The Xperia Neo has been unlocked and rooted for quite a while now, yet a custom recovery was nowhere to be seen. A rooted Android device without a custom recovery is almost handicapped. Lucky for Xperia Neo owners, XDA-Developers forum member Bin4ry has recently managed to run a custom recovery based on ClockworkMod recovery and named FreeXperia ClockworkMod Recovery on the Xperia Neo. This should see a boost in custom ROMs and mods based on flashable zip packages.
Custom recoveries allow you to flash unsigned files based on .zip packages and flash custom ROMs very easily. You have the option to backup your entire ROM as it is, as a complete image so that you can revert back to it incase something goes wrong with a new ROM, or after installing a mod messing your device up. These are some of the core uses and features of a custom recovery. Further options vary from recovery to recovery.
So if you wish to prepare your phone for future custom ROM’s and mods that should hopefully follow soon, here’s what you need.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- ADB installed on your system. See our guide on what is ADB and how to install it.
- A rooted Xperia Neo. See our guide on rooting the Xperia Neo.
- FreeXperia ClockworkMod Recovery.
For instructions on how to use the recovery and how to run it, refer to the forum thread at XDA-Developers as the instructions are a wee bit vague and till we can confirm exactly what the steps are, you can go over to the forum thread and see if you can figure it out. If you do, do let us know as well.