How To – Install Official Clockworkmod Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S3 (All Versions)

April 20, 20130 Comments

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most successful and best selling Android devices that came out in 2012, and despite the fact that it is almost a year old, with various new devices with more updated hardware have been announced, or already available the SGS3 continues to be popular among users. Like all Samsung Galaxy S flagships, there is also an extremely active development community for all versions of the SGS3. By all versions, I mean the global versions – I9300 & I9305, as well as various carrier-specific versions of the device. No wonder there that the device continues to sell like hot cakes.

If you own a Galaxy S3, and are an advanced user, chances are you have already rooted it, have a custom recovery installed, and have already taken the plunge into the world of custom ROMs and kernels. However if you are a relatively new user who has decided to get this awesome device due to some fantastic deals available on it across carriers, you may need some help in getting through the rooting and custom recovery installation bit, before you venture out into the Custom ROM space. Here’s a detailed step by step guide which will help you through the process of installing one of the most popular and versatile custom recoveries out there – ClockworkMod or CWM as it is also called. CWM comes in a touch-based version as well as the standard hardware button based version. Both have been listed below alongside your device/


  1. CWM Recovery image file
  2. Samsung USB/ADB Drivers

How To Install CWM Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S3

  1. Download and install ADB on your PC. You can refer to this guide
  2. Download and install the USB/ADB drivers to your PC first
  3. Download the CWM recovery image for your device from the links above. You should get a file with a .img extension. Rename the file to recovery.img and move it to the root of your phone SD card
  4. On your phone, enable USB Debugging from Settings > Developer Options
  5. Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable and let Windows do its thing with the drivers
  6. On your PC open the folder where you have ADB installed and open a command prompt at that location ( Shift + Right click > Open Command Window Here)
  7. Now type in the following commands carefully and hit Enter after each one. Make sure you get the last command right to the letter :)

    adb shell
    dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18

  8. Now type in the following command to reboot your device back into Android

    adb reboot 

  9. To boot back into CWM recovery at any point, turn your device off, and press and hold Vol Up + Home + Power Buttons together

Congratulations!! You now have the full featured and versatile CWM recovery installed on your Galaxy S3.

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