How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the LG Optimus 4X HD

Although the LG Optimus 4X has got quite great specifications, it still runs the Android Ice Cream Sandwich and no Jelly Bean update has been announced, yet. I know most of you might be eagerly waiting for the update to arrive, but the fact is there’s no word from LG regarding the update roll out. Well, you don’t have to be disappointed, as the XDA Developers have come to rescue the said device users. As a result of all the efforts made by the developers, we now have a custom recovery for the Optimus 4x HD device. A custom recovery means a lot for the users, as it lets users flash custom ROMs based on Jelly Bean regardless of what software version they currently have on their devices. If you’re interested in giving custom ROMs a shot, you can follow our guide below to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the LG Optimus 4x HD.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have done our How to Root the LG Optimus 4X HD procedure first.

2. At least 60% of battery level is recommended before you start.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. ClockworkMod Recovery (It’s attached in the first post)

III. Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the LG Optimus 4X HD:

1. Place the CWM Recovery archive you just downloaded to your Desktop.

2. Unzip files from the archive to your Desktop. You should get an APK file.

3. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

4. Copy the APK file over to the root of your SD card. It’s the topmost folder.

5. Once it’s copied, disconnect the device from your PC.

6. Open the File Manager on your device and install the APK you just copied.

7. Once it’s installed, do NOT launch it, just reboot the device.

8. When the device boots up, launch the app from your App Drawer.

9. Tap on Install recovery button in the app.

10. It should ask you to provide Superuser access, hit the Grant button.

11. It will then install the CWM Recovery on your device.

12. Once the recovery’s installed, you can tap the boot recovery button to reboot the device into Recovery mode.

13. You’re all set!

Great! The custom recovery has been successfully flashed on the device and you can boot into the same by simply tapping a button. You can now install custom ROMs or Tweaks, choice is yours!

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 LG Optimus 4X HD 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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  • ashley s

    is this only a temp recovery? as i installed this and used it to back my phone up works fine by the way. and then the next time i tried to boot into cwm recovery via rom manager it just goes into stock recovery???

  • Jacob

    I have followed your instructions exactly, but the phone will no longer boot past the “LG” loading screen. I have left it for up to 10 minutes but it never passes the shimmering LG logo. Can still power off by holding the power button, but it straight away turns back on and gets caught at the same place. By removing and replacing the battery the phone stays powered off until the power button is held to turn it on, but it still maintains the same problem.

    • Steve

      i have some problem.. somebody please help me

      • piwaii

        Same problem. Anyone find a solution.

        DON’T INSTALL before reading these comments… 🙁

  • Akram Azzam

    my phone doesn`t open !! it still stucks at lg logo !! what can i do ?

  • tshabalala15

    you brick phones with your shi**y instructions and you have the audacity to ask for motherfu*king donations??

    • It doesn’t brick phones. Make sure the device you’re flashing this on is the one mentioned in the procedure. Thanks!