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]The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. Do this only if you’re capable of getting your phone back right on your own. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable. You only will be responsible — you’ve been warned. Okay![/warning]

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.

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  • sid

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  • Tejas Sawardekar

    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

    • Abhijeet Mishra

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

  • Bryan

    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.

  • phyl

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

  • Kayle

    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 ?

    • Kapil

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

  • AcE

    Thank You