Working Root on 2.3.3 locked bootloaders! :) (Works on all Xperia Plays except R800X)

emann56

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Ive seen this on the arc section and it works ! :)

Do not try this if you have an unlocked bootloader or if you dont know what your doing! I'm not resposible if you break or brick your phone!

If you're already on a rooted .184/.181 firmware and OTA update is available for you just update your firmware. If not:
- Backup the apps you need (if you have root)
- flash to .184 UK firmware with the flashtool (Do a clean install or else you will have alot of force closes)
- heres the .184 UK firmware and the flash tool http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=920746
- Use Gingerbreak http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1044765 or Superoneclick to root your device
- Update your Play using a OTA(over the air) update(Got to settings->About phone->Software update)
- Restore your apps
- Enjoy your rooted 2.3.3!!!

NOTE !!! : The only thing you should do after you flash and before ota update is to root and nuthin more.

NOTE 2: The Generic UK firmware works worldwide. Doesn't matter what phone you have except for the Verizon model. So if you have an AT&T R800a dev/google conference unit or UK or Rogers or France or any other phone. It will work :) It will not brick your phone :p
 
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thatsupnow

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Ive seen this on the arc section and it works ! :)

Do not try this if you have an unlocked bootloader or if you dont know what your doing! I'm not resposible if you break or brick your phone!

If you're allready on a rooted .181 and OTA update is available for you just update your firmware. If not:
- flash to a 3.0.A.2.181 firmware with the flashtool
- Use Gingerbreak or Superoneclick to root your device
- Update your Arc/Play using a OTA(over the air) update(Got to settings->About phone->Software update)
- Enjoy your rooted 2.3.3!!!

Note this only works on .181 firmwares
I just saw this too in the arc section does it actually work?

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emann56

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I just saw this too in the arc section does it actually work?

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Only xperia plays that would work are from NZ or canada. Both of them comes with .181 Ive been waiting for an OTA update but no dice. thatsupnow didnt you say you got one?
 

thatsupnow

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Yea man I've flashed the UK generic awhile ago and I've had this ota update for a bit now but didn't want to update didn't want to lose root

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thatsupnow

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Yea I just saw that sorry I'm on .184
Well damn where can we get a .181 ftf file? Or do they exist for this phone
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kistigun

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Hi guys,

So far this methode only works with the .181 global generic firmware(1247-1061) on the Arc.

I think if you flash the global generic .181 firmware for the play this methode should also work for you guys.

good luck!
 

thatsupnow

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Hi guys,

So far this methode only works with the .181 global generic firmware(1247-1061) on the Arc.

I think if you flash the global generic .181 firmware for the play this methode should also work for you guys.

good luck!
I don't think there is a .181 firmware for flashtool for the play just the .184

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No it does not work with .184 just tried it downloaded the update went thru its process then rebooted phone and said could not update phone
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thatsupnow , please do not give incorrect info.
the 184 uK generic actually work!
use flashtool and flash to 184 UK, gingerbreak, and OTA = 2.3.3 with root!

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awoken

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thatsupnow , please do not give incorrect info.
the 184 uK generic actually work!
use flashtool and flash to 184 UK, gingerbreak, and OTA = 2.3.3 with root!

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And where would i find the 184 generic?
 

thatsupnow

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thatsupnow , please do not give incorrect info.
the 184 uK generic actually work!
use flashtool and flash to 184 UK, gingerbreak, and OTA = 2.3.3 with root!


please push up my thanks meter if you are happy with my post.
Whoa wait a minute!, it didn't work at all when I tried it AFTER I had uninstalled all the apps on the safe list, and plus it was also said to have just been working on .181 so I take what I previously said back and I'm pretty sure I confirmed it working also BEFORE you put this up


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thatsupnow

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thatsupnow , please do not give incorrect info.
the 184 uK generic actually work!
use flashtool and flash to 184 UK, gingerbreak, and OTA = 2.3.3 with root!

please push up my thanks meter if you are happy with my post.
remember there is lots to search thru BEFORE you go and make sensationalist claims like "giving wrong information" out just a thought tuff guy!!:)
 

Dousan

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I can confirm that this is not working for me. I've flashed the UK generic 1.84 a while back. I've removed some bloatware after rooting with gingerbreak.
Today I read this thread and gave it a try. It downloads the update and when I click ok it shuts off and does it's thing with the four dots. When it reboots it goes through the Sony txt and bootup anim and then the lock screen and says it's unable to update?
I've tried it twice. My phone is sim unlocked from purchase. Could it be the removed bloatware or a modified framework that causes it?

Regards Dousan...

e: I did it OTA.
 
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crispyduckling

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help......
i have a strange problem i was on 2.3.3 unrooted
i tried to downgrade to the uk generic firmware in this post with
flashtool, it flashed ok i restarted phone but
when phone goes to desktop its blank just the darkblue wallpaper with nothing on it

kust the time in the top right taskbar and the signal strenth and the simcard symbol with a red x on it and the battery status bar
and that it.
it wont scroll left/right for more home screens, none of the buttons do anything
apart from power button and volume up/down
when i scroll the notification bar down it just says emergency calls only
and then in the top left its got the numbers 1980 3 8

what the hell is goin on
my fone boots up but i cant use it in any way