Installing a custom recovery will help you gain much more functions than your stock recovery offers, and these range from flashing unofficial zip files to making/restoring backups without too much hassle.  The guide below is designed to install a custom recovery (ClockworkMod Recovery) on the Samsung Galaxy Ace, a mid range device that runs Gingerbread officially currently.  By way of having CWM, users can now take this device beyond Gingerbread to ICS or even Jelly Bean, if they are okay with the lag and the problems that come with doing that.  Anyways, if you wanted ClockworkMod Recovery on your device, this post below will help you get it.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important.

2.  Make sure your device is charged to 75% or more before you begin.

3.  You should be rooted for this procedure to work.  If you are not, follow our guide on the same to help you.

4.  This procedure works only on the Samsung Galaxy Ace running Gingerbread 2.3.x.  Do not try this if you are running Froyo (Android 2.2.x).

II.  Necessary Downloads [File attached to this post]

III.  Installing ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Connect your device to your PC in USB Storage Mode and copy to your SD card.

2.  Disconnect your device and shut it down.

3.  Press and hold the Home  + Power buttons and let them go once your device boots into stock recovery

4.  Use the Volume Up and Down keys to highlight to apply update from sdcard and press the home button to select it.

5.  Locate and select to flash the file.

6.  Once you see the install from sdcard complete message, highlight and select reboot system now.

And you’re done! The next time you try to access recovery, you should see ClockworkMod Recovery up and running!

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.

  • Hey Help Me Out! I tried this, but My Phone is not Booting after installing this CWM file!! HELP ME PLZ!!!!!!!

    • poornima rao

      did it boot again??

      • Not at all! I SPEnt INR 5,000 for Unbricking it! It was hard bricked! Such a waste and useless tutorial! Check all the comments above. All of them’s phone are bricked! F*** You!

        • RajuSesha

          Spending 5000 for unbricking you are such a dumbass if you had read posts in xda developers you woulve done it for free just flash a custom kernal and thats it

  • Dan

    Same problem will not boot after flashing this CWM would avoid this install.

  • enonymos

    hey tell m u f…….k..r. .what i do when it is not booting.

  • Babak

    the phone is not booting anymore X-(

  • giubani

    my phone is not booting either now!!!

  • jay

    this is fake ! my fone is not rebooting now. wtf !

  • Mitch0422

    after doing this i cant get my phone to boot into recovery mode to check see if it worked. any ideas?

    • Mitch0422

      nevermind, fixed it

  • yOyO

    don’t ever download the zip from this site .. the most f***** site in the world … if device is not rebooting the wipe/data factory reset in recovery mode n do everything again….

  • yOyO

    if wipe factory data also not works then download the original or any firmware for your phone and copy it to your sd card and flash it … enjoy …
    and also … never come back to this site please …

    • sas

      hii my phone is stuck in the opening screen man please help meeeeeeeeeee

  • yOyO

    if you can’t flash … then refer to
    thats the most awesome way to unbrick your phone …. njoy … 😀

  • ihategalaxyace

    Well thanks for nothing dumbass I bricked ma fone

  • neeraj

    I install
    ClockWorkMod on samsung Galaxy Ace..but it gone off and cannot reboot now..please help

  • Tin

    It amuses me that someone managed to hard brick their phone while doing this :L

  • Carltiox

    Did someone got to unbrick the ace? I fucked my uncle’s galaxy ace and I need to find a way to unbrick it !!

  • Bricked phone

    Don`t try this, this file will brick your phone!!!
    please remove this tutorial it sucks!!

  • Mathew

    F**K YOU D**K

  • gus gus

    you rock, this is the only thread that helps 🙂

  • Thelemic

    It worked for me:P I downloaded the file directly from my phone, and not by transferring it from my computer.

    • Dax Krishna

      Glad it worked for you!

      • Thelemic

        Okay, after hours of struggling installing custom roms I found out that the problem was this CWM. The link is for 4.0.3 or something. That isn’t the latest version. After I updated it the custom roms installed correctly. I urge you to edit the guide so it links to the latest version of CMW.

        • Dax Krishna


          I have now updated the post and the links to a more stable version of ClockworkMod, thanks for your suggestion!

          • Thelemic

            Cool, thank you:) And thank you for the guide!

  • gupta

    some can tell me how to download this file directly from mu mobile ?

  • Johnny

    If you look at the picture above you will see that this file is designed to screw your phone and make it unworkable. DON’T download this file, the guy who wrote this page is a chimpanzee.

  • Amon Bradshaw

    worked for me.. thanks

  • harshit

    from where sould i download the file of clockworkmod

  • Pravs Rambo

    very helpful thanks cwm recovery and rooting procedure worked fine. only problem is whe i finished installing sg s2 android 4.2.2 jellybean. i cant seem to find blackbury messenger to upload. any ideas.

  • william_ace

    when trying to install the clock work recovery mode there is a load of code and then it says installation aborted can anyone help?

  • Richard Yonzon

    when try to install the file.. it says zip file error.. i follow every step you said.. WHY?

  • adawi

    my is samsung galaxy ace hts5830d not installing the file it always aborts it plz help

  • dams

    the cwm works ppl dnt know how it works thats all ur owes fones are gud still u must hardbrick ur fones then ull cry lol then u need jtag then ur f……ed

  • anx

    i get status 7 installation aborted when i try to install the cwm recovery