Every Android device has, what is called, a recovery image on it. This is basically a part of the Android operating system that you or the manufacturer can access if your device becomes unresponsive and then use it to restore your device.
A custom recovery image, however, is a recovery image that a developer has altered that can not only help the device if it becomes responsive, but also has the added benefits of allowing us to make major changes to the operating system and have even further customizations on your device.
In this procedure, we’ll show you how to flash a custom recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2.
After flashing a custom recovery on Galaxy Xcover 2, you’ll be able to:
- Perform full backups of your device (literally save EVERYTHING from it).
- Increase your device’s performance (after flashing something called a kernel).
- Increase your device’s battery life.
- Flash custom ROMs (these make it possible to flash a newer version of Android, totally new user interfaces, add tons of new features, and much more).
Interested? Here’s how to flash a custom recovery on your Galaxy Xcover 2:
I. Before You Begin
1. Make sure you have backed up everything you care about from the device before you begin.
2. Charge your device to 75% or more before you start.
3. Install the proper drivers before you start. Usually, installation of Kies will take care of this.
II. Necessary Downloads
2. 20140112_cwm-22.214.171.124_skomer_fixed.tar.md5 [or the latest version, link available in this post labeled as Mirror]
III. Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Galaxy Xcover 2
1. Extract Odin307.zip to a folder on your desktop.
2. Copy 20140112_cwm-126.96.36.199_skomer.tar.md5 to the extracted Odin307 folder.
3. Double-click on Odin3 v3.07.exe from the extracted folder to start the Odin tool.
4. Power down your device and put it into download mode. To do this, press and hold the Home + Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for 3 to 5 seconds until you see the warning screen.
5. Connect your device to your Windows PC using a compatible microUSB cable. If your PC installs drivers at this point, let it do so. Once that is done, the ID:COM field on Odin should light up blue, signifying that Odin has recognized your device without a problem. If not, make sure you install the proper drivers (by installing Samsung Kies) and try again.
6. Click on the PDA button on Odin and navigate to the location of 20140112_cwm-188.8.131.52_skomer.tar.md5 to load it on to Odin.
7. Make sure that only F. Reset Time is selected under the Option section and then click on Start.
8. Wait for the PASS message on Odin and reboot your device.
All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device! But before that, you’ll need to root your device and this guide should help you do that!
By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.