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Old November 19th, 2012, 04:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone please explain what it is and what I'm supposed to do with it? Please keep in mind that I need a really simple explanation because 99% of the things I've read in these forums I haven't understood. Thanks bunches!

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Old November 19th, 2012, 06:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Clockworkmod is a custom recovery for rooted devices. It replaces the stock recovery when flashed. It's used for backing up your device (nandroid) and flashing ROMs, kernels, themes, apps etc. This among quite a few other features. If you're looking to root your device, it's highly advisable to flash a custom recovery (doesn't have to be CWM, can be TWRP or others).
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Old November 19th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for the explanation. I do have one more question. I notice in a lot of threads the term flash/flashed like you used here. Could you please tell me what that means?
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Old November 20th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Flashing just means updating system software (which is stored in NAND flash memory - hence also the nickname "nandroid" for the backup made by recovery).

Do note that custom recoveries have to be built for each phone/tablet model, so you should never flash a recovery meant for a different device.
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