How To: The Easiest Way to Install a Custom Recovery on Your Nexus 7 Tablet

The Easiest Way to Install a Custom Recovery on Your Nexus 7 Tablet

Android is constantly being refined, and the tools used to root and install custom recoveries are no exception. Earlier methods to root and install custom recoveries were very long and complicated. Any misstep along the way and you can end up with a bricked tablet.

That's the risk many would-be softModders make on their first trek into modding territory. Luckily, the process is much easier now, and only requires one click of the mouse!

Today, I'll show you how to quickly (major understatement there) and safely install a custom recovery on your Nexus 7 tablet! You can't mess up! Let's begin!

Step 1: Download and Install Recovery Tools

First, you're going to want to download Recovery Tools from Google Play.

This app requires you to be rooted. If you're not, visit my definitive guide to softModding your Nexus 7 to get rooted.

Step 2: Open Up Recovery Tools

Launch the Recovery Tools app from the app drawer.

It'll ask for root permissions, so tap Allow, then tap I know the risk after the warning message.

Step 3: Choose Your Recovery

Now, you've got two choices for a recovery on your Nexus 7 tablet—either TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) or CWM Touch (ClockworkMod Touch). Both will work great and perform the same functions, but I recommend TWRP.

About TWRP

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery for touch-only tablets. It provides all the normal custom recovery functions, like backups, .zip flashing, and restoring. Large buttons make this easy to use, and it's also updated frequently. This is my favorite.

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About CWM Touch

CWM is a touch-enabled custom recovery of CWM. It was originally the first and only available custom recovery, until TWRP was released. Since its original release, it has had touch support added in, although not done as well as TWRP's, in my opinion (ouch is sometimes hit or miss).

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Step 4: Let It Works Its Magic

Afterward you make your choice, either TWRP or CWM, the app will download and flash it for you.

That's it! Reboot into your custom recovery if you want afterwards and see all that you can do! How easy was that?

Quick Tips for Using TWRP

Making a Backup

  • Choose Backup
  • Swipe to Backup

Restoring a Backup

  • Tap Restore
  • Tap a backup
  • Swipe to Restore

Flashing a ZIP

  • Tap Install
  • Tap your ZIP file
  • Swipe to Confirm flash
  • Reboot

Quick Tips for Using CWM Touch

Making a Backup

  • Select Backup and Restore
  • Select Backup
  • Follow on screen directions to complete the backup

Restoring a Backup

  • Select Restore (or Advanced Restore if you wish to restore only a portion of your device)
  • Follow on screen directions to complete the backup
  • Select your 'Device-ID' from the list
  • Select the backup you want to restore
  • Follow on screen directions to complete

Flashing a ZIP

  • Install ZIP from SD card
  • Choose ZIP from SD card
  • Choose ZIP file
  • Choose yes
  • Reboot

Tell us if it worked for you! Now get flashing!

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Root REcovery Tools will not boot on my Nexus 7, I just get a white screen then an error message "Recovery Tools isn't Responding..." Why?

Is this for the first or second generation Nexus 7? My tablet is the first gen Nexus 7.

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