Install Philz Advanced CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini [How To – Guide]

CWM Advanced Edition by famous XDA developer Philz3579 is the modified version of the original ClockworkMod Recovery. The Advanced Edition by Philz is the touch recovery, with a number of features atop and a very cool UI. Philz Advanced CWM is compatible with a hefty list of devices including Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini’s 3 variants GT-I9190, GT-I9192 and GT-I9195. If you’ve been looking for this recovery for your Galaxy S4 Mini, you’ve spotted the right place now.Galaxy S4 Mini Philz Advanced CWM

As you scroll down, you will find a comprehensive guide to install Philz Advanced CWM Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190/I9192 or I9195. The current available version of Philz Advanced CWM at the time of writing this post for Galaxy S4 Mini is 6.26.6 that is based on ClockworkMod 6 recovery. Before we head towards the instructions, I’ll assume that not all of you’re familiar with the custom recoveries and some might be the newbies. In order to remove any existing confusions and to make it more clear, we will first go through a brief introduction of the custom recoveries and also know that why you should install a custom recovery on your device.

A custom recovery allows you to install custom roms, mods etc. Along with these, you can make a Nandroid backup, this helps you a lot as you can move back to the previous working state of your phone at any time you want if you have backed up your current system. In some cases, to root the phone you need to flash file in the custom recovery, having installed the recovery may help you while in some cases to install the recovery easily, you need to have the phone rooted. You can also wipe cache and dalvik cache of your phone using a custom recovery

Here are the pre-installation instructions:

  1. This guide is only for  Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190, GT-I9192, GT-I9195. Do not try this on any other device, please check your device’s model number in Settings > General > About Device.
  2. Your phone’s battery must be charged at least over 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues during the flashing process.
  3. Make sure that you backup your important media content, ContactsCall Logs & Messages. This is highly recommended just in case something goes wrong and you need to reset your phone.
  4. Use only OEM data cable to establish connection between your phone and PC. Turn off your Anti Virus and Firewall to prevent any connection issues. Also enable USB debugging mode on your phone if you face connection issues.
  5. Alright! Go ahead, follow this guide to the letter.
Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom ROMs, recoveries and rooting your phone are highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is SAMSUNG in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Also, if your device comes with Knox Security, you will result in voiding it after you root your device and the Knox counter cannot be reset. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility. 

How Install Philz Advanced CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini:

Files you need to download: 

  1. Download and extract Odin PC – Get it here
  2. Download and Samsung USB Drivers – Get here
  3. Download the Recovery.tar.md5 file for your variant:


  1. Open Odin3.exe from the extracted folder.
  2. Put your Galaxy S4 Mini in download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power key at the same time, you should get a screen showing a warning and asking to continue, press Volume Up to continue. If this method doesn’t work, try one from this guide.
  3. Now your phone should be in downloading mode. Connect your phone to your PC.
  4. As soon as Odin detects your phone the ID:COM box will turn light blue.
  5. Click on the PDA tab and select the Recovery.tar.md5  file that you downloaded.
  6. In case you’re using Odin v3.09, you will put the .tar.md5 file in the “AP” tab, rest of the settings should remain untouched in Odin v3.09 as well.
  7. Your Odin screen should look like exactly as shown below.
  8. odin_explained
  9. Click Start and the flashing process should start showing you a process bar in the first box above ID:COM.
  10. Congratulations you have successfully install Advanced CWM recovery on your Galaxy S4 Mini

Don’t forget to create a Nandroid Backup once you’ve installed CWM recovery.

How to Root:

  1. You need to install CWM recovery first using the above instructions.
  2. Download file now.
  3. Place the downloaded file on your phone’s external sd card.
  4. Now boot into CWM recovery on your phone.
  5. Once in CWM, select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDcard > Select > Yes”.
  6. This will flash file, once flashing is complete, reboot your device.
  7. Congrats! You’re rooted now!

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  • hugob

    this is another nice step by step description of how to install CM. But unfortunately as with the others I found so far before it is not working with my phone.
    I’m already failing during the installation of Philz Advanced CWM Recovery. I’m following the procedure step by step and there is no error at all. It’s just not installing philz. I should recognize the successful installation when I restart the device into “download mode”, right? But there I see always the same.
    It seems it is not flashing anything. A little more details: The only thing I was able to flash so war at all was the Stock ROM which was initially installed: SLK-I9192DDU1BML1-20131231101048.

    The only thing which I guess might cause problems is something shown in the download mode but I did not find a proper explanation on the web: Write protection: enable

    CBS-CONFIG-LSB: 0x30

    Any help appreciated to get philz and CM11 installed on that f***ing phone.

    • @disqus_aqkdQydrev:disqus what button combination are you trying to boot into the recovery mode? I believe that the recovery is already there but you’re unable to boot into it. Please try using Volume Up + Down + Power Key while your device is off and let me know if it works or not. Download mode and recovery mode, both are different from each other buddy. I hope you get it to work now. Good Luck.

      • hugob

        In fact you are right. I tried since 2 weeks…. until I now realized that I was always booting into the download mode using the volume down key but never into the recovery mode using the volume UP key 🙁 so sad and stupid!
        But BTW: I finally installed philz, rooted the device and installed CM11 – and the knox flag is not tripped!

        • @disqus_aqkdQydrev:disqus that’s alright. Glad that your issue is resolved. Stay connected with us 🙂

          • fff

            In this custom I can installed zip from sdcard or not ? Because I heard some people say that you have just internal storage ? . thank you … Gt-i9192

          • @disqus_goKqE9YR9s:disqus yes you can install zip from SD card using this recovery. Good Luck.

  • hugob

    Hmm somehow my comment disappeared 🙁 so only short repeat:

    I’m stuck with the first step already. Even there is no error while flashing or reboot, I do not manage to install philz. My device is a I9192.
    Any hint what can be checked?

    • @disqus_aqkdQydrev:disqus is the flashing getting completed successfully? And are you booting up into the recovery mode properly? What button combination are you using?

  • Joshiba Anand

    Great i got lollipop…

  • fff

    Please new link for gt-i9192

  • Max W

    Thanks for the great guide. Can you please fix the link for I9190. It doesn’t work.

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