How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300)

Are you ready to flash custom ROMs on your Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300) smartphone? Then start off by installing the ClockworkMod Recovery on your device and enjoy superior features it has to offer you. Such features include backing up your current ROM, flashing a custom ROM, installing a mod or a tweak and so on. So, in this guide, you’ll learn how to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300) smartphone and here you go.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have rooted your device before doing this procedure. You can check out our root guide to root your device.

2. This will replace your current recovery with the CWM Recovery.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. ClockworkMod Recovery (Download link’s given in the second post)

III. Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300):

1. Download and place the ClockworkMod Recovery archive onto your Desktop.

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

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

4. Disconnect your device from your PC once the file’s copied.

5. Turn OFF your device.

6. Reboot your device into Recovery mode. To do so, simply press and hold the Volume UP+Home+Power buttons together.

7. Once inside Recovery, choose apply update from sdcard.

8. Select the Recovery archive you copied earlier to your device for flashing.

9. It should start flashing the file and once it’s done, you’ll be notified.

10. Reboot your device.

11. And you’re all set!

Excellent! Your device’s been successfully equipped with ClockworkMod Recovery and it’ll now let you install custom ROMs.

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 Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300) 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.

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  • Emmanuel Marabillo

    Its succesfully installed.. but .. i go to rom manager and says i need to install custom recovery ??? WTF!??

  • saurav

    does it work on s5302

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Nop, you shouldn’t apply it on your device as it may brick your device. Very soon we’ll have a guide to root the S5302 device.


  • Paul H.

    I have two Questions:

    I heard Flashing a custom Recovery has a high chance of Bricking. How can I minimize the Risk of doing so?

    And About Nandroid Backups: Where are they stored (USB-Storage/Internal Memory/External SD) and how big are they (As you may know, the Galaxy Pocket does not have much internal Memory, so I am a bit woried.)

    Thanks in advance!

  • Joshua Ravena

    my phone says successfully installed the UPDATE ZIP and it says reboot your device I rebooted it and now its not working please help me !!! email me at or please thanks!

    • Hey Joshua,

      What is not working on your device? Does your device reboot normally?

      • joshua ravena

        i installed the zip on the SD and it says sucessful and i reboot it after 1hour waiting i started to panicked i search for 8hours and nothing is working when i plug it on PC it says to detect my phone ineed to install hardware for USB device

        • I see.

          So the issue is that your PC is unable to recognize your device.

          I’d suggest you to download and install the latest Samsung USB Drivers on your PC from the link below and then restart your PC.

          Your PC will then be able to recognize your device.

          Drivers –

          • joshua ravena

            I see Uhmmm Sir can you also give me some links i need for my phone?

          • joshua ravena

            If its been recognize what will i do after that Sir? Please help me im newbie.. cause i thought my droid is SG Mini so i flash it . Cause i cant see my device there.

          • Hello Joshua,

            Can you please let us know what device you’ve done this procedure on? Is it Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300)?

          • joshua ravena

            Yes Sir. All i did was i installed ROm manager and CWM and i choose install update in choose 2.0 then i am looking for my device in the top and its not showing what i did is i flashed the Galaxy Mini and go to install the update and it says succes after that i clear cache and data also partition SD card then i rebot it and it was stuck there i turned off the phone and its not turning on agan anymore.

          • Hello Joshua,

            You shouldn’t have installed a recovery on your device that is NOT developed for your device. Apparently your device has been bricked.

            Don’t worry, we won’t let anything spoil your birthday.

            To fix your device, you need to flash back the stock ROM on your device. To do so, simply download the firmware for your device and region from the following link, then flash it on your device using Odin.

            Stock Firmware –

            For full instructions on flashing the firmware, please check out the guide given here –

            Just follow Section III given in the guide and you should be all set.

            Happy Birthday 🙂

            Thank you!

          • joshua ravena

            Thank you Sir ill try to do it tomorrow just want to let you know my samsung GT-S5300 wont turned on but it does get warm when charge. So all I have to do is install the USB Driver first and next is I plug the phone using the home+vol down+power on buttons right? to have it in the download mode?

          • Hello Joshua,

            Exactly! You got it!

            Just download the stock firmware for your device, put your device in download mode, flash the firmware using Odin, and you’re all done.


          • joshua ravena

            Uhmm Sir there’s An error code 10 and also 28 i see error code 10 for USB device Error Code for Samsung please help me thnx

          • Hello Joshua,

            When do you get this error? Do you get it when you connect your device to your PC in download mode?

            Let me know.


          • joshua ravena

            Sir that was after i installed the Driver for my galaxy pocket and then i plugged the device doing the combination….

          • Joshua Ravena

            here is the thing Sir.Mahesh every time I connect the device and try to start it up on the “Download mode” or I go to the “Recovery mode” it won’t start up! it says I cannot connect your device and it says I need to install its hardware ! so I installed the Drivers for it !!! and then I tried to go to the Device Manager I to add a device then I saw ” question mark named USB and SAMSUNG so I tried to click that and try to add that device its telling me I have error 10 and error 28!

          • Hello Joshua,

            It seems the problem is with your computer and not the procedure. Please install a fresh version of your OS on your computer and then install the required drivers. The procedure should work fine then.

            If you can’t do this, just ask your friend to use his PC for a while.


          • joshua ravena

            Thank you very very much Sir i hope tomorrow it will. work

          • Hello Joshua,

            It definitely will.


          • joshua ravena

            Thank you in Advance Sir.Mahesh all i want is to fix this phone its a gift for my birthday this coming 30th of May

  • joshua ravena

    Sir please help me with error code 10 and 28 please i cant do a thing

  • joshua ravena

    I have my phone been J-Tag now its working back again I wish you could teach me to root it more to go in blackstar ROM!

  • deepak

    How to install custom rom on my gt-s 5300 i have root my phone and installed clockwork mod and now i don’t know how to install custom rom . Please help!!!!!!!

  • SOGO Jonathan

    Hello, my device cannot be changed to Download Mode, it displays onkey 7s reset only.

    I have pressed the volume up/down, home key and power key several times, yet same result.

    Pls help, any alternative?