...[GUIDE] All Things XPERIA - Debranding - Rooting & More...
The process of tinkering with any Device can seem a like a daunting process for New members but it's really quite simple so long as you read EVERY WORD of a thread describing how to Modify your Phone you shouldn't go far wrong.
So you've just received your new XPERIA
Phone and want to get it Updated
a Custom ROM
or simply Repair
your Phone, well hopefully everything contained here should help with all of that, but as most XPERIA
s are similar in their workings this is wrote as a general reference, so a link may take you to a page in the Ray section for example but it will/may still apply to you and what you're trying to accomplish. So lets get started...
The Flashtool, Updating, Unbricking & De-Branding:
If you have Un-Locked your Bootloader DO NOT UPDATE O
) or YOU WILL BRICK
your Device. If you have Bricked then see THIS
thread with how to Restore your Phone.
is simply what it says on the tin, it's a tool that flashes Firmware to your device in a similar manner as SEUS
or PC Companion
does except the Flashtool requires .ftf
files which can be downloaded from your devices General
forum. This is generally the preferred method for Repairing
your Phone if SEUS or PC Companion aren't an option or you just prefer not to use them. You can also use the Flashtool to flash a Generic .ftf to your device which will remove any Operator Branding
from your device.
This video by BlueChipJ
explains the process of using the Flashtool...
...or you can use (specific Phones only) the Official Sony Flash Tool
. See maxio1998's thread for more info - [TOOL]Official Sony Flash Tool | Unlocked Devices
How to backup your Sony Ericsson Xperia firmware using Update Service and the FlashTool
UPDATE: One click root [4.1.B.0.587 /.431 /.562 ] All 2011 Xperias
When you root your phone, you gain “superuser” privileges to the Android operating system. When you are using a stock device, you have the equivalent of “guest” privileges. If you are familiar with any Linux operating system, you know that the superuser privilege allows you to gain access to administrative rights. This level of access gets you down to the nitty gritty of the OS with no restrictions, lets you make changes to the system, and run scripts that would normally be blocked with a standard user account.
- What is rooting and why should I do it? The pros & cons of Android rooting
Rooting methods for the XPERIA line of Phones has constantly changed from apps to Pre-Rooted ROMs and Kernels. A Google search of "root -insert device name-" should help to find the specific method for your Phone but the following link is well worth reading - [How-To] Rooting guide for 2011 xperia devices
Bootloader & SIM Unlocking:
Originally Posted by Bin4ry
Sony Xperia : S, T, P , Acro S, Ion , Tipo , Tablet S, Go, Sola, U
The ONLY WAY
to Sim Unlock your Phone is to PAY
for it, so do some Googling and read which services have been recommended in the past.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE:
If you're Phone was manufactured AFTER
a certain date, 12W11
(look under your battery for a similar number) then the Testpoint method no longer works, and People who have had Phones returned from a Service Centre are reporting that they can no longer unlock via the Testpoint method either.
The stock bootloader on most Android phones is set up to run a signature check on any update file you attempt to flash to your NAND internal memory. So if you were to take a stock Android phone purchased from a carrier, and try to install a custom ROM on it, you'd get nowhere fast. Even after rooting, you still need to get access to the bootloader. Basically, unlocking the bootloader lets you install unsigned ROMs, like CyanogenMod.
- Know Your Android Bootloader - What it is and Why it Matters
There are three ways to Unlock yours, the Standard/Official method (For SimFree/Un-Branded Phones) which is explained HERE
, (PLEASE NOTE!
- You loose DRM when using the official method but not with the TestPoint) but if your Phone came from a Carrier then chances are (99%) you won't be able to use that method. There is a simple method of checking if you can or not which you'll find HERE
Then there is the TestPoint method...
Two members - Alejandrissimo
offer a Remote Service
which isn't free, but cheaper than anywhere else on the net, and when you take in to account you will also SIM Unlock
and retain DRM
using the Remote method it's worth it.
Fastboot, Custom ROMS & ClockworkMod Recovery:
A custom ROM is a fully standalone version of the OS, including the kernel (which makes everything run), apps, services, etc - everything you need to operate the device, except it's customized by someone in some way.
So what does the "customized" part mean? Since Android is open source, developers are free to take stock ROMs, modify them, strip them of garbage, optimize them, add things, and pretty much do whatever their imagination and skills allow.
- Custom ROMS for Android Explained And Why You Want Them
In the Development Section you will find a variety of Custom ROMs, some require you to have an an Un-Locked Bootloader and some don't, it's usually stated in the thread title if it's required or not but modding your Phone with an unlocked Bootloader is much simpler. Most ROMs usually come in .zip
format which require ClockworkMod (CWM
) to install them.
You can find a great Guide HERE
that will show you how to use Fastboot which is the method used for installing Kernels required by certain Custom ROMS.
Got a Mac?
- [GUIDE] Set up ADB and Fastboot on a Mac easily (With Screenshots!)
ClockworkMod – also known as Clockwork and CWM – is a custom recovery for Android phones and tablets that allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Android device
- What Is ClockworkMod Recovery And How To Use It On Android
To use CWM on an XPERIA then it's recommended to unlock your Bootloader because then you can simply flash Custom Kernels that come with CWM pre-installed, it's also safer imo because it's separate from the system, but if you haven't unlocked your Bootloader for whatever reason then you're going to have to use [APP]/[RECOVERY]x-Parts [CWM Installer] [Version 7.0] 29/6/12
which is installed to the Phone's system, although it's less effective should you accidentally wipe your system while trying to flash a new ROM as you won't be able to access it.
How to Install CyanogenMod on your Xperia (bootloader unlock, fastboot, Google Apps, etc.)
Modifying & Theming:
To be able to install full themes that you're going to find in the Themes & Apps
section of your device then at the very least you are going to need to be Rooted as you'll need to be able to overwrite, delete, add files to the system, and default theming on the XPERIA line is quite limited. If you choose to use a Custom ROM such as FXP's CyanogenMod 7/9/10 then you have the benefit of using the ThemeChooser
so you can download themes till your hearts content from the Play Store.
has released a DefaultThemes Customizer which you can download from HERE
, or you can learn to modify apks yourself and mod your Phone to your own liking.
Other Useful Info:
- [Tutorial] How to use swap for those who can't create swap file in swapper 2
- [MOD]Term-init & Zip-init: Enable Init.d for Any Phones w/o Need of Custom Kernels!!!
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- [DEV]Chroot-Linux on Xperia Devices Locked/Unlocked Bootloaders(Debian,Ubuntu,BT5up)
- [MULTI-TOOL] StudioAndroid
- xda AutoDEODEXTOOL (xADT)
- [TUTORIAL] Making Flashable ZIPs, EDIFY Script, ZIP Signing & Key Creation
- [Tool][AIO]Universal Android Flasher v1.40 b (ROM-dump,adb,Fastboot,build.prop,etc.)
- [TOOL][GUI][10/8/12]AndroPlatina Utilities v2.0|Megaupdate|Latest-ROM Dumper,GUI,More