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How to flash ClockworkMod Touch Recovery for the HTC Desire

February 24, 2012

If you love flashing ROM after ROM on your Android devices, your Volume rockers and your Power button can finally take a break because a touch-enabled version of ClockworkMod Recovery has finally arrived on the HTC Desire.

Thanks to XDA Developers member Yorzua, HTC Desire users can now enjoy navigating through Recovery Mode with the help of their fingertips and touchscreens.

Unfortunately, this release is only compatible with HTC Desire devices. If your device is not an HTC Desire, we highly discourage attempting to apply this update as it may result in bricking your device.

This guide shows you how to flash ClockworkMod Touch Recovery for the HTC Desire.


  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the HTC Desire. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.



  1. Extract the recovery image from inside the downloaded ZIP file. You may use 7-Zip, WinRAR, or other similar archive extraction programs.
  2. Rename the extracted recovery image file to recovery.img to make it easier to type during the flashing process through Fastboot.
  3. Copy the recovery.img file to the folder on your computer where fastboot.exe is located.
  4. Turn off the phone.
  5. Reboot into Fastboot Mode. You can do this by holding down the Volume Down key while pressing the Power button.  This button combo gets you into the HBOOT screen, from where you will highlight (with the Volume keys) and select (using Power key) FASTBOOT.
  6. Once you are in Fastboot Mode, connect your HTC Desire to your computer via the USB Cable.
  7. On your computer, go to the folder where fastboot.exe is located. While holding down the Shift key, right-click in the folder and select Open Command Window Here.
  8. This should open up a command window or DOS prompt.
  9. Type the following command in the command prompt window:
    • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  10. Press Enter. This will initiate the flashing of the new recovery to your device.
  11. Once the flashing is complete, select Bootloader in the main HBOOT menu.
  12. Highlight Recovery and press the Power button to select it.  Your phone will now load ClockworkMod Touch Recovery.

Your phone should now reboot into the new ClockworkMod Touch Recovery. The power to flash kernels and ROMs is now at the tip of your fingers. Congratulations!