ASUS Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL): How to Install CWM Custom Recovery?

In this article, I will show you step by step guide on how to install CWM Recovery on Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL). This step is necessary before you can install custom Rom on your smartphone. Alright, let’s straight away dive into the step by step instruction guide.


What do you mean by CWM Recovery?

Clockworkmod Recovery (CWM) is a popular custom recovery on Android devices. And it also provides more features than the stock recovery (provided by the manufacturer).

About ASUS Zenfone 5Z

Here are some of the key features and specifications of the newly launched ASUS Zenfone 5Z smartphone.

  • Firstly, it has 6.2 inches display with a resolution of 1080 by 2246 pixels. A total of pixels per inch.
  • And Zenfone 5Z also comes with Android 8.1 OREO.
  • And under the hood, the phone has a Snapdragon 845 chipset.
  • The Zenfone 5Z also comes with 4GB/6GB/8GB Ram and 64GB/128GB/256GB Storage options.
  • Furthermore, the camera sensor on the smartphone- 12 MP + 120-degree wide sensor dual rear camera and 8 MP front shooter.
  • Finally, the battery on ASUS Zenfone 5Z is a non-removable 3300 mAh.

Also Read. Zenfone 5Z Issues & How to Fix Them: Solution


Pros of Installing CWM Recovery on Zenfone 5Z

What benefits will you get from installing CWM recovery? Here are some of the advantages and benefits of installing CWM recovery on your phone.

  • Firstly, CWM recovery will provide the advanced feature.
  • And one can flash custom Roms and ZIP files on the phone.
  • Also, a custom recovery can make backup and restore it for you whenever required.
  • Furthermore, the Android device will have the ability to install super SU (ROOT).
  • Basically, you get the ability to customize or modify your Zenfone 5Z Android device.

So, above are some of the reason why you should get a custom recovery or CWM recovery on your smartphone.

What consequences can happen when you install CWM Recovery on Zenfone 5Z?

Before we start installing CWM recovery, there are more advantages of installing a custom recovery or CWM Recovery, one should also be aware of the Cons or disadvantages of installing CWM recovery. So, What can happen to your phone if you try to install a CWM Recovery?

  • First of all, your phone may get completely dead.
  • Also, the warranty will be void.
  • Furthermore, performance issue may arrive.

So above are some of the reasons that can harm your device when you install a CWM custom recovery. So, now let’s install CWM recovery on Zenfone 5Z.

How to Install CWM Recovery on Zenfone 5Z?

Points to remember before installing CWM custom recovery on Zenfone 5Z : 

    • First thing first, charge your phone fully to avoid interruption.
    • Also, make sure to use genuine accessories to connect your phone.

Cwm Zenfone 5Z

Method 1: Install CWM Recovery on Zenfone 5Z

1. First of all, download CWM recovery image of the device from the web.
2. And rename it as CWM.img
3. Also, download appropriate USB drivers of the phone and install it on PC.
4. Now, setup ADB and fastboot on your PC. To do that download ADB here.

Install procedure For ADB Fastboot :
1. Launch it That Require administrator privileges.
2. Click Yes to install ADB and Fastboot or No to not.
3. Press Yes to install ADB system wide or No for the current user only
4. Click Yes to install Drivers or No to skip
5. Continue the Driver installation
6. 15 seconds passed – it will finish the process                                    Source – XDA 
5. And Now Open the folder – “CWM.img”

6. And open a command window in the folder itself. To do that, Shift + Right-click on any empty space and then select open command window.
7. Now, connect your Zenfone 5Z to PC.
8. And, boot your device into fastboot mode. To do that type the following code in the command window

adb reboot bootloader

9. Now the device will boot into the fastboot mode. After that type the following code –

fastboot flash recovery twrp-2.8.x.x-xxx.img.

10. Replace CWM.img above with the name of your CWM recovery image file.
11. Now it will start flashing CWM Recovery and after that type the following –

fastboot reboot

12. This command will reboot your device.
13. And congrats, finally you have successfully installed CWM custom Recovery on Zenfone 5Z.

Also Read: How to Root Zenfone 5Z.

Method 2: Install CWM Recovery on Zenfone 5Z without PC

    • This step is easy and fast to install. However, you need to get root access on Zenfone 5Z in order to install CWM custom recovery through this method.
  • And now download and install Rom Manager app from Play store on Zenfone 5Z.
  • Take a backup of your current Rom. To do that click on “Backup Current Rom”.
  • After that name your backup and proceed.
  • Next step is to click on “Flash Clockworkmod Recovery”.
  • And then Rom manager will ask for the model number. Select the appropriate model number and then proceed.
  • The file will start downloading and wait for it to complete. Then when asked to install, proceed.
  • The phone will reboot and install CWM custom recovery on it.
  • That’s it your Zenfone 5Z has CWM custom recovery successfully installed.

NEXT – How to install custom ROM on Zenfone 5Z.

How to Boot into CWM Recovery Mode on Zenfone 5Z?

Wondering how to boot into recovery mode? It’s simple all you need to do is, go to the Rom manager app and click on “Reboot into Recovery” and your phone will boot into the recovery mode.

Related Article. How to Unroot Zenfone 5Z and go back to stock ROM.