How to Install CWM or TWRP Recovery on Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3

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If you want to install the latest apps and tools available for your SGS3 then you must first flash a custom recovery image on your smartphone. Now, this is exactly what I will be teaching you today, so if you want to learn how to install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery on your Sprint Galaxy S3, this step by step guide will be perfect for you. We are being able to do so, thanks to those of xda-developers who had developed and tested this method for the first time.

Now, for those who don’t know, a custom recovery image is extremely important, especially if you want to take your phone to another level, or if you want to take full advantage of its performances; and since the SGS3 is one of the most powerful handsets available nowadays, why shouldn’t you take advantage of it? For example, if you want to update your Sprint S3 with a custom ROM or beta firmware then you will have to flash the update file by using a recovery image. So, during the next few lines I will show you how to get and install CWM recovery, which is one of the most popular custom recovery images for Android, or TWRP recovery which brings a friendlier interface and extra features than CWM. You will be able to choose the tool that you like the most, as this guide will show you how to do this.

In order to succeed with this operation you will have to use Odin. This is an app developed by Samsung and suitable especially for this type of procedures. Odin is being used for gaining root access on different devices, apply OS updates, performing backups and more. The same will be used for installing CWM / TWRP recovery for your Sprint SGS3, meaning that your work will be significant reduced, the tool doing almost everything for you. You can learn how to use Odin during the proper steps from below.

Before we start, you should know that there are many ways in which you can flash a recovery image on your phone. Furthermore there are more versions of the software, meaning that by completing this tutorial you will get the latest variant of CWM and TWRP available for your S3. If you want to explore other methods or similar guides, take a look over our previous posts.

Also, before applying something on your smartphone you must consider in backing up the data. By using Odin and by installing the custom recovery image your personal info might get wiped out. This can be applied when we are referring to the data which is being saved on the internal storage memory, the SD card being “untouchable”. Therefore, you should take your time and backup the contacts, messages (SMS, MMS, emails, and so on), call logs, internet saves, market apps and everything else you need to. For this you can use a computer, SD card, some free distributed tools from Google Play, the Android cloud or any other method you prefer. You can find suitable guides by searching through our how to section, so don’t hesitate and use the same.

You should apply this tutorial only for the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and not on similar variants. CWM and TWRP recovery will work only on the mentioned device, so don’t try to make things different. For being able to safely perform the present method, uninstall the security tools that runs on your computer (you need to have access to a Windows running PC) and on your smartphone. Then, you need to enable the USB debugging option from your handset. Furthermore, install the proper drivers (download link here) on your computer. And, finally, charge the phone battery so that it can stay open during the installation procedure.

How to Install CWM or TWRP Recovery on Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3

  1. Download Odin.
  2. Extract and install it on your computer.
  3. Download the CWM recovery or the TWRP recovery for your SGS3 from here; choose the recovery image that you prefer the most.
  4. Save the file on your computer (do not extract).
  5. Then, on the PC open Odin.
  6. Turn off your phone so that you can enter it in download mode.
  7. For download mode reboot the device and while powering on press and hold the Volume Down and Home buttons.
  8. Once in download mode, connect the handset with the PC (Odin must be opened) by using its USB cable.
  9. Now, on Odin the “added” message should be displayed and the ID:COM section should be yellow.
  10. If different, you must re-install the drivers on the computer and then re-do the above steps.
  11. Click on ”PDA”.
  12. Choose the recovery file you have downloaded before.
  13. Don’t make any other changes.
  14. Click on “start”.
  15. When the process ends, on Odin the “pass” message should be displayed.
  16. Remove the USB cable and reboot your smartphone as we are done.

There you have it; that was all for now CWM or TWRP (depending on your choice) is running on your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3. Do tell us how things worked for you or if you had problems while completing one of the explained steps. Also, you can now start in updating your S3 with custom ROM firmware, so for suitable how to guides check or SGS3 section.

  • quinn

    Does this take care of the problem of it not booting to CWM every time?