Samsung Galaxy S3 Philz Touch Advanced CWM Recovery: Downloads, Guides and Videos

Sometimes, you just have to thank the name of the thing of which you want to thank name of. In this case, that thing is: Philz Touch Advanced Recovery.

As apparent as it is by its name, it’s developed by a developer who is known by the name of Phil3759, and is very much based on very popular CWM recovery. CWM equals ClockworkMod Recovery, if you’re wondering. CWM is a very very popular recovery, if you’re still wondering.

But while CWM is very basic but equally solid recovery, Philz Touch raises the bar altogether.

It not adds useful options and features so much and so well that even TWRP recovery — CWM’s better and only competitor — looks short on features for once, while it isn’t. And it’s solid, too.

As regards features, check out the lengthy list here, but our favorite ones are:

  • Ability to change recovery’s colors
  • Select between 4 touch types (FULL TOUCH, DOUBLE TAP, SEMI TOUCH (scroll but no touch validation) and NO TOUCH) in the recovery
  • Select backup types
  • Select multiple zip files for flashing like TWRP
  • Set default folder to look directly into for zip files
  • Adjust row height
  • Shows clock and battery stats
  • Change brightness
  • Auto dim and turn off screen while in recovery
  • Show/hide on-screen keys and many more features

It’s simply one very cool recovery to have, and luckily, Galaxy S3 users have it for their device.

There are 2 methods to install Philz Touch Advanced CWM Recovery:

  1. Odin PC Software
  2. A custom recovery: CWM/TWRP

Let’s see them both.

Method 1: Philz Touch Recovery: Using Odin PC software


The video shows installing the Philz Touch Advanced CWM recovery using Odin. Watch it first to get good idea of what you need to do, before trying to install it yourself.

  1. Download the two file above: philz_touch_5.15.0-i9300.tar.md5 and
  2. Install Drivers on your PC so that Odin recognizes the Galaxy S3 and shows the must-get “Added!!” message in step 6 below → SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 DRIVERS!
  3. Extract Odin’s file,, to get this file: Odin3 v3.09.exe
  4. Double click on Odin3 v3.09.exe to run Odin
  5. Now, boot your Galaxy S3 into Download Mode:
    1. Power Off your Galaxy S3. Wait till capacitive lights of Menu and Back keys are off
    2. Now, press these 3 keys together until you see warning screen: Power + Home + Volume DOWN.
    3. Now, press Volume Up to continue to Download Mode.
      Samsung Galaxy S3 Download Mode
  6. Connect Galaxy S3 to PC. You should get an ‘Added!!’ message in Odin’s bottom left box if drivers are properly installed and working. It is a MUST you get the ‘Added!!’ message in order to proceed further. Some points to be noted:
    • If you don’t get the Added!! message, then first of all, make sure you installed drivers alright. If you did already, try installing drivers again, using different method as discussed above in drivers section.
    • Plus, after installing drivers, try these tricks: reboot your PC, and/or un-install/re-install drivers, and/or change the USB port (preferably use one at the backside on computer) until you get “Added!!” message in Odin.
    • Your Odin’s screen would look like this:
      Galaxy S3 Drivers - Added Message in Odin
  7. Once you get ‘Added!!’ message in Odin, click on AP tab in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file of the philz touch recovery you downloaded above: philz_touch_5.15.0-i9300.tar.md5
  8. In Odin, keep ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F.Reset Time’ boxes checked while make sure Re-Partition box is unchecked. Leave everything else untouched.
    ► Odin should look like this:
    Samsung Stock Galaxy S3 Recovery Added to Odin
  9. Hit the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the TWRP recovery on your Galaxy S3 now, and wait until you see PASS on Odin’s top left box. Your device will reboot automatically after successful flashing, and will be rooted when it has restarted.
    • You can ‘Exit’ Odin and ‘Disconnect’ the phone when you see PASS message on Odin.
    • If you see FAIL instead of PASS in Odin’s top left box, disconnect Galaxy S3 from PC, close Odin, remove battery and put it back in 3-4 seconds, and then repeat step 4 to step 8.
    • Upon successful installation, your Odin will be like this
      Philz Touch Recovery via Odin Success
  10. Now, let’s confirm the recovery installation. For this, boot your Galaxy S3 into Recovery Mode:
    1. Power Off your Galaxy S3. Wait till capacitive lights of Menu and Back keys are off.
    2. Now, press these 3 keys together until you see Samsung’s logo: Power + Home + Volume UP.
    3. Your Galaxy S3 will boot into CWM recovery now.

If you run into any roadblocks, feel free to ask us in comments below.

Method 2: Philz Touch Recovery: Using another custom recovery


Philz Touch recovery is also available in .zip file format, flashable through cwm/twrp recovery. So, if you already got any version of cwm or twrp installed on your Galaxy S3, you probably won’t want to use Odin and would just like to flash the Philz Touch recovery using your existing recovery. Well, for this, see below.

Before you try this, we recommend you watch this video above showing installation of Touch CWM recovery, using another custom recovery (non-touch CWM recovery).

This will get you an idea of how to flash a .zip file of recovery, in recovery, which is actually very easy.

Only the file to be flashed in recovery changes for you from the video, the procedure remains exactly same. Moreover, the guide below will also help you.

  1. Download the Philz Touch advanced CWM recovery from above
  2. If you downloaded it on PC, transfer it to Galaxy S3.
  3. Boot your Galaxy S3 into Recovery Mode:
    1. Power Off your Galaxy S3. Wait till capacitive lights of Menu and Back keys are off.
    2. Now, press these 3 keys together until you see Samsung’s logo: Power + Home + Volume UP. You’ll be in recovery mode in few seconds.
    3. In recovery, you can move up and down between options using volume buttons and can select the option using power button.
  4. Now you need to select the Install option in your recovery:
    • Under CWM, select ‘Install zip’ option, and then select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ (or choose zip from external sdcard if your recovery file is in external sdcard)
    • Under TWRP, select ‘Install’
  5. Select the recovery file:
  6. Select Yes – <filename> to ‘confirm install’.
  7. Install will finish quickly. Now, just go back and restart your Galaxy S3:
    • Under CWM: select ‘Go Back’ and select ‘reboot system now’
    • Under TWRP: press Back button in bottom right to go back and then select ‘Reboot’, and then ‘System’
  8. Your Galaxy S3 will Power On, and when it does simply boot into recovery mode again as you did in step 3 above to confirm the installation of new recovery.

If you run into any roadblocks, feel free to ask us in comments below. And it was easy to install a recovery, right?


Well, do let us know what you feel about this tutorial. Your suggestions are most welcomed!

And of course, if you need any help regarding this, feel free to ask right below in the comments section.


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