How to Flash Clockworkmod Recovery on Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

Today, we have been discussing different ways in which you can transform your Galaxy Note in a better phone, rather than just an outdated predecessor of the beast called Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Note: We ended up writing a 3 part series to modify your Samsung Galaxy Note to something you would have neve imagined:

  • How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2)
  • How to install clockworkmod recovery on Sasmung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 (you are currently here)
  • How to update your Galaxy Note to the latest possible firmware 

In this post we shall discuss about the different steps involved in flashing the popular clockworkmod recovery to your device. First of all, a recovery is an important partition which, as the name says, allows you to recovery from troubling situations. A custom recovery rewrites the recovery partition, replacing the stock recovery with something that has many more features that anyone (mostly those who like to keep their phone at the best levels it can get) would love to have on his device. Clockworkmod recovery is the most popular stock recovery replacement out there. Developed by Koushik Dutta, a member of the Cyanogenmod Team, CWM allows you to flash unsigned zip files, create and restore full device backups (allowing you to get out of situations like a bootloop), partition your sd card, wipe dalvik cache and much more.

Once you make up your mind about installing clockworkmod recovery, proceed ahead while giving special attention to the Before you proceed section. Also, if you want to update your phone by installing any custom rom, then you can do so only when you have installed any custom recovery (like clockworkmod recovery).

Before you Proceed:

  • Make sure your phone is charged enough, so that it doesn’t end up discharged amid the flashing process (which can be a situation you don’t want to be in)
  • Don’t blame us or anyone else for harming your device. This guide is fully tested on several galaxy Note devices, and if you end up doing something wrong there is nothing you have got to blame us.


  • Root your phone. The application which will flash the clockworkmod recovery to your device requires root access to your system files so that it can update the recovery partition.
  • You must enable USB debugging first. The steps to do so depends on whether you are on ice cream sandwich or below.
    If your phone is still stuck on gingerbread, go to Settings, then Applications, then Development and finally tap the check box adjacent to the USB Debugging option to enable it.
    Otherwise, if you have updated your phone to Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, you should go to Settings, then Development and the option to enable USB debugging should be present right there.
    Enabling USB Debugging option is required so that in case, anything goes wrong with your device during the process, your phone can still communicate with your computer, when you connect it to your pc for getting things back to normal.
  • Make sure that you have a decent internet connection on your device. You shall need that to download some stuff from the internet.
  • First of all, you are required to install ROM Manager from the play store. There is a paid version of the app available on the play store too, so if you want to buy the awesome developer (Koushik Dutta, the guy behind clockworkmod recovery) a mug of beer, you should go forward with that. Otherwise, the free version will serve the purpose well too.
  • Open up your app drawer and the find the just installed rom manager app in the apps list.
  • Open the ROM Manager app and tap the Flash clockworkmod recovery  option.
  • A list of devices will open up. Find your device from the list there.
  • Once you select your device, a small download of about 10 megabytes at max will be initiated. Let the downloading complete.
  • Once the download completes, clockworkmod recovery will be flashed on your device.
  • To check if the flashing process was successful, switch off your Galaxy Note. Then, Press Volume Down + Menu + Power button (this is the key combination to boot into recovery for your device). Keep this key combination pressed till your phone boots into the clockworkmod recovery.

The step below is totally optional, but it is highly recommended.

  • In clockworkmod recovery, find the Backup and Restore option. Select it and then select the Backup option. A full nandroid backup of your device will be taken which can be restored in case your Galaxy Note is stuck in some ugly situation. The backup is present at / sdcard / clockworkmod /  backup in case you want to save the backup on your hard disk or your pc. Don’t rename the backup as it might lead to a md5 mismatch error. And if you are hell bent on renaming the backup, make sure that you don’t insert any white space, or any special character in the name of the backup.

That’s all you needed to have a safe phone which can be easily recovered from any possible software related issue. This guide was the easiest amongst all the the three guides I have written, and quite an important one too. Like I always, say at the end of every article, do let us know if you face ANY trouble at all in any of the steps mentioned above. We are here to help you out of the mess. If you have a friend who own a Samsung Galaxy Note, you might want to share this story, or the full three article series with him/her.

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