How do I install a custom recovery on an Android phone?


I have rooted my Android Phone, an LG Optimus I've had for almost 2 years. To do much more than remove the "bloatware" that came pre-installed, I need to install a custom recovery. Frankly, this looks more difficult than rooting, or at least the chance of screwing up looks higher. How can I do it without risking bricking my phone?

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You are in luck, my friend.  Your old Optimus has one of the most robust developer communities for Android phones, and there has been about 2 years of refinement to custom ROMs, kernels, etc.  I helped a friend root and flash his Optimus, and it was easier than most.  You said that you have already rooted the device, so you are all set to flash a custom recovery, and you are able to do it much more easily that you would with most other devices.  Download Flash Image GUI from Google Play, and use it to flash your custom recovery.  As always before you go crazy and start altering your device, MAKE SURE TO DO A NANDROID BACKUP FIRST!


Anyway, here is some more info about Flash Image GUI (I think I paid $0.99 for it), but since I already have it, the price doesn't show while I'm logged in to Google:

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I am certain that I've seen a step by step guide for using Download Flash GUI to flash a custom recovery somewhere, but I didn't see the one I remember in a quick Google search.  Look around on Android Central and Phandroid forums, and you should be able to find it if you take a little time.


One last thing, and it doesn't really matter for flashing a custom recovery, but it sure will if you take the next logical step and flash a custom ROM - there are different versions of the Optimus that look identical, but use different screens!  Custom ROMs and kernels are not necessarily compatible with both, so make sure you know whether you have an earlier version, or the later one with the Hitachi screen.  Do your research, read everything (and understand it), and you should be fine.  There is always a chance you will brick your device, but you can usually recover a soft bricked device, and what the hell - nothing ventured, nothing gained!


Good luck, and have fun!  After you get that old Optimus overclocked and a custom ROM installed, it will blow your mind what a slow, old, entry level device can do.   


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I realized after I posted my earlier answer that I said make to a Nandroid backup before you flash the custom recovery.  I should have said use Titanium Backup.  One of the main reasons you flash a custom recovery is to be able to make a Nandroid backup - you can't do it with the stock recovery.  Sorry about that!

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You may find this article useful:

How To Install A Custom Recovery To An Android Phone / Device

"A custom recovery lets you perform several advanced operations on your Android device and we have covered it before in some of our guides but now, we will be detailing several available methods that you can use to flash a custom recovery to your phone."

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While there are a plethora of custom recoveries available for Android devices, TWRP and ClockWorkMod (CWM) are among the most popular and support a wide-variety of devices. I personally prefer TWRP to CWM since the former has a much simpler and touch-friendly UI to use, along with many advance features. Check more information about Android Recovery please go to:


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Installing a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod and TWRP on your device isn’t much of an arduous process. It’ll only take about 5 to 10 minutes at most to connect your device to your PC in order to install your recovery of choice, maybe a tad bit longer if you need to find a recovery compatible with your device. Nevertheless, it’ll still be great if you can do all that in about 30 seconds rather than 10 minutes, wouldn’t it?

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