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Tutorial [Q] Step By Step : How to [ Root + CWM + ROM ] Xperia Z1

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23rd January 2014, 09:24 PM   |  #1  
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First of all, I'd like to apologize to start this open question.

It looks like everyone is getting their phone working without any much extra tutorial required along with the XDA forum guides and ROM.

I used to be a Samsung Galaxy S2 user from months ago.It took me 5 days to have my S2 Rooted and another 5days to have a stable ROM, as I was a noob back there and still a noob till now at the time I am writing or as you are reading this post.

Frankly, I'm actually lost here. I tried to visit all the links within the first 3 pages to find out how to get my phone rooted with CWM ready and getting a stable ROM on my phone without having to hassle back and forth.

Please forgive me for my noobie. I'd like to write this post and ask for your instruction and suggestion in step by step.

How to have my Xperia Z1 CWM ready and rooted with a stable ROM preferably KitKat.

In advance and regards to your times, I'd like to hand a big thump up for any share and help bestow of your comment.

Cheers,
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Originally Posted by everydayedin

First of all, I'd like to apologize to start this open question.

It looks like everyone is getting their phone working without any much extra tutorial required along with the XDA forum guides and ROM.

I used to be a Samsung Galaxy S2 user from months ago.It took me 5 days to have my S2 Rooted and another 5days to have a stable ROM, as I was a noob back there and still a noob till now at the time I am writing or as you are reading this post.

Frankly, I'm actually lost here. I tried to visit all the links within the first 3 pages to find out how to get my phone rooted with CWM ready and getting a stable ROM on my phone without having to hassle back and forth.

Please forgive me for my noobie. I'd like to write this post and ask for your instruction and suggestion in step by step.

How to have my Xperia Z1 CWM ready and rooted with a stable ROM preferably KitKat.

In advance and regards to your times, I'd like to hand a big thump up for any share and help bestow of your comment.

Cheers,

If you want to keep your warranty , the best way would be the following:
1) Use this guide to get root and recovery on stock .290 firmware : http://youtu.be/1aq9YTlfCgc
2) Once you have root, you will be able to back up your TA partition (DRM keys)
-if you don't know any terms or are confused look here: http://youtu.be/l78p_2ShPS0
3) Now that you have your TA backup safe you can go to official Sony website to unlock your bootloader: http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/
4) Choose a custom rom that you want, flash kernel and rom: http://forum.xda-developers.com/xper...ig-development

If you ever want to get back to stock. Use Flashtool to flash stock firmware, restore TA, relock bootloader.
Never attempt to restore TA on custom ROM - this will brick your device

If you don't care about warranty and don't mind loosing Bravia Engine, X-reality, Bionz etc forever; do the following:
1) unlock bootloader
2)Choose a custom rom that you want, flash kernel and rom: http://forum.xda-developers.com/xper...ig-development
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23rd January 2014, 09:45 PM   |  #3  
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1) Download the .ftf file named C6903 14.1.G.1.534 Global 1277-2880_R4A from the compiled FTF thread at this link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2469191

This is a version of the original Stock Rom that the VROOT program will actually work on when trying to ROOT your phone.

2) Flash the ROM you downloaded using Flashtool (steps on how you can go about doing that should be in the Xperia Z1 General forum.) and now, you're ready to root your phone with it.

3) Download, install and run VROOT to root your phone. Again, more information on how to properly root your phone using VROOT can be found in the Xperia Z1 General forum. For me, I just turned on USB Debugging on my Z1, connected my phone to my computer while VROOT was running and clicked the green button until I got root access. It's extremely easy.

4) With Root Access, now you can download and install Dual Recovery for the Xperia Z1 on your phone.

5) Download the latest iHackers 2.0 ROM from the Xperia Z1 Android Development thread and copy it to your phone. This is hands down, the best ROM for the Xperia Z1 right now in terms of battery life. With the latest 4.3 update, I'm able to get over 2 Days worth of battery life on one charge. Battery life is much better on the new iHackers 2.0 ROM running Android 4.3.

6) Download the flashable Locked Dual Recovery for the Xperia Z1 here. http://nut.xperia-files.com/
The file is called XZ-lockeddualrecovery2.7.63-BETA.flashable.zip (8.48MB), download it and copy it to your phone, preferably the same place you copied the iHackers 2.0 ROM. To make things easier for yourself, create a new folder on your phone or SD Card in your phone and name it iHackers. Copy both the iHackers 2.0 ROM and the flashable Locked Dual Recovery.zip file into this folder.

7) With both files now copied to a folder on your phone, you're now ready to go into recovery to flash the iHackers 2.0 ROM. Boot into recovery and once you're there, do a Wipe Data/Factory Reset before Installing the ROM.

The rest of these steps are now taken directly from the iHackers 2.0 download thread on the Xperia Z1 Android Development forum.

8) Install the ROM and THEN Dual Recovery. Don't make the same mistake I did, once the installer is finished, DON'T REBOOT THE DEVICE. Uncheck the "Reboot Device" box and go back to recovery to install the flashable Dual Recovery.zip file that's in the iHackers 2.0 folder.

9) Switch Off Your Phone (Do Not Reboot). Select No to Disable Flash Recovery Confirmation.

10) Install Kernel.ftf for C6903 (.290) or Kernel.ftf for C6902 (.290) with Flashtool to get compatible Kernel and Baseband. To download the kernel.ftf file, go to the original iHackers 2.0 thread to download and flash the kernel using Flashtool. You should be familiar with Flashtool at this point since if you make it to this step, you've already used Flashtool once to flash the .534 baseband version of Android.

11) Reboot and Enjoy. Now you're running the latest version of Android 4.3 on your Xperia Z1 on a Locked Bootloader WITH full Root Access. Sure, it's not the stock version but the iHackers 2.0 version of Android 4.3 is just as good, if not better. This will certainly do until there's a better way to simply root the newest Stock Version of Android 4.3.


Step by Step Guide made by @x016x so Thanks him, and Me, because I posted here.
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24th January 2014, 08:18 AM   |  #4  
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You can flash the latest z1 dual recovery, not only 2.7.63.

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Stuck on Boot Loop
I tried with shem tutorial but stuck at boot loop.

Big thanks to eclyptos for your precise and detail oriented instruction
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22nd February 2014, 12:59 PM   |  #6  
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I tried with shem tutorial but stuck at boot loop.

So you are in bootloop? Something goes wrong there then. I don't know what is the main problem.

Now to go back to the beginning you have to flash Stock FTF with Flashtool.
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