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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Install ClockWorkMod Recovery

If you are a person who wants to do more with the Samsung Galaxy S3, then you may need to install ClockWorkMod or CWM recovery on your phone. Why do you need it? Yes, because by installing it you will be able to download and install new custom ROMs on your phone. You can also flashing new ROMs if you have installed it. As a note after you install it you have to root your phone so you can use CWM recovery in full.

See also: How to root Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, with the CWM recovery you can also use it to backup your entire ROMs on your phone. However, the results of your backup may be very large, at least 1GB to backup entire ROMs on the Samsung Galaxy with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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When you flash the new firmware you also have to keep CWM Recovery. Since the stock recovery include into original firmware so if you use Odin this recovery will be overwritten, whereas if you use Mobile Odin then you have to open the firmware file first by selecting "Open File ..." option and select the Recovery entry and press the "Clear" button. This means that by using Mobile Odin, then it will prevent the recovery from overwritten.

And one more thing, to be able to install CWM recovery image on your phone, your phone has to be installed with USB driver. If not, that means you have to install it first and then you can install CWM Recovery.

How to Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3?
As written on, all you need to do is following the steps below:
  1. Connect your phone to your computer using the Samsung Galaxy S3 micro USB cable.
  2. Download the Odin3 v1.85 on your computer. This application will be used to flash the CWM Recovery.
  3. Download CWM Recovery file to your computer.
  4. Extract both .zip file. Odin will extract the files into its own folder, while unzipped CWM Recovery going to be .tar file And do not extract it.
  5. Disconnect your phone from your computer.
  6. launch Odin3 executable.
  7. In Odin click PDA button then select the 'CF-SGS3-CWM-vX.X-vY.Y.tar' file from your computer files.
  8. Turn off your phone.
  9. Boot your phone into download mode by holding Power button, Home button and volume down button simultaneously. After that download mode logo will appear and then you will be prompted to press any other button, so press it.
  10. Reconnect your phone to the computer.
  11. Go to Odin and make sure "repartition" option is unchecked.
  12. Click Start.
  13. Wait for the installation process is complete.
  14. Your phone will restart when the installation is complete.
  15. Done. You have successfully installed CWM Recovery on your phone.

Now you can use CWM Recovery to use a lot of features from there. And to get the full functionality you have to root your phone after you were installed it. To enter CWM Recovery hold Power button, Home button and Volume up button simultaneously or you can do this by launch it from your ROM Manager app or CWM icon. So, have you tried to install CWM Recovery on your phone? If so, you can share them through the comment below :)


  1. Point 3 - donwload CWS - Link is not working

    1. Hi Mario Lanz,
      I just checked the link is worked. But, it seems you're only allowed to download it once. So, try to clear your browser cache then try to download it again.
      Hope it helps :)

  2. Does this work 100% on a TMobile variant and would it be okay if I used Odin v3.07?

    1. Hi Blitzkrieg087,
      Thanks for coming.
      Unfortunately, I can't guarantee that it will work 100% for S3 on TMobile. But, I've found a useful links which is explaining clearly step by steps to use Odin3 v3.07 specifically for TMobile Galaxy S3. Here's the link:
      Hope this helps :)


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