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Please read this if you considering unlocking the boot loader or rooting your phone.

Important information

Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone and/or any warranty from your operator if you unlock the boot loader. You should only unlock the boot loader of your phone if you are an advanced user with good knowledge of the technology and risks involved.

For more information go here http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/

Please also note

The Sony Xperia support team will not be able provide any support, related to unlocking the boot loader or rooting your phone.

We also recommend you to read the below blogposts.

http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp/2011/03/29/unlocking-the-boot-loader-in-the-new-xperia%e2%84%a2-smartphones/

http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp/2011/04/14/option-to-unlock-the-boot-loader-now-available-for-advanced-developers/

http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp/2011/09/28/sony-ericsson-supports-independent-developers/

Best regards
Sony Xperia support team

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{GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones [2011 and 2012 Xperias]

[ Edited ]

This thread is for 2011 and 2012 Xperias, for 2013 and 2014 Xperias, check this thread 

New Update: Upon request from users, i've created a facebook page where you can get updates on whatever happens here, new firmwares, android versions, new rooting methods etc. You can also ask questions, post suggestions. Here's the link http://www.facebook.com/GuideToFlashRootXperiaNabeel

 

Hi all

Previous rooting thread got deleted along with Spam threads by mistake, here's the new one.

Screenshots of Old thread

 

Rooting your mobile may void the warranty and you're doing it at your own risk. Sony would be in no way responsible for any damage.

 

For flashing firmwares, see the Guide > {GUIDE} Install ICS ( Ice Cream Sandwich) on Xperia™ Smartphones, Root and Downgrade to Gingerbread

 

This post is for 2011 Xperias models, for 2012 /2013 Xperia see post below.

2011 Xperia

How to root Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3, 4.0.4) (4.1.B.0.587 4.1.B.0.431 4.1.A.0.562)

This is the new method to root, for old method, see 3rd post ( Archived method )

Supported phones = Xperia Arc S , Arc and Ray , Neo V, Neo, Live with walkman, Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Neo L, Xperia Pro

 

     Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

     Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging

     Settings > Xperia > connectivity > USB connection mode > select MSC mode

     PC Companion installed on your PC

 

  1. After marking the settings above, connect your phone to PC ( Skip PC Companion installation on your phone ) and wait for the adb drivers to be installed.
  2. Download this rooting toolkit. Link > 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 and run it. If after running toolkit any download begins, cancel it by clicking on the green button. Don't let the eroot download anything. It should now detect your phone and show an option to "root". Just click on it, wait till it finishes.
  3. Rooting done ( For confirmation see if any Super User app has been installed on your phone )

If it somehow fails for the first time, give it another go. Restart everything, your PC, phones etc. If it doesn't work at all, see the other method to root i;e Archived method to root 2011 Xperias below the animated Xperia Picture.

Finally Created threads on XDA > http://forum.xda-developers.com/search.php?do=finduser&u=4575567&starteronly=1 :smileyhappy:

 

Follow this guide and latest updates on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GuideToFlashRootXperiaNabeel :smileywink:

 

How to root 2.3 ( Gingerbread )

     Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

     Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging

     Settings > Xperia > connectivity > USB connection mode > select MSC mode

 

Rooting 4.0.2.A.0.42 and .58

Download this Rooting toolkit Link > 1 / 2 / 3 on your PC . Extract it, connect your phone to PC ( It should be on ) and wait for 2 minutes. After that run the rooting toolkit and root your phone.

 

Rooting 4.0.2.A.0.62

     Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

     Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging

     Settings > Xperia > connectivity > USB connection mode > select MSC mode

     PC Companion installed on your PC

 

  1. After marking the settings above, connect your phone to PC ( Skip PC Companion installation on your phone ) and wait for the adb drivers to be installed.
  2. Download this rooting toolkit. Link >  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 and run it. If after running toolkit any download begins, cancel it by clicking on the green button. Don't let the eroot download anything. It should now detect your phone and show an option to "root". Just click on it, wait till it finishes.
  3. Rooting done ( For confirmation see if any Super User app has been installed on your phone )

 

If the method of doesn't work for you, then flash a 0.42 firmware from here >

{GUIDE} How to Install ICS ( Ice Cream Sandwich) on Xperia™ Smartphones, Root and Downgrade to Ginge...

And then use the method to root 4.0.2.A.0.42

After rooting, update your phone to 0.62 via mobile's update center app and not using PC Companion or SUS or flashtool.

Note: Using PC Companion and "Update Service" to update your phone would result in loss of root.

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Re: {GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones

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How to flash kernel using flashtool

  1. Download Flashtool and install it on your PC
  2. Download the required kernel
  3. Put the kernel in C:/ Drive > flashtool > firmwares folder
  4. Run flashtool, click on flashing icon > select flashmode > Select the kernel by clicking on the left side and mark all this things as shown in the Screenshot
  5. Follow the instructions to connect (same way you connect your phone to PC Companion while updating it) and flash it
  6. Disconnect your phone when flashtool asks you to.

2012 Xperias

 

How to root Xperia S / SL / ACRO S / ION

  1. Rooting 6.2.B.0.211 / 6.2.B.0.200
  2. Rooting 6.1.A.2.55 / 6.1.A.2.50 / 6.1.A.2.45

How to root Xperia P

  1. Rooting 6.2.A.1.100
  2. Rooting 6.1.1.B.1.54
  3. Rooting 6.1.1.B.1.10 Download this rooting toolkit > 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 Extract it and run it. Select "normal mode" and follow the on screen instructions

How to root Xperia U / Sola

  1. Rooting 6.1.1.B.1.54
    a) Download and Flash the respective 6.1.1.B.1.10 kernel for your phone
    b) Download this rooting toolkit > 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 Extract it and run it. Select "normal mode" and follow the on screen instructions
    c) Flash the 6.1.1.B.1.54 kernel back
  2. Rooting 6.1.1.B.1.89 ( Xperia U only)
    a) Follow steps a and b of rooting 6.1.1.B.1.54
    b) Flash the 6.1.1.B.1.89 kernel

How to root Xperia T / TX / V

Follow this method here > Towelroot APK 

 

How to root Xperia Tablet S

  1. First of all backup your Xperia Tablet S as there are chances you may loose all apps and data.
  2. Download the Rooting Toolkit > Link 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 and extract it. Run it and select Special Mode , press enter. Now connect your tablet, follow the on-screen instructions.

 

How to root Xperia Neo L

     Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

     Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging

  1. Flash this Kernel ( to learn flashing , see above )
  2. Flashtool may show error after flashing kernel, no worries. Even your build number and android version won't change. Everything would remain same so please don't visit phone's settings to check anything
  3. After flashing restart your device, It may not start completely, may remain at Sony logo or with blank/black screen.Whatever the status is, just restart your device and proceed with the rooting >Download this rooting toolkit > 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 and extract it. Now connect your phone to PC and wait for a minute. Run the rooting toolkit and waait till it finishes with the rooting process.
  4. Flash 4.1.B.0.626 Kenel if you are on 4.1.B.0.626 firmware. Flash 4.1.B.0.631 kernel if you're on 4.1.B.0.631

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Re: {GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones

How to Remove Bloatwares / Junk apps / Waste apps / System apps / Unusefull apps /  etc Apps on Xperias

1) Download Root Explorer from google play ( Or any similar app ) .

2) When you'll open this app Superuser would ask for permissions. Allow it

3) Now using that app go to SYSTEM/ APP / Copy all the apps and paste them somewhere on memory card ( incase if you need in future)

4) Now again go to SYSTEM/ APP / . On the top right corner you'll see Mount R/W , tap on it ( Now you should see it as Mount R/O )

4) Now to delete an app tap and hold on the app you want to delete and press delete

After deleting the necessary apps, restart your phone. ( You can also select the mark options and delete all the NECESSARY apps in one go )

Be carefull with the procedure above. If you remove any usefull app, you may run into trouble :smileysilly: ( I won't help you :smileysilly: )

Here's the list of apps that you could remove safely/ without harming your phone . Remove the ones you don't use at all

List for 2011 Xperias

For Xperia Sola, Xperia U , Xperia P

FAQ's

Q Do i need to unlock the bootloader prior to rooting ?

A No

Q My bootloader is unlocked, can i still root my phone ?

A This method works for both, locked and unlocked bootloader.

Q My bootloader unlocking allowed status is No, can i still root my phone ?

A Yes

Q Will rooting erase all data on phone memory ?

A Nopes. But if anything goes wrong, you may need to repair your phone using PC Companion which would erase all data. So better backup important stuff

I'll keep on adding stuff, please feel free to help me

Archived Method to Root 2011 Xperias


Thread Created on Feb 1, 2013

New Update: Upon request from users, i've created a facebook page where you can get updates on whatever happens here, new firmwares, new android versions, new rooting methods etc. You can also ask questions, post suggestions. Here's the link http://www.facebook.com/GuideToFlashRootXperiaNabeel

This Guide looks big because every detail has been included. It's very easy to root your phone.

Hi all

My previous rooting thread got deleted somehow, here's the new one.

Screenshots of Old thread

Rooting your mobile may void the warranty and you are doing it at your own risk. Sony would be in no way responsible for any damage.

For flashing firmwares, see the Guide Below

{GUIDE} Install ICS ( Ice Cream Sandwich) on Xperia™ Smartphones, Root and Downgrade to Gingerbread

This post is for rooting 2011 Xperias. For 2012 Xperia See reply number 1 below

How to root 4.0.4 (4.1.B.0.587 & 4.1.B.0.431)

We cannot root 4.1.B.0.587 directly, so to root it we first flash 4.1.A.0.562 kernel, run the rooting toolkit and in the end flash 4.1.B.0.587 kernel.

Few devices don't have their own 4.1.A.0.562 kernel, so we need to flash the 4.1.A.0.562 kernel of other devices just to root. However all devices have 4.1.B.0.587 kernel.


Follow all the steps.

Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging

Settings > Xperia > connectivity > USB connection mode > select MSC mode


Download Flashtool

Windows Users > Flashtool

Linux Users > Flashtool ( From previous release tab, download 0.9.0.0 version)


After installing flashtool, reboot your PC.

1 ) Download the respective 4.1.A.0.562 kernel to flash

     Arc and Arc S  - Kernel

     Ray                -  Kernel

     Neo/Neo V      -  Kernel

     LwW, Mini       - Kernel

     Active             -  Kernel

     Neo L             -  Kernel

     All other users -  Kernel or even try the kernels for Arc S and Ray

2) Go to C:/ Drive > flashtool > firmwares > delete everything present and put the downloaded kernel

3)  Run Flashtool > click on the flashing icon ( left side below "file" option)

Select flashmode > ok

Setup should be like this > select OK


Flashtool Setup Screenshot

Follow the steps, connect your mobile and flash. Note: on devices with touch navigation keys, hold volume down key instead of back button while connecting your device.


Flashtool may show error after flashing kernel, no worries. Even your build number and android version won't change. Everything would remain same so please don't visit phone's settings to check anything

4) After flashing restart your device, It may not start completely, may remain at Sony logo or with blank/black screen.

Whatever the status is, just restart your device and proceed with the rooting >

Download Rooitng toolkit > 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 and extract it.

( Make sure you close flashtool before running the rooting toolkit )

Now  connect your mobile to PC ( Mobile should be ON)  and wait for 2 minutes. Then run the rooting toolkit. When it says all done, close it. disconnect your phone and switch it off ( By pressing power button/ or by taking out the battery and reinserting it).

5) Download Kerenls, If you are on 4.1.b.0.431 rom then download the respective kernel, same goes for 4.1.B.0.587

For Neo L > Download the kernel version on which your phone is running 4.1.B.0.626 or  4.1.B.0.631

Xperia
4.1.B.0.431
4.1.B.0.587
Arc SKernelKernel
ArcKernelKernel
RayKernelKernel
NeoKernelKernel
Neo VKernelKernel
MiniKernelKernel
ProKernelKernel
Live with walkmanKernelKernel
ActiveKernelKernel
Mini ProKernelKernel

Now flash the kernel ( same procedure as step 2 and 3 above )

Your mobile should now b rooted (See if any Superuser app has been installed on your phone ) and working fine again.

Please let me know how did it go for you by posting below, it will be great if you like the guide as well here > http://www.facebook.com/GuideToFlashRootXperiaNabeel


How to root 2.3 ( Gingerbread )

Firmware 4.0.2.A.0.62 and 4.0.2.A.0.69 are difficult to root on a locked boootloader. So to root it, you need to flash 4.0.2.A.0.42

To flash 4.0.2.A.0.42 or any firmware, follow this guide

{GUIDE} How to Install ICS ( Ice Cream Sandwich) on Xperia™ Smartphones, Root and Downgrade to Ginge...

Rooting 4.0.2.A.0.42 and .58

1) Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

     Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging

     Settings > Xperia > connectivity > USB connection mode > select MSC mode

2) Download this Rooting Toolkit on your PC . Extract it, connect your phone to PC ( It should be on ) and wait for 2 minutes. After that run the rooting toolkit and root your phone.

3) After rooting upgrade to 4.0.2.A.0.62 using the mobile's "Update Center" app

Note: Using PC Companion and "Update Service" to update your phone would result in loss of root.

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Re: {GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones

Thnx again for the guide. Last time I rooted GB with ur help. This time I rooted ICS .587 with ur help. Just 1 thing I wud like to mention here, at the xda page of doomlord there is a list as follows:

Before u begin:  

  1. make sure u have installed adb drivers for ur device
  2. enable "USB DEBUGGING" - from (Menu\Settings\Developer Options\Development)
  3. enable "UNKNOWN SOURCES" - from (Menu\Settings\Security)
  4. [OPTIONAL] increase screen timeout to 10 minutes
  5. connect USB cable to PHONE and then connect to PC
  6. skip "PC Companion Software" prompt on device

"In between point 4 & 5, there should be a mention that u need to connect the usb cable while pressing the back button of your phone."

A lot of people who are not so experienced, they just connect the phone normally & the rooting toolkit doesnt work. Thought it wud help people so I mentioned it here. :smileyhappy:

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soumikray , Guys like you have helped to make this guide just better.

Thanks. Unfortunately that thing is on XDA which i can't edit.

Second most unfortunate thing is that my giant thread got deleted , it's appearing in google cache though ( sad) .

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Re: {GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones

Its really sad! I was devastated to find that ur thread was not there. I updated my phone with pc companion thinking that I will refer to ur guide which I have bookmarked in my browser for rooting the .587. But after the upgrade when I had lost my root access, I found out that ur guide was no longer there. Imagine my plight! And I must tell u this, that only today after reading ur guide I cud some up the courage to try and root it & I was able to as well. All thanks to you. A Special thanks for reposting ur guide here.  :smileyhappy:

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Re: {GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones

hello, i am facing a problem rooting my Live with walkman.

i had wt19i 4.0.2.A.0.62 and i successfully downgraded it to .58 and then i tried doomlord tool kit for rooting, but it didn't work for me.

i tried again by pressing the back button too, but only this message was displayed on cmd screen

"daemon not running. strating it now"

"daemon started successfully."

and nothing else happened i waited for 30mins... usb debuuging and unknown sources were checked...

and there was no superuser app in menu..

P.S doomlord said to install adb drivers for your device but i couldn't find them anywhere...

help plz...........

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soumikray we all would build up this thread soon :smileyhappy:

nrto60 That problem seems to be due to flashtool running in background,

Close flashtool and then run rooting toolkit once again, It should work

And make sure you're using the specified rooting toolkit ( V4 Zergrush )

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even after closing flashtool through taskmanager, still the same message bro...:smileyplain:

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nrto60 then i guess you will have to flash 0.42 to root.

Do keep me updated

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