sir there is no doubt that you are being very helpful with android users and there is also no doubt that you are really great.but as you seeing in your tutorial forum alot of users don't know that how to install usb driver,and especially winusb .inf file and android winusb.dll in pc as im unable to install driver cause new user in the field of pc so i have a request to u please describe a tutorial about installation of mtk driver please yes im your fan because i get a hope after reading your help full tutorial for my bricked device and i hape that will be alive again after your help so sir please fix this problem about mtk driver.one thing more will this method work for my mt6577 that im attaching link here.(mine mt6577 version 4.0.4 http://droidchina.com/forum/Thread-How-to-install-MTK-USB-driver-manually-on-Windows

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  10. Thanks for your clear tutorial, Princeton. I completed the steps in it successfully, but I can't figure out how to boot into CWM recovery. I only manage to boot into the "built in" normal recovery mode of my Wolfgang AT-AS45Q1.
    Can you give me some hints on how to boot into CWM recovery mode on my unrooted device?
    Thanks very much in advance!

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  11. PMT has changed error
    Help! :/

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  12. ..After much looking for meaning full instruction & Many months of being & Putting off. Gaining a decent usable CMW to my previously rooted Pipo T9 talk tab, Following this your Guide,
    "Thank You, PMJ" for this Very straight-forward guide.. I have rooted just about everything I've owned but these MTK's seen a bit tricky & untested esp when on your everyday Device..

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  13. it's nice tutorial but i face a problem! while popup saying to make cwm recovery automatically i click yes and an error occur saying..
    ---ERROR :no find kernelGZ
    --ERROR :no split boot image
    thank you!

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  14. THANK YOU! It works perfectly on my Rio v2 S5501 KK 4.4.2! :D

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  15. THANK YOU! It works perfectly on my Rio v2 S5501 KK 4.4.2! :D

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  16. Btw, how can we get back our stock recovery? :)

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    1. you must have backed up your device before trying something on your phone.

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  17. In the "recovery and boot button" step, i select my boot.img and after asking me to create the CWM and clicking yes, it gave this error:

    ERROR: No find KernelGZ
    ERROR: No split boot image
    ---task is complete

    And doesn't create CWM.

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  18. Hi first off all thanks for such a nice step by step tutorial I m new to root recovery etc
    I got the. Stock recovery and boot IMG ( have of same size dataon both mt6572 and my mt6592) when making cwm as you told got error on mt 6572
    no find kernelGZ
    No spilt Boot
    on my 6592 the cwm is created with error recovery and boot not match in size how to solve

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  19. Hi guys!
    I did exatcly the same instructions you wrote in this tutorial. Everything happened like u said, but when i boot into recovery mode, the CWM Recovery is not installed. I did on Blu Vivo 4.8. Do you know what could be happening?

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    1. if it didn't work for you, I think you must root your phone and use the option boot.img from phone

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    1. You can always try. Just make sure you have your stock recovery backed up. You can search in this site for that guide.

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  21. Could this tutorial work on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS Mtk6582 ?thanks :)

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  22. Hi sir, there's a pop up message in the part when the download is complete (last part of the tutorial), it says "PMT changed for the ROM; it must be downloaded"... what does this mean?

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    1. there's something wrong with the scatter file you loaded. most likely you loaded an outdated scatter file and used it for flashing on your phone which has recent firmware.

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    2. I tried it 3 times already sir, but the result is the same..

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    3. it already worked sir, I used the SP Flash Tool v5.1352.01... thank you very much...

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  23. i have root access in my phone mt6572 and how can i find boot.img with root explorer app

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    1. sorry but mt6572 with ubifs file system is not supported here. i'll be creating a separate guide for that.

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    2. sir,, thanks for the very precise information you made..i just have a concern..i have to do all of this stuff when i read this issues about mt6572, i hesitate to do these stuff. i have cloudfone 401dx+ with mt6572 hardware. i just want to have cwm without bricking my phone(just in case please give some updates for this..thank you very much!

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    3. Sorry, I was so busy this past few days. I'll be working on custom recovery for mt6572 soon.

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  24. MY Device is MTK 8312....CAN I USE THIS METHOD?

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  25. my device mt6582 ( with bootloader locked ) got bricked after installing cmw by uncle tool??
    is it not possible to use this tut for bootloader locked devices??

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    1. Hello dhaya, yes it is indeed not possible for any phone with locked bootloader to install any custom recovery. Mediatek-based smartphones with locked bootloader are rare cases though.

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  26. Pls will it work with lollipop version 5.0 mt6582 device?

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    1. yes. please make a backup of your ROM just to make sure.

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    2. In the "recovery and boot button" step, i select my boot.img and after asking me to create the CWM and clicking yes, it gave this error:

      ERROR: No find KernelGZ
      ERROR: No split boot image
      ---task is complete

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  27. Its works with spectrum devices?
    Or works with other chipset like qualcomm,broadcom...ectc. ?
    Plz reply and thanks in advance

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  28. good day sir
    if i flash a original stock rom to my rooted device,,my cwm recovery will be deleted or not?

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  29. Thank u 4 this service, i had a problem, when i connect my phone turned off it continuesly connect and disconnect automatique hence failed to download cwm using sp flash tool

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  30. Hi Princeton, Any updates for the MTK6752 for lollipop guide? My Xperia C5 Ultra is killing me without root status.. Thanks for your work tho

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  31. ERROR: No find KernelGZERROR: No split boot image---task is complete

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    1. I think its better to root your phone instead before doing the cwm recovery

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