The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which at the time of launch was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy note 10.1, now supports the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 as well as the Galaxy Note 2 after they received firmware updates this month. The smartwatch though, offers very limited functionalities compared to its high price. However, development for the Gear has seen a steady rise with a way found to install apps on it and also root it. A few days back, we saw how to install a custom ROM on it developed by XDA Senior Member fOmey. And now, fOmey has ported the TWRP custom recovery on it as well.
A custom recovery is important as it allows users to perform many additional functions than those provided by the stock recovery. Users can partition the SD card, mount it for mass storage access, fix permissions, wipe battery stats, perform and restore backups, wipe dalvik cache and do many more things. The TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) recovery offers a much user friendly and touch-based UI compared to other recoveries. It also supports themes and is certainly one of the most preferred custom recoveries in the Android community. Let us now see how to install it on the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.