- The CWM Recovery file found in this guide is the CWM version 126.96.36.199 for the GT-I9300, and according to the original poster at XDA, works for the Korean variant too. However, we do not recommend you follow this guide for any other model numbers.
- You can have your Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K smartphone rooted or unroot when flashing your custom recovery. There is no difference either way you choose.
- You must have a Windows PC to follow this guide and flash a custom recovery on the Korean Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. The Odin flash tool does not work for any other device.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers from our USB Driver downloads page. You should install those drivers on your computer before you start the guide.
- You must unlock the hidden Developer Options menu by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number. Keep tapping on the build number at least seven times and it will eventually let you know that the menu is now unlocked.
- Turn on your USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
HOW TO INSTALL CWM RECOVERY ON SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 SHV-E210K
- Download the ClockworkMod Recovery for your Korean S3 from this link.
- Download the Odin 3.07 flash tool from this link.
- Extract both files to the desktop of your computer by right-clicking on the files and choosing the “extract here” option from the menu.
- Double-click on the Odin executable file and the Odin flash tool should open on your desktop. Leave it open for later.
- Long-press the Power button your Korean Galaxy S3 and reboot the device in download mode.
- Connect the Korean Samsung Galaxy S3 to the computer with the USB cable.
- Click the PDA button you can see from the Odin user-interface.
- Upload your CWM tar file from the desktop — you extracted it at the beginning of the guide.
- Uncheck the ‘Auto Reboot’ box from the Odin flash tool.
- Click the Start button and flash the CWM on your S3 smartphone.
- Do not reboot your smartphone at this point; instead you must boot it up in the custom recovery mode right away. Once you have entered the recovery mode once, you can reboot your device as often as you want.