ClockWorkMod Recovery and Root for Android One


1. Installing CWM recovery

ClockworkMod recovery is a recovery designed by Koushik dutta and supported by CyanogenMod team Requirements:
  • Any Android One device with Unlocked Bootloader
Unlocking the bootloader:
  • Reboot to fastboot mode
  • Execute following commands
    fastboot oem unlock
    fastboot format userdata
Note: You will lose all data of yours after this Install recovery through fastboot:
  1. Download the recovery.img from here
  2. Reboot the phone into bootloader/fastboot mode
    adb reboot bootloader
  3. Flash the recovery image and reboot
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    fastboot reboot
Bugs: The SDCard isn’t working properly so I have disabled it temporarily. Easier to fix but requires the phone which should come by 29th Sep Workaround for now: Use adb sideload to install a zip

2.  Rooting the phone

  • Unlocked bootloader
  • Installed CWM recovery
Method 1:
  • Download SuperSU zip from here
  • Enter recovery
  • Go to Install zip –> adb sideload
  • Connect the phone to PC
  • Execute the following
    adb sideload <drag-n-drop-supersu-zip-here>
This will root your phone. There are more methods to root these devices, new methods will be added once I get my hands on my phone which is on its way.   Thanks to Ujjwal Kumar for testing this work.   XDA SUPPORT THREAD – ROOT and RECOVERY
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10 Responses

  1. Chandra hasan says:

    Cool… It would be great if you add those sideload wala things in a separate batch script for windows or shell script fa linux instead of manually entering… Just pack up the super user zip, batch script, shell script nd adb files togethr in a single zip… Tats helps lot users…
    Xda name:hasan4791

    • SamKipgen says:

      Hasan, can you please tell me the steps involved in the process… in detail… please…. please… anyone!!!


  2. varun says:

    grt work bro…….keep it up….u r the ray of hoe for develoment in android one

  3. Kartik says:

    Looks like I didn’t unlocked the bootloader in right way and now I don’t have a baseband on my Canvas A1. Check this screenshot:

    ‘About phone’ screen shows Model number and Baseband as missing. I’ve also lost the files from /oem folder which had the oem.prop and pre-installed bloatware. There are no factory images available yet, so can you please provide the baseband image? Also, if possible, provide files from /oem folder as well.

    Until factory images releases I’ll make do by flashing the Baseband.


  4. Santosh Vaza says:

    Good work bro….

  5. SamKipgen says:

    Can anyone please for the love of God show/tell me the steps involved one by one… I really wana root my android one… and since i am not a developer or that sort i dont understand when u guys say do this do that…
    Btw, Varun Chitre and ThunderZap!!! Big Fan!!!!


  6. kapish says:

    how to enter commands in fastbootmode….it has no keyboard options

  7. Nihar says:

    error while making the supersu flashing on 5.1 plz fix this fast…

  8. gughan says:

    says “E: footer is wrong E:signature verification failed”
    i tried cwm, twrp, philz… getting same error when i try to flash anything

  9. Sauarav says:

    where is the download link for

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