Samsung’s Galaxy S3 still stands among the top Android devices around the world and no doubt, the device deserves it. Galaxy S3’s development is floating over the XDA forums, but to enjoy the great mods, custom ROMs and other tweaks that can make your device fly high, you will probably need a custom recovery and CWM is the best choice to go with. Thanks to XDA developer Mskip, who brought up the Touch ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM 188.8.131.52) for the users.
Let’s get back to our target now. In the following post we are going to install the aforementioned CWM 6. touch recovery on the international variant of Samsung Galaxy S3 modeled as GT-I9300. In case you’ve been looking for the method, your search may come to an end now and all you need is, follow this guide carefully.
Before we move towards the installation instructions, let’s learn something about the custom recoveries first.
A custom recovery allows you to install custom roms, mods etc. Along with these, you can make a Nandroid backup, this helps you a lot as you can move back to the previous working state of your phone at any time you want if you have backed up your current system. In some cases, to root the phone you need to flash SuperSu.zip file in the custom recovery, having installed the recovery may help you while in some cases to install the recovery easily,You can also wipe cache and dalvik cache of your phone using a custom recovery. There is a number of other options available in the custom recoveries that pave way for the device’s tweaking and deal with the problems efficiently.
Here are the pre-installation instructions:
- This guide is only for Samsung Galaxy S3, GT-I9300. Before installing this, make sure that your device is listed below. Check your device’s model number in Settings > More > About Device.
- Download the file carefully for your device.
- Make sure that your device’s battery is charged over at least 60%. Highly recommended in order to prevent any mishap during the recovery installation process.
- Make sure that you backup your important media content, Contacts, Call Logs & Messages. This is highly recommended just in case something goes wrong and you need to reset your phone.
- It is recommended that you create a Nandroid Backup before proceeding, so that in case something goes wrong with the system, you can immediately restore it to the previous working state.
- Use only OEM data cable to establish connection between your phone and PC. Turn off your Anti Virus and Firewall to prevent any connection issues. Also enable USB debugging mode on your phone if you face connection issues.
- Recovery works well for Galaxy S3 running on all Android versions, no need to worry about the Android version.
Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone are highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is SAMSUNG in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. If your device has knox counter on the bootloader, flashing recovery will trip the knox counter and you won’t be able to reset the counter. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.
Pre – Requisites:
- Download and Install Samsung USB drivers – Get Here.
- Download and Extract Odin3 v3.09 – Get Here
- Enough confidence to flash a recovery :-)!
- Download CWM Touch Recovery.tar file.
How to Install CWM Touch Recovery on your Galaxy S3:
- Download the file for your variant carefully.
- Open Odin3.exe.
- Put your phone in download mode, to do so, turn it off completely. Now turn it on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home Button + Power Key, you should see a warning now, press Volume Up to continue.
- In case the download mode method doesn’t work for your device, try one of the methods from this guide.
- Connect your phone to your PC.
- The ID:COM box in Odin should turn blue now, that means your phone is connected properly in download mode.
- Click the PDA tab in Odin and select the downloaded Recovery.tar file and let it load. If you’re using Odin 3.09, you will click on “AP” tab instead of PDA.
- Hit start now and sit back, it will take a few seconds to flash the recovery and your device will reboot.
- Press and hold Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key to access the CWM Touch Recovery that you just installed.
- You can backup your current ROM and do a lot of other things using the options in CWM Recovery.
- Make sure that you make an EFS backup and save it on your PC as well. Find the option in CWM Touch Recovery.
- That’s All.
How to Root:
- If you want to root your device now, you can download the SuperSu.zip file.
- Place the downloaded file on your phone’s sd card.
- Open CWM Touch and select Install> Choose zip from SDcard > SuperSu.zip and flash it.
- Reboot your device and find SuperSu in app drawer.
- Congrats! You’re now rooted as well.
That’s All! We hope that you found this guide of much help. In case you got any queries or face any difficulties regarding this guide, don’t hesitate to stop by the comment box below and leave us your message. We will try our best to help you out. Thanks All.
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