The Samsung Galaxy S III gets an unofficial ClockworkMod recovery port. This comes in from renowned XDA-Developers forum member and developer, Chainfire and has reportedly been altered a lot by him since the CWM source isn’t built to correctly deal with the Samsung setup where the internal storage vs. SD card persists. The recovery offers nothing fancy, but a stock ClockworkMod recovery which has been thoroughly tested by Chainfire through backup/restore to both internal and external storage, wipes and installation if ZIP files from both internal and external storage.
Installation is pretty easy, and if you’ve owned Android based Samsung devices before, this will be a breeze for you. For those who have no clue what ClockworkMod recovery is, click here to read all about what ClockworkMod recovery is and how to use it on Android.
Disclaimer: Please attempt this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips won’t be responsible in case your device gets bricked or damaged in any other way due to this method.
- To begin, download the recovery file for your device and extract it to find a TAR file.
- Copy the file to the root of your SD card.
- Put the phone in download mode. Hold down the Volume Down key, Home Key and Power key, and when prompted, press Volume Down to enter download mode.
- Run ODIN and click PDA to select the recovery TAR file you downloaded.
- Now connect the device to the PC via USB and when you see the device connected in ODIN, hit the Start button in ODIN to begin the flashing.
- Once the phone reboots, restart it again in recovery mode to see if the recovery has been installed. Hold down the Volume Down key and the Power key.
That is it! Your SGS III now has ClockworkMod recovery installed. For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.