How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S (i9003)

If you are rooted, the next step is to install a ClockworkMod Recovery to get flashing custom ROMs of your choice.  For the Samsung Galaxy SL though, if you are not rooted, no problem, as you can root from within ClockworkMod Recovery once you get it on to your device.  Read on to know how.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  This procedure should work with the Galaxy SL running any firmware.

2.  Back up any data you need before you begin with the procedure.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  bagaria-09.GT-I9003_PDA.tar [File attached to this post]

2.  Odin 1.85.rar

III.  Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy SL (i9003)

1.  Power down your device.

2.  Press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons until your device enters Download Mode.

3.  Extract the Odin 1.85.rar file you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

4.  From the extracted folder, double-click on Odin3 v1.85.exe to run the tool.

5.  Click on PDA button, locate bagaria-09.GT-I9003_PDA.tar and click on OK to load it on Odin.

6.  Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.  Odin should now recognize your device and light up the ID:COM field yellow to signify this.  If not, reinstall the proper drivers and try again.

7.  Make sure that the Re-Partition and Flash Lock are unchecked; this is important as you might brick your device if these options are ticked!

8.  Click on Start.

Once Odin says PASS and your device reboots, you should have ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your Samsung Galaxy SL i9003!

IV.  Flashing Custom ROMs (Optional)

If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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  • Phyo Thiha

    I tried to install cwm but device is stop at samsung logo.How can i do. I made step by step this way finally phone is not working. Please help me if you can.

    • man you sure mess up your i9003… make sure that your stock ROM was able to be CF_Root…

  • does this work on froyo?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      ClockworkMod Recovery doesn’t have anything to do with your firmware version. As long as you’ve root access on your device, you can flash the CWM Recovery.


      • Anjali Raj

        i did it using mobile odin as the normal odin did not find my phone it
        is now only able to go to cwm recovery and download mode but it is
        always rebooting when i try to on it pls help

  • Anjali Raj

    i did it using mobile odin as the normal odin did not find my phone it is now only able to go to cwm recovery and download mode but it is always rebooting when i try to on it pls help

  • asif

    is this real ,ihave gingerbread 2.3.6 and my pda is jpkph

  • sreejith

    after installing it using odin my phone cannot turn on… its crashing on the welcome display itself.. plz help me… my phone is samsung galaxy s i9003

  • Vaibhav Shukla

    After i installed the cwm recovery as suggested above, my sl i9003 has gone in a boot loop. Please help

  • ummer

    odin doesnt show my phone in downloading mode

  • jacob

    this method sucks 😀 There is something wrong here

  • pro

    After installed CWM Recovery my samsung galaxy s i9003 suddenly restart in running state

  • abuhafizh21

    upgrade to GB 2.3.5 and install root and install cwm…files search google

    • abuhafizh21

      flash via ODIN v1.85…..i hope it helps

  • sir i cant get google apps pakage! how should i install it!! plz check the given link for KIT-KAT………..

  • Sukhbir Aziniod

    the ODIN did not recognizew my phone… pls.. help me