Latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery for Verizon Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 (Android 4.4 Compatible!)

Name ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery
Version Touch Version:
Non-Touch Version:
Stalbility Very Good
Compatibility Fully functional with Android 4.4.x and below
Credits ClockworkMod


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.


Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.


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 SCH-I545!

Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other Galaxy S3 (including the Galaxy S3 devices at Sprint, US Cellular, AT&T, T-Mobile and the international ones) or any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been warned!


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 the internal memory, 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 flash ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery on your Verizon 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.




Download the Odin zip file given below. For recovery, choose one from Touch version and non-touch version from below and transfer both Odin and Recovery tar file to a separate folder on your computer just to keep things tidy.


DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: Latest Odin3 (951 KB)


DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: recovery-clockwork-touch- (6.3 MB)


DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: recovery-clockwork- (6.3 MB)


  Example video: If you haven’t used Odin before to install a recovery file or anything else, then we suggest you first watch a video of that to get familiar with the process. The video demonstrates flashing of an older version CWM Recovery on Galaxy S3, but since the procedure is same, the video will helpClick here to watch the video

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 flashing CWM recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

  1. Extract/Unzip the Odin zip file, Latest Odin3 on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get this file: Odin3 v3.09.exe
  2. Move the CWM file, for touch version it is recovery-clockwork-touch- and for non-touch version it is recovery-clockwork-, in the same folder in which you extracted Latest Odin3 (Just for your convenience, that is). So, now you’ll have the following files in that folder:
    • Odin3 v3.09.exe
    • recovery-clockwork-touch- OR recovery-clockwork-
  3. Disconnect the Galaxy S3 from PC if it is connected.
  4. Double-click the Odin3 v3.09.exe file to open Odin.
  5. Boot your Galaxy S3 into Download Mode: (The image below of Note 2 will help)
    • Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off
    • Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home
    • Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode
  6. Connect your Galaxy S3 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 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.
  7. Load the recovery file (extracted in Step 1) into Odin as instructed below:
    • Click on the AP button on Odin and select the recovery-clockwork-touch- OR recovery-clockwork- file (from step 1). Your Odin window should look like the screenshot below (The file added in the screenshot below is for touch version of CWM for Verizon Galaxy S3. The name of the file will differ for the non-touch version of CWM):
  8. 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.)
  9. Double check the above two steps.
  10. Click the Start button to begin flashing CWM recovery on your Galaxy S3 SCH-I545, and wait until you see a PASS! message in Odin’s top left box.
  11. When you get PASS! message, your phone will restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
  12. ClockworkMod Recovery has installed successfully on your S3. To boot your Galaxy S3 into Recovery Mode:
    • Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
    • Press and hold these 3 buttons together: Volume Up + Power + Home.

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s 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.


It was easy to install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Verizon Galaxy S3, right? Let us know how you plan to use it in comments below.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

  • Usernamius Genericus

    on 4.3 knox rooted with safestrap and rom in slot 1 already…

    Keep getting FAILED in odin and SECURE CHECKFAIL : recovery on the download mode screen in red… the ailment listed to remove battery and restart odin to try again does not work…. hoping its not because safestrap is already installed????

    also CWM.apk from app store method of course failed and gave me verizon error msg

    • Take a look at *this page* , there’s information for safestrap recovery as well.

  • This doesn’t work. Keep getting Auth Fail!

    and SECURE CHECKFAIL on phone.

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