How To: Root And Install CWM Custom Recovery On A Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9150

Root And Install CWM Custom Recovery

If you have updated your Samsung Galaxy Mega to the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, you may have noticed that you have lost root access.  If you have a Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9150 that has been updated to Android 4.2.2 and you want to regain root access – or if you want to get root access for the first time, this is the guide for you.  We will also be showing you how you can install CWM Custom Recovery.

Prepare your phone:

  1. Make sure you have the correct device. Go to Settings> About and check that it is a I9150.  Do not try this with other devices, not even a Galaxy Mega 6.1
  2. Charge phone to 60-80 percent
  3. Back up any important contacts, messages and call logs.
  4. Back up your EFS data.
  5. Make sure Samsung USB drivers are installed

Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device.  Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers.  Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility.  In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.




  1. First Download CWM Recoveryfor Galaxy Mega 5.8 to your PC.  Extract the zip file.
  2. Download Odin3 v3.10.
  3. Now, turn the phone off and turn it back on by pressing the power, volume down and Home buttons until text appears on-scrreen.
  4. Open Odin and connect your device to the PC.
  5. IF you made the connection correctly, Odin should detect your phone and the Odin port will turn Yellow and a COM port number should appear.
  6. Click the PDA tab. Select file: recovery.tar.md5
  7. Click the Auto reboot option
  8. Click start button. Installation will begin.
  9. When installation finishes, your device should automatically restart. When you see the Home screen and get a pass message on Odin, disconnect your device from the PC

Troubleshooting: If you are stuck in a bootloop after installation

  • Return to recovery by turning your phone off and turning it back on by pressing power, volume up and home buttons till text appears on-screen.
  • Go to advance and select wipe dalvik cache.


  • Go back and then select wipe cache


  • Choose to reboot the system now.

Root by installing SuperSu

  1. Download Super SU. Make sure it is for Galaxy Mega 5.8.
  2. Connect device and PC
  3. Copy downloaded SuperSu file to root of device’s SDcard
  4. Go to recovery.
  5. Go to install zip from SDcard, choose the SuperSu file you placed there.
  6. Confirm installation in the next screen.
  7. When installation is finished, select go back.
  8. Choose to reboot system now.

Have you rooted your Samsung Galaxy Mega and installed custom recovery?

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