How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Rooted Galaxy Note!

For those of you rooted Galaxy Note users who want to install/backup/restore ROM on your phone, you will want to install ClockworkMod Recovery.

Before we begin, make sure you’ve rooted your Galaxy Note.

This method is the safest method to install ClockworkMod Recovery. ย Although you can use ODIN/Heimdall to flash this too, we don’t recommend it as some may end up bricking their phone. ย With this method, you can really go wrong.

Step 1. Make sure “USB Debugging” is checked ON under Settings->Applications->Development.

Step 2. Next, go to Settings->About Phone and note the last three characters under Build Number, mine is “KKA”.

Step 3. Download and unzip to directory called GalaxyNoteRecovery.

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Step 4. Browse to the directory you unzipped the by typing:

For Windows:

cd \GalaxyNoteRecovery

For Mac/Linux:

cd /GalaxyNoteRecovery

Step 5. Type the following to verify your Galaxy Note is recognized by your computer:

For Windows:

adb devices

For Mac:

./adb-mac devices

For Linux:

./adb-linux devices

If you get a bunch of letter and numbers plus “device”, you are good to go.

Step 6. Type the following replacing “KKA” with your Galaxy Note’s build number you got in Step 2.

For Windows:

adb push KKA\zImage /data/local/zImage

For Mac:

./adb-mac push KKA\zImage /data/local/zImage

For Linux:

./adb-linux push KKA\zImage /data/local/zImage

Step 7. Then type the following to get into adb shell:

For Windows:

adb shell

For Mac:

./adb-mac shell

For Linux:

./adb-linux shell

Step 8. Then type:

dd if=/data/local/zImage of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p5 bs=4096
rm /data/local/zImage

Step 9. Your Galaxy Note should reboot and if you see an app called “CWM”, you have successfully installed ClockworkMod Recovery on your rooted Galaxy Note.

Step 10. You can get into ClockworkMod Recovery in the two following ways:

First, you can use the CWM app to get into recovery.

OR you can simply hold down Volume Up, Center Home button, and Power buttons together and let go of Power button after your Galaxy Note resets then shows the Galaxy Note splash screen.


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86 Responses to How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Rooted Galaxy Note!

  1. Ben says:

    Thanks for your great site! My Note ends in KL7 but while there’s KKA etc there’s no KL7 folder in the zip. Is there any workaround for this?
    Thanks again for your great site ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ben says:

    No one has any ideas?

    • icl0udn3t says:

      Out of luck just like me

    • Richard says:

      Hey Ben, I had the same problem.

      There are two issues at play here:
      – You need to be rooted first, and KL7 is not rootable (it is running recent firmware which patched the exploit you need to get root). You’ll need to see the rooting guide on this site, and my comment on it about how to downgrade your firmware first. When you downgrade, try and pick something ending in ‘KKA’ or which matches one of the other zImages listed in this article.

      – For other people running firmware which is rooted but not on the zImage list here, for example I’m on ‘KK5’, you’ll need to visit this page:
      It’s a little confusing, but if you scroll down in the first post, you will find your kernel (‘KK5’ in my case), and instructions on how to install it. This is Windows-only though, if you are running Linux or Mac do the following:
      1. In the ‘GalaxyNoteRecovery’ folder, make a new folder for your kernel (‘KK5’ in my case).
      2. Download and extract your kernel from the aforementioned link.
      3. Copy the file ‘InitialCFRootFlasher/zImage/zImage’ into the folder you made (‘KK5’ in my case).
      4. In terminal, navigate to that folder:
      cd GalaxyNoteRecovery/KK5
      5. Run the following command:
      chmod 755 zImage
      6. You now have the right zImage, and can follow the instructions in the original article on this site (

      • CBGobi says:


        I just completed the instructions for ClockworkMod Recovery and my Note won’t turn on! My version wasn’t any of the “KK_” options; I was LA1. When I followed these instructions, my phone turned off and now won’t turn on no matter what I do.

        If someone, anyone, can help with this, it would be appreciated.

      • elpachirri says:

        First time i bought the phone, someone else rooted and unlocked it for me, it has superuser, mobile odin and busy box installed. I want to install cwm to make a full backup and then upgrade to ICS. I have KL7.

        So, what i need to do is download KL7 from xda and put it into the folder c:\GalaxyNoteRecovery\ and follow the steps in the tutorial ???

  3. not2Zen says:

    You can download KL7 and KL8 zImages from this URL.

  4. Gunnar says:

    My Galaxy Note’s build number ends in KK4 but thereโ€™s no KK4 folder in the zip.

  5. Victoryflame says:

    i had finished from rooting my galaxy note >> then i had try to install the ClockworkMod Recovery in it but there is a big issue that concerning me that the last three No. of the my build number was KJ3 which mach nothing from the Zip folder that i downloaded befor so, i am afraid from completing the whole process now!!!!!!!!!!
    is it safe to try the closest no. > like KJ4 for example or not ???
    and i the youtube vedio something come up that recommending installing ROM’s first , is it big deal ???

  6. Robert says: has stopped unexpectedly …. shxt now what ?

  7. Hitarth says:

    i installed ics rom on ma galaxy note(n7000) but it incremented d counter and also had the yellow triangle. To remove yellow tingle i downloaded ” N7000XXLA1_N7000OXALA1_N7000XXLA1 ” n installed it. d triangle is gone bt d cwm is also gone.. so how should i install cwm again in LA1?? n how to reset d binary counter to 0?

  8. icl0udn3t says:

    Thank you but );

    My build number is ended with kk2

    I am out of luck .,.cuz i can not find my kk2 folder in your “”

    Am I out of luck in here

  9. ๊ฐค๋Ÿญ์‹œ๋…ธํŠธ.. says:

    ์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š” ?
    GalaxyNoteRecovery zip ํŒŒ์ผ ๋ฐ›์•˜๋Š”๋ฐ,,,, LA4 zImage ํŒŒ์ผ์€ ์—†๋„ค์š”,,,,
    ํ˜น์‹œ ์žˆ์œผ์‹œ๋ฉด ์ €์˜ ๋ฉ”์ผ๋กœ ๋ณด๋‚ด์ฃผ๋ฉด ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค…
    ์ง€๋‚œ๋ฒˆ์— youtube์—์„œ ํ•œ๊ตญ๋ง๋กœ ๋Œ“๊ธ€ ๋‹ฌ์•—๋˜ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค… ์—ฌ๊ธด ํ˜ธ์ฃผ๊ตฌ์š”..

    LA4๋กœ ์—…๊ทธ๋ ˆ์ด๋“œ ํ•˜๊ณ  ๋ฃจํŒ…๋„ ํ–ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ… ๊ผญ LA4 zImage ํŒŒ์ผ ๋ถ€ํƒ๋“œ๋ ค์š”…

    ์ˆ˜๊ณ ํ•˜์„ธ์š”

  10. Claudio says:

    I have KJ8 and i use KJ6 without problem or you can download the zImage here: and create your folder
    greeting from Mexico

  11. Alon says:

    Thank you very much for this !

  12. zaxarias says:

    how to remove the cwm???? please answer me its importal

  13. vatsy patel says:

    Can u make video on that how to install coz didn’t gt that m sry i kno u tried ur best to explain thn also

  14. Jimmy says:

    And do anyone know how to install CWR if I have the KK4 verision?

  15. Aaron says:

    hi max, I followed the instructions but once I get to the end on the dd part…. It shows invalid file. Please advice

  16. Johannes says:

    I have KK4 , should i use KK1 then from your folder?

  17. Richard says:

    Thanks for this article, this was literally the only way I found to do this on a mac!

  18. Rene says:

    So I accidentally transferred the files from the Saurom 1.9 ghz overclock rom ( before installing Clockwordmod Recovery. Now my build number is GINGERBREAD.UCLA.1. Definitely don’t have any KK’s in there. (first time using an Android phone, kind of screwed up -_-) my question is, can I still install Clockwordmod Recovery. If so, how? Or should I just finish the install of this rom and then do a full factory recovery should I have any problems? Thanks

  19. elmar says:

    Hey, tja for the great howto.
    I have one question. My galaxy note is from Amazon Germany with a built number:
    will I Export any problems with rooting or installing recovery?

  20. Nivin Singh says:

    Hey Max,
    Huge fan of your videos.
    My device is not being recognized by my computer, I have installed the lastest version of Kies and have turned on
    USB debugging.
    What should I do?

  21. abhishek says:

    Did not find DDLB2 version.

  22. Ezaechiel says:

    Thanks for this excellent tutorial ๐Ÿ˜‰ it works fine ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. atoli says:

    followed this tutorial for LA2. everything seeemed alright. when i hold down power, volume up and home button my phone boots to Android System Recovery screen with no mention of CWM. it looks like i have root access since i can use titanium for backup. what i may be doing wrong here?

  24. gforce says:

    My Galaxy Noteโ€™s build number ends in KL1 but thereโ€™s no KL1 folder in the zip.

    any idea??

  25. Phone Geek says:

    I have rooted Galaxy Note . My model # GT-N7000 . I would like to install ClockworkMod Recovery on it. My built number is KK2 . There is no folder in for KK2 Galaxy note recovery. Any idea about what to do ? Thank you guys for your help and this web site

  26. chriteen says:

    I have ICS ROM, so can i install cwm using this method? Is it safe?


  27. SomeGuy says:

    I see a couple of folks with KK2 have asked for help. Anyone have the answer?

  28. Abdulaziz says:

    hi all
    im new about the subject of flashing roms and i just rooted my galaxy note and i have a few Q

    1- does the clockwork mod come with the LA1 coz i rooted my phone and i couldn’t find it?
    2- i want 2 install the ICS on my phone and i found out that an official ICS was released
    but the Q does the phone have Region lock ? if it doesn’t can i install it on my phone?

    this is my region

    Saudi Arabia

  29. John S says:

    I really screwed up i thought this would work on my note I717 and now I can even get the phone to power up, any ideas or should i just plan on dishing out for a new phone.

    • Max says:

      It doesn’t power on at all? That’s really hard to do, it should power up at least?

    • opiujn says:

      Hi John,
      Is there really no sign of life on your phone at all?
      Have you tried to remove and insert battery again, and then power it on in download mode or recovery mode?

      • John S says:

        I tried everthing I could not get a drop. The good news that Att honored the warranty since they couldn’t get it to power up either and gave me a new phone. Which BTW I am going to pay real close attention before I go back to rooting or dropping ROMS again. Not saying that I won’t, but I am going to pay real close attention to what I do.

  30. ChrisGW says:

    Hi Max,

    Great site. I’ve run into a problem with recovery. I followed your guide for rooting, adding recovery then abyss kernel.
    All without problems (mines a KKA).

    So far so good, however when I reboot into the abyss recovery the only option that works for me is rebooting the device. I can navigate to the flash from sdcard option but nothing happens when I try to select it. I cant nagate any further in the menu. There is obviously a bug.

    md5 was good.

    I then reflashed Abyss kernel from mobile Odin using the tar file (md5 also ok) with the same results.

    Could this problem be due to old settings ?

    I’d be grateful for any advice you might have.

    My GingerBread stock is still working fine.

    All the best,

    • ChrisGW says:

      Ok, problem solved !

      This was an easy one but might be useful to know about for noobs like me:
      The volume control buttons do not control the selection bar correctly. The very simple solution to this is that the menu is touch enabled. I hadn’t expected that ๐Ÿ˜‰


  31. opiujn says:

    Cheers Chris!
    Yes, I remember first time I used that recovery too. Did swear a lot while I tried to use vol-up/vol-down to navigate and screen just flickered and got back to first menu option lol xD haha Then I accidentally touched one of the menu options *magic* ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Edward Palencia says:

    Hi Zedomax and ppl.

    I installed all the drivers of my Galaxy Note but at the moment when i write adb devices, the device is not found. What can i do to fix that? Please help me.

    Thanks to everybody can help me..

  33. sad note:( says:

    how much really is risk of bricking….? does it fix?!!!! i really love my device and its expancive,,!

  34. sad note:( says:

    what u mean by Step 6. Type the following replacing โ€œKKAโ€ with your Galaxy Noteโ€™s build number you got in Step 2.
    u mean replace the “kka” whit the build number like GINGERBREAD-XDKKA?????

  35. David says:

    Hi Max,
    Great stuffs you have here.

    I’ve just rooted my GT-N7000 ICS using your method. Now I would like to install the CWM Recovery.
    Can I follow your method here to install?
    My build number is IML74K.DXLP9

    • Neqronomikon says:

      Im on the same build as you, hopefully max can help us out on this,
      Ive s.bricked my phone twice while clearing data/fact reset, and i cant
      Get into cwm as it wasnt installed in the first place and stucked at samsung logo.

  36. zaxis says:

    Hi Max,

    Iโ€™ve just rooted my GT-N7000 ICS. Now I want to install the CWM Recovery.
    But I don’t see for my Build number.

    I’ve just rooted it. Is it safe without CWM Recovery?


    • Max says:

      You don’t need to install CWM recovery just use the file when installing/backuping/restoring rom.

  37. santhosh says:

    I am completely new to all this, can u pls guide me.
    Iam on official ICS 4.0.3
    My build number is DDLP8
    Can you pls tell me how to install it on this as i did not find LP8 on that GALAXYNOTERECOVERY folder.

    Thank you

  38. Ben Rowe says:

    What Method Of installation Of CWR Would I Use For A Korean Note SHV-E160S?

  39. aNOOP says:

    Pls share zimage for Galaxy note N7000 ics, DDLPA build

  40. saad says:

    plz share zimage of LPD

  41. cyrus says:

    dear max
    I’ve tried too many times to download the “galaxy note”
    but all of a sudden downloading stops at about 80% and looses server
    can you share any alternative link for it! please ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Max says:

      try again, it should be faster, there’s actually 6 different servers, depending on your luck, you might have gotten the one with most traffic.

      • cyrus says:

        well I downloded rom manager and I could get recoverymod through that
        but the fact is when I restart by holding the volume up+power button+home there is nothing written backup or restore ๐Ÿ™
        please help
        I know all the other steps to go

  42. azwad says:

    I just completed the instructions for ClockworkMod Recovery and my Note wonโ€™t turn on! My version wasnโ€™t any of the โ€œKK_โ€ options; I was LA1. When I followed these instructions, my phone turned off and now wonโ€™t turn on no matter what I do.

    If someone, anyone, can help with this, it would be appreciated.

  43. Max says:

    Hi Max. so if i have sgh-i717 rooted with ICS 4.0.4 official from AT&T (UCLF6) how do i install clockwork recovery? im a little confused. dont want to risk installing it the “ODIN” way.
    please help if you can

  44. Hiram says:

    my version build ends with LR5..wht shld i do?

  45. Hus says:

    my build number is not kkk:

    what is next step?

  46. Gett Torralba says:

    My phones build is XXLRK and is not included in the zip file…how do I go about this? I already rooted my phone using your guide on rooting galaxy note ( and have rooted my note successfully. I want to install chainfire 3d on my phone and busybox pro would like to back my system up first to be safe but could not do so as my build number is different. Your guide is very informative and has helped me a lot in solving some issues i have with my galaxy note. Thanks and more power to you. Wish you could also share a guide on how to properly install chainfire 3d and busybox pro as I am fairly new to this and both this apps have some technicality in installing them. TIA!

  47. Scroony says:

    hey max –
    thanks for all the videos and tutorials,
    i have a GT N7000
    i successfully installed CWM recovery and my phone was rooted and everything. i have the Rocket ROM for jellybean installed, i did it thru CWM recovery

    now my device has ‘some’ of my settings saved, all of my apps, Superuser is there, Titanium Backup is there…

    but CWM is gone!!! and i cant restore anything with titanium and i think i have a problem…

  48. banzu says:

    Compete beginner question but I just want to make sure, can I use the CWM to flash Philz kernel?

  49. don says:

    Max, where can I donate first off?

    I followed the steps , I got root and Recovery , my info as follows:
    Model Number: Samsung-SGH-i717
    Android Version: 4.0.4
    Baseband Vesrion:I717uclf6
    Kernel Version:3.0.8
    Build Number:IMM78D.UCLF6

    I would like to try out one of the newer roms , like Black Ice , can I do this , do I need a new kernel or Boot Loader , Im sorry I feel stupid here ,Ive been doing WIN PHONE 7 dev and ACER tab Android (alot different than this ,close but different ) anyway I feel kinda lost here , with the info I gave you am I safe to flash Black Ice ?
    Like I said I already have Root and Recovery !

  50. tomx says:

    This guide contains 5 sections:

    Section 1: How to Root/ Return to Stock 4.1.1 Jelly Bean coming from any rom with Odin

    Section 2: How to flash a Touchwiz 4.1.1 rom/kernel from a Custom Recovery

    Section 3: How to flash a AOSP/CM10 based rom from CWM recovery

    Section 4: Directory

    Section 5: Android Glossary

  51. khalid says:

    how to fix the process android.process.acore has stopped.. this problem occured after installing a recent newupdate on c rom.. hopefully u reply

    • Max says:

      Try formatting /system and reinstall ROM. If the problem persists after that, it must be a bug in the ROM, try another ROM but that should fix 99% of those issues.

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