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Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Samsung Continuum

Samsung ContinuumClockworkMod Recovery is a custom recovery that is used extensively across a range of Android devices for advanced customization such as installing unofficial ROMs, taking and restoring backups, mounting and wiping storage etc.  and now you can install this custom recovery to your Samsung Continuum using this easy-to-follow guide.

This is an official version of ClockworkMod Recovery for Samsung Continuum rather than a custom port, and has been shared with us by XDA-Developers forum member adrynalyne. To learn more about ClockworkMod recovery and what it does, check out our ClockworkMod Recovery coverage. Do not follow the method described there for installing it yet, as Samsung Continuum requires an altogether different procedure.

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

To install ClockworkMod Recovery to your Continuum, simply follow these steps:

  1. If you don’t have Samsung drivers installed, download them from the links given below depending on your Windows version and extract them to your computer. Whenever your computer prompts you to install drivers or fails to install them automatically in the next steps, manually install them from device manager by pointing to the folder where you extracted them.
  2. Download Odin from the link given below and extract the contents of the zip file to your computer.
  3. Also download ClockworkMod Recovery’s Odin Tar file from the link given below.
  4. Run Odin from the extracted file.
  5. Leave everything as it is, click the ‘PDA’ button and load the file downloaded in Step 2.
  6. Now put your phone into download mode. [Power it off, then hold the volume-down button while powering it back on.]
  7. You should now see the image of an Android digging with a shovel on the screen. Connect your phone to your computer via USB. You should see the first ID:COM box turn yellow in Odin.
  8. Click the ‘Start’ button in Odin and wait while the recovery is flashed to your phone. Once it is finished, your phone will reboot. If you get any prompts on the phone or your computer, read them and follow the instructions.
  9. Now download ClockworkMod Recovery’s update.zip file from the link given below and copy it to the root of your phone’s internal SD card.
  10. Reboot your phone into recovery. [Power it off, then hold the volume-up AND volume-down buttons while powering it back on.]
  11. From recovery, choose to ‘apply update.zip’. Wait till the update is applied and you’re done.

That’s it – when you boot into recovery now, you should get ClockworkMod Recovery rather than the standard recovery, and should be able to flash custom ROMs and perform other advanced recovery procedures with it. In case of any issues, head over to the XDA-Developers forum thread.

Now that you have ClockworkMod Recovery installed, you might want to flash a custom ROM to your phone. One excellent option is the clean and rooted DL17 ROM for Samsung Continuum that you can easily install on your device from recovery.

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(https://addictivetips.com/app/uploads/2011/02/cwm_recovery_test4_adryn.tar) Download ClockworkMod Recovery’s Odin Tar File
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  1. The reason this entire step doesn’t work is because a crucial file is left out:


    Download that, and load it into the PIT section of ODIN the same time you flash the PDA over. This walkthrough is poorly written, leaves out a lot of crucial information

  2. I feel it is also important to note to anyone who might have been as lost as I was, to press the “settings” softkey to make a selection in the reboot menu. I didn’t know and found out, so just in case anyone else was lost as well

  3. Just flashed cwm from odin, rebooted, how do I select apply scdar:update.xip? I can use the vol up/down to move my selection cursor, but how do ‘hit enter’ sry, I’m a noob at this.

  4. Two things:
    1. The .tar file is corrupt and will not download.
    2. I do not understand what folder I am suppose to select after I press the PDA button in step 5. The file in step two is the program that’s running.

    Also, I am trying to root my friend’s phone that he just bought. Will this still work for Android 2.1. I have tried all the other ways.


  5. I followed your tutorial to a letter and when I try to apply the update.zip it says E-failed, E-Signature. Any help would be appreciated.


    • I get the same

      # MANUAL MODE #
      update.zip gone

      — Install from sdcard…
      Finding update package…
      Opening update package…
      Verifying update package…
      E:failed to verify whole-file signature
      E:signature verification failed
      Installation aborted.
      update.zip gone

      no clue where to go from here.

    • Chris and Scott, please refer to the part of the guide that says “In case of any issues, head over to the XDA-Developers forum thread.” Just follow that link and you’ll be able to contact the developers who originally came up with the method, plus a forum discussion where other who might have faced the same problem post their issues and solutions. Hope that helps.

  6. I do not see a android digging with a shovel. He is standing still. Says something about manual mode. When. I hook phone to Odin, box does not turn yellow. Any help would be appreciated.

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