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Install ClockworkMod Recovery on T-Mobile Galaxy S3 SGH-T999 with ODIN

ClockworkMod recovery on T-Mobile Galaxy S3 SGH-T999 can be easily installed now with our simple tutorial. We will get CWM running on your phone in just a few minutes. ClockworkMod recovery can be installed on Galaxy S3 T999, all thanks to TeamEpic’s efforts.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to install ClockworkMod custom recovery on T-Mobile Galaxy S3 SGH-T999 using ODIN flashing tool. After installing this recovery, you will be able to install other custom firmware or just backup/restore your existing ROM. Let’s continue with the tutorial below and don’t forget to backup all your data as given below.

Samsung Galaxy S III - Pebble Blue

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Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S III to connect it with the computer. Download Samsung T-Mobile Galaxy S3 USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

Data can also be backed up using Samsung KIES for their devices, but if you backup data manually, you get more options what top choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

4. Your phone should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update T-Mobile Galaxy S3 SGH-T999 with CWM custom recovery.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.


  • i did the same thing about 4 times making sure that i got everything correct, but i cant seem to get into cwm recovery. I hold down vol up and power and home for about 30 sec. all i feel is a buzz then see samsung then go black..when i let go..the phone does a normal boot. What is going on?

  • hi i am not able to install any roms from clockwork mod, keep getting error mod 7 after it tries to install. please helppppppp!

  • I’ve flashed CWM recovery, touch and another one, but everytime I reboot, recovery goes back to stock. In other devices I’ve flashed a temp-recovery, then a new recovery in the temp recovery for a perm flash of recovery image, what do I do with this device?

    • dunno if u fixed it yet, but i found this:
      Do all the steps you did before to root your galaxy s3, but this time without the battery. This happened because the update T-Mobile sent to their customers, made the stock flash recovery override any image flash via Odin if the battery was present. Do that and It will work.
      Credit goes to forzaditalia from XDA forum

  • were can I get the file Step 1 – Download CWM Custom Recovery for T-Mobile Galaxy S3 to your computer and extract the zip file? Fileshare no longer has it to download. I am running android 4.3 rooted but don’t have cwm installed yet and would like to install it so I can put the 4.4 kitkat rom on my phone with cwm 11

  • I tried above mentioned method and odin gives PASS message but after that i tried to ON my phone into CWM recover mode it is getting started into Adroid system recovery mode only. I tried couple of times but i failed. I want to install C-ROM 4.4.4 on my sgh t999. Pls help

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