How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Acer Iconia A500

There are thousands of custom ROMs available for various Android Devices and the most preferred way to install them is to utilize the ClockworkMod Recovery. The CWM Recovery is available for almost all the devices out there and it includes the tablets, too. In the following procedure, we are going to show you how you can install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Acer Iconia A500 tablet.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have rooted your tablet before doing this procedure. Please head to our How to Root Acer Iconia A500 procedure first, finish it, then return to this procedure and continue.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Acer Recovery Installer (Google Play Link)

III. Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Acer Iconia A500:

1. Download the Acer Recovery Installer App on your tablet using the link given above.

2. Install the app on your tablet, just follow the usual installation steps and it will be installed.

3. Launch the app from your App Drawer by tapping its icon.

4. From the Main Interface of the app, tap the Install Recovery Image button.

Acer Recovery Installer

[ Hit Install Recovery Image button ]

5. Follow the instructions displayed on your screen.

6. After going through all the steps displayed on your screen, you will have the CWM Recovery installed on your tablet.

Cheers ! Your tablet is now loaded with the CWM Recovery to bring those stylish custom ROMs to your device.

IV. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the Acer Iconia A500 to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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  • Joel

    I’m trying to boot to recovery. I’ve got root. I’ve installed the “Stock 4.03 Recovery” but whenever I try to reboot into recovery it opens up to a little green android lying with his belly open and an exclamation mark in a red triangle. Any ideas?

    • Kirk Bocek

      I see no one has replied to Joel after four months. I get the same result with the Stock 4.03 Recovery and am stumped by this process. My A500 is rooted but I can’t get past this step. I assume I need to patch a boot image with my SBK. I have it calculated but need to find a boot image I can patch.

  • flikkertochop

    i got the same problem as joel and you guys from this website arent helping at al -.- schame on you

  • ice cream

    THIS DOES NOT WORK!!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      What issue are you facing with the procedure? Could you please explan to us the exact issue you’re facing so we can help you out?

  • Zax Zilgian

    Since your instructions do not tell us which recovery type to choose, I chose Stockv4.0.3 Recovery. I’m trying to boot to recovery. I’ve got root. I’ve installed the “Stock 4.0.3 Recovery” but whenever I try to reboot into recovery it opens up to a little green android lying with his belly open and an exclamation mark in a red triangle. Should I choose adifferent option?

  • SCL

    I have got root also. DO YOU HAVE TO UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER before using this software or does it unlock the bootloader also? Also, what version of Bootloader is applicable to this software? Mine is 0.03.12

  • ukksh21

    i rooted my a500 just fine. its on 4.0.3 ics and i have flashed 4 or 5 different recoveries to it and none of them work. it just keeps saying recovery verified failed. please help!!

  • Σκαλαμπρίνης

    This guide is pretty much useless. I guess we’ll first to make sure which bootloader we are using in our A500 and if it has been upgraded to ICS via OTA (or not). This is a major factor that needs to be pre-checked and there’s nothing about it in this guide. Perhaps it’s simply outdated, so if you want to flash a customer ROM to your A500, simply look somewhere else and ignore this page.

    ps: FYI I get the same “little green android lying with his belly open and an exclamation mark in a red triangle” so I’m trying to work my way through AFTEROTA.