XperiaSP Locked Bootloader (LBL) Cyanogenmod 12.0

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By bagyusz, Member on 20th November 2014, 01:17 PM
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I would like to ask everbody not to send me PMs with questions about the installation, that is what the forum is here for. Also everbody should do this at their OWN RISK!

If you already have recovery installed, go to step (3) and continue from there.

(1): As a first step, we should "root" our stock 4.3, so later on we can install a recovery tool:

- a: Download the towelroot apk and click on the Lambda icon
- b: On the phone, navigate to Settings > Security and check the Unknown Resources checkbox
- c: Copy the tr.apk to your phone's SD card and install it
- d: Estabilish an active internet connection on your phone
- e: Run the towelroot app and once it loaded, tap on the "make it ra1n" button. This should "root" your phone.

**The reason why the word "root" is between quotation marks, is because the towelroot app doesn't actually root your phone, but allows a superuser application to be installed on it. We don't actually need an SU app, but "root" is needed for the installation of the recovery.

(2): Installing the Recoveries (source: [link])

-a: On the phone, navigate to "Settings > Developer Options" and check the "USB Debugging" checkbox. If you don't have it listed, just tap the "Build Number" within "Settings > About Phone" 4-5 times.

-b: Connect your phone to the PC

-c: Download the recovery pack created by dssmex

-d: Extract the file to your computer and depending on your operating system run the appropriate install***** file ( MAC OSx; Linux; install.bat= Windows) **(On Windows a menu will appear, where you need to choose option "1" and the rest will be done automatically)

-e: If the installation is successful and you see no errors, you can reboot your phone. Otherwise repeat the installation until it is completely error-free

-f: After reboot, the phone indicates with some blinking lights and a slight vibration that you are now able to select from the recoveries (volume rocker down=TWRP recovery; volume rocker up=Philz recovery; camera button=CWM recovery). It is up to you which one you select, as all of them should be able to do the job just fine. Personally I recommend CWM and the guide will follow this method. IMPORTANT: During the recovery selection, the idle time is 2 seconds and if no button is pressed, the phone will boot normally.

(3): Installation of the CM12 rom:

-a: Download the newest rom from here: [link]

-b: Copy the cm-12-201***** to your phone, preferrably to the external SD card. (This can be performed during recovery too, but copying to the SD card is significantly slower this way, so before you do that please read section (4))

-c: During recovery selection, choose CWM

(Quick CWM navigation guide: With physical buttons: Volume down=move down; Volume up=move up; On/off button=Enter/select menu option; || With swipe gestures: Swipe down: move down; Swipe up=move up; Swipe right=Enter/select menu option; Swipe left=back)

-d: Make a backup of your current system, by going to "backup and restore" and selecting the "backup to /storage/sdcard1" option. This will create a "clockworkmod" folder on your SD card and the dated backups will be stored here.

-e: Now go to "Wipe data/factory reset" and select the "Yes-Wipe All user data" option. This will erase the /Data /Cache partitions and delete the ".android_secure" folder on the SD card. IMPORTANT: This may take several minutes to complete.

It is advised to do the following when performing a clean install:

It may happen that the installer is unable to format the system, so it needs to be perfomed manually by going to "mount and storage" and selecting the "format /system" option.

-f: Navigate to "install zip->choose zip from /storage/sdcard1" then browse to and select the previously copied CM11 rom

-g: The CM12 rom should now be installed. If you don't prefer to install the Gapps pack, then reboot your phone with the "reboot system now" option, otherwise go to step (4)

(4): Installation of the google apps (Gapps):

-a: Download the newest CM12 gapps from this list

-b: Copy it to the external SD card

-c: Go to CWM recovery again (camera button)

-d: Navigate to "install zip->choose zip from /storage/sdcard1" and select the Gapps pack you just copied to the SD card

(5): Installation of the SuperSU app:

-a: Download the newest UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.**.zip

-b: Copy it to the external SD card

-c: Go to CWM recovery again (camera button)

-d: Navigate to "install zip->choose zip from /storage/sdcard1" and select the UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.**.zip you just copied to the SD card

-e: Once installation is done, reboot the phone

What works:

USB Charging : Ok
Video : Ok
Audio : Ok
Sensors : Ok
Screen rotation : Ok
WLAN Hotspot : Not tested
GPS : Ok
GSM : Ok
GSM Data : Not tested
GSM Voice : Not tested
GSM SMS : Not tested
Bluetooth : Ok
NFC : Ok
Camera : Ok
FM Radio : Ok
Keyboard : Ok
MHL : Not tested
OTG : Not tested

What doesn't work:


Frequently Asked Questions + Useful info:

- The first boot will always be slow. This is because once you enter your google account details it starts updating the google apps and your personal details, while downloading your own applications as well

- The rom does not include Sony's own services and user interface

- The rom is rooted by default

- You cannot apply any custom kernels as the bootloader is locked

- After first boot, turn off NFC (or at least try to remove the check from the checkbox, it will not be possible due to a bug), then reboot the phone. After this you will be able to turn it on/off as per usual.

- The rom contains CWM and Philz recovery too (camera button=CWM; volume up=Philz)

- Glove mode is turned on by default, but if you would like to turn it off, go to "Settings->Language & Input" and remove the check from the "High Touch Sensitivity" checkbox

- To enable "Developer Tools" & "Performance" menu options, navigate to "Settings->About Phone" and tap "Build number" 4-5 times

- Hijack is a script that enables useres to boot not only stock roms on a locked bootloader, but custom ones too like Cyanogenmod, aopk, pa, pac, slimkat, omni etc...

- It is not possible to update a rom OTA, only from recovery. The method of updating the rom is the same as installing it from step (3), the only difference is that the "-d: wipe data/factory reset" part needs to be skipped

- If you want to play games, it is a good idea to change the "Profile" to "Performance" under the "Performance" menu option for the duration of play

- You can make the Google search bar disappear from the home screen by opening the settings menu of the Trebuchet launcher via long press. Then expand the advanced settings by swiping up the grey bar of Wallpapers Modules Themes. Here look for the Search bar and switch it off.

ROM: cm-12-20160130-UNOFFICIAL-lbhuashan

GAPPS: gapps-502-base-********

SuperSU: You need to install SuperSU !!!!


-CyanogenMod update-source (nighty)
-RIL source code update
-Selinux disabled
-Wifi mac loader fix
-Audio fix
-Audio vendor blobs update
-glove mod settings fix
-Adreno driver update
-Add some tweaks

-GSM fix
-WIFI fix
-BT fix
-GPS fix
-Camera fixed (1080p video recording OK)
-FM radio fix
-NFC fix
-Hot reboot fixed


Source codes:


Device tree:






Kernel Source:





XDA:DevDB Information
XperiaSP Locked Bootloader (LBL) Cyanogenmod 12.0, ROM for the Sony Xperia SP

ROM OS Version: 5.0.x Lollipop
ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x
Based On: CyanogenMod

Version Information
Status: Nightly

Created 2014-11-20
Last Updated 2016-01-30
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20th November 2014, 01:51 PM |#2  
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Thanks for rom
I will try it soon. Hope you will be fix the reboot problem and camera soon.
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Downloading and testing. How about GPU, performance and battery?
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Originally Posted by Vivaz90197

Downloading and testing. How about GPU, performance and battery?

ROM is in testing. Don't do these questions
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20th November 2014, 02:17 PM |#5  
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Wow bagyusz. Thank you so much. You are our only hope after Sony abandoned Xperia SP.
20th November 2014, 02:32 PM |#7  
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i have 20-30 KB/s download that normal...??? and my network speed is 31 Mbps....
20th November 2014, 02:40 PM |#8  
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Brilliant job just to get this far so soon! cant wait for a bit more stable version. Hope the testing goes well.
20th November 2014, 02:47 PM |#9  
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Great job! Waiting for the version with working wi-fi and camera.
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Originally Posted by Gara91

i have 20-30 KB/s download that normal...??? and my network speed is 31 Mbps....

Quite normal.. the server is really slow... I'm using a 1Gbps (1000mbps) server to download this and I get only 50+kb/s...

OP, I got a server that can be used as a mirror for your ROM. If you are interested in hosting your ROM on my servers then do PM me!

Speedtest from my server
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