When we talk about a custom recovery with reference to Android phones, the only name that flashes to our mind is the ClockworkMod Recovery by Koushik Dutta. The CWM recovery ruled, and is still ruling, as an essential tool among Android enthusiasts for purposes like flashing a custom ROM, a mod or patch on Android device. If we take a look at the history of this amazing utility is has changed a little in the course of time. Of course, it saw various updates but its look has been almost the same. Koush later came with a touch variant of CWM that for some reasons could not gain as much popularity.
It has not been very long since came to know about a new custom recovery for Android phones called TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project). This recovery utility is gaining a lot of popularity due to its intuitive touch-based interface which makes it easy to navigate the phone in recovery, and has other features such as fast backup and restore, inbuilt file manager, ability to queue multiple files for automatic installation, and more. It has a more beautiful look than the CWM and is easier to use.
Features of the TWRP Recovery:
- Ability to save custom recovery settings
- Default color theme (lots to choose from)
- Zip Signature Verification
- Zip md5 Verification (looks for file with zipname.zip.md5)
- Ability to flash multiple zips in one go
- Ability to select which individual partitions to backup, and restore.
- Ability to choose compression or no compression backups.
- Compression takes longer of course, but you save roughly half the space. EVO3D’s stock system uncompressed is ~800mb, 380mb compressed. You choose.
- Ability to auto restore GAPPS on zip flash (for CM based ROMS)
- Ability to auto reboot after successful flashes
- Battery Level and Timestamp
Unfortunately, this cool utility for Android phones is currently available (officially)for only 7 devices, namely HTC Evo, Evo (CDMA), Evo 3D (CDMA), HTC Sensation, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G. Besides, there are some more versions most of which are for HTC phones. Xda member Account has made an unofficial version of the TWRP Recovery for our beloved Galaxy S3 and here in the following tutorial we shall see how we can install this recovery to our rooted device.
Rooting and installing a custom Recovery on your phone will void its warranty. Moreover, the procedure described below is considered risky. Please do not proceed if you a perfect noob in such things. Neither the developers nor we shall be considered for any damage done to your device. As an owner of Galaxy S3, you understand better what you should do with your device.
Installing TWRP on Galaxy S2 GT-I9300:
- Make sure you have a rooted Galaxy S3 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed. If not, head over to our easy Tutorial.
- Download TWRP for Galaxy S3 (do not extract zip)
- Copy the “twrp-sgs3.zip” to the internal or external storage on the phone.
- Now, boot the phone into ClockworkMod recovery: turn off your phone, press and hold Volume Up+ Home buttons and then long press the Power key until the screen turns on. In CWM Recovery, use Volume/Power/Home buttons to navigate and select the options.
- Select “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard. Now select the “twrp-sgs3.zip”. Confirm installation by selecting “Yes” on the next screen.
- When the installation is finished, go back to main menu and select “reboot system now” to reboot the phone.
- TWRP recovery is now installed on your Galaxy S3, replacing the CWM Recovery. To later boot the phone into TWRP Recovery mode use the same method that you used with CWM
Your Samsung Galaxy S3 has TWRP now. Enjoy the new custom recovery and do not forget to share with us if you think it is better that the CWM Recovery!