Latest TWRP Recovery for Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (Android 4.4 KitKat Compatible!)

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The international variant being, of course, the most widely used variant of the Galaxy S3, has a large development base.

Recently, Team Win has pushed out on update for GT-I9300 which promises to be void of the recovery in-compatibility issue with KitKat ROMs, which was due to ‘set metadata recursive’ error.

Now, all the Android 4.4 ROMs available for International Galaxy S3 like CyanogenMod 11, ParanoidAndroid, SlimKat, etc will be fully functional with this latest version of TWRP Recovery.

At the time of posting, the latest version of TWRP recovery for the International Variant of Galaxy S3 is 2.6.3.1.

WARNING!

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.

CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

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 GT-I9300!

Please know that this page is meant only for Samsung Galaxy S3, model no. GT-I9300. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on other variants of the Galaxy S3: GT-I9305/GT-I9305T, or the S4 sets at US Cellular, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and others who have different model no.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN..

You must do this pre-installation stuff before attempting to install TWRP Recovery on your International Galaxy S3 in order to avoid any complications later, and have a smooth and successful process.

BACK UP YOUR DEVICE

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.

 ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

INSTALL GALAXY S3 DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash TWRP Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S3. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy S3 on your computer.

 SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

CHARGE YOUR DEVICES

If your android 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.

OTHER THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF:

└ 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.

EXAMPLE VIDEO

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

Btw, the video below shows installing the the CWM (Yes, not TWRP) recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3, but as the process is exactly same, it doesn’t matter.

GUIDE: SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 TWRP RECOVERY

DOWNLOADS

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

International Galaxy S3 TWRP Recovery with Odin: DOWNLOAD LINK | (Mirror)
File name: samsung-galaxy-s3-i9300-twrp-odin.zip (8.2 MB)

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Once you’ve finished downloading the file given in downloads section above, follow the instructions below for installing TWRP Recovery on your International Galaxy S3.

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after installing the TWRP Recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

  1. Extract/Unzip the TWRP Recovery file, samsung-galaxy-s3-i9300-twrp-odin.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably)You’ll get the following files:
    • Odin3 v3.09.exe
    • Odin3.ini
    • openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.1-i9300.tar
  2. Disconnect the Galaxy S3 from PC if it is connected.
  3. Double-click the Odin3 v3.09.exe file to open Odin.
  4. Boot your International Galaxy S3 into Download Mode: (The image below of Galaxy Note 2 would help)
    1. Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
    2. Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.
    3. Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
      Galaxy-Note-2-N7100-Download-Mode
  5. Connect Galaxy S3 to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box.
    Odin’s screen would look like this:
    Samsung Galaxy Odin Device Added Screenshot
    If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:

    • Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy S3 as said above in ‘Before you begin..’ section.
    • If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and reinstall back.
    • Connect using a different USB port on your PC.
    • 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.
    • Reboot phone and PC and then try again.
  6. Load the recovery file (extracted in Step 1) into Odin as instructed below:
    • Click on the AP button on Odin and select the openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.1-i9300.tar file (from step 1).
      Your Odin window should look like the screenshot below:
      Samsung Galaxy S3 TWRP Recovery KitKat Compatible
  7. Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)
  8. Double check the above two steps.
  9. Click the Start button to begin flashing TWRP Recovery on your Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, and wait until you see a RESET! message in Odin’s top left box.
  10. When you get RESET! message, your phone will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
    Samsung Galaxy Odin PASS screenshot

If you see FAIL message instead of the RESET in Odin’s top left box, that a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy S3 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 S3 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 this, 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 latest TWRP Recovery installed. Looking to install Android 4.4 KitKat maybe, eh?

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5 Comment

  1. Sardonix says: Reply

    I do like this tutorial says, but when i enter the recovery mode, it still opens de default recovery mode. Are there any pre steps? like being root or something?

  2. Itz Abhi says: Reply

    Hello! This one worked for me. I just accidentally wiped my OS. I used Philz touch recovery. It couldn’t flash some ROMs because of ‘status 7’ error. This one helped me to get back my phone in working condition again, 🙂

  3. Noar says: Reply

    Hi thx for this very good explication. Could you tel me if it possible to install twrp when cwm 6.0.4.7 is alredy install on my phone?
    Do i need to root my phone before?
    Thx,
    NoAr a new omnirom User

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Yes, you can install TWRP over CWM. No root required.

      1. Noar says: Reply

        Thx for ur answer, i did it and it s all right!

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