Install CWM Custom Recovery & Root Galaxy Note 4 (How To)

This article is totally about the Galaxy Note 4. How to root and install a custom recovery. The Note 4 is such a great phone with 3 GB of RAM, a super AMOLED display, a big battery and many other features. Even though Android devices may have great specs there are endless of possibilities you can customize it even further.

Probably you may have heard about Custom ROMs, mods, and Custom Recoveries. Being a popular device is kinda lucky because developers will provide custom support. So if you want to play a bit with your device, the first step is to root and install a custom recovery.

A custom recovery allows you to flash different files such as simple mods to Custom ROMs. A custom recovery has also much more option than a stock recovery. One of my favorite features is Nandroid backup. You can do it only via a custom recovery.

Related: How to disable and uninstall bloatware on Galaxy Note 4

In this article, we are going to learn how to install CWM Custom recovery for Galaxy Note 4. CWM team has released its Custom Recovery for almost all Galaxy Note 4 series including SM-N910U, SM-N910K, and SM-N910C. So if you have made your mind and want to enter on the large world of Android, go ahead and learn how to install CWM Custom Recovery and Root Galaxy Note 4.


  • This guide is only for Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910U, SM-N910K, and SM-N910C. So before starting to flash anything make sure your device is the same model like the mentioned above. To check your device model go to Settings > More/General > About Device or simply Settings > About device and check the model number.
  • USB debugging must be enabled. To enable it, go to Settings > Developer Options > and check the box in ‘Allow/Enable USB debugging. If you can’t find Developer Options, you can enable them by going to Settings > About device and tap 7 times the build number and Developer Option should appear.
  • Make sure the battery is charged more than 70%. So you are sure that your device will not go dead during the flashing process. If it goes dead it will result in soft bricking. Then you have to install stock firmware and wipe the data as well.
  • Backup everything just to be safe. Backup is needed if anything goes wrong during the procedure. This method is tested by a lot of people and it works fine, but things could happen so if you have made a backup you will have access to your data even though anything goes wrong.
  • Turn off Samsung Kies and other software. Samsung Kies will interrupt Odin and it might result in causing errors and may not let you flash any file. Also, you must turn off antivirus and disable the firewall to avoid any connection and flashing issues.

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4 CWM and root


  1. N910U
  2. N910C
  3. N910K

How To Install CWM Custom Recovery On Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910U, SM-N910K and SM-N910C.

  • Download CWM Recovery.tar.md5 file, according to your device.
  • Open Odin.exe
  • Put your phone in Download Mode. Turn it off and wait for 10 seconds. Then turn it on again by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power key simultaneously. Once a warning appears press Volume Up to continue.
  • Connect the device to PC
  • Once Odin detects your phone, the ID:COM box should turn blue. Be sure that you have Samsung USB drivers installed before connecting.
  • If you are using Odin3.09 hit the AP tab. Select the recovery.tar.md5 file you have downloaded.
  • For Odin 3.07 select PDA and select recovery.tar.md5 file you downloaded.
  • Check the picture below and make sure that all the other picture are exactly like shown in the pic.

odin 3

  • Click Start and wait until the flashing process finish, and once your device restarts remove it from PC.
  • The Recovery is now installed and you can boot into it. Turn off your device, then turn it on again by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power Key.

How To Root Galaxy Note 4

You can find other methods around the internet, some of them might be simpler than this. But this method you are going to find below is the safest to do.

  • Download the Root file from here.
  • Copy the downloaded file to SDcard of your phone.
  • Boot into Recovery and choose the step 11 in the Recovery installation guide.
  • Select Install > Choose zip from SDcard > and select the root file you downloaded and then click yes.
  • The root file will be flashed and your phone will be rooted.
  • Reboot your phone and find the SuperSu in App Drawer.

If you want to check if your device is successfully rooted, go to Play Store and download Root Checker. Once installed open the app and follow the on-screen instruction to check if your phone is rooted.

Recovery Credits

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