How to Flash ‘.zip’ Files Using ClockworkMod [CWM] Recovery on Galaxy S

Our visitors have been asking us to make a quick and simple guide on how to flash “.zip” files using ClockworkMod [CWM] Recovery.

Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We wont be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

So here it’s (folks!):

Instructions on How to Boot & Use CWM Recovery:

  1. Switch off your phone, and wait until it vibrates.
  2. Now boot into recovery mode, press & hold the following combination of keys together: “Volume UP + Home key + Power button
  3. Use the “Volume  UP & DOWN” keys to navigate/scroll through options in the recovery
  4. Use the “Power button” to select an option in the recovery

Instructions on Flashing “.zip” files using CWM:

  1. Transfer the “.zip” you want to flash to your sdcard.The best way is to save the file in the root of SD Card. But you can also save the file in any folder you wish on your SD Card.
  2. Boot into recovery mode [See instructions above]
  3. Now Scroll to “install zip from sdcard” and select it.
  4. Select  “choose zip from sdcard”.
  5. Scroll to the file you transferred in Step 1 and select it.
  6. Now confirm installation by selecting “Yes — Install
  7. Once the installation is complete, go back and select “reboot system now”That’s it.

[info]Important! These are only general steps on how to flash files using CWM, but if the file you’re flashing requires additional things to be done before/after flashing then please kindly do that too. For e.g “wipe data/factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” etc.[/info]

The ClockworkMod Recovery was originally created by Kaushik Dutta, you can visit his blog here.

8 Comment

  1. AcE says: Reply

    Thank You

  2. Kayle says: Reply

    Hi I pressed volume down + home + power button my phone vibrate and none of my buttons are working, and the clockworkmod didn’t start. any suggestions what should I do ?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      To boot into recovery mode on Galaxy S international version gt-9100, press and hold 3 keys together — Volume Up + Home + Power.

  3. phyl says: Reply

    When i press “choose zip from sdcard” it says : E:Can’t mount /sdcard/ E:Unknown volume for patch [/sdcard/]    What should i do?

  4. Bryan says: Reply

    Hello, i know you have done a lot of work for this jellybean update thank you. but i am having issues, my phone is stuck with samsung galaxy y young gt s5360 logo on my phone. should i wait? I waited for too long.

  5. Plz help me…. my device is not going in Recovery mode by holding Volume down + power button… n not also by Volume Up + power button, plz anybody can tell me any other software which will flash my phone through PC… Odin not showing my device

    1. Abhijeet Mishra says: Reply

      You need to press the Home button as well along with the volume up and power buttons.

  6. sid says: Reply

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