Install CWM Recovery and Root Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Samsung recently started rolling out Android 4.3 update for its past flagship device, the Galaxy S3. The update packs up several bug fixes, performance enhancements, core UI changes, Galaxy Gear support and some more features.

While the device has been updated to the latest and greatest firmware, some of you may be looking out there for a method to root in on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. We have it right here for you, simple, easy and explained in detail. You just got to follow the guide to the letter to get it done. In case you don’t know what root access and custom recovery is, then here’s a brief answer for you.

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Rooting your phone gives you complete access over all the data which is apparently locked by the manufacturers. This includes removal of the factory restrictions and making changes to the internal system and the operating system. Gaining the root access gives you the privileges to install various applications to enhance the performance of your device, allows you to remove the built-in applications/programs, helps you to upgrade the battery life of your device & install the apps which require the root access for the proper functionality and modify your device in so many other ways e.g using mods and custom roms. By installing custom recovery, you can flash custom roms in the phone easily. Custom recovery also let’s you backup your current rom and restore it in case of any mishap. There is a laundry list of things you can do after having your device rooted and installed the custom recovery, now once you’re rooted and have installed custom recovery, go ahead and enjoy it on your phone. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.

Let’s move forward to the root process…

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone is 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. 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.

Before we go ahead, here are some pre-requisites that you need to follow:

      1. Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged over at least 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues on the device during the flashing process.
      2. Make sure that you have backed up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages. It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to backup all your important data.
      3. Make sure that you use the original data cable to connect your device to your PC.
      4. Make sure that your device is  Galaxy Note S III GT-I9300, check the model under Settings>General>About Device>Model.
      5. In case of USB connection problems, enable USB debugging mode on your device. To do so, open Settings>General>Developer Options. If you can’t find the developer options, simply open About device and tap “Build Number” for 7 times and you should have the developer options enabled under the ”General Tab”.
      6. Install the listed files carefully, follow this guide to letter in order to prevent any mishap.

Although this guide is for rooting Galaxy S3 on Android 4.3, but should work on lower Android versions too.

Files you need to download:

      1. Download and extract Odin PC – Get it here
      2. Download and Samsung USB Drivers – Get here
      3. Download the Philz Advanced CWM recovery.tar.md5 file – Get here.
      4. Download SuperSu v1.69 file – Get here.

Install CWM Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean:

    • Put your Galaxy S3 GT-I9300  in download mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power key at the same time, you should get a screen showing a warning and asking to continue, press Volume Up to continue.
    • Now your phone should be in downloading mode. Connect your phone to your PC.
    • As soon as Odin detects your phone the ID:COM box will turn light blue.
    • Click on the PDA tab and select the downloaded Philz Advanced CWM recovery.tar.md5 file.
    • Your Odin screen should look like exactly as shown below.
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    • Click Start and the root process should start showing you a process bar in the first box above ID:COM.
    • The process is quite fast and will finish in a few seconds, as soon as it ends, your phone will restart and you’ve installed the CWM recovery.
    • Boot into recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key simultaneously

How to Root your Samsung Galaxy S3 on Android 4.3:

    • Carefully download the SuperSu.zip file from the link attached above.
    • Place the downloaded SuperSu.zip file on your phone’s SD Card.
    • Boot into Philz Advanced CWM Recovery. To do so, first turn off your device by pulling out the battery or by keeping the power key pressed for a while until it gives you the turn off vibration. Now turn on your device by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Key simultaneously.
    • Now in Philz Advanced recovery tap “install zip>chose zip from sd card>select SuperSu.zip”and proceed with the installation process.
    • The flashing process should take a few seconds to end, reboot your device after and find SuperSu installed in App Drawer.

Congrats! You’ve successfully installed a custom recovery and rooted your Galaxy S III running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.In case you got any queries or face any issues, feel free to stop by the comment box below and leave your query. Thanks!


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  • Laura R Wood

    anyone know if this will work for straight talks version of the s3?????????

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @laurarwood:disqus Can you please tell me the model number?

      • Laura R Wood

        SCH-S960L is that what you mean

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @laurarwood:disqus yes that’s what i needed. It won’t root your phone. This method is only for GT I9300.

          • Laura R Wood

            Ok does anyone know where I can update to 4.3 without affecting straight talk settings

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @laurarwood:disqus the update is not yet available. As soon as it is available, I’ll let you know right here. Stay Tuned.

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  • Dani Arain

    ordin3 is not detecting my phone 🙁

    • @daniarain:disqus you need to debug your connection issues.

  • Ryan Christopher Balmedina

    Thanks a lot Genius

  • Gulshan Rao

    hey bro.,.,need ur help.,.,.,i just format my rooted s3 and it showing os problem
    what i do.,.,i just have twrp and i dont have any recovery

    • @gulshanrao:disqus flash stock firmware on your phone to fix it.

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