Easy Guide to Install ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery on Sprint Galaxy S3

The Sprint Galaxy S3 has been out in the market for only a few days, and ClockworkMod recovery is already out for it. ClockworkMod recovery is used to flash custom ROMs and modifications on the phone, so having it installed is quite useful so you can flash custom ROMs, which usually bring a lot of improvements to the device, whenever you wish.

Read on to find out how you can install ClockworkMod recovery on your Sprint Galaxy S3.


This guide¬†below is compatible only and only with the Sprint Galaxy S3. It‚Äôs not compatible with any other Galaxy S3, it only works for Sprint variant. Check your¬†device‚Äôs model in¬†Settings¬Ľ About phone.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on Sprint Galaxy S3

  1. [Optional]¬†Just to be safe, backup¬†all your apps, data and¬†settings. ¬†Backup your Apps and important data ‚ÄĒ¬†bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet¬†settings), etc. This¬†Android backup guide¬†would help you.
  2. Download and install the drivers for the phone on the computer.
    Download Drivers
  3. Download Odin 3.04, the software that we will use to flash recovery.
    Download Odin  |  Filename: Odin3-v3.04.zip
  4. Extract the Odin3-v3.04.zip file to a convenient location on the computer.
  5. Download the ClockworkMod recovery file.
    Download CWM Recovery  |  Filename: clockworkmod.tar
  6. Turn off your phone. Then boot into download mode. To do so, hold down the Volume Down, Home and then the Power buttons together until a Warning!! message is displayed on the screen. Here, press Volume Up to enter download mode. A green Android and the text Downloading will be displayed on the screen.
  7. Now, open Odin by clicking on the Odin3 v3.04.exe file which you obtained after extracting Odin3-v3.04.zip in step 4.
  8. Then, connect the phone to the computer with the USB cable and wait for Windows to finish installing drivers. Odin will say¬†Added!!¬†in the message box on the bottom left if the phone is detected successfully.¬†If not, make sure the drivers are installed and also try using a different USB port ‚Äď preferably a USB port on the back if using a desktop computer.
  9. In Odin, click on the PDA button, then select the clockworkmod.tar file that you downloaded in step 5.
  10. Important! Do not touch any other button or make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 9.
  11. Now, hit the START button to start flashing ClockworkMod recovery on the phone.¬†When the flashing is complete, your phone will automatically reboot ‚ÄĒ and when you see the Samsung logo, you can safely unplug the cable. Plus, you‚Äôll get a¬†PASS¬†message¬†(with green background)¬†in the left-most box at the very top of Odin.¬†What to do if Odin gets stuck: If ODIN gets stuck and doesn‚Äôt seem to be doing anything, or you get a FAIL message (with red background) in ODIN, disconnect the phone from the PC, close ODIN, remove battery, re-insert it, then repeat the procedure from step 7.
  12. Now, to test out ClockworkMod recovery, turn off the phone. Hold down Volume Up, Home and then the Power button together until the screen turns on, then let them go. The phone will boot into ClockworkMod recovery in a few seconds. Navigating ClockworkMod recovery can be done by using the volume buttons to scroll up/down and the Home button to select an option.

ClockworkMod recovery is now installed on your Sprint Galaxy S3. Let us know how it works!


  1. jus goes into system recovery not cwm

    1. You are pressing Vol DOWN instead of Vol UP. Power+Home+Vol UP boots Clockwork

      1. nope – same problem on my phone. would prior sprint OTA prevent it from working?

        1. On Samsung phones you need to be sure to not let the phone boot normally before trying to boot into clockwork. On normal boot, Samsung phones will reinstall the factory recovery overwriting clockwork that you just installed. Make sure you boot directly into clockwork before letting it boot normally.

        2. You may need to disable auto reboot in Odin. Then you’ll need to pull the battery to power off the phone. Then pop battery back in and boot into clockwork. This is what I had to do.

          1. Thanks, worked for me also.

  2. Did the same for my sprint s3. Wont boot into cwm recovery. Is all i have to do is uncheck rebot and after i get a pass pull the battery. Then it will boot into cwm recovery. Am i missing anything.

  3. i keep trying to download cwm and its an image file not a .tar whats wrong with this

  4. where you click pda you have to go under it and click phone too they dont tell you that

  5. gooooooooooood

  6. thank none of the other tutorials worked but this one did thanks

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