The new Nexus 7 (2013) was rooted and flashed with a custom recovery not too late into its release. However, custom recovery choices were limited, and in fact you couldn’t really call it a choice. TWRP recovery – one of the best and most popular custom recoveries for Android – was the only way to go but for some users, TWRP isn’t the recovery of choice. Like me, even some of the advanced Android users tend to stick with the more familiar and old, ClockworkMod recovery, which has finally been made available for the Neuxs 7 (2013) users. Unfortunately, this is not the touch-based recovery, but I’ve never really felt the need for touch-based recoveries myself, and there are quite a few people out there with the same preference as well. So if you own the new Nexus 7 and prefer the good old classic ClockworkMod recovery on your device, head on after the jump to see how you can install it right away.
The recovery is not an official release as we are used to seeing by Koush, but has been tested to be working perfectly fine for a lot of Nexus 7 (2013) users. Rooted but wary of installing a custom recovery? You should see our guide on what is ClockworkMod Recovery for Android and how to use it, in order to come to an informed decision.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be responsible if your device gets damaged or bricked in the process.
- Nexus 7 (2013) with an unlocked bootloader. Refer to our guide on unlocking the bootloader of Nexus devices.
- ClockworkMod recovery image
- Download the clockworkmod recovery image from the link above. You may rename the file to ‘clockworkmod.img’ for your own ease ahead.
- Boot the device into fastboot mode by pressing and holding down the Power + Volume Down button.
- Connect the device to your PC, open Command Prompt at the path where you have the clockworkmod.img file, and enter the following commands to flash the recovery to your Nexus 7 (2013):
fastboot flash recovery clockworkmod.img fastboot reboot-bootloader
You can now enter ClockworkMod recovery by selecting Recovery from the bootloader menu.
TWRP Recovery Method
- Nexus 7 (2013) with TWRP already installed. See our guide to rooting the Nexus 7 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which includes TWRP installation instructions.
- ClockworkMod recovery flashable zip file
- Download the flashable zip file from the link above, and copy it to your device’s storage.
- Reboot the device into recovery.
- Tap ‘Install’ and flash the zip file you downloaded in step 1.
Reboot into recovery again and you should now be running ClockworkMod recovery.
For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers linked below.