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Hello Everyone
I am starting this thread as a COMPLETE GUIDE FOR YOUR DEVICE which would include almost all aspects for your device.


BASIC ANDROID DEVELOPMENT


REFER TO THIS GUIDE FOR BASIC ANDROID KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS


ALL ROMS,GUIDES, MODS, TUTORIALS LIST CLICK

ALL ROMS,GUIDES, MODS, TUTORIALS LIST

TABLE OF CONTENTS



1. UNLOCK BOATLOADER
2. ROOT YOUR DEVICE
3. FLASHING TOOLS AND GUIDE
4. DRIVER ISSUES
5. MEMORY PROBLEMS
6. TA BACKUP
7. OFFICIALLY UNLOCK YOUR BOOTLOADER (Not available now)
8. FAQ
9. GUIDES LIST


All Credits to the developers for their tools!

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 I take no responsibility for world wars, broken phones, flying machines, 
UFO invasions, bricked phones, dead sd card . If you agree to go ahead with this, 
it is your choice and no blame should come to any developer/contributor whatsoever
PREREQUISITE

-USB DEBUGGING

For this guide to work, make sure usb debugging is enabled.
Go to Settings> About>Build Number> tap it 7 times and "Developer Options" should appear in settings.
In Developer Options> Enable USB Debugging.
-USB DRIVERS
For these I suggest use Flashtool. Check Drivers guide below for more information

REFER FAQ

New Method to Root M4 Aqua Dual E2363 *26.1.B.1.85 Found on Locked Bootloader. Please click on new method under Root How to root 5.0 Lollipop with RootkitXperia AND CHECK HIS TWITTER FOR UPDATES


STEP BY STEP NOOB GUIDE FOR TWRP AND ROOTING


BOATLOADER

YOU CAN UNOFFICIALLY UNLOCK YOUR BOOTLOADER HERE


You first need to unlock your bootloader before you can root your device.


@lucaszell for the amazing guide. @Sam205 for pointing it out in M4 Aqua forum

1. Go to Sony Website HERE
2. Choose M2 or M and complete the steps to get your KEY
3. Install Flashtool
4. Go to Settings - About phone - Status
Scroll to down to see serial number. (device name)

Amended for clarifications

1.: Go to the folder where Flashtool is installed. Usually C:/Flashtool
2.: Open the folder named "Custom"
3.: Open the folder named "Mydevices" (if it exists, in my case Flashtool version 0.9.18.4) (You may create if it doesnot)
3b.: In the newer Flashtool, you need to put the folder in "C:\Users\<username>\.flashTool\registeredDevi ces" in step 3.
That is, if you've picked the default for your flashtool home folder or you can choose manually.
4.: Create A New Folder and Rename the folder with your device code. Refer to Obs2 how to find your device code
5.: Open the folder created previously
6.: Create a new text file and rename it as ulcode
7.: Paste your unlock code and save it in the text file
8.: Open Flashtools and try the BLU option again.

Obs 1: the step #3 I think it depends on your Flashtool version, because it wasn't mentioned at the solution
Obs 2: at the step #4 is mentioned your device code. your device code is showed in the log when you click the button BLU, at the "Current device", after your device model.
Search a line like:
09/045/2015 23:45:08 - INFO - Current device : C2104 - AB100C2DE3 - 1272-4136_R5B - 1269-5420_15.3.A.1.17 - WORLD-a_15.3.A.1.17
in this case, the device code is AB100C2DE3 and this should be the new folder name (step 4)



ROOT


NEW METHOD by @cubeundcube for locked bootloaders

OLDER METHOD

@husam666 Successfully found how to root the device. Please refer HERE

WORKING ON DEVICE MODELS

[E2303, E2353, E2333, E2306]

Quote:
Originally Posted by husam666

TWRP Recovery for M4 Aqua (No gui, command line only)
This is for E2303 I didn't test on other models, feel free to do so but I take no responsibility whatsoever if anything happens
This will disable OTA updates, if you want them back you can flash the FOTA kernel with FlashTool

Confrmed to be working on those variants:
E2303, E2306, E2333, E2353, E2363


Ok here it is thanks to @jeffreyvh kernel we can finally flash zips however we have 3 catches:
1. No GUI (Sony's fault until they provide full sources for our phones, we're stuck here)
2. You have to mount /system, /data and /cache manually (Working on it)
3. No external SD card support (working on it)

No problem? Cool..

Ok here's how to do it:
0. You need unlocked bootloader <-- Click here to see how
1. Download the recovery.img
2. Flash the recovery file with fastboot
Code:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
3. Pull the cable turning off your phone.
4. Press the power button + volume down, when the phone vibrates, press the volume down button repetedly.
5. The Sony logo will disappear and you'll get a black screen (It's okay, congrats you've now booted twrp)

Now for the magic:
Connect your cable, make sure you have ADB and drivers installed.
In your terminal or dos window type:
Code:
adb shell
you'll get a prompt like ~ #

type these three commands:
Code:
mount -w /dev/block/platform/7824900.sdhci/by-name/system  /system
mount -w /dev/block/platform/7824900.sdhci/by-name/userdata /data
mount -w /dev/block/platform/7824900.sdhci/by-name/cache /cache
Now that you have the partition mounted you can flash your zip files:
We don't have external SD card support so for now we're going to stick with sideload
type:
Code:
twrp sideload
adb shell will exit, it's okay now we can install the zip file like this:
Code:
adb sideload <path_to_zip>
path to zip on your computer without the < >
so if you downloaded superSU on C:\Downloads\SuperSU.zip
you type
Code:
adb sideload C:\Downloads\SuperSU.zip
when you're done type:
Code:
adb reboot
and pull the cable

For Rooting:
Download SuperSU flashable zip from here https://download.chainfire.eu/696/SuperSU
and flash it like explained before

good luck

Special Thanks:
@jeffreyvh
@alby_var
@Hnk1
@zw3n
@S7relok
@dexter93
@babydolll @Sam205
The TWRP team and everyone who made this possible
Download Links:
http://d-h.st/wuGD

XDA:DevDB Information
M4 Aqua TWRP, Tool/Utility for the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Contributors
husam666

Version Information
Status: Testing

Created 2015-09-11
Last Updated 2015-09-17




Last Updated 22-2-2016
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SONY OFFICIAL TOOLS

Sony PC Companion
This tool is officially from Sony and can be used to repair your drive.
You can also use this for your phone backup.
http://support.sonymobile.com/global.../pc-companion/

It is for those who do not prefer unofficial ways!

EMMA
Refer to it here for instructions and download:
http://developer.sonymobile.com/serv...he-flash-tool/


FLASHTOOL

This tool is used to flash stock/custom kernels/recoveries to your device

Download link
http://www.flashtool.net/downloads.php

Instructions

I found this guide very helpful and thus you can refer it here :
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=928343

SOME CONSIDERATIONS :

1.Make sure you choose the FTF file for your device or you can risk bricking your phone forever.
At the moment, there are no FTF files so you will need to be patient.

2. Make sure all drivers are properly installed
3. To boot into flashmode/fastboot, you will need to turn off device.Hold volume up OR volume down and then connect your device while holding the volume key.
Volume up would take you to flashmode while volume down would take you to fastboot mode. Remember, you will need fastboot/flashtool drivers before you can flash anything.

here is another guide for you just as reference.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/xper...cking-t2337955

However if you have still issues , I can rewrite the guide.
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ALL DRIVER PROBLEMS SOLUTIONS


I have seen some posts where users are having difficulty connecting Xperia M4 to their PC or ADB. Therefore, I am writing this guide to help you all.

The guide was prepared using Windows 7 Ultimate but should work with Windows XP and Windows 8.

Firstly, Sony uses a different driver for their Xperia devices and therefore, sometimes you are unable to install drivers for your devices especially for ADB commands.

IF YOU ARE LUCKY
There are few ways to get around to install drivers for your device. The most convenient and easy is you plug in your device and wait for automatic detection of your device. Make sure you have USB connected as MTP in MY XPERIA in SETTINGS of your phone. The device drivers would be automatically installed by Windows update.

METHOD
If suppose you can not install your drivers, connect your xperia and then on your PC, go to My computer > Properties>Device Manager.
You should see an undetected hardware with a yellow exclamation mark over it. Open it and click on update my drivers. Then choose GOOGLE DRIVERS by choosing hard-drive. This should install the drivers for you. If this doesnot work. Try the attachment with the post where the drivers are modified to work with Sony Xperia Devices.
Follow the same steps but this time choose the attachment folder to search for drivers. It might say, the drivers are not verified. Just Ignore it and carry on installing them. You will need to unzip these files.

IF suppose you do not see any exclamation mark while you connect your xperia. Just go to control panel and add new hardware. Select, I will choose my device and then install from hard-disk. Select the folder where you have unzipped the files and you are good to go. The name of new hardware is not important as windows will read the drivers files and install drivers for Xperia.

This will install all drivers for your device. If there are two or more drivers while installing them. Redo the steps and install all of them individually.

Suppose your ADB still doesnot work, then

FOR ADB DRIVERS :
Download the ADB Universal Drivers and connect your device. Then hit install. The ADB drivers will be automatically detected and installed.

Further, if these tricks fail, you can delete the unknown driver from your control panel and then try finding it again by using refresh button(scan for new hardware changes) in device manager.

Another trick is to click on unknown drivers and delete them. Connect your phone and restart your phone. Then scan for new hardware in device manager. The drivers should be installed for your device.

If still there are some problems, I will try to help you out.


DOWNLOAD LINKS

DOWNLOAD GOOGLE DRIVERS FOR MTP/ PC ETC
https://dl-ssl.google.com//android/r...er_windows.zip

DOWNLOAD UNIVERSAL ADB DRIVERS HERE :
http://adbdriver.com/upload/AdbDriverInstaller.exe

UPLOADED FILE : Sony Xperia Drivers for ADB.

UPDATE (EASIEST METHOD) :
Use flashtool drivers to install adb/fastboot/flashboot drivers. This is the most simplest and easiest method I have come across lately.

Simply download flashtool

http://www.flashtool.net/index.php

Go to folder where you have downloaded it. Usually C:/flashtool/drivers.

Select the drivers for your particular device. I use universal for all three types of drivers. It is helpful to boot into fastboot/Flashtool before installing the drivers but not necessarily.

FOR LINUX DRIVERS :
(No drivers required)
In your Xperia go to :

Settings > Xperia > usb connectivity > usb connection mode
Select Mass storage mode (MSC) > Press OK
Then plug your phone with your SDCARD inside

Try this guide if that does not work,LINUX DRIVERS GUIDE

Good Luck

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IMPORTANT

On windows 8 and above you will need to disable DRIVER VERIFICATION in your windows settings to successfully install your drivers
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Memory, Storage and Debloating Problems

INSTRUCTIONS

LIST
SD MAID
ADVANCED TASK KILLER
TITANIUMBACKUP
GREENIFY

HOW TO KEEP RAM CLEAN AND KEEP YOUR PHONE BUTTER SMOOTH :
The phone MUST be fully rooted and all the recommended applications isntalled. They can be easily found on the Google Play. Links are provided for reference. In this guide I have used all the PRO (paid) applications. The Free versions will do fine but It is expected that some options are disabled in the free version. You can help developers by your contribution to their work

ADVANCED TASK KILLER
Advanced task manager is used to kill tasks running in the background.
Add advanced task killer widget to your home screen. Every time you need to kill background applications, just tap it once. This way all the applications in the background are periodically killed and thus, more RAM is available to your system and thus increased performance.

GREENIFY[ROOT]:
This application/system basically looks for applications running in the background. These background processes might slow down system. Furthermore, these increase the battery usage and reduce battery time. Greenify detects the background applications and hibernates them. This not only speeds up the phone but also saves battery.

SICK OF BLOATWARE?

TITANIUM BACKUP [ROOT]
Titanium backup is used for backing up your applications and system files. This can also DELETE applications from your ROM permenantly.
I recommend you make a backup with Titanium backup before uninstalling the files. REMEMBER, IF YOU UNINSTALL A SYSTEM FILE, YOU WILL NEED TO REFLASH YOUR ROM and you will end up in BOOTLOOP.

I will paste a screenshot to tell you which applications can be deleted easily.

OTHER SETTINGS :
Go to your settings>developers tools> background limit> use as less as you want. THIS WILL INCREASE USER EXPERIENCE

HOW TO SWAP EXTERNAL MEMORY & INSTALL AS MANY GAMELOFT GAMES AS YOU WANT
Many of you are having problems installing many games in your internal memory and can only utilise 4 gb of your memory. This means only 3 gameloft games. Thus I will briefly help you with memory issues related to Xperia M4

This one is very easy. Install Folder Mount and it will do the rest. Remember with free version, you can only mount 3 folders. The application is frequently updated and it has great support for Xperia M4.

Basically this application creates a link folder in your SD card which is detected by games automatically once fully setup. It also moves your files into your SD card and this saves your EXTERNAL MEMORY FULLY. You can install as many games or applications and link them to your SD card. Its that simple.

Use App analyzer option to mount folders. Manual folder mounts are not recommended!
Go to app analyzer>Select Game> Creat pair(s)>Move files as well> Mounted

Make sure Folder Mount is ticked green before running games.

INTERNAL MEMORY PROBLEMS
Internal memory not adding up? Unknown files hogging your space.

This can be managed by SD MAID and TITANIUM BACKUP.

With SD Maid, you can free a lot of space. It has many cool features. I use the Corpse finder and System cleaner, App Cleaner.

You may also try app cleaner if you like.

Go to CORPSE FINDER>FIND FILES>DELETE ALL FILES. It will take some time looking for files.
SYSTEMCLEANER>FIND FILES>DELETE ALL FILES. It will take some time looking for files.

TITANIUM BACKUP IS USED TO RELOCATE THE MEMORY THAT IS MISSING.

Titanium backup> MENU > clean up the dalvik cache

This will also give you back some INTERNAL MEMORY BACK.

LIST OF APPS SUCCESSFULLY REMOVED WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS
Active Clip
Calculator (small app version)
Email
Movie Creator
OfficeSuite
PlayStation Video
Sketch
Small App Framework
Small App Launcher
Small App Widget
Small Apps Manager
Smart Connect
Support
Timer (small apps version)
Touch Block
What's New
Music
Music Visualization Wallpapers
Podcast
Video
Visualiser (has same icon as Sony's Music in Titanium Backup)

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HOW TO MAKE A TA PARTITION BACKUP.


1. Download the latest version of Backup TA from here DOWNLOAD HERE
2. Extract the ZIP file to a folder location of your choosing.
3. Navigate to the folder location of Backup TA.
4. Make sure no other script or application which is using ADB is running.
5. Make sure the device is booted in normal mode (the way you normally use it).
6. Run Backup-TA.bat
7. Read the last paragraph of the license before continuing.
8. Read the information and follow the instructions given by the tool.

Someone pointed out that the script needs root to work.


UNLOCK bootloader from Official Website[ Sony doesnot support unlock bootloader of this device yet
However, Once supported, the following method MUST work!
OFFICIAL SONY WEBSITE TO UNLOCK BOOTLOADER
Please note! It will only be possible to unlock the boot loader for certain releases of this model. You can check if it is possible to unlock the boot loader of your device by checking the service menu.
Open the Contacts app.
Click the menu button in the top right.
Click Settings.
Long press (for about 5 seconds) somewhere in the empty space just above soft key bar, and then release your finger. A button named Enter service code will then appear in the same area (this may take a few tries).
Click Enter service code. A dialler will appear.
Enter *#*#7378423#*#* in the dialler.
Tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then you can continue with the next step. If it says No, or if the status is missing, your device cannot be unlocked(bootloader).

If your bootloader can be unlocked, proceed to the above website and follow the on screen instructions. You do not need to download full adb , just download the platform tools attached with this guide.


FOR MY REFERENCE. IGNORE

Just for my reference. Ignore it
These do not work.

Refer to first post for prerequisites.

ROOT CONFIRMATION

It was false root confirmation. You are more than welcome to try to find which method works for you from the following.


I have few confirmations of root working on Xperia M4 using this tool. Ignore what it says about kitkat or anything. Just make sure you got USB debugging enabled and drivers installed.

http://rootgenius.com/

Other methods that might work.
METHOD 1 (Kitkat/Lollipop. Unlocked/Locked Bootloaders)
This method has been implemented many a times by me and it has yeilded high results on different devices I have worked on.
We will replace the KingUser (chinese app like SuperSu) with SuperSU so you do not need to worry. You can also factory reset in order to be completely certain that no extra scripts are left in your system if you have any doubts about privacy.

1.Install iRoot (also called Vroot) (in chinese). The Chinese version is on 1.83 while the english translated is still on 1.78. Use the Chinese one.
http://www.mgyun.com/
2.Run iRoot app from PC. Wait till it is complete. You will have root with some system cleaner app with King user. Maybe you be successful with full root. Check Root Checker.


METHOD 2
It is also a chinese method and it also has been used by me for few devices. Many people have problems trusting it, but it installs superSU so I think I would not be concerned much. Feel free to try
1.Install KingoRoot
http://www.kingoapp.com/
2. Run the script and see if it helps. Wait about 15 minutes .

METHOD 3

1.After running iRoot for explort, run KingoRoot. Wait about 5-15 minutes as it would go on forever if it is not successful in rooting your device.
2.Close afterwards.
3. Run Iroot and Kingoroot together. Wait till it is restarted and you acquire root with KingUser.
The trick here is the moment, System is being restarted (device), Kingoroot pushes some scripts and together they are a deadly combination.


To GET SUPERSU if you got any other app instead for ROOT

1.Install supersu from market.
2.Update binaries
3.Restart.

Does not work ?

Use Beta SuperSU instead versions 2.48/2.49.
Install apk and try updating binaries.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps...v2-05-t2868133


METHOD 4
1.Download towelroot apk.
2.Install and run
Check FAQ
https://towelroot.com/

METHOD 5
SUPERONECLICK ROOT
Check FAQ
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=803682


METHOD 6
Try the z4root app
Check FAQ
Download here
http://z4root.en.uptodown.com/android/download

METHOD 7
http://www.oneclickroot.com/

Install the programme on the PC and run on screen instructions.
METHOD 8
Download Motochopper and try it
http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta...6&d=1369929448
You will need to update SuperSU in these cases as well

METHOD 9
Use DoomLord Tool Kit.

Enable USB debugging and run the script. Start with the latest script v17 and carry on with older version scripts. You may need to update SuperSU/Superuser file to latest 2.49 Beta. Link in FAQ

PLEASE DO NOT MIRROR MY FILES!

NEW:

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v17_perf-event-exploit.zip

OLD:

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v16_perf-event-exploit.zip

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v15_perf-event-exploit.zip

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v14_perf-event-exploit.zip

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v13_perf-event-exploit.zip

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v12_perf-event-exploit.zip

DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v11_perf-event-exploit.zip
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FAQ

In some scripts, you might find outdated version of SuperSU and it would not work unless you change the file with the latest SuperSU. Make sure you keep the name of the zip same, for example if the folder contains update, rename superSU 2.48 or 2.49 or2.47 or 2.46 to update as well. If it contains superSU, rename it to SuperSU.zip from supersu beta 2.49Beta etc.

You can find the superSU zip here :
https://download.chainfire.eu/696/Su...erSU-v2.46.zip
https://download.chainfire.eu/740/Su...erSU-v2.49.zip
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Guides List
This would contain all the guides for your device. I have added the basic problems already but I hope more users contribute to this thread
ROOTING
ROOT/TWRP
ROOT ALL MODELS
[TUT] BLU, TWRP , ROOT Xperia M4 Aqua [complete step]

ROMS & DEVELOPMENT
Unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 by ProjectMarshmallow
[BL LOCKED][ROOT]TWRP Touch Recovery for BL locked M4 Aqua
ANDROID OPEN SOURCE G-OS PROJECT
5.0

[RECOVERY] TWRP Touch Recovery for Sony M4 Aqua
[ROM][Flashable ZIP] STOCK FLASHABLE 26.1.A.2.167
[ROM][E2303]Debloated ROM[v0.0.3]
[5.1.1_r26] [UBL] Temasek's Unofficial Build
Aosp 6.0 - e2303 / e2306
[5.0.2] [WIP] AOSP for E2303 [By: Beta Team]
[5.1.1][E2303] AOSP by Beta Team [WIP]
[ROM] De-Bloated Stock 5.0 (E2303) LITE VERSION

[RECOVERY] Cyanogen Recovery Touch for Sony M4 Aqua
[STOCK][5.0] Xperia M4 Deodex


REPAIR /BRICKED/RETURN TO STOCK


MEMORY GUIDES

DRIVER GUIDES

OTHERS
Fix Camera Stock Retrieving after installing Xposed
[ROOT] Change CPU temp. limits ("Manage" overheating) (Updated 10/11/15)

[xposed] how to install xposed on rooted m4 aqua
MODS
SOUND MOD STEREO SPEAKERS - V3
BOOT ANIMATION CHANGER
[MOD][5.0][M4 Aq][PORT]TeleService: CallRecorder + Disabled Notification Data Traffic
xperia music mod black dark theme by iandroidx
[THEME][TWRP] DARK TWRP beta by alby_var
Ad Blocking without Root
Please quote me if I have missed any important guide and you think it deserves to be here.
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SUGGESTIONS ?

Kindly give your suggestions and your feedback


CONTRIBUTIONS AND MY HEARTY THANKS TO
@husam666 for the first person to root the device and make a working recovery via adb commands @lucaszell for the guidance how to obtain ulcode. @Sam205 for pointing it out in M4 Aqua forum
XperiaRootKit developed by cubeundcube and pointed in the thread by @AndroPlus

@TheShadow523 for his support and providing screenshots of apps list.

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Kingo root doesn't work, and there are security concerns about iRoot/vRoot. I wouldn't recommend either. Towelroot doesn't work on any Lollipop device to the best of my knowledge. SuperOneClick and Z4Root are both for Gingerbread devices, so neither of those are even worth trying.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MetalOllie

Kingo root doesn't work, and there are security concerns about iRoot/vRoot. I wouldn't recommend either. Towelroot doesn't work on any Lollipop device to the best of my knowledge. SuperOneClick and Z4Root are both for Gingerbread devices, so neither of those are even worth trying.

i tried almost everything... but no method is working for me... if one works i let you know^^
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I don't see a prerooted ftf working either, until there is a recovery method for the phone. As far as I know, only a true stock ftf can be flashed using flashtools.
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