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How To Flash A Recovery To An Android Device Without SD Card

ClockworkMod RecoveryWe recently featured a method to flash a ROM to your Android device without an SD card and now, we are bringing you a method for similarly flashing a recovery to your Android phone without an SD card, which can come handy if your SD card has somehow gotten corrupted or lost and you need to flash a recovery to your phone.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

We have previously featured several recovery installation methods in our guide on how to install a custom recovery to your Android device. This method was shared with us by XDA-Developers forum member Stuke00 and is based on the same procedure we used in our guide on how to install a ROM to an Android device without an SD card. It adds yet another way to install a custom recovery to your phone.

Before You Begin

To gain a better understanding of what you are about to do, you are advised to go through our custom recovery installation guide and specifically the section on installing recovery via flash_image before you proceed. It also guides you through the requirements of flashing a recovery that you will need to fulfill before you can proceed with the method.

The Method

  1. Connect your phone to your computer via USB and make sure USB debugging mode is enabled.
  2. Follow the first four steps of the ‘With flash_image’ section of our custom recovery installation guide.
  3. Launch a Command Prompt/Terminal window on your computer and enter the following commands:
    adb remount
    adb shell
    adb push c:\flash_image /system/bin/flash_image
    adb shell chmod 0755 /system/bin/flash_image
    adb push c:\recovery.img /system/bin/
    adb shell
    flash_image recovery /system/bin/Recovery.img
    rm /system/bin/recovery.img

    This should flash the recovery image to your phone. Do not close the Command Prompt/Terminal window yet.

  4. To verify that the recovery has been installed correctly, use this command to boot into it:
    reboot recovery

    This will boot your phone into the newly installed recovery!

That’s it – it really is this easy!

[via XDA-Developers]

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