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Install CWM Recovery 6 on T-Mobile Galaxy S5 G900T – Complete Guide

HOW TO: Install CWM Recovery 6 on Galaxy S5 G900T

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide for how to install CWM custom recovery on Galaxy S5 G900T. If you are used to installing official updates through ODIN on Samsung Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • This recovery installation tutorial is only for T-Mobile Galaxy S5 SM-G900T. Please do not try on any other Galaxy S5 variants.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
  • This CWM Recovery tutorial works with Android 4.4.2 and all future Android updates.
  • Go to Settings > About device on your Galaxy S5 and check your model no. It should be SM-G900T or do not proceed.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download ClockworkMod Recovery 6 package for T-Mobile Galaxy S5 and extract this file anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Download ODIN v3.09 which will help you to install CWM Recovery on T-Mobile Galaxy S5 G900T.

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Home buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your T-Mobile Galaxy S5 USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.

Step 7 – Now select the following file that you have to flash/install on your phone. This file will be found from the extracted file in Step 1.

  • Click on ‘PDA’ / ‘AP’ and select the CWM package file you downloaded in step 1 for your phone.

Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options, if not already.

Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will reboot into Recovery Mode automatically and install the root package / files. Your ID:COM box will also turn green.

Step 11 – After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.

That’s it! Your T-Mobile Galaxy S5 has now been flashed with ClockworkMod Recovery. To enter Recovery Mode, shut down phone and then hold down the Home + Volume Up buttons and press the Power button for about 5 seconds to enter Recovery Mode.

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Whenever you restart your phone, stock recovery keeps showing up? There is a fix for that. For details on how to make ClockworkMod Recovery permanent on your Android phone, head over to the next page.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.


  • When I boot my phone into Download, the steps you have above does not show the construction Android robot and a triangle. I get “Warning!!, A custom OS can cause critical problems in phone and installed applications. If you want to download a custom OS, press the volume up key. Otherwise, press the volume down key to cancel.” When I press the up I get a green Droid with the word “Downloading”. Then I open ODIN, plug in my phone and only get a blue bar, it never turns yellow…
    ANY IDEAS???

  • I’m attempting to do the same thing. After booting my phone into download, it’s giving me the dummy warning. It tells me my phone’s in ODIN mode, however, ODIN on my pc never registers as “yellow” it shows it as blue, in fact. I’ve tried to still flash cwm onto my phone in this state, and it’s showing as an ‘invalid binary’. Any help would be appreciated

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