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How to Install CWM Touch Recovery 6.0 for T-Mobile Galaxy S3

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The latest version of ClockworkMod recovery – version 6.0 – has been ported over to the T-Mobile Galaxy S3, which brings along improvements and changes such as faster ROM backups, deduplication of data between successive backups, ability to restore ROM backups larger than 2GB, etc. For the uninitiated, ClockworkMod recovery is what is used to install ROMs as well as other operations such as factory resetting, making ROM backups, and more.

The recovery was ported by XDA Senior Member jellydroid13 and gives you the touch version of ClockworkMod recovery 6.0 with the above mentioned features.

Read on to find out how you can install the ClockworkMod Touch recovery 6.0 on the T-Mobile Galaxy S3.

Compatibility

This guide below is compatible only and only with the T-Mobile Galaxy S3. It’s not compatible with any other Galaxy S3, it only works for T-Mobile variant. Check your device’s model in Settings» About phone.

Warning!

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 6.0 on T-Mobile Galaxy S3

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  1. [Optional] Just to be safe, backup all your apps, data and settings.  Backup your Apps and important data — 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 6.0 Recovery  |  Filename: CWM_TOUCH_6.0.1.2.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 – preferably a USB port on the back if using a desktop computer.
  9. In Odin, click on the PDA button, then select the CWM_TOUCH_6.0.1.2.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 — and when you see the Samsung logo, you can safely unplug the cable. Plus, you’ll 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’t 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 swiping on the screen and options can be selected by tapping on them. Operations such as installing custom ROMs and making backups/restores are now at your disposal.

ClockworkMod recovery is now installed on your T-Mobile Galaxy S3, which will let you flash any custom ROMs that may come out for the device in the future. Let us know how it works!

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  • Josh

    I’m running windows 7 and every file that is supposed to be the clockwork mod recovery, it says its downloading as .tar but after it downloads, its an .image. When I try to pull it up in Odin3 v3.04 it doesn’t show up as a .tar file. What am I doing wrong?

  • NowO

    I’ve did this many many times now, odin says it pass but when i go into recovery mode; the only recovery mode that shows is, “Andriod system recovery ” can you let me know what’s going on and or how to get this properly installed?

  • b

    whenever I try to flash CWM onto my phone, Odin will say “Pass!” and reboot, but CWM won’t be installed when I turn my phone off and go into recovery mode.
    Is Rom Manager interfering?

    • Dustin

      same thing here

      • Genia

        hi, had the same problem.
        what you need to do is after doing the steps above to rename 2 files using root explorer:
        /system/recovery-from-boot.p and /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

        (i added ORIGINAL at the start of the filename)
        after, download ROM Manager from the play store, grant it superuser permissions and click on the first option – Flash ClockworkMod Recovery
        this will flash it again on the phone, but this time it will alow you to boot into it either using the key combo or the more simple way- clicking on “reboot into recovery” in the app

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