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Enabling Root and Installing TWRP on F8132 Xperiam X Performance

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By nickcaper, Senior Member on 8th November 2016, 04:40 AM
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The instructions are updated.. Win7 only cause Win10 sucks and uses powershell and the fastboot commands don't work. Nonetheless, with these are the proper files and procedures for installing Root, the latest Kernel, the best Superuser version and TWRP.
This is for NOUGAT 7.1.1. (and possibly beyond) There is a special procedeur to make flashtool work with the latest firmwares for Nougat ..
This tutorial has been updated 6-26-17 and has the latest V26 kernel, latest SuperSU, TWRP, steps to take.

You will need to download the special Flashtool file here
Download and paste and overwrite it in this location C:\Users\enter the current pc users log in name here\.flashTool\devices\F81XX. This is very critical to make Flashtool work with the newest Nougat updates. Without this file it will not update. Proceed with the update as usual and allow the Flashtool to update the phone. Then proceed with the rooting process.

So as most of you know by now, the F8132 Xperia X Performance has to be bootloader unlocked to get it rooted. That link is my tutorial to get the bootloader unlocked. You also need a special Kernel to allow things on the phone to keep working. I wont explain why. Just trust me, you have to install a new kernel.

Ive gone through the whole process of unlocking and rooting my F8132 and made instructions as I went along. Why did I make these instructions when you can do a search and see someone else also made instructions? Well, because their instructions suck and I had to look all over the internet to fill in the holes where their instructions had huge important parts missing. Its a rather complex procedure especially for most people who have no clue what they are doing.. So basically I wanted my own personal instruction manual for quick reference and alos felt compelled to share my instructions so here with you.
These are my instructions, Some others will do it a different way but this way is what I did and my phone is working 100% and rooted.

Before you Root and install TWRP you need to go back to my link and unlock bootloader..


1) turn your phone off. After its turned off, hold the volume up button while plugging the phone into your pc to get into fastboot mode. Your computer should already have installed drivers when you did the bootunlock procedure.
2)download Boot img, TWRP img, Kernel, SuperSu
Save the 2 img files to the Android Platform folder in your PC here C:\Users\enter the current pc users log in name here\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\platform-tools . Save the Kernel zip and SUperSU zip file to an SD card and put the card inside your phone to access it through TWRP later in the process. Keep in mind that the Kernel may be updated by its developer. So you should check out that persons thread here and check for any updates of his kernel here. Do a "date last modified" list of the files on that page by clicking on the grid view box on the upper right portion of the screen just under the "sign in" button. This helps you see what files have been updated in most recent order.
3) you will open a cmd prompt in this folder by holding down your right mouse button and clock on the shift key then release the mouse button. This will open a pop up window where you can choose to " open command window here" when the cmd window opens, copy and paste this "fastboot devices" press enter button, your computer should respond with this ......CB512A697c fastboot.......This lets you know that your phone is in the correct mode and ready to be programmed.
4)now you will install the boot img by copy and pasting this in cmd line "fastboot flash boot boot.img" The PC should tell you OKAY with some other irrelevant info.
5)now you will install the twrp img by copy and pasting this in cmd line "fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.3-0-dora.img" The PC should tell you OKAY with some other irrelevant info.
6) Now you will install Kernel, and SuperSU. Turn off phone. Wait 5 seconds. Then hold power button a volume down button. As phone boots unleash power button while still holding volume down button, wait for the Sony logo to appear then release the volume button to initiate TWRP. Swipe to allow modifications then choose "Install" to install the zip files. Navigate to the SD card that has the kernel and SU zip files. Click on them to install. Reboot. TWRP migth ask if you want to install the TWRP app before the phone starts to reboot. Just say no. After that, a few seconds later, the device reboots and then the Phone might go throw optimization process which takes some time. You will notice the counting of optimized files. Be patient.
7) Reboot, then in your device, turn on USB debugging and turn on OEM Unlocking by going to Settings, then about phone. Go all the way down to build version and tap on it about 7 times. This will unlock Developer Options menu. To go into Developer Options once it is unlocked goto Settings, then Developer options . This menu is where you must turn on usb debugging and OEM Unlocking to proceed with the procedure. Your phone is rooted and can be backed up and restores with TWRP.


A caution...
When doing a backup with Twrp, backup System and Data
When doing a full restore, wipe only System, Data and the cache files. Do not ever delete your SDcard with the backups on it.
If you get stuck in a boot loop you will have to restore your phone with the Updated version of flashtool.
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18th December 2016, 08:58 PM |#3  
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So, if I was to relock my bootloader after installing TWRP and rooting, what would happen? Would TWRP go away? I'd like to let the phone OTA update to nougat, and you can't do that with an unlocked bootloader....
19th December 2016, 11:48 AM |#4  
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So, if I was to relock my bootloader after installing TWRP and rooting, what would happen? Would TWRP go away? I'd like to let the phone OTA update to nougat, and you can't do that with an unlocked bootloader....


your phone will soft brick..or rather bootloop..if you're still on MM,do a nandroid backup..& here's what you do:

-relock phone using Flashtool.
-repair device using Xperia Companion(it will update automatically to Nougat).
-unlock phone again using Flashtool.
-install AndroPlus Kernel through command prompt(or you can also use Flashtool to do it.however you prefer).
-install TWRP recovery..you're all set!

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on steps i said(this is optional),you may not turn on your device along the process..that's what i do & i find it easier that way..goodluck!
19th December 2016, 11:38 PM |#5  
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your phone will soft brick..or rather bootloop..if you're still on MM,do a nandroid backup..& here's what you do:

-relock phone using Flashtool.
-repair device using Xperia Companion(it will update automatically to Nougat).
-unlock phone again using Flashtool.
-install AndroPlus Kernel through command prompt(or you can also use Flashtool to do it.however you prefer).
-install TWRP recovery..you're all set!

P.S.
on steps i said(this is optional),you may not turn on your device along the process..that's what i do & i find it easier that way..goodluck!

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20th December 2016, 10:46 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by Arturiuz!

your phone will soft brick..or rather bootloop..if you're still on MM,do a nandroid backup..& here's what you do:

-relock phone using Flashtool.
-repair device using Xperia Companion(it will update automatically to Nougat).
-unlock phone again using Flashtool.
-install AndroPlus Kernel through command prompt(or you can also use Flashtool to do it.however you prefer).
-install TWRP recovery..you're all set!

P.S.
on steps i said(this is optional),you may not turn on your device along the process..that's what i do & i find it easier that way..goodluck!

Following this left me with a phone that boots to a screen "To start Android, enter your password". I don't have a password to enter :/
21st December 2016, 02:42 AM |#7  
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Following this left me with a phone that boots to a screen "To start Android, enter your password". I don't have a password to enter :/


that occured to me too!my apologies but i forgot mention about that..but you could try again that after you fixed/updated your phone using Xperia Companion to turn your phone first & set up everything.then unlock using Flashtool.install kernel & recovery..
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that occured to me too!my apologies but i forgot mention about that..but you could try again that after you fixed/updated your phone using Xperia Companion to turn your phone first & set up everything.then unlock using Flashtool.install kernel & recovery..

I did try that - although, I set it up with a pin rather than a password. It didn't accept my pin when asking for the password.
Now I have a phone with a locked bootloader, running nougat, and I set it up with a password. I wonder if that password you use on the lock screen is the same password that Android is asking for when I unlock my bootloader?
I also could not seem to get the phone to boot into recovery after rebooting when I got the password screen. So weird....
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I did try that - although, I set it up with a pin rather than a password. It didn't accept my pin when asking for the password.
Now I have a phone with a locked bootloader, running nougat, and I set it up with a password. I wonder if that password you use on the lock screen is the same password that Android is asking for when I unlock my bootloader?
I also could not seem to get the phone to boot into recovery after rebooting when I got the password screen. So weird....

you can't use recovery or root your phone when bootloader is locked..could you try now unlock your phone using Flashtool?then install kernel & recovery?mind that data will be wiped..
21st December 2016, 03:09 AM |#10  
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you can't use recovery or root your phone when bootloader is locked..could you try now unlock your phone using Flashtool?then install kernel & recovery?mind that data will be wiped..

So if unlocking the boot loader wipes data, how can android ask for my password when I reboot? I am a little mystified at how this is supposed to work Rooting Marshmellow was easier than Nougat....
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So if unlocking the boot loader wipes data, how can android ask for my password when I reboot? I am a little mystified at how this is supposed to work Rooting Marshmellow was easier than Nougat....


true!MM was easier but Nougat is a bit complicated..however,you could still make changes on Nougat when phone is rooted.anyway,try again from the very beginning then this time after fixing phone using Xperia Companion,do the steps i mentioned..i myself couldn't figure out how it's asking for any password at first.AndroPlus also mentioned it before but didn't explain further.but it's alright coz i got it working now.
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