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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

GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones [2013 and 2014 Xperias ]

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GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones [2013 and 2014 Xperias ]

This is a guide on rooting 2013 Xperia phones and few of the 2014 Xperias. Other 2014 xperias support expected to be added soon

 

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.

 

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/GuideToFlashRootXperiaNabee

 

 

In posts below are the method to root various phones, if any process asks you to flash kernels, here is how to do it

 

How to flash kernel using flashtool

 

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  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 flastool asks you to.

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Re: GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones [2013 and 2014 Xperias ]

Rooting 2013 Xperia Phones and Tablets

 

How to root Xperia Z

 

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  1. Rooting 4.4.2 and any android version below 4.4.2 
    TowelRoot APK method
  2. Rooting 4.4.4
    1) Flash this Kernel 
    2) Root using TowelRoot APK method
    3) Flash the respective kernel for your phone given below
        For C6602  Kernel
     

 

How to root Xperia ZL

 

Spoiler

 

  1. Rooting 4.4.2 and any android version below 4.4.2 
    TowelRoot APK method

How to root Xperia ZR

 

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  1. Rooting 4.4.2 and any android version below it
    TowelRoot APK method
     
  2. Rooting 4.4.4
    a) Flash this Kernel
    b) TowelRoot APK method
    c) Flash this Kernel

How to root Xperia SP

 

Spoiler
For 4.3 and all versions below it > TowelRoot APK method

How to root Xperia Tablet Z

 

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For 4.4.2 and versions below it

TowelRoot APK method

How to root Xperia L

 

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How to root Z1 compact

 

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For 4.2 and below it

TowelRoot APK method

Xperia M2

 

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Xperia Z ultra

 

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Xperia M ( C1904 only)

 

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Rooting 4.3 

TowelRoot APK method

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Re: GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones [2013 and 2014 Xperias ]

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Rooting using Towelroot APK

 

Go to settings > Security > Mark  "Unknown sources"

 

 

1) Download Towelroot APK 

2) Install that APK. You will get a warning from your phone, just install the apk anyway, the app is just fine.

3) Run the app and tap on "Make it rain"

4) You have root now

Once it's done, you can uninstall the App from your phone, the root will remain so no worries.

 

 

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Please let me know if Xperia ZR can be unrooted after using the towelroot method.

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Yes, you can unroot it by reinstalling the firmware in your phone using PC Companion Slightly smiling Face

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You can't root using Towelroot on the M2 running 4.4.2 - It will only work running 4.3 - To root 4.4.2 you need to unlock the bootloader and install a recovery then from said recovery install SuperSU then flash back stock kernal

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Re: GUIDE} How to Root Xperia™ Smartphones [2013 and 2014 Xperias ]

Hi,
 
I recently updated my Xperia ZR to latest android Kitkat 4.4.4. 
For first week it was nice and smooth, later the response of touch got worse and there are glitches everywhere. So i want to get back to Jelly Bean 4.3. My phone is not rooted nor unlocked. Everything is intact, so i can just flash the .ftf file right? no need to root or unlock the bootloader?
 
I got a firmware with build C5503_10.4.1.B.0.101 (STOCK)
But my phone is C5502 is it okay to flash this??