We have confirmation that ClockworkMod 5 recovery for the Epic 4G is now out, and fully supported by ROM Manager. It’s been ages since the Epic 4G saw an official updated version of the ClockworkMod recovery for itself, but thanks to Drockstar, Koush, mkasick and chris41g, Epic 4G users now have the chance to use the latest recovery. Being officialy supported by ROM Manager is indeed a welcomed development, one that simplifies the task of flashing ClockworkMod recovery on the Epic 4G.
Update: Rooting instructions also included.
The changes made, as per Drockstar:
“Backups are tar files by default, with the filesystem type noted in the filename. Backups automatically reformat to the backup filesystem before restore. This will work to restore rfs and ext4 setups. So, for example, if you’re currently on rfs, but your backup was done while on the ext4 filesystem, the restore will reformat back to ext4 before restoring. Older backups done by cwm 3.x and ACS Recovery can be restored by this ClockworkMod version, and will not reformat before restoring older backups.”
“This cwm is not meant for mtd partition layout / yaffs2 filesystem, that is another matter entirely, and mtd will require it’s own cwm build and kernel, that will most likely be in the official CM repo when it’s done.”
Other than the changes mentioned above, changes were also made to the menu as well. The hardware buttons and the functions they’ll serve have been mentioned below.
- UP = Volume up, Keypad up, Keypad left.
- Down = Volume down, keypad down, keypad right.
- Back = Back capacitive key, Power Button, Keypad backspace key.
- Select = Home capacitive key, Keypad enter key, camera button.
- Toggle display = Keypad d key.
- Reboot = Power button pressed 5 times.
NOTE: Do not, repartition your SD card with ClockworkMod recovery. There are problems with that for now.
So let’s get on with installing this recovery on your Samsung Epic 4G.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- Samsung Epic 4G
- ROM Manager. (For ROM Manager method)
- ODIN. (For ODIN method)
- Samsung USB drivers installed. Download USB drivers for 32 bit Windows | For 64 bit Windows. (For ODIN method)
- CWM 18.104.22.168 tar file. (For ODIN method)
- CWM 22.214.171.124 zip file. (For Custom Recovery method)
The instruction set will be split into three parts. For flashing the recovery via ROM Manager, ODIN and recovery.
Via ROM Manager (For Rooted Phones Only)
This method is the easiest but required a rooted phone. If you have already rooted yours, just:
- Install ROM Manager from the Android Market (link given in requirements).
- Once the app ins installed, run it and tap Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
- The recovery wil be downloaded and consequently flashed on your phone.
via ODIN (For Rooted/Unrooted Phones)
This method works for unrooted phones as well. If you want to root your phone after installing ClockworkMod recovery (which should be the case with most people, especially those on the stock ROM), follow these instructions:
- To begin, download the CWM 126.96.36.199 tar file from the link above.
- Run ODIN and make sure Re-Partition is unchecked.
- Click PDA and choose the recovery you downloaded.
- Boot your phone into Download Mode. (Power it off and holding down the 1 key on the keyboard, press the Power button.)
- Connect the device to your PC and once you see it connected in ODIN, hit the Start button to begin the flashing process.
- Once the recovery is flashed, the phone will reboot.
Via Custom Recovery (For Rooted/Unrooted Phones with Any Custom Recovery Installed)
If you already have an earlier version of ClockworkMod recovery, or any other custom recovery installed, you just use this method:
- Download the CWM 188.8.131.52 zip file from the link above and copy it to the root of your SD card.
- Reboot into recovery and make a nandroid backup.
- Select wipe cache and wipe dalvick cache.
- Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the recovery you copied to your SD card.
- Once the recovery is flashed, reboot.
UPDATE: Rooting Instructions After Installing ClockworkMod
Since many of you would be installing ClockworkMod recovery to be able to root your phone, here are easy instructions to do that.
- Download the latest version of SuperUser (for ARM devices) and place it on the root of your SD card.
- Reboot your phone into recovery.
- Perform a backup to make sure you can revert back later if anything messes up.
- Flash the superuser zip file from recovery (install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > select the file).
- Reboot your phone. You should now have a rooted device.
- Go to the EPIC 4G Android Development section on XDA-Developers forums.
- Find a rooted kernel there that is compatible with your firmware version. You may have to go through the first few pages of this forum section. Kernel posts are listed with [KERNEL] as a part of the post name, and rooted ones also likely have an indication in the name, though this may not always be the case and at times it may be mentioned in the details visible upon visiting that kernel’s forum page.
- Flash it from ODIN or ClockworkMod recovery, depending on the format it is provided in. This is mentioned on the forum page of the kernel. Make sure not to flash a recovery version from ODIN or an ODIN version from recovery.
- Reboot the phone. You should now have root access.
You can simply flash any rooted ROM from ClockworkMod recovery that’s available in recovery-flashable zip file format. You can find many such ROMs on the EPIC 4G Android Development section on XDA-Developers forums linked above. You may also flash a rooted ROM via Odin, provided it is available in Odin-flashable format.
For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.