Just today I pulled off the latest CWM from Koush’s recovery builder. So, I do not take any credit, all of it goes to Koush and his hard work. Well, building and downloading is quiet easy, while flashing the recovery image may be considered as a  tricky part for newbies. So, I will put on some instructions on how to flash the recovery image on your Nexus S via fastboot.

The recovery is available in two different variants; Touch & Non-Touch.

What is ClockworkMod?

A linux/ unix operating system employs a recovery and since Android being based on linux also has recovery. ClockworkMod is a secondary recovery system created by Koush, which adds enormous features like wiping partitions, flashing flash able .zip files like ROMs, kernels, patches etc to the stock device recovery.


  • Appropriate USB drivers. [Download here]
  • A compatible USB data cable for undisturbed connection between PC and device.
  • Download the necessary files. [Download here]
  • Extract the downloaded FlashCWMNexusS.zip and extract it to your desktop. So, you will now have a folder named FlashCWMNexusS on your desktop.

Note: The touch variant is only compatible with ICS/ JB kernels, while you can flash the non-touch variant on any android version on your Nexus S.

Flash CWM Touch & Non-Touch on Nexus S

  • Power off your device. Now, press the volume up + power buttons simultaneously until you see the bootloader screen.
  • Connect your device to the PC via the USB data cable.
  • Open the extracted folder “FlashCWMNexusS” that you have on the desktop. On an empty space inside the folder, press shift and right click and then select “Open command prompt here“. This will execute a new CMD window which is already cd’ed to the folder’s location.
  • Flash touch variant of CWM. Type in CMD:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-crespo-


    Flash non-touch variant of CWM. Type in CMD:

    fastboot flash recovery cwm-crespo- 
  • Now use the volume keys while in bootloader mode to highlight Recovery and select it using the power button to boot into your latest CWM  touch

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