Clockworkmod (CWM) Recovery for HTC One S — Installation Guide

HTC One S users! Here’s an awesome piece of news for you. The revered among the flashers, the clockworkmod recovery, is now available for your One S.

Speaking of the HTC One S, this phone is a phone to watch. Or, better put, it’s HTC One S’s processor which should watch out for. That dual-core chip is putting even the quad-core processor chips to shame, including that of it’s sibling HTC One X’s, not to mention the dual-core Exynos processor which dominated charts, so far.

The processor power aside, let’s get you a guide to install teh touch clockworkmod (cwm) recovery on your One S, using which you’ll fulfill your never ending wishes of flashing custom roms, themes, mods and overclocking and doing other crazy stuff.

But first, you need to unlock bootloaders of your One S. You can do so from the HTC’s own website, Go there and create an account for yourself. Then, click on the Unlock Bootloader tab, and select get started. From the Select Your Device drop-down menu, select “All Other Supported Models” (you won’t find One S listed separately there), and follow the instructions to get it done.

After you’ve unlocked bootloaders of HTC One S, you can install Touch Clockworkmod Recovery by flashing it from the fastboot mode, which unlocks when you unlock the bootloader. Here’s how.


This guide is applicable only for HTC One S. DO NOT try this on any other device.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!!!

How to Install Touch Clockworkmod Recovery on HTC One S

  1. It’s a must that you have unlocked bootloaders of your One S. Use HTC’s own site,, for that, and do as explained above.
  2. Download the fastboot files.
  3. Download the Clockworkmod (CWM) Recovery from Modaco’s website. First download is for cwm reovery, filename: r1-modaco-recovery-clockwork-touch-ville.img [Second download is for HTC’s stock recovery, filename: ville_recovery_signed.img, which you can flash to install HTC’s own recovery back, in case HTC launches an OTA update for which you need stock recovery. That will remove CWM recovery, of course.]
  4. Now, extract the from step 2 to any folder to get 4 files.
  5. Copy the cwm recovery’s file, r1-modaco-recovery-clockwork-touch-ville.img, to the same folder where you extracted the 4 files from This folder should have 5 files now, the 5th being the recovery’s .img file.
  6. Run cmd on your windows pc and select the location of the folder where you extracted files in step 4 above. It’s simple. On Windows 7, go to folder where you extracted’s content and then hold shift key on keyboard and press right mouse click on white space inside the folder. From the pop-up, select “Open Command Window Here”. A cmd window will open and its location will be already that of your fastboot folder.
  7. Switch off your One S.
  8. Enter fastboot mode. For that, boot into the bootloader mode first by holding the Volume Down button and then pressing power key. Then, select fastboot mode from there using the volume buttons to navigate and power button to select.
  9. Once you in fastboot mode, on the PC, type fastboot devices in the cmd window you got in step 5 above, and then press enter to run this command. You should get your One S listed there. Device’s name won’t appear but some number should appear. If you get no device (no number) there, then probably something is wrong. Do steps 4 to 9 again. Make sure you’ve got ADB installed too, which you must have got when unlocking bootloaders of One S.
  10. Once you get your One S listed in cmd window, you are ready to flash the recovery.
  11. Flashing the recovery: type fastboot flash recovery r1-modaco-recovery-clockwork-touch-ville.img and then press enter [You can copy paste the command here and simply paste it using the right click of mouse, and then press enter]
  12. Clockworkmod Recovery will be flashed. Then, type fastboot reboot to restart the One S.
  13. To boot into recovery, power off and boot into bootloader using the method given in step 7 above. Select Recovery from there and your device will boot into recovery mode. [For easily booting into recovery mode, install the Quick Boot android app, and then use it to reboot into recovery. Your One S needs to be rooted for the Quick Boot to work.]
  14. That’s it. If you run into any sorts problems, let us know in comments and we will let you know.
[To flash the HTC’s recovery, named as ville_recovery_signed.img (see step 3), the procedure remains same. You download it, and copy it to fastboot files’ folder and then use this command in step 11, fastboot flash ville_recovery_signed.img This will install the HTC’s recovery back, and CWM recovery will be removed.]

Use the clockworkmod recovery to install custom roms, custom themes, and all such mod stuff the cool and crazy development community gets you. Good luck. Enjoy!


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