Samsung Galaxy S3 Recovery Mode

Samsung Galaxy S3 Recovery Mode


Samsung Galaxy S III Android system recovery <3e> mode is a simple recovery mode that comes by default. It may not have lot of features compare to ClockworkMod Recovery Mode. But it does have the ability to perform several simple tasks like apply update from external storage, wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition, apply update from cache and reboot system now.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android system recovery mode

How to load Samsung Galaxy S3 Recovery Mode?

  1. Turn off Samsung Galaxy S3.
  2. Press and hold down Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  3. Release all buttons when you see SGS3 Logo.
  4. Android system recovery will be loaded then.

It is always recommended to perform wipe data / factory reset and wipe cache partition before install new Android ROM. So recovery mode will be useful then.

  • hola

    Good guide jayce
    for all samsung s3 user..tq2

  • Akiyoo

    Hi….any good root guide for S3 and didnt reset the counter ?

    • Jayce

      Video guides are coming soon at my blog. Or you can get it from XDA website now.


    Or (previously known as ; )

  • James

    For some reason my photos on the camera album have disappeared on my s3. Can you help me with this?

    • Jayce

      Hi James, try to find it. If still cannot, consult Samsung Support. Maybe they can help.

  • sheaz

    hi James, my samsung S3, not open recovery mode after performing volume up + home + power button. please guide me.

    • Jayce

      Hi sheaz, what did it come out then?

  • khairil

    hi jayce. would you mind to help how to reset the flash binary counter. currently im using the stock firmware on my S3 4.1.2 and already downloaded the triangle away from google play. however im unable to access the triangle away. do i need to install something else or i need to root my s3 again. mind you that my s3 have 2 counts of flash binary counter

    • Jayce Ooi

      Yes khairil, you need to have root access to use Triangle Away.

  • Vincent

    Hi there! I tried upgrading my S3 firmware to 4.3 (think that’s the right version) but at a point it took too long as it stalled for more than half an hour. So, I just switched it off and went home. Afterwards I tried turning on my phone again but failed.

    Basically, i can’t get it loaded and turned on to use all the usual functions. Tried using Kies at home (slow broadband and using Kies) but failed. So, i searced Google and found this webpage and tried your recommendation i.e. How to load Samsung Recovery mode. I wiped out data and cache partition, like you said, and reboot.

    However, after I clicked on apply it took me to another page asking me to choose a package to install: /cache. with options of ../ ; lost + found/ ; recovery/ . I tried all options but still failed to load. Please advice. Thanking you in advance..

  • gigi fleur

    hello! please help! this are the options i see at my S3 android system recovery
    reboot system now
    apply update from ADB
    Apply update from external storage
    wipe data/ factory reset
    wipe cache partition
    apply update from cache

    And up under the fallen android figure, it reads in yellow as follows:

    # Manual Mode #
    — Applying Multi- CSC…
    Applied the CSC-code : ATT
    Successfully Applied multi-CSC.

    i tried to choose reboot system now but it is stuck on the SAMSUNG icon then i will try to press the power+vol up+main key and the options are there again.

    what will i do? what will i choose? thanks!!

    • Jayce Ooi

      Hi gigi, what had you done until you face this issue? You can try factory reset if you want.

  • gigi fleur

    when i turn on the wi-fi there was a message if i would like to install new updates on samsung.. i pressed yes then after updating a message appeared that they would like to reboot the phone. i chose yes. then after the reboot it was stuck in the SAMSUNG logo it won’t continue to start. i removed the battery, put it back, turn it on same thing happens.
    wheni did the power+vol up+main key, i tried the reboo system now, same thing happened, i also tried the factory reset too..still same thing. please help. thanks for the reply.

    • Jayce Ooi

      Hi gigi, please consult Samsung Support since you got issue after received OTA update.

      • mark

        hi, i had the same case, what will i do

        • Jayce Ooi

          What is the reply from Samsung Support?

  • tony elbourne

    how do i find the full s3 system as ive deleted it all off my phone

  • tony elbourne

    my phone will not go in to recovery mode too

    • Jayce Ooi

      Try to install stock firmware with Odin first. Then factory reset in recovery.