How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Rooted Galaxy S2! [i9100]

For those of you who’ve rooted your Galaxy S2 i9100 using the new method (that doesn’t install ClockworkMod Recovery), you will need to install ClockworkMod Recovery after rooting if you want to install custom ROMs. (If you want to just use your stock rooted ROM, you don’t need to do this.)

Step 1. Put your Galaxy S2 into download mode by holding down Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons together until you see the warning screen like below:

Step 2. Next, hit Volume Up button then connect your phone to your computer via microUSB cable.

Step 3. Next, download and unzip, you should find two files like shown below.


Step 4. Verify you have drivers installed by going to Device Manager, you should get something like below, SAMSUNG Mobile USB CDC Composite Device.

If you don’t, download Samsung Kies software and install it.  Then re-plug your Galaxy S2’s microUSB out and in.

Step 5. Run the Odin program.  You should get a yellow highlighted COM as shown below.  That means you are good to go and drivers are working correctly.

Step 6. Hit the PDA button and choose the GT_I9100_ClockworkMod-Recovery_4.0.1.4.tar.

Step 7. Hit the Start button.  It should flash ClockwrokMod Recovery and reboot your phone.

Step 8. If you want to get rid of the exclamation mark, you can use a USB Jig.

Step 9. To get into ClockworkMod Recovery, hold down Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons together until your see the Recovery menus.

Step 10. To get rid of the exclamation mark, turn off your phone then insert the USB Jig.  It will reset all download counts.

Step 11. Exclamation mark is gone.  You can make your own USB Jig or get one on Amazon.

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117 Responses

  1. seVenrider says:

    I recently got a 2.3.6 update through kies for my I19100. Do i use the files u have provided to flash cwm???
    i used to your old method using odin, where i needed a secure and insecure kernel. The new version dosen’t seem to need insecure kernel. Hence the doubt.. Cheers mate

  2. Pedro Caceres says:

    So if I root the ATT version using the new method, how would I go about flashing CWM?

  3. Alfonso Vasquez says:

    What’s the difference between doing this and flashing CWM from ROM Manager?

  4. Rick says:

    Thanks for your efforts. Rom Manager is totally useless and I searched almost everywhere for CWM recovery and how to install it on I9100

  5. zachk shchori says:

    I need a help , after i already rooted my phone GS2 via the new mothed every thing was fine until i try to install the clockworkmod recovery becuse after flashing via odin my device isn’t rebooted and it remain still with the exclamation mark , i try to enter few times to download mode and flashing again but the deveice sitll no rebooting,
    can anyone help me????

  6. Syed says:

    After downloading Clockworkmod recovery file i am unable to find the particular file as shown in the video. After unzipping what i am getting file by name “Zimage” which is not readable by ODIN.
    Any help please.

    • Julian says:

      Is the zip coming up as If not then thats the wrong zip file. If is coming up but its not working try winRAR program. Its free but it ask you to buy it if you want the full program or you can pirate it @ not recommended

    • Facundo says:

      You don’t need to uncompress it! Pass the GT-I9100_ClockworkMod-Recovery_4.0.1.4.tar file directly to Odin 😉

  7. Julian says:

    What website do you use to get the mod from? Because my Phone is the SGH-I727 and i don’t know where to go!
    By the way your videos are really funny and fun to watch.
    Thanks Again

  8. Manish says:


    I have Galaxy S2 I9100G is this CMW compatable with I9100G ?

  9. tarek says:

    I downloaded the file but I donot see the proper contents once I unzipped it.

  10. nick says:

    can’t get past through “Zimage” process on ODIN v1.85,can somebody help me plz?

    • Facundo says:

      You don’t need to uncompress it! Pass the GT-I9100_ClockworkMod-Recovery_4.0.1.4.tar file directly to Odin 😉

  11. i9100G user says:

    I did the step 6 and waited for my phone to boot but it got stuck in the boot screen with the exclamation mark
    Now i cant get to recovery mode or download mode
    Anyone can help me?

    • Chantelle says:

      Did you fix this? If so, how? I’m having the same problem…

      • Zardo says:

        hi there , i have the same problem ! after doing the same exact thing my phone doesnt shut off or boot in to the system ! it doesnt go to clockword mode or download mood ! please F1 (help)

  12. sarf says:

    hi, i wanna know about installing cwm on sgs2, is it 100% chance to get the yellow triangle?

    any safer method without encountering the yellow triangle?

    by the way, your review and website is great…

    • Kjetil says:

      when u root it u get the yellow triangle, but as mentioned above, u can get the yellow triangle away from ur screen

      • Niraj MS Shrestha says:

        Assuming that you have “Resurrection Remix ICS PRO Edition v1.0” installed, to get the yellow triangle removed you could simply go to CWM and reflash the same ROM once again and again flash the “siyah 3.0 LPJ kernel” which would help CWM fully function.

        Hope it helps.

        Best Regards,

        • Niraj MS Shrestha says:

          CWMR Touch v5.5.0.4 will be installed instead of the usual CWM.
          I was also one of those to get stuck at startup after flashing GT-I9100_ClockworkMod-Recovery_4.0.1.4.tar through ODIN.
          So to overcome this simply reflash the same ROM once agin and again flash the “siyah 3.0 LPJ kernel” which would help CWM fully function.

          Hope it helps.

          Best Regards,

  13. Najwan says:

    My device model is GT-I9100G does that make any difference? where can I find Kernals?

  14. Kjetil says:

    There is a much easier way to get clockworkmod then doing it as mentioned above, after ur phone is rooted, go android market and download “rom manager” app. From that app u can flash clockworkmod recovery. Very simpel way to get the clockworkmod.

  15. scotty says:

    how you do the download mode for US versions?

  16. Daniel says:

    Where the fuck is the tar file? All there is are the zimage. Nothing else. Please give a valid file man

  17. Vishal says:

    hello friend! I’m from India.I have galaxy s2(gt-i9100g).Before visiting your site i had tried rooting my s2 using old method and i got it bricked.I fixed it(now my baseband version is DXKH5).Then i tried new method as described by you and i have rooted it successfully.Please tell me whether i should go for above method or not?
    I respect this site.Please reply.Thank you.

  18. jamil says:

    plz help i have galaxy s2 gt i9100 i have rooted my phone, and install both insecure file and original i want to install clockworkmod to use custom rom.. i try to install via rom maneger premium but it written “file signature fail installation aborted” so tell me can i install clockworkmod via odin is there any risk….plz help and thanks in advance

    • vishal says:

      I’ll suggest you not to do this.I tried the method described above and bricked my phone now its not going into recovery mode.

  19. michael says:

    Hi all, this ics rom is nice but once i start play with the app or phone, it will freeze and will pop out a screen with said – UNFORTUNATELY, THE PROCESS ANDROID.PROCESS.ACORE HAS STOPPED.. wat does it mean or how should i do? plz help… thanks

    • Niraj MS Shrestha says:

      Please backup you data and try wiping cache, data and Dalvik cache and install the ROM.

      Hope it helps.

      Best Regards,

  20. tomo says:

    brilliant!….. i now have a backup!….i feel much safer now!….many thanks to you and your fantastic site!

  21. Babbar187 says:


    I followed your instructions and now i’m stuck at a yellow exclamation mark! Please help. I need my phone for work and cant get past this.

  22. irish-sid says:

    I love you OP.
    Racking my brains for hours then I came across this, job done.

  23. abdul says:

    just wondering, how can i remove clockmod recovery?

  24. Amit says:


    I followed your instructions and now i’m stuck at a yellow exclamation mark! Please help. I need my phone for work and cant get past this.

  25. Adam says:

    Hi Max

    I have huge problem!! Please help!!
    I rooted the phone, installed the CWM, I copied the new rom into external SD card. Then I wiped the factory data, but i didn’t do backup!!
    Then I realized that for I9100 I need to copy new rom in Internal memory.
    Now, the phone keeps rebooting, and in the CWM, I cant access to the new rom in the external SD card.
    What can I do now?
    How can i get access to the internal memory? or how can I copy file into internal memory?

    PLease help!!

  26. tom says:

    how do i install clockwok Mod on my sprint SPH D710 a link or something THANKS

  27. tom says:

    how do i get clockwork mod o my sprint SPH D710 please help

  28. Adam says:

    I had the dreaded exlamation mark problem too but got it working thank christ!!!

    I got into recovery by holding in volume down, home & power for 10 secs. I then did a backup, wiped all the caches, factory resetted etc and tried restoring the backup….no joy there. As I could feel the tears welling up inside me about my ruined phone, I decided to try one last thing….

    Using the original “How to Root” tutorial on here, I booted into download mode, used ODIN and flashed the kernel exactly as shown in that thread and hey presto the phone rebooted as normal.

    Just thought I’d share.


  29. David says:

    My phone stuck at the boot screen with the exclamation mark and i cant enter recovery mode, now i cant even turn off my phone. pls help.

  30. Steph says:

    oooops ! I did it in same time you said this was only for gingerbread… i’m on ics ! Bad move :S Stock wth yellow triangle. Need help too !

  31. Steph says:

    That’s ok… just put it back on download mode than I’ve flashed cf-root. sorry about disturbing

  32. Yash says:

    fucking piece of shit website , my phone is now stuck on boot on the yellow triangle how the fuck do i fix this? and its happened to almost evry1 here ! Give us a proper solution!

  33. trusktr says:

    Figure it out……………………………………………

  34. Ian says:


    If you have the yellow triangle just go into RECOVERY mode by holding volume UP, power and home buttons. It will boot into clockworkmod recovery, there you can do a nand backup (this takes a while – it is working!!!) once done reboot into DOWLOAD mode ( volume DOWN, power and home buttons) and flash your secure kernel to remove the yellow triangle! your phone will now boot correctly 🙂

  35. Dave says:

    Hii !! IT the same on ICS .. OR Do you have another method to install clockwork recovery ..?

  36. PPT says:

    Solution: Hit the up button+ center+power to recovery mode

    then use the volume up/down button to select the reboot or any other option and hit the center button to execute

    hope this helps

  37. Keith says:

    Its seems like ever since I updated to the new ICS ROm (The Official) its like my NAND is locked. I can’t do ANYTHING. Nothing odin ever passes now. I’m using the latest odin software. HELP!!!

  38. rick says:

    it just worked on my international gt i9100 rooted

  39. Miguel says:

    Thank you this was extremely useful to me

  40. Anupom says:

    Hay, max… Having one Problem. If i use Rom Manager, it shows CWM installed but it shows errors on Recovery Mode.
    I’ve also installed Siyah Kernel.. If i use installed CWM App…. and gets into recovery mode it shows installed version CWM 5.5 and it works. So, why 2 apps showing 2 Versions Installed?

  41. khadem says:

    I am installed clockware using this tutorial but my S2 is not booting right now :(( it is show a small trangle on the bottom of the screen and do not booting up, I can still put it in the download mode and recovery mod, Can you tell me what I should to fix it????

    • khadem says:

      still waiting for answer !!!! my device is dead :((

      • tester says:

        do you know wich kernel you had before you flashed this CWM ?

        • tester says:

          if not … you must install a complete and new firmware using Odin. but you’re going to lose everythin you had if you did not make a backup before ( ex: contacts, msgs , applications that u’ve downloaded)

          • khadem says:

            Hi, Thanks for reply, No I do not know the version of kernel 🙁 and unfotunatlly I do not have access to use sd card on the phone right now and I can not install any new OS or make a backup of my data :(( is it any new way to do this?? (backup my data i mean)

            • tester says:

              Of course you can install a new OS … but your data im afraid not, unless you knew wich ROM you had or kERNEL … coz apparently by falshing this CWM it includes a kernel that might be incompatible with the stock rom … this is why phone is bricked.
              Now i wanna know :
              -if you installed any new rom before the problem.
              -From wich country u bought it, that might help, coz there is specified firmware (or kernel) for each country .. if we found the right kernel you wont lose your data 🙂
              IF we couldnt, i hope not … you must install a new firmware .. thats the only way .. and yes again you can 🙂

              • tester says:

                and write me any info you know abt you phone like:
                -model number… android version .. ICS or gingerbread..ect ?

                • khadem says:

                  Tnx for your reply, Here is all info that I have about my phone:

                  – the firmware was 2.2.x
                  – kernel I do not konw 🙁 (how can i fink the version?)
                  – I bought it from Dubai UAE
                  – model of my phone is : GT-I9100
                  – SSN : -I9100GSMH
                  – I installed clockworkmod
                  – cwm can not mound cache and etc…

  42. tester says:

    i think i found you the right kernel khadem i hope so 🙂 … lets give it a shot … it wont change anything anyway 🙂
    here! download this file :

    extract it, you must see a tar file, flash it to your phone with Odin you can get it from here: )
    if you dont know how to use Odin “GOOGLE IT” is quite easy 🙂 reply back to know if works =)

  43. steve says:

    Hi, i downloaded cwm and opened it in recovery mode. but it wont let me do anything, as soon as i press anything the screen blinks and thats it. if i go down to install zip from sd card it just flashes and then back to the same screen. How do i get out of recovery mode safely and why is it not working? thank you

  44. Daniel says:

    Just a tip fella, but how about next time you mention something as important as “don’t do this unless your on Gingerbread” at the start of the video, and not after the point where you’ve already shown us how to fucking do it !!! Now my S2 won’t even boot, nice one !!

  45. Johnny Eng says:

    Bro Max,
    Can i use abyss kernel for S2 method to flash new rom????
    or can i flash on the stock recovery and get Superuser after that???

    need advice

  46. Some wierd guy says:

    just tried to flash clockworkmod and now all that comes up is the name of my phone and the exclamation mark. what do i do now. i hav tried going to the clockwork mod screen but dont know what to choose. i tried rebooting but the warning screen just comes up. please help. 🙁

  47. Some wierd guy says:

    Should u uninstall clockwork before unrooting/unbricking to ics

  48. kyle says:

    Hi max. Will this method work for the jb leaked update?

  49. Benny says:

    Hi Max,

    Could you please help me out ?
    Like a fool I casually deleted SuperUser not realising its a vital part of the OS ??
    Now I’m stuck in this boot-loop from my telcos boot screen and samsungs boot screen.
    Some other guy on another website was advised to download superuser.apk and some how install it on the phones memory.

    I’m clueless as to how to do it and where to put it or if thats actually the best way to resolve the problem.
    If you can help me that would be great and thanks in advance anyway for the tutorial on how to Root my S2. 🙂

    Best Regards,


  50. gaus says:

    after step 7 my galaxy s2 do not want to reboot !!! he is never opened please help me !!!!!

  51. ateui4avjtj says:


  52. Tony says:

    I did everything you said and after its restarted, its been there for about 5 minutes already.

  53. mazen says:

    hi, i can’t get to download mod in my s2 bell Canada????

  54. Pin2High says:

    This is exactly what I want to do BUT, you said for Gingerbread only. I need ClockworkMod Recovery on my ICS ver. 4.0.3 , on my Bell SGS2 GT-i9100M. Will this work on my phone, or have I missed a video to do this with IceCream Sandwich.

    Thanks in advance.

  55. krisztian says:

    I do this at version 4.0.4 and my phone does not start it freezed at the screen with the yellow triangle…What i need to do …sorry for my english please help

  56. S2User says:

    Can i know how to uninstall it ?
    My Official Stock Rom Version is 4.1.2 Jellybean.
    Right now i have facing a big problem actually i did it then install stable Cynogen MOD. Now if i flashed with odin with stock rom it stuck at NAND Write Start please help me techies..

  57. David says:


    I noticed when I flashed new rom that the clockworkmod recovery was also updated. Among other thing it allow to load rom form the external sd, which the version in your tutorial does not support.

    Testing with the JellyBam rom you just posted, it installed CWM-based Recovery v6.0.3.1 (guess the boot loader is part of the rom).

    Would you know where to find it ? Googling for it always bring me back to the which only has version .

    I’m assuming what I want is the touch recovery but I’m not sure as to how to upload it. (do I simply tar the zip file content and upload it via ODIN ?)

    Thanks in advance


  58. bryce says:

    i had a similar problem but luckily i had done nand back up so i restored and voila! everything back to normal but i still don’t have the cwm though:(

  59. Hariz Nonis says:

    I have CWM recovery installed, but the only way to boot into CWM is through ROM manager, I can’t boot into CWM recovery through the three-button method. Any help?

  60. miguel says:

    ***NO SE ESPANTES*** Para los que se les quedo en el logo de samsung con el signo de exlamacion amarillo, tienen dos opciones, flasheen con odin a la rom stock o intalen una rom cocinada desde el recovery y se le quita el semi-brick.

  61. osama farooq says:

    helpful. my phone got soft bricked and even its not going to the recovery mode. your installation helps bit thankyou

  62. Ch Faisal says:

    did this but after installation the phone is stucked at exclamation mark and not starting
    any help

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