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Downgrade Z3 compact (and others) from Lollipop to KitKat

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Downgrade Z3 compact (and others) from Lollipop to KitKat

Does anyone know of a method to downgrade it to 4.4.4? I don't like Lollipop.

Thanks.

 

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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

You can either check XDA for a firmware or make your own for manual flashing

 

Guide to create your own generic .ftf firmware file for your country

 

The Flashtool link in that guide is old so use the new one here

 

Follow this guide to manually flash but use the .ftf you created above and not the one listed - Everything else is the same for all Xperia devices

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.   Richard P. Feynman



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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

You can either check XDA for a firmware or make your own for manual flashing

 

Guide to create your own generic .ftf firmware file for your country

 

The Flashtool link in that guide is old so use the new one here

 

Follow this guide to manually flash but use the .ftf you created above and not the one listed - Everything else is the same for all Xperia devices

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.   Richard P. Feynman



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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

How easy it is to do this and how easily you can go wrong with this? I am a real dummy and you can't explain everything too carefully to me..

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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

But this is a guide for UPgrading. I already have the Android Lollipop, but I want to get rid of it and DOWNgrade back to KitKat 4.4 back. Can you do it with these instructions?

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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

Er...you choose which KitKat 4.4 you want and proceed accrodingly?

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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

Exactly.

You choose whatever kitkat version you want and the procedure is the same

kng
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Re: Downgrade Z3 compact from Lollipop to KitKat

At which step in the process do I choose KitKat? I read the guides and cannot figure how to downgrade instead of just getting the newest lollipop firmware.

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Re: downgrading from Lollipop back to Kitakat

You should consider another lockscreen app, but if you must, you have 2 options

 

1. contact your local Xperia Care

 

or 

 

2. Downgrade using flashtool.

 

https://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z2/How-to-manually-update-downgrade-root-2014-Xperias/td-p/593...




"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)

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Re: downgrading from Lollipop back to Kitakat

For option 1

 

http://support.sonymobile.com/global-en/contactUs/

 

For option 2

 

https://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z2/How-to-manually-update-downgrade-root-2014-Xperias/td-p/593...




"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)