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 Discover.
After flashing a custom recovery on the Galaxy Discover, 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 Discover:
I. Before You Begin
1. As always, back up everything you care about from your device before you start and charge your device to 75% or more before you begin.
2. Make sure you have the necessary drivers installed before you begin. If you are not sure, try these before you begin.
II. Necessary Downloads
2. SGH_S730M.CWM_18.104.22.168.custom.recovery.tar.md5 [Link available in this post in the first paragraph]
III. Flashing the Custom Recovery on the Galaxy Discover
1. Extract the Odin_v3.07.zip file you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.
2. From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v3.07.exe to run the tool.
3. Put your device into Download mode. To do this, power down your device, and press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons until your device vibrates, then let go of the Power button only. You should now be in Download mode.
4. Click on PDA button, locate SGH_S730M.CWM_22.214.171.124.custom.recovery.tar.md5 you downloaded above and click on OK to load it on Odin. The ID:COM field on Odin should now light up yellow to signify that your device is connected and recognized properly. If not, reinstall drivers and try again.
5. Make sure that the Re-Partition and Flash Lock are unchecked; this is important as you might brick your device if these options are ticked!
6. Click on Start.
7. Once done, reboot your device.
IV. Rooting the Galaxy Discover
If you plan on rooting your Samsung Galaxy Discover, this is the guide for you.
All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Samsung Galaxy Discover to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!
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.