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This thread was created initially by me when flashtool appear on market

In the beginning of the week i was contacted by G-FACE to offer his help cause he had created a thread similar to this one on a site of his country. He offered himself to translate and i´ll put the translation here.
Well, that wasn´t exactly how i see things. He do the job. He must take the credit for it

So, the next posts and despite the fact it appears like it was written/created by me that´s WRONG! He did it after contact mods and give him access to do so.

SO. Thank you G-FACE and thank HIM not me

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Hi all

Since some guys having trouble using flashtools and how to abuse it , this is a "HOW TO FOR N00BIES".

Please visit the main thread to search for news and firmware updates.

Please, if this thread was usefull for you in some way don`t donate me anything. Just ckick on THANKS, RATE THIS THREAD on top and vote on POLL . If you want to donate please do but on the right guys who made this incredible tool for us to use. Androxyde and Bin4ry.

Thank you all to get this thread sticky

CREDITS TO:

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RECOGNIZING YOUR PHONE


Download the latest version of Flashtool from here: http://androxyde.github.com/Flashtool/ thanks to Androxyde & Bin4ry

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Install Flashtool exe file and the update file if needed.
The first and most important thing is to be sure that Flashtool recognizes your phone:
  • Start Flashtool
  • Connect the phone with the computer via USB cabel
  • Wait till flashtool shows that your device is recognized. You will see your phone model on "Connected device:"



If you see in “Connected device” the name of your phone model you are good to go for next steps.

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If your phone is not recognized by Flashtool that means you don’t have the required drivers installed.
  • Open folder /Flashtool/drivers and install ggsetup-2.2.0.11

If after the above Flashtool still doesn’t recognize your phone, do the following:
  • From Flashtool/drivers folder extract the zip file XXX_ADB_driver which corresponds to your phone model
  • Open “Device manager” on the computer and find the device which is with an exclamation mark on it (do this with connected to the computer phone)
  • Right click on the device and choose Uptade driver
  • Choose to find the driver manually and browse to the folder where you’ve extracted the zip file.
  • That should install the required drivers on your computer.
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HOW TO FLASH FIRMWARE [*.ftf file]

  • Download SE firmware in *.ftf file format and put it in Flashtool/firmwares folder



  • Start Flashtool and click the First icon: the "Lightning" icon [Flash]
  • Choose the required firmware from the list (if you have more than one ftf file in /firmwares folder you will see all of them in the list)



  • Click the OK button
  • the following screen will pop-up




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1. Unplug the USB cabel from the phone (you can leave it plugged in the PC)
2. Turn off the phone
3. Press and hold the "Back" button on the phone
4. Plug in the USB cabel in the phone
5. Release the "Back" button after the above screen disappers
  • A flashing procedure will start...


  • Wait till Flashtool finishes flashing
  • The program will prompt you to power on your phone
  • Turn on "Uknown scources" and "USB Debugging" (in Settings/Applications/Development)


  • Congratulations! You just flashed your phone successfuly.

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HOW TO ROOT


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That version of Flashtool can root all Xperia range* devices.

*X10, X8, X10 mini/pro - this method can root Android 2.3.3 as well as Android 2.1
  • Start Flashtool
  • Connect the device to the computer and wait until it's recognized
  • Click the icon with the "Padlock [the second in a row]
  • FT will start pushing files, wait till it finishes. Meanwhile the phone will reboot once.


  • When it's over Flashtool will notify "Root Access Allowed"
  • Open the application list on the phone and look for the app "Superuser"


  • If "Superuser" is there you have Rooted your device successfully.
  • Congrats!

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INSTALLING RECOVERY


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Working only on x10 for now
  • Start Flashtool and connect the phone
  • Wait till it gets recognized
  • Click the "Cross" icon [the icon before last]



  • Dialog window will open to choose the type of Recovery you want
  • Choose between:

    1. 0.3GB - for xRecovery 0.3 GB

    or

    2. CWM5 - for ClockWork Mod 5

  • Mark to your flavour and click OK


  • Installing process will start
  • When FT notifies "Recovery successfully installed" the process is over.




  • Congrats, you have just successfully installed your Recovery

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If you like to try if you've successfully installed your Recovery do the following:
  • With connected phone to Flashtool
  • Go to Advanced/Reboot/Recovery/Reboot delault version




  • If your phone manage to enter in Recovery mode the following notification should come up in Flashtool:



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BOOTLOADER UNLOCKING [BL Unlock]


ATTENTION: Working only for x10, x8, x10 mini/pro

IF YOUR PHONE DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BOOTLOADER UNLOCKING, THIS FUNCTION IN FLASHTOOL SHOULD BE GRAYED OUT, BUT FOR YOUR SAFETY YOU CAN CHECK IT WITH S1TOOL!


Check if your phone is good for bootloader unlocking:
  • Download s1tool thanks to the_laser
  • Start the program and click on the "IDENTIFY" button
  • the program will ask you to power off the device
  • hold the "back" button on the phone and plug-in the USB cabel
  • wait until you see the following:




  • If it says "SEMC SIMLOCK CERTIFICATE" or "SETOOL2 SIMLOCK SERTIFICATE" that means you can continue the procedure and unlock your phone
  • BUT, if it says "NOT RECOGNIZED SIMLOCK CERTIFICATE", STOP RIGHT HERE

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1. If your phone is sim-locked to an operator you can successfully unlock the bootloader
2. If your phone has been sim-unlocked when you bought it new from the store you can successfully unlock the bootloader
3. If your phone has been sim-unlocked via a CODE given you by your Operator you can successfully unlock the bootloader
4. If your phone has been sim-unlocked by SETool2, you can successfully unlock the bootloader
5. If your phone has been sim-unlocked by a software different than SEtool or a Code purchased from internet, DO NOT TRY TO UNLOCK YOUR BL, because you can permanently brick your phone

6. In any case if you're not sure for the above, check with S1Tool if your phone is good for unlocking.

Quote:
For safer and easier please assure that you are running Stock SE firmware 2.1 or 2.3.3.
You can be running on a Custom ROM, but make sure you are on Stock SE Kernel.
LET'S START UNLOCKING BL
  • Start Flashtool, connect the phone and wait to be recognized
  • Go to: Plugins/X10 Unlock/run



  • A screen will popup and ask you to connect your phone in flashmode





Quote:
1. Unplug the USB cabel from the phone (you can leave it plugged in the PC)
2. Turn off the phone
3. Press and hold the "Back" button on the phone
4. Plug in the USB cabel in the phone
5. Release the "Back" button after the above screen disappers
  • The unlocking process will start
  • Wait until Flashtool ask you to disconnect the cable off the phone, then turn on the device and connect the usb cable once again




  • Wait till Flashtool pushes the required files
  • After a while Flashtool will notify "Successfully applied unlock" and the phone will power on by itselfs
  • When it starts, Flashtool will recognize it, if it does you are done.
  • Congrats, you have successfully Unlocked your phone's BL






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To check if the unlock was successful, do the following:
  • Start s1tool again and click the "IDENTIFY" button
  • Where it says "S1 ERROM VER", if the code looks like this "r8А033" (the letter "r" is small), then you have successfully unlocked the BL, if its capital letter "R", then repeat the steps for BL unlocking.



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USER GUIDE FOR FLASHTOOL* 0.5.X.0


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It is working with for all XPERIA range devices
Only some of the functions are working only for some specific devices. It is described on the topics.

CONTENT:


1. Check if Flashtool recognizes our phone and if you have installed the needed drivers.

2. How to flash firmware [stock SE firmware] on the phone

3. How to Root your phone

4. Installing Recovery: xRecovery or Clockwork Mod

5. Bootloader Unlocking. For X10, X8, X10 mini/mini pro

6. Uninstalling system applications

7. Installing applications [apk files] on the phone

8. Editing files on the phone in text format [eg. buld.prop editing]

9. Firmware Rebranding [Х10 only]. Switching from operators brand to global and vice versa





*Flashtool = One tool to rule them all!

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UNINSTALLING SYSTEM APPS


  • Start Flashtool
  • Connect your phone to the computer and wait for flashtool to recognize it
  • Click on the "Clean" button [fourth in a row]




  • New window will popup
  • On the left side you will see all the system apps installed on the phone




  • Mark the app which you'd like to remove
  • Click the arrow pointing to the right and move unneeded apps in the right box
  • When you choose all of the apps you want to remove click the "ОК" button




  • Wait till FT removes the files
  • If needed repeat the steps above

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Tested on x10. Not sure if it'll work on other devices


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INSTALLING APPLICATIONS [APK FILES] ON THE PHONE



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Working on every Xperia range device
  • Get the necessary apk files that you want to install on the phone
  • Copy them to /flashtool/custom/apps folder




  • Start Flashtool
  • Connect the device and wait till it's recognized
  • Click on the "APK installer" button [fifth in a row]




  • New window will popup
  • You will see the apps you previously put in /apps folder
  • Click the "OK" button




  • Wait until the files are pushed and installed
  • Open the apps list on the phone and make sure that the programs are installed
Happy playing!

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EDITING FILES ON THE PHONE



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Working on every Xperia range device
  • Start Flashtool
  • Connect the device and wait till it's recognized
  • Go to Advanced/File Editor




  • New window will popup
  • In "path:" field write the path to the file you wish to edit
  • For example:
1. system
2. system/lib
3. system/usr/keylayout
4. If the file is in the root folder leave it blank.

  • In the "file:" field write the name of the file with its extension, like: build.prop, keypad.kl, etc.
  • Click the "Reload" button
  • The file will load for editing





  • When you finish editing and want to save the changes click the "Save" button
  • If you don't want to save the changes click the "Close" button

Happy playing!

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