How to install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on Nexus 4?

How to install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on Google Nexus 4? The easiest way to do so is to use the 1 click method when root Nexus 4. Or you can also install it manually. Check out this post on why you should have ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on Nexus 4.

Nexus 4 CWM
LG Nexus 4 ClockworkMod Recovery


  • Unlock Nexus 4 Bootloader

First of all, you need an unlocked Nexus 4 Bootloader to install custom recovery, ROM and so on. And get Google Nexus 4 ToolKit and Nexus 4 adb & fastboot drivers ready to ease your life too.

How to install CWM on Google Nexus 4?

  1. Boot into Nexus 4 Fastboot Mode.
  2. Connect USB cable to Nexus 4.
  3. At Google Nexus 4 ToolKit, select 6. Flash Recovery [Custom or Stock Recovery].
  4. Select 1. Flash Clockworkmod Touch Recovery
  5. Select Yes to continue.
  6. That’s all.


  1. Pretty much the same plan worked when I Cyanogenmodded my Nexus S, which is still adequate although I’m starting to feel that single core is no longer enough. Nexus 4 is looking pretty great in the hands of my colleagues though 🙂

  2. You wrote this article a week ago, you should be knowing that the Nexus 4 toolkit does NOT work on Nexus phones on Official Android 4.2.2 as the Build is NOT supported by the toolkit software as yet…

    Maybe some research before posting such a article would be a good idea…

  3. I downloaded and installed the Toolkit and donated to the developer. I unlocked the bootloader and rooted the Nexus 4. Do not think CWM installed as I cannot boot to recovery mode. The toolkit boots from ADB mode to Fastboot but fails to transfer a file(s) and then patiently waits for ADB mode which never happens. Cannot change to insecure.


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