How To Install ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery on Nexus 7

ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery for Nexus 7 is now available in two version – one is touch based and another is normal key based. After installing this, you can then easily install custom ROM, perform backup/restore task as well as some advance task that default recovery can’t do.



We should not be held liable for any damage caused in the process of installing ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery on Nexus 7. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Pre Requisites:

Backup your data first using the following instructions, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.

SMS & Call LogUse SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
Contacts & SettingsUse Android default backup options.
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

File Required (Download by clicking on it)

  1. ClockworkMod Recovery Image
  2. Fastboot
  3. ES File Explorer File Manager [Install it on Nexus 7]


  1. Make sure your device have at least 80% battery power. [How to Check Battery Percentage in Android Device]
  2. You already have USB Driver Installed for Nexus 7. If not then you should download and install Kies.
  3. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. [Guide]
  4. Make sure that you already root and unlocked bootloader on your Nexus 7. [Use Nexus Root Toolkit for this]

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to move the next stage of this guide where you will learn how to flash ClockworkMod recovery for Nexus 7.

How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Nexus 7

  1. Assuming ‘C’ is your system drive, extract to the C: drive in your computer. You should get a folder named Fastboot with four files inside it.
  2. Copy downloaded ClockworkMod Recovery image (with .img extension) file to the Fastboot folder on C drive. You should now have 5 files in the Fastboot folder.
  3. Open ES File Explorer File Manager on Nexus 7 then.
  4. We need to allow root access for ES File Explorer File Manager to complete the job. To do so, first press menu button and then tap on Settings. Locate and tick on Up to Root first and then tick on Root Explorer. A pop up massage ask you to grant the access, tap on Allow/Grant button to allow root access. Now, tick the Mount File System Option. Once all three option is ticked the way we mentioned above, you are ready to exit from Settings option.
  5. Press the Up button located at top until you reach the root of the device (you will see / at the top). Now, reach /system folder and then locate recovery-from-boot.p and long press it and then tap on delete. This process will make CWM recovery your permanent recovery option. Otherwise CWM recovery will get overwritten by stock recovery after a reboot.
  6. Connect your tablet to the computer then open the command prompt. To do so, press Win+R and then type cmdin text field before hitting OK button. Then execute following commands one by one:
    1. cd C:Fastboot
    2. adb reboot downloader
    3. fastboot flash recovery xxx.img [Replace xxx with name of recover file that you copied at Step 2]
  7. ClockworkMod recovery image will be flashed now on your Nexus 7. You will see a finished/OKAY message in the command prompt after the end of the installation process. Type fastboot reboot to reboot the tablet.

To try out your newly installed CWM recovery, first turn on your tablet and then press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons same time till the device boots into CWM recovery. If you have installed a touch base recovery then simply swipe up/down on the screen to scroll and tap on an option to select it. For basic version, navigate using Volume Up and Down key and make a selection using Power button.

Congrats! ClockworkMod recovery is now installed on your Nexus 7 tablet that let you do Nandroid backup and install custom ROM along with other functions. Let us know, how you using it!