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Update Galaxy Note 4 with ClockworkMod 6 Recovery – Complete Guide

All you Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users can now install ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery on our phone as a custom recovery instead of the stock one. We have the complete how-to process detailed below. This tutorial below supports all the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 variants, even the US versions. No doubt the Galaxy Note 4 is already a power house, but installing CWM 6 recovery would allow you to do a lot more — like installing ROMs, themes and even making system wide backups. ClockworkMod 6 recovery can be easily installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat official firmware using the tutorial below. Please note, this tutorial is NOT firmware dependent, so it will work with future Android updates as well — including the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.

As you continue reading further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to update Galaxy Note 4 with ClockworkMod Recovery 6, using ODIN. A custom recovery like ClockworkMod allows you to install custom ROMs, root Galaxy Note 4, create Nandroid backups or restore your phone and most of all, you can easily install additional system tweaks as well. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out this tutorial below because we don’t want you to lose any data, and anything could go wrong unexpectedly. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery 6 on Samsung Galaxy Note 4 :

This CWM Recovery will allow you to install custom ROMs, advanced options like formatting the system partition, making backups etc. The entire tutorial has been given on the next page for those who want to install this CWM Recovery on their phones.


Our tutorial on the next page explains how you can install this ClockworkMod Recovery 6 custom recovery on the following models of the Galaxy Note 4:

  • SM-N910C
  • SM-N910U
  • SM-N910F
  • SM-N9108V
  • SM-N9106W
  • SM-N910G
  • SM-N910S
  • SM-N910L
  • SM-N910K
  • SM-N910H
  • SM-N915F
  • SM-N915G
  • SM-N915P
  • SM-N915s
  • SM-N915t
  • SM-N9150

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be getting a huge list of custom ROMs because of its popularity and most of them are installed using CWM or TWRP recovery. Android 5.0 Lollipop will soon be released officially by Samsung, but in the meanwhile, any custom ROM that gets released will be installable on the phone with ClockworkMod 6 Recovery.

You might be interested in the following article as well:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Galaxy Note 4 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 4 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and update Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with ClockworkMod Recovery 6.

HOW TO: Install CWM Recovery 6 on Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide for how to install CWM custom recovery on Galaxy Note 4. 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 Samsung Galaxy Note 4. All variants of the phone have been covered below.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as a precaution.
  • This CWM Recovery tutorial works with Android 4.4.4 and all future Android updates.
  • Go to Settings > About device on your Galaxy Note 4 and check your model no.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download ClockworkMod Recovery 6 package for your Galaxy Note 4 variant from the links below.

NOTE: Make sure you download the file for the correct variant. Check your model number from Settings > About phone.

Step 2 – Download ODIN v3.09 which will help you to install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Note 4 .

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 Galaxy Note 4 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 Galaxy Note 4 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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  • Thanks for the write up, nice and easy to follow. Unfortunately for me I can’t get rid of the stock recovery. /system/recovery-from-boot.p is there and I have renameed it but /system/etc/ is not anywhere on my phone. I hope you can help, thanks

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