How to install update zip with ClockworkMod Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3? (Video)

After installed ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on Samsung Galaxy S III, you need to try custom mod like theme, boot animation, application, modem, kernel and ROM. Else you are wasting the full potential of CWM on Samsung Galaxy S3. It is simple to install them as all you need to do is copy the update zip file to SD card. Then install it with CWM. No PC or Mac is needed. However, not every custom build zip is friendly to Samsung Galaxy S3. Therefore, be sure to make a full system backup with CWM before apply any update zip. Just restore to previous backup image if anything went wrong. Check out below step by step video guide to learn more…

Step by Step Guide

  1. First of all, copy the update zip file that you want to install into SD card.
  2. Turn off Samsung Galaxy S3.
  3. Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  4. Release all buttons when you see SGS3 Logo.
  5. ClockworkMod Recovery will be loaded then.
  6. Go to install zip from sdcard with Volume Up / Down buttons.
  7. Select it with Power (or Home) button.
  8. Then select choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Select your update zip file ( in my video).
  10. Select Yes – Install your update zip file.
  11. After installation finished, select +++++Go Back+++++.
  12. Then select reboot system now.
  13. That’s all.

Enjoy your new installed custom mod on Samsung Galaxy S3.

  • Juan Luis

    Where can I download the update zip file? ( in your video)

      • Juan Luis

        Thank you! Does this package have the complete set (theme, boot animation, application, modem, kernel and ROM) or only the auto-bright thing?
        I have a S3 with baseband I9300XXALE8. Do I have chances to brick the dispositive with this update? Is it hard to restore a CWM backup?
        I’m sorry for the ton of questions, i’m a noob in this world ^^

        Thanks a lot

        • Auto brightness mod only.
          It is hard to brick Samsung smartphone. Not hard to make a CWM restore. Just refer to my guides.

          • Juan Luis

            Ahm, i’m sorry, I mistunderstood your post. I thought there was more packages in the update you show on your video.
            Could you tell me where can be found the custom mods like theme, applications, system optimization, better kernel and ROMs?
            Do you have some in your guides? I’ve been searching but I haven’t found anything so far. Thanks for the great help! You have an awesome blog.

  • Mike

    Does this download make the browser brighter I want the phone brighter

  • _____homz

    Is this update compatible to US version (tmobile) of galaxy s3?

    • Nope, I9300 only.

  • shoaib

    hi jaye, you are doing great work man.
    Actually i have a samsung s3 and a guy and its blocked from all the networks in uk, please tell me how to unlock it
    Do i have to brick it or anything else, please tell me
    Tell me the procedure step by step because i am new to the terms,
    Thanks man i really appreciate your work thanks

  • alfie

    when i go to clockworkmod recovery i do not get an option to install zip from sd card on my galaxy s3?

    • Hi alfie, make sure that you have CWM installed. Not the stock recovery.

  • ralph

    hi everyone, new to this site but i have to say all theses questions ive read so far from everone can all be awnswerd on xda fourms like jayce has mentioned u should all do alot of reading and figureing out to root your phone install cmw learn how to make a full backup of your phone and learn how to get out of a bad situation thats how u learn then if all else fails there are pleanty of good people who will hep u like jayce ..

  • sham


    how to install ClockworkMod Recovery on my S3?

    • Hi sham, please refer to the guide in the post.

  • cal

    hi Jayce-
    Can this CWM update zip file be used for S3 I9308 phone?


    • I don’t think so, cal.

  • cal

    Thx for reply. My phone is rooted. i can’t use the update zip file ?


    • You can use update zip but update zip that make for I9308 only.

  • Najoom

    Hey brother after rooting can I update to official jelly bean updates n how can I unroot or uninstall. The root and also where can I get themes for my galaxy I 9300 s3 and thanks bro

  • Jorge


    You said “you need to try custom mod like theme, boot animation, application, modem, kernel and ROM. Else you are wasting the full potential of CWM on Samsung Galaxy S3. It is simple to install them as all you need to do is copy the update zip file to SD card.”

    where do i put, specifically, on the SD card, any of these zip files (assuming I get them) so CWM finds them automatically by default?

    Thnx… great tutorials and videos btw… really preciate it!

    • Jorge

      Never mind… i followed CWM choices.. like you mentioned above… my bad! 🙂

  • Mike Vanderkley

    Dont be a fool people. Backup! It saved me. The update didnt work (still investigating). Restore allowed me to get back into my phone.

  • mohiad

    Does this work on the SGGH 1747m with jellybean aokp 4.1.2

  • Morteza Sadeghinia

    Hi. Doest it work on Tab 7+ (P6200)?

    • This is for SGS3.

  • vicky

    not working………..

  • osama

    hi jayce
    i did it above and added cwm and then the update zip for adding apps on the multi view but after rebooting it kept on the samsung logo for long time, and stayed like that . what to do
    my s3I9300 isnt rooted?thanks

    • Hi osama, restore back to your previous CWM backup.

  • osama

    did that,now tell me to how to enable them plz..

  • Ryan

    I have rooted and have CWM Manager installed and when I go into recovery mode it does’t give me the option to install zip from sdcard, help please?

    • Did you install CWM? Not CWM manager.

  • Mono

    Hi Goodmorning Jaycee, i really dont know how to use CWM, do i need odin to use CWM cos i want to install custom rom on my S3.. thanks

    • Hi Mono, please take your time to study all my SGS3 guides then. Only install custom ROM after you understand it.

  • Mono

    okay, im on my way of understanding it all, thank you so much =D

  • Reyahnwiira

    He jaycooi can this mod applied on XXELLC stock rooted rom or i must flash rom the another one ? . Thanks

    • What mod, Reyahnwiira?

      • reyhanwiira

        oh my bad, i mean the multiview mod, im in stock XXELLC rooted, can i flash the multiview mod ?, im sorry

        • Shouldn’t XXELLC firmware already has Multi window build in?

          • reyhanwiira

            yeah i know but, i cant customize all app can do multi window 🙁

            • Oh, you mean enable all apps in Multi window mod. No for XXELLC firmware yet.

              • reyhanwiira

                okay, thanks for the information 😀

  • sandra

    HI I have a problem, because my galaxy S3 does not show me the option ”install from zip” instead of that it shows me ” install from adb” what can i do? or is the same?

    • Hi sandra, you need to install CWM first.

      • sandra


  • Sandra Esparza

    The version is v3.60

    • v3.6? You are not using CF-Root. Which CWM are you using?

  • Sandra Esparza

    Hi I finally did it but the phone got stock, It does not tur on It stoped when the logo appears

    • Hi Sandra, try factory reset in recovery.

      • Sandra Esparza

        Ok thank you so much : )