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Root and CWM Recovery for Sprint/T-Mobile Galaxy S3 [How-To]

Most of you buy the Android device because it can easily be customized, just root, install a custom recovery and you’re able to do everything with your device. If you own a Sprint or T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 and looking for a root and custom recovery, your search is over now, you’re on the right path, here’s everything you want.

Thanks to hardworking folks over XDA for this great effort. The method is especially for the Sprint Galaxy S3 and has been tested but it also works fine on the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3. First you’ll have to install the ClockworkMod recovery that is a best custom recovery for Android devices and then you’ll root your newly purchased Samsung Galaxy S3.

As you know well that rooting will void the limitations of Samsung on your Samsung smartphone but one another thing you should note is that rooting will also void the warranty of your device, so if you can afford this lose, it’s pretty easy to root the device but think before you root. If you like to install custom ROMs, Mods, tweaks, etc, rooting is must, you can’t apply hack without rooting the device.

Let’s install CWM recovery and root the device but first make sure that USB drivers are installed on the computer, if you haven’t installed the drivers and install, turn the USB Debugging on, to do so just tap Menu> Settings> Application> Development, once the USB Debugging is on, plug your Galaxy S3 to the computer and let the computer to install the drivers. The device battery should be charged because the smartphone may get switch off during the procedure and one last thing make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.

DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.


Step #1: First download the three required files: Odin3 (Odin3-v3.04) – ClockworkMod Recovery (clockworkmod.tar) – Rooting Package (

Step #2: Plug the device to your PC and copy the downloaded file to the internal SD card of the device, then disconnect the device from PC and turn it off. After that on your PC make a specific folder and copy the download clockworkmod.tar into the folder, then extract the contents into same folder.

Step #3: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped the Odin, and right click on Odin3 v3.04.exe, from the appeared drop menu click on Run as Administrator to open the Odin.

Step #4: Now turn the device on into the download mode, to do so hold down volume down, home and power buttons until you see a warning screen on the device, then press the volume up button and it will enter the device in download mode, if it’s not, repeat the process again.

Step #5: Once you’re in download mode plug the device to PC using USB cable. The drivers installation may start again, if it happens, allow installation and then Odin will detect the device, ID:COM will turn blue, and a message saying ADDED will appear.

Step #6: Click on PDA Button and locate clockworkmod.tar from the folder that made in above steps. Then make sure that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time are checked, don’t make any other changes in Odin, just these two options should be checked.

Step #7: Now click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS. After the installation, you may close the Odin.

Step #8: Disconnect the smartphone from the computer and turn it off again.

Step #9: At this point you need to put the device into ClockworkMod recovery mode, to do so, hold down volume up, home and power buttons until the device turns on.

Step #10: Once you’re in the CWM recovery mode, select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation by selecting yes. Wait till installation complete.

Step #11: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”

Step #12: That’s it, you’ve now rooted device, now you need to install the BusyBox app, download the app from here [Google Play Download Link] or search it directly from the device, the app author is Stephen, install the app on your device. Then open the App Drawer and launch the BusyBox app, let it Root access when it prompts you, then tap the red “X” to close the dialog window that appeared. After that allow BusyBox to scan the device. After that tap “Install” to install BusyBox and make the necessary file changes. Now you need to update your Binaries, to do so, launch the Superuser App from the App Drawer, go to settings (the wrench icon in the upper right of the screen), then select Su binary from General section towards the bottom of the list and select Update

That’s it, you’ve now rooted T-Mobile Galaxy S3 or Sprint Galaxy S3 what you own with the ClockworkMod recovery installed. Now you are able to install custom ROMs, MODs, apply hacks, install tweaks, install non-Google Play apps, wipe the device, take the backup of existing ROM and do much, if you face any issue, just drop a line in below comment section and we’ll help you.

Via: XDA

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