Root Galaxy S3 Tutorial: How To Install CWM Recovery ON Galaxy S3

Finally,i get the Samsung Galaxy S3! There is new opinion out in the tech market after the release of Samsung Galaxy S3 –there is a smartphone that definitely betters the iconic iPhone 4S. Really?

Root Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S3 is the successor to the S2 Android phone, the smartphone that sent Samsung the world’s largest smartphone maker in 2011. The S3 has a screen size of 4.8 inch. Inside it packs a quad core processor of 1.4 Ghz.  From a design perspective it looks great, but the most interesting is Android ids open OS!

How to check the the firmware kernel version, XLE8 on Samsung Galaxy S3? - Go to Settings> About Device. Here is, Baseband Version: I9300DXLE8

Sure, to fully utilize Android OS, then we need root the Galaxy s3. Here is the step by step tutorial on how to root  and install CWM recovery  for Galaxy S3 android 4.0.4, Baseband Version- XLE8:

Before start

- We are not liable for any damages that could happen to your smartphone. Flash at your own risk. There is a possibility for your phone to get bricked and totally unusable.

-This tutorial , root and install CWM recovery normally will not delete all your phones data and installed application. But, it is Better  Create a backup of your phone’s important data to external storage. After backup, remember remove the sdcard before perform root and install CWM recovery  task on Samsung Galaxy S3.

- Make sure that Battery power at least 80% full.

- If you do not have Samsung’s KIES  installed, download and install it. Correct USB drivers must be installed, so that programs can communicate with the device. Reboot computer after KIES installation.

The Tools you need:

- Odin 3.04: Download Link

- Download Link. ( After download, please unzip  this file. and you will get CF-SGS3-CWM-v5.5-v1.0.tar)

Tutorial How to install CWM Recovery:

Step 1:  Set your phones into USB debugging mode: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Then Power Off your phones. ( You must fully turn off your S3, to do so, you can remove the battery and then plugin again the battery.)

Step 2: Turn your phones into download mode by  pressing and holding VolumeDown + Home + Power simultaneously. (what is S3 debugging mode? Click here for the answer)

Step 3: Start ODIN on PC.

Step 4: Connect the device to your computer using USB.

Step 5: Wait a few seconds, the ODIN screen will show that a device is now connected. ( If ODIN not detect your device, mean you still not install the s3 driver/ Samsung kies properly or still not enable the Download Mode)

Odin 3.04

Step 6: Click the PDA button, then select CF-SGS3-CWM-v5.5-v1.0.tar. (Note: this is .tar file and not is .zip file!)

Step 7: Press Odin “Start” button. ODIN will start flash the firmware, and the device should reboot after flash complete. That’s All!

Odin 3.04

Tutorial How to Root Galaxy S3 via CWM recovery? Here is the tutorial.

If you have any question about this tutorial, you can paste us a comment. We will try the best to answer your Questions as soon as possible!

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  • Tnncf

    I just get Galaxy S3 from Digi, and follow the step to root my S3. Thanks, Brother! it work!

  • Akhorahil


    I can download the CWM zip file, but after extraction end up with a recovery.img and not a tar file. Is there something wrong with the download link?

    • Akhorahil

      I already see it, the TAR in the zipfile was extracted too…

      • admin

        Hi, Akhorahil.
        Ok ;)

  • scott

    Hi could someone please tell me where the tar file is please? I can only see the recovery image?


  • hafiz

    Hi.. my S3 baseband is I9300DXLEA. so can i follow ur tutorial to root my s3 phone?? please help me.. this is my first time to root my phone

  • yaso

    my Baseband Version is i9300XXLFB what i should to do before i start because write in article up the Baseband Version is should be I9300DXLE8 :( (

  • bikki

    the .tar file is not valid…it is only showing iso image..tired of trying to extract the file. plz help…advance appreciation….plz plz plz


    how come it pass and all that and rebooted half way and it just stopped.
    it got the samsung logo, and then the att samsung galaxy. and black out.
    and everything just stopped. could not turn on still HELP PLEASE


    please help/…my phone still doesnt turn on
    please help me