How to backup Samsung Galaxy S3 with ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM)? (Video)

One of the best ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) features that I love ~ full system backup and restore with Nandroid. I can try lot of custom ROMs and restore back to my daily use ROM after testing them. Just like full system backup with Norton Ghost on PC. How to backup Samsung Galaxy S III with ClockworkMod Recovery? First of all, you need to install ClockworkMod Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3. Have CWM already? Continue to read below step by step guide for more information…

Step by Step Guide

  1. Turn off Samsung Galaxy S3.
  2. Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time.
  3. Release all buttons when you see SGS3 Logo.
  4. ClockworkMod Recovery will be loaded then.
  5. Go to backup and restore with Volume Up / Down buttons.
  6. Select Backup with Power button.
  7. After backup finished, select reboot system now.
  8. That’s all.

ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) will make a backup on external SD card by default. Else it will store at internal storage if no external SD card is found. And will store the backup at clockworkmod\backup folder based on date and time. Make sure that you make full system backup of Samsung Galaxy S3 with CWM from time to time to avoid data loss. Prevention is always better than cure…


  1. Hey, I rooted my phone using the androidauthority video. I realised later that the links provided in the video were old (but my root still worked). Right now, I’m trying to do a nandroid backup, but when I press the volume up+home+power button, it brings me into “android system recovery” instead of the “CWM based recovery” as shown in the video. The options for backing up and etc are NOT available. How should I update to the newer 6.4CF root? (I used the v6.2 CF root and 1.85 desktop odin)

  2. When i Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time the ClockworkMod Recovery is loaded but the backup option does not show…

  3. When I go to “Backup & Restore” in CWM, I only see 3 options, 1) backup 2) restore 3) advance restore. I don’t see the option to backup to internal or restore from internal even though I have an SD card in my phone. I used a file browser and see that my previous backups are located in \sdcard, which is my internal storage while my \extsdcard has nothing. How do I fix this? Thanks for your help.

  4. my baseband now is I747UCALG1 and like to know how to update to new baseband I747UCLH9 with out loosing root s3 sgh-i747 att?. Can you please send step by step how to this thanks?

  5. Hi Jayce-
    How are you? I try to do a system backup follow your instruction. But it said “Can’t mount backup path”. Do i need to mount my S3 external SD card? I thought this already mounted. Pls advise.

    CWM v5.5.0.4 CF-v1.2

  6. Hi Jayce,

    I can’t back up my S3 to my external sdcard. I choose backup to external sdcard from the backup menu in cwm but it says ‘Can’t mount backup path’. Any solutions?

  7. i put clockwod recovery v6.0.3.1 on my sprints s3 and now my will turn on it just goes to the screen saying samsung s3 with a little blue guy how can i fix this


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