How to flash ClockworkMod Recovery for the Galaxy S3 [updated]

One of the most attraction point of Android ecosystem is the ability to customize the look and feel as well as capability that user feel better for him/her. And, that’s why there are so many ROMs, hacks, MODs and tweaks are there to extend or customize your Android experience. To achieve all this ability one tool looks always tall is ClockworkMod recovery. CWM recovery is a custom recovery that not only allow you to install ROMs, MODs and other hack but also comes with several system oriented function that stock recovery don’t have. ClockworkMod Recovery is the newest update and it is finally ready for both Galaxy S3 I9300 and I9305, courtesy of XDA Developers member sharingan92.

In this article we will guide you to install ClockworkMod Recovery (touch or non-touch) in Galaxy S3, model number I9300 or I9305. For this, we will use a tool called ODIN that will help us to flash the ClockworkMod Recovery in Galaxy S3. However, in this process you may lose all your existing installed apps and personal settings. You should follow this guide carefully to properly backup your data that you can restore later.



This tutorial is only for Galaxy S3, model number I9300 and I9305. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.

Pre Requisites:

Backup your data first using below mentioned instructions, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.

SMS & Call LogUse SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
Contacts & SettingsUse Android default backup options.
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names


  1. Make sure your device have at least 80% battery power. [How to Check Battery Percentage in Android Device]
  2. You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy S3 in your PC. [Download USB Driver]
  3. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. [Guide]

If you follow everything that we mentioned above, you are ready to move into next page of this guide where we summed up detail instruction on how to flash ClockworkMod Recovery (touch or non-touch) for Galaxy S3 I9300 or I9305.

Pages: 1 2

  • Philip Sawyer

    Files no longer on mediafire :-(

    • arafat21

      Link fixed. Thanks for your report.

  • 엘로디

    Invalid or Deleted file

    • arafat21

      Link fixed and now we have latest CWM recovery v6.0.2.5.

  • Mohammad Wari

    ho, i have totally screwed it! the phone got turned off, now i am on black screen, no boot, no download or recovery mood. is there a way to fix it?

    • arafat21

      What you have done? If you followed the process carefully then the shared file won’t harmful for your device. If you can’t boot your device then it’s bricked and you need to take it to Samsung Customer Care. If you can boot then we will try our level best to fix the issue.

      • Mohammad Wari

        no, i can’t boot at all, when i press the power botton, or power+up/down + home i dont get anything, just black screen. i thought there would be a way to fix it through SD card or something. i dont think there is any samsung customer care in my area. if you can find a way it would be great. i didnt fully follow the guide thats the problem, my fault. i hope that there is a way to fix it

        • arafat21

          Forget about recovery or download mode. Can you just turn on your device even it stuck on Samsung logo then we can still help you to fix it.

          • Mohammad Wari

            it just doesnt do anything, i have odin running, to see when its added, but no sign, it has been connected to the computer cable, the battery is hot, which means its not a charging problem or something, it doesnt turn on

          • Mohammad Wari

            hmmm, i will try something else in few minutes and let you know

          • Mohammad Wari

            i think the usb is not charging, i am trying to charge using the charger and give it around 5 minutes then try to run it without recovery

          • Mohammad Wari

            no it just doesnt boot at all :(

          • Mohammad Wari

            the thing is, i think its on! but it just doesnt boot or recognized by the pc. because the device itself is hot, which means something is running i guess

          • Mohammad Wari

            i’ve been away for a while coz i was at work. the phone doesnt even charge, but its getting warmed

          • arafat21

            We can only help you if it at least turn on and you PC recognize it in USB if not then only way is – take it to Samsung Customer Care.

  • Breno Almeida

    Is it works with galaxy s3 t999(T-mobile)? Thnkx

    • arafat21

      No, this is for international version.

  • terril cooper

    this work with model SCH-R530C?


    hope that ur problem is solved
    & if so
    can u tell please how you did it

  • Emma

    when i extract the cwm recovery i only see a recovery.img and not .tar and pda doesnt recognize the file