Galaxy Note 3 LTE SM-N9005 ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM): Downloads and Step-by-step Guide

So you got the new shiny Galaxy Note 3 and wanna start getting hang of this android recovery and rooting stuff, huh? Well, you have come to the right place.

Today we are gonna learn how to install the uber-cool CWM recovery on your Note 3.

A custom recovery, like CWM, is mainly used to flash new awesome ROMs, mods, themes and sometimes even apps. When it comes to recoveries, CWM is the most preferred recovery and also is one of the most widely used one

Lets begin the joyride of installing CWM recovery on your Note 3.


Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page!

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.


To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be SM-9005!

*Please know that this page is meant only for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE model no. SM-9005. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on other variants of the Galaxy Note 3: SM-N900, SM-9000T, SM-N9002, SM-N900A, etc. and its variants at Verizon, T-mobile, AT&T and Sprint.


You must do this pre-installation stuff before attempting to install recovery on your Galaxy Note 3 in order to avoid any complications later, and have a smooth and successful process.


Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on SD card, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.



You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully install CWM recovery on your Galaxy Note 3 . In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy Note 3 on your computer.



If your Note 3 device, or PC, powers off due to lack of battery while the process is underway, it could damage the device.

So, make sure both of them are adequately charged and that no power interruption takes place when the process is undergoing — at least 50% battery of the device and laptop is what we would recommend.


└ Use original USB cable to connect your phone to PC.

└ Do not use the procedures given below on Mac (using VMWare) as it works best on proper Windows PC only.


If you haven’t used Odin software to install a recovery on your device before, we suggest you first watch a video of that, given right below, to get familiar with the process.

Btw, it’s not the the video below shows installing the CWM recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3 (yes, not Galaxy Note 3!). But as the process is exactly same, it doesn’t matter.



Download the files given below and save them in a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).

  • CWM Recovery .tar file: DOWNLOAD LINK
    File name: n9005-cwm-recovery-
    File size: 11.7 MB
    (Note: DO NOT EXTRACT this .tar file.)
  • Odin v3.09Download link
    File name:
    File size: 951 KB


Once you’ve finished downloading the files given in downloads section above, follow the instructions below to install CWM on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 .


You should put off the reactivation lock on your Galaxy Note 3 LTE before proceeding with the guide below, here’s how:

  • Go to ‘Settings‘ on your Note 3 LTE→ select ‘General‘ tab → select ‘Security
  • Now under Security settings, uncheck the ‘Reactivation lock‘ checkbox to disable reactivation lock
  1. Extract/Unzip file on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get this file: Odin3 v3.09.exe. (DO NOT extract the recovery’s .tar file.)
  2. Disconnect your Galaxy Note 3 from PC if it is connected.
  3. Double-click the Odin3 v3.09.exe to open Odin.
  4. Now, boot your Galaxy Note 3 into Download Mode:
    • Power Off your Galaxy Note 3 .Wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
    • Now, press these 3 keys together until you see Warning! screen: Volume DOWN + Power + Home
    • Press Volume Up to continue to Download Mode.
  5. Connect your Galaxy Note 3 to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box.
    Odin’s screen would look like this:
    If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:
    • Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy Note 3 LTE as said above in ‘Before you begin..‘ section.
    • If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and reinstall back.
    • Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.
    • Connect using a different USB port on your PC.
    • Reboot phone and PC and then try again.
  6. Load the CWM Recovery file. For this, click the AP tab in Files [Download] section on Odin, and select the n9005-cwm-recovery- file
  7. Now in the Option section of Odin, keep only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes checked. Make sure Re-Partition box, and all other boxes, are unchecked.
  8. Double check the above two steps carefully. You must not make any mistake with the steps above or else you may brick your device.
  9. Your Odin’s screen should look like the screenshot below:
  10. Click the Start button on Odin to start flashing the CWM Recovery on your Galaxy Note 3, and wait until you see PASS! message on Odin’s top left box.
  11. When you get PASS! message, your phone will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
    Odin Pass Screen

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy Note 3 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Galaxy Note 3 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

That’s all. If you need help regarding with installing CWM recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE, feel free to ask us in comments below.

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It was easy, right? Let us know what you plan to do now, with the CWM recovery now installed on your Galaxy Note 3 .

Suggestions are most welcomed!

  • Suresh Gomes

    Thank you

  • Tiger867

    Does not apply (android 4.4.2)

  • Jerome

    Tiger do u mean it doesnt apply for 4.4.2?