When Asus launched Nexus 7 it ventured into the newly created market of phablets. Google’s Nexus series is well known for the ease of bring able to root devices and also unlocking them. Nexus 7 being no exception to the rule, it is very easy to flash a custom recovery on Nexus 7. In this tutorial we will show how to flash any custom recovery on your Nexus 7. You may flash any custom recovery of your choice like CWM, TWRP or Cannibal Open Recovery.
Everyone knows about CWM(ClockWorkMod recovery). It was the first custom recovery made available on such a wide range of devices. And many of you must know it synonymous with custom recoveries. It is a very stable and fully functioning recovery.
Custom Recovery is a replacement to the stock android recovery mode. In Android, recovery refers to the dedicated, bootable partition that has the recovery console installed. This allows you to perform various low level commands like formatting system, data, cache partition, flash new ROM, etc. Custom recoveries are developed by independent developers. There are a few custom recoveries available like CWM(ClockworkMod recovery), TWRP(Team Win Recovery Project), RecoveryX, etc. All these recoveries need to be flashed onto your rooted android device. One of the most generic methods to flash a custom Recovery is described here.
After Rooting your android phone one of the first things that you need to do is flash a custom recovery. Recovery Mode recovery refers to the dedicated, bootable partition that has the recovery console installed. Often it can be accessed by pressing a particular set of keys in combination with the power button. Recovery is necessary for flashing any custom ROMs/MODs , making system backups, restoring system, etc.
While flashing a custom ROM, the risk of an improper install always looms which can cause the phone to go into bootloops. There are several other things that can go wrong while flashing a custom ROM; like flashing an incompatible kernel, corrupt zip package of ROM, etc. It is important to make a backup of your current ROM before flashing a new one.
It is advisable to make a backup using recovery. A Backup make in recovery is often referred to by developers as a Nandroid backup. A Nandroid backup can Restore the phone to its working condition including all the Apps, SMSes, Call logs and other Personal Data. Continue reading