Does installing the clockworkmod recovery require you to root galaxy s2 gt-i9100?

In the link here it seems the rooting is not required. However I have read that rooting is required for installing the CWM

Can anybody help with this? I am complete noob!!!

I am trying to install Cyanogenmod on my galaxy s2

Model number: GT-I9100

Baseband version: I9100DDLPB

Kernel version: 3.0.15-1056084 dpi@DELL168 #3 SMP PREEMPT Wed Aug 22 22:55:24 KST 2012

Build number: IMM76D.XWLPW

  • to flash the ROM I am almost certain you need to root your phone. For CWM maybe not, but if you are going to flash in CM then you need to get rid of the chains
    – Aadi Droid
    Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 9:54

2 Answers 2


In general, no you should be able to install CWM with needing to root, but most of the tutorials I have seen for the S2 GT-I9100 involve rooting the device.

Here are a couple links that may be of interest to you. I do not think you will need to root to install CWM.

As always, proceed with caution when flashing.

Galaxy S II GT-i9100 Install CWM & Root

Samsung GT-I9000 Galaxy S CyanogenMod install: Flash ClockworkMod Recovery



I installed CM10.1.3 and CWM on my unrooted GT-i9100 just two weeks ago. You do NOT need root to install CWM, and you do NOT need root to install CM10. However, installing CM10 rooted my phone automatically.

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