How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Vibrant

Now that you are rooted, flashing custom ROMs is just a step away.  This little step is something called a custom recovery which will not only have you flashing ROMs but also making/restoring backups, wipe data/cache, etc. in no time.  So read on then to know how to install ClockworkMod Recovery (a very popular custom recovery) on the Samsung Vibrant.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up any data you feel is important.

2.  Make sure that you have at least 75% of your battery charged.

3.  You should be rooted for this procedure to work.  Use our guide on the same to help you in this regard.

II.  Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Samsung Vibrant

1.  Go to the Play Store on your device and install ROM Manager.  Alternatively, you can install the same via the desktop version of Play.

2.  Open up the ROM Manager app.

3.  Click on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.

4.  Select Vibrant as the device you are using.

5.  Grant superuser access when prompted.

6.  Wait for the ROM Manager to finish installing CWM and reboot.

You have now successfully installed ClockworkMod Recovery on your Vibrant!

 V.  Flashing Custom ROMs (Optional)

If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.

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  • Scott D’Angelo

    Hi and thanks for the help. When I attempt to download from Google Play on a pc I get “This item is not available with your device”. Similarly, when I attempt from my phone I get “Item not found”. This seems as if I’m being blocked for my SDH-T959. Is there an alternative way to get clockworkmod Rom manager, i.e. copy file from somewhere directly to the phone? I can’t find an alternative download method.

    • http://twitter.com/turp Jay Turpin

      I have the same problem. I’ve been looking for another way to manually install CWM Recovery, but haven’t come across anything yet

    • noconnect

      are you updated to 2.2? I was having this problem until I updated via kies mini.

  • frustrated

    me as well- still searching