[Tutorial][Xperia L] Bootloader Unlocking/Relocking

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rachitrawat

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Tutorial for quick unlock/relock bootloader

First things first :-

1. What is bootloader?
> Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before android loads up. Bootloaders usually contain several ways to boot the OS kernel and also contain commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment.

2. Benefits of unlocking bootloader?
> You can flash custom kernels/ROMs.
> You can ALWAYS root your device. (compelling, eh?)
> You can flash alpha builds of newer firmware ( generally newer android version ) which is under testing and not meant for end consumers.

3. Disadvantages of unlocking bootloader? ( Doesn't matter if you have backed up your TA)
> You may void your warranty.
> You may loose some proprietary vendor software such as Bravia Engine, Download Music info etc. due to removal of DRM security keys.
> OTA updater may refuse to update your device and pop up a 'Device's software modified' message.

4. Can i unlock my bootloader?
> Go to dialer
> Type *#*#7378423#*#*
> Service info > Configuration
> Rooting status :
"Bootloader unlock allowed" - You can unlock your bootloader
"Bootloader unlock not allowed" - You cannot unlock your bootloader

5. What is TA?
> Take it simple, restoring the TA img of your device will revert your device to clean state as it was before unlocking bootloader. Thus, all of the aforementioned demerits will start working again.

6. Can I backup my TA?
> Yes, if you haven't unlocked your bootloader.

TA Backup using DevShaft's Tool (needs root access) :

1. Visit the thread and download backup tool from here ( Read everything carefully )
2. Run the tool with usb debugging on.
3. Your TA will be backed up. You can find zip in backup folder.
4. Unzip it and check for TA img file which should be roughly around 2048 KB.
5. There you have it. :)

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Unlocking bootloader :

You can unlock bootloader in two ways:
1. Official way (Instructions included)
2. FlashTool ( Recommended )

1. Generate your unlock key by entering your IMEI. (To check your IMEI - *#06# )
2. After you have the key, use flashtool or cmd prompt to unlock. (easy?)
3. To verify, check rooting status :
"Bootloader unlock done" - Congrats, you've successfully unlocked your bootloader.
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Relocking your bootloader :
This is where your backed up TA comes into play :
1, Run the DevShaft tool and choose restore TA.
2. You will need to enter your IMEI.
3. After everything is completed, check again for rooting status.
"Bootloader unlock allowed" - You have relocked your bootloader.
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PS: You may run into bootloop or some other problems after unlocking bootloader. Simply flash stock FTF to fix.
 
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Tutorial for quick unlock/relock bootloader

First things first :-

1. What is bootloader?
> Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before android loads up. Bootloaders usually contain several ways to boot the OS kernel and also contain commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment.

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Wow...Xperia L's development is going to be in full force :D...Thanks for the second and more convenient way for unlocking bootloader :)
 

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Tutorial for quick unlock/relock bootloader

First things first :-

1. What is bootloader?
> Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before android loads up. Bootloaders usually contain several ways to boot the OS kernel and also contain commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment.......
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Nice work thank you :good: :highfive:
 
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I use flashtool to unlock, but sometime you must flash stock after unlocking, because it will bootloop after it.

Hmmm... no need any ''key'' like official ways right?
Just follow the step on latest flashtool. And re-flashed stock (in case if i got botloop).
#edit. If i want to unlock. So i must press which button? fastboot mode or flashtool mode?
best regards.

sanzNya

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Hmmm... no need any ''key'' like official ways right?
Just follow the step on latest flashtool. And re-flashed stock (in case if i got botloop).
#edit. If i want to unlock. So i must press which button? fastboot mode or flashtool mode?
best regards.

sanzNya

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Unfortunately, my latest flashtool(0.9.11.0) isn't work with the code generator so I must get key from the official way..
Just press 'BLU' and follow the instructions..

Sent from my C2105 using xda app-developers app
 

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Unfortunately, my latest flashtool(0.9.11.0) isn't work with the code generator so I must get key from the official way..
Just press 'BLU' and follow the instructions..

Sent from my C2105 using xda app-developers app

So you still need key frm sony to unlock with flashtool??

best regards.

sanzNya

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karkand

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So you still need key frm sony to unlock with flashtool??

best regards.

sanzNya

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yes, I am, it's very bad that flashtool error when generate the key...
so, are you success to generate with flashtool? give a try, because it will change anything till you not enter key to unlock...
 

sanzNya

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yes, I am, it's very bad that flashtool error when generate the key...
so, are you success to generate with flashtool? give a try, because it will change anything till you not enter key to unlock...

Still on vacation now. Im on airport to backhome. Maybe tomorrow morning i'll try. Will give a report asap. Thanks aniway...:)

best regards.

sanzNya

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    Tutorial for quick unlock/relock bootloader

    First things first :-

    1. What is bootloader?
    > Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before android loads up. Bootloaders usually contain several ways to boot the OS kernel and also contain commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment.

    2. Benefits of unlocking bootloader?
    > You can flash custom kernels/ROMs.
    > You can ALWAYS root your device. (compelling, eh?)
    > You can flash alpha builds of newer firmware ( generally newer android version ) which is under testing and not meant for end consumers.

    3. Disadvantages of unlocking bootloader? ( Doesn't matter if you have backed up your TA)
    > You may void your warranty.
    > You may loose some proprietary vendor software such as Bravia Engine, Download Music info etc. due to removal of DRM security keys.
    > OTA updater may refuse to update your device and pop up a 'Device's software modified' message.

    4. Can i unlock my bootloader?
    > Go to dialer
    > Type *#*#7378423#*#*
    > Service info > Configuration
    > Rooting status :
    "Bootloader unlock allowed" - You can unlock your bootloader
    "Bootloader unlock not allowed" - You cannot unlock your bootloader

    5. What is TA?
    > Take it simple, restoring the TA img of your device will revert your device to clean state as it was before unlocking bootloader. Thus, all of the aforementioned demerits will start working again.

    6. Can I backup my TA?
    > Yes, if you haven't unlocked your bootloader.

    TA Backup using DevShaft's Tool (needs root access) :

    1. Visit the thread and download backup tool from here ( Read everything carefully )
    2. Run the tool with usb debugging on.
    3. Your TA will be backed up. You can find zip in backup folder.
    4. Unzip it and check for TA img file which should be roughly around 2048 KB.
    5. There you have it. :)

    ahlccabzy2n8iyt6g.jpg


    Unlocking bootloader :

    You can unlock bootloader in two ways:
    1. Official way (Instructions included)
    2. FlashTool ( Recommended )

    1. Generate your unlock key by entering your IMEI. (To check your IMEI - *#06# )
    2. After you have the key, use flashtool or cmd prompt to unlock. (easy?)
    3. To verify, check rooting status :
    "Bootloader unlock done" - Congrats, you've successfully unlocked your bootloader.
    u4bdyshgavsqbyr6g.jpg


    Relocking your bootloader :
    This is where your backed up TA comes into play :
    1, Run the DevShaft tool and choose restore TA.
    2. You will need to enter your IMEI.
    3. After everything is completed, check again for rooting status.
    "Bootloader unlock allowed" - You have relocked your bootloader.
    0cjilx06daw8b386g.jpg



    PS: You may run into bootloop or some other problems after unlocking bootloader. Simply flash stock FTF to fix.
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    Tutorial for quick unlock/relock bootloader

    First things first :-

    1. What is bootloader?
    > Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before android loads up. Bootloaders usually contain several ways to boot the OS kernel and also contain commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment.

    .

    Wow...Xperia L's development is going to be in full force :D...Thanks for the second and more convenient way for unlocking bootloader :)
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    Added to my XL development index thread. Good job!!
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    When i go into flashmode with my phone flash Tool says that i have to install drivers? I have already installed the drivers but i cant really find the specific driver

    If you're using win8, you must boot into advanced startup for driver installation. Because win8 block any not digitally signature. Then install driver from C:/Flashtool/driver/

    Sent from my C2105 using xda app-developers app
    2
    how to unlock with flashtool?? since XL doesnt have button on these body....

    Press volume down and connect to pc for flashmode, volume up for fastboot. Then just follow the instruction.

    Sent from my C2105 using xda premium
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