Update Sony Xperia L C2104/C2105 to Android 4.2.2 [15.3.A.0.26] Official Firmware

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Sony’s Xperia L is a mid range Android smartphone. The phone was pulled out by Sony back in March, 2013. Sporting a 4.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 243 ppi, the device is equipped with a  Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon Dual Core CPU clocked at 1 GHz, having Adreno 305 GPU. The device is supported by a 1 GB RAM and the internal storage space is 8 GB while the device supports a microSD card as well up to 32 GB.

Out of the box, Sony Xperia L runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony promised its users that the Sony Xperia L will get  Android 4.2.2, so, overcoming its promise Sony has rolled out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia L. While each Android update is packed up with a lot of bug fixes, stability and performance enhancements, we’re sure that the Xperia L got much better with the Android 4.2.2 update.

Xperia L

You can update your device to Android 4.2.2 though Sony PC companion by connecting your phone to your PC and checking for the update in Sony’s official PC suite software (Sony PC Companion) or through the OTA updates, for this hit Settings>About Device >Software > Check for updates and get it done if the update is available.

The official updates take quite long to reach the different regions through OTA updates or through the Sony PC companion, while some of the users can’t wait to get their hands on the newest firmware running on their device, they try to find a method to update their phone to the latest firmware manually. We’ll be having a look on a method to update the Sony Xperia L to Android 4.2.2 manually, scroll down to begin…

Before we go ahead, here are some of the pre requisites you must have:

  • Make sure that your phone is charged over at least 60%. It is highly recommended in order to complete the process successfully and prevent any mishap regarding the device’s power.
  • Use the original data cable for establishing the connection between your phone and PC.
  • Make sure that you’ve installed the Sony PC Companion and Sony Flashtool properly. You may find the links with guides below.
  • Make sure that your device is Sony Xperia L, don’t try this method on any other device.
  • Choose your device’s model carefully under Settings > About device, and download the exact firmware for your device.
  • Make sure that you back up all of your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages. Although rooting your device does not delete any files, but this is highly recommended as it may become helpful in case of any mishap or data loss.
  • All Set? Let’s go ahead now.

Files you need to download:

Sony Flash ToolDownload it Here [Follow the guide carefully to install Flashmode drivers]

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Sony PC CompanionDownload it Here.

Download the firmware for your device carefully:

 

Here’s how to Update Sony Xperia L to Android 4.2.2.

  1. After you’ve successfully installed and understood the Sony Flashtool, and downloaded the firmware file, that is in .ftf format, place the .ftf file in Flashtool>Firmwares folder. The Flashtool folder should be in the drive where you installed the Sony Flashtool, and there should be a Firmwares folder in   it.Screenshot_6
  2. After you’ve placed the .ftf file in the Firmwares folder, Open Flashtool.exe.
  3. In Flashtool, hit the lightening button on the top left, select whether you want to run Flashmode or Fastboot mode.Flashmode is the one you’ll need most probably while you’re trying to install an ftf file, select it and press Ok.Screenshot_1
  4. Select the firmware or the file that you placed i the Firmwares folder, and make the other selections accordingly, below is an image showing the procedure for a firmware’s ftf file. After you’ve settled it up, hit the Flash button at the bottom now, it will start loading the ftf file and show you logs. Screenshot_3Screenshot_4
  5. As soon as the file is loaded, you should see a pop up, prompting you to connect your device to the PC in Flashmode.
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  6. Now, turn off your device, and connect to your PC using the original data cable while keeping the Volume down key pressed. You should see the Green LED on your device.
  7. After you’ve connected your device successfully, the Flashing will start, wait and sit back while the flashing gets completed. You should see the logs now, as soon as it is done the ”flashing done” will appear at the bottom.

That’s All! As soon as the flashing is done, remove your device from your PC and turn it on. You’ve the latest Android 4.2.2 firmware running on your device. Verify it by opening Settings > About Device > Firmware.

In case of any difficulties or queries, feel free to leave us a comment. We will try our best to help you out. Thanks!

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  • Sandy Jaya Kusuma

    do it needs to root my C2105?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @sandyjayakusuma:disqus no, you do need to root, simply follow the steps explained above.

  • Ronald Alexis Tello Montoya

    my Xperia L has the bootloader not allowed, can i install this new firmware without problems?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @ronaldalexistellomontoya:disqus yes you can without any problems.

      • Ronald Alexis Tello Montoya

        Thanx i’m going to try it now and i ‘ll post how it goes….

  • Qasim Abbasi

    hi usama i really need your help i want firmware (15.0.A.2.17) Generic US for my Xperia L C2104 later i will update my xperia to (15.3.A.0.26) using sony pc companion… don’t want indian firmware bc some apps like sony live and other apps are in it which cannot be removed and i don’t use these apps…after unlocking bootloader when i power on my phone it only show the waves now it needed to be flashed plz help me … :'(

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @qasim_abbasi:disqus it looks like you’ve messed up the bootloader. What you can do now is, flash this firmware on your phone and fix it first. I’ll find out the Generic US firmware and give it to you later, but at the moment fix your phone first, and after that you can root it and delete the unwanted system apps, that’s not hard at all, you can even stick to the indian firmware after removing the unwanted system apps.

      • Qasim Abbasi

        i’ve fixed my phone and this firmware work fine thanx Usama and i’m
        waiting for the old firmware when you get the firmware plz update me about the firmware and is it true that sony is thinking that about 4.3 JB for Xperia L 21042105 once again thanx :)

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @qasim_abbasi:disqus yes, its true, Sony will be rolling out the Android 4.3 update soon. Glad to know that you’ve fixed your phone, i’ll get back to you shortly with the old firmware you need. Enjoy :)

          • Qasim Abbasi

            hi usama i want to install all app directly to my 8gb sd card and
            also want to move my game to sd card and i’m using link2sd app but after creating two partition on my sd card when link2sd app says select file system of your second partition i select ext2
            partition and it says reboot your device after restarting my phone it
            only show wave and automatically restart again and again when i take out
            sd card it normally start without restart what is the problem how can i
            create two partition for link2sd app or is there any other way for
            moving app and install directly to sd card

          • Usama Mujtaba

            I recommend gl2sd app for moving apps to external sd card. You do not need to create any parition, you can simply move the games from internal memory to ext card using GL2SD.

          • Qasim Abbasi

            thanx man but GL2SD automatically detected on 2 apps es explorer and

            iron man 3 what about other apps an how to run a game when i install manually bc when i start the any game size up to 1.23GB it say’s download with wifi
            and GL2SD version is 2.2.0

          • Usama Mujtaba

            To install a game manually you need to download its data and apk file, you can place the data under Android > obb folder and simply install apk and start playing. Later you can transfer the data folder to external sd card using GL2SD. As you downloaded GL2SD from play store, it must be the latest version.

          • Qasim Abbasi

            i already have the data file
            thanx i’ll try

          • Qasim Abbasi

            Assalam-O-Allaikum bro i’ve heard about the bug fix firmware 15.3.a.0.27
            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sony-Xperia-L/157989471018902
            scroll down and you will see about this firmware but my pc companion show no new update availabe what to do

  • Gaurav Gondane

    hi Usama, i am trying to update my xperia L from past few hours by using PC companion. I have downloaded firmware, but as u see in PC companion after getting downloaded its shows 5 steps explaining how to update the phone. After I unplug the original usb cable n plug it again holding down volume key, it shows a sudden red n green light,and does not get updated. please help. if i re-install pc companion will my downloaded data b gone? how do i fix this problem, plz help.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @gauravgondane:disqus I am assuming that you are trying to update your phone following the above guide? IF so then, this work is being done by Sony Flash Tool, not by PC companion. You need to follow the guidelines explained above carefully and this should work for you.
      You need to load the firmware first in the flashtool, then turn off your device, and then keep pressed the volume down key and connect the USB cable, the flashing process will start and go fine then.

      • Gaurav Gondane

        hi usama, i am downloading flashtool, but i have a query. the size of system update notified by my xperia l is 308mb and the file i am downloading here is of 685.07mb. Is it because of .ftf format?

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @gauravgondane:disqus the update size your phone is specifying is only the update size, while the ftf file has the complete OS. You should not worry about it as the internal memory size of your phone will remain the same. Good Luck

  • rohit verma

    hi Usama, I am not able to connect my phone through PC companion. each time i connect my xperia L with PC companion it says “unable to connect to the server”. so i am thinking to upgrade my Xperia through Flashtool. for that i need to install my Xperia L c2104 drivers also at the time of installing the drivers for flashtool. BUt in the list i did not find Xperia L name. Can you please tell me which driver i need to install if i only want to upgrade my phone with Flashtool?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_L9SBwQTXr9:disqus If you’ve installed Sony PC companion, and your device is detected by the PC then you do not need to install drivers for Xperia L using Flashtool drivers. Simply install Flashtool and Fastboot drivers from Flashtool drivers menu and flash the latest firmware in your phone. This should work fine now. I hope that resolves your problem, in case it doesn’t let me know, i’ll digg out the best possible solution for the matter. Thanks

      • rohit verma

        this is the problem actually. My phone is detected by my PC but when i connect through PC companion it shows me the error message that unable to connect to the server

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @disqus_L9SBwQTXr9:disqus if unable to connect to server that means your internet can’t connect pc companion to server or the update isn’t available via pc companion. Connect your device as mtp connection or try enabling the USB debugging options and try using flashtool. Hope it works for you now.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @gauravgondane:disqus Glad to know that it worked for you :) There might be an update with the LED for Stamina mode, you can also manually turn off the led from settings if you want to save battery by turning it off. Thanks for leaving the feedback, if you got any further queries, feel free to ask! HAve a nice day.

    • Gaurav Gondane

      Hi usama.. How can I downgrade my phone to the older version 4.1?? The latest firmware is horrible!! Many bugs… As chrome crashes, phone restart randomly, taking long time to get charged… N so on. Please help me :-(

  • Usama Mujtaba

    For your satisfaction, you may go with this procedure and it should help. Follow the guide carefully, don’t forget to let us know after updating. Good Luck.

  • Carlo Hosea

    hi!
    i’ve already updated my Xperia L’s firmware with the newest 4.2.2 build 15.0.3.A.26 for Indonesian market.. it seemed fine at first. i love the newest camera functions, the smoothness of the user interface etc. But later on, i found that at least once a day it will restart / rebooting by itself while i use certain applications. it always happen and i never experienced it with the previous firmware (4.1.2). So i have tried (insanely) to do the factory reset once. everything seemed fine (again) but i experienced (again) the same problem. to be honest, i don’t mind to have this problem at first, but later on i think it’s quite annoying for having that hiccup every day. well, i just did the second factory reset (soft reset) again via Sony Update Service software. i just hope it will be just fine. well, enough with the sharing, here is my question :p :

    i’m thinking about doing hard reset via recovery mode. could you please tell me how to do it exactly? because i have tried many button combinations and it’s just not working. i’ve tried volume up+volume down plus power button, and many other combinations. but it’s just not working at all. any ideas?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @carlohosea:disqus you will have to flash a custom recovery and then factory reset from recovery.

  • Paul

    Hi, thanks for the info, but my sony xperia isn’t showing any green light nor conection when pluggin and pressing the volume down button. Any help would be apreciated.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_0oHV8oLosO:disqus make sure that you’ve installed the flashtool, flashtool drivers for sony xperia L and also the fastboot drivers. Follow the Flashtool guide lined above carefully and then connect your phone.

  • Ankur ranjan gogoi

    hiii,i have downloaded the firmware from the link given.But it is in ZIP format.The flash tool does not detect the ftf file.Where can I found the ftf file?plz help me

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @ankurranjangogoi:disqus Unzip the zipped file and you should get the ftf file. Flashtool will always detect the ftf file, follow the flashtool tutorial carefully.

  • Sadi Mohammad Hridoy

    hey usama,my xperia l is rooted & it’s bootoader is locked. To flash this ftf file,do i need to unlock the bootloader??? and after updating’ do i’ve to root my phone again?? And what is the difference between generic world ftf and other countries ftf ?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @sadimohammadhridoy:disqus No you do not need to unlock your bootloader, just follow the tutorial above and flash this firmware. and between the Generic and Other countries firmware, the difference is only in the pre installed applications, nothing else, so you may go for the one you like, doesn’t make a difference.

      • Usama Mujtaba

        and yes,you will have to root again.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @gauravgondane:disqus It would not be wiser to go back to an older firmware, perhaps if you wish, that is possible by rooting your phone and flashing through cwm recovery, the method will be different for that, try to optimize your phone by closing the running processes. If Chrome is causing the problem you may try opera mobile, that’s even better.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @gauravgondane:disqus and also you may try another thing. Flash this same firmware once again, but in flashtool under the wipe options select “Cache, Dalvik Cache, Data”. This may fix the issue upon completely clean installation.

  • Martín Marchisio

    Hi, Im from Argentina, can I install the firmware you post here on my phone???

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @martnmarchisio:disqus yes you can..

  • Al Brown

    Hi, rom for C2104 seems to have been deleted, could you please upload it again? thanks.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_pqyncs4SKY:disqus i’ll check it out and add new link

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_pqyncs4SKY:disqus the link is working fine. Try again please.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    @disqus_ah0zJAswBo:disqus Yes this method can fix your phone. Good Luck.

  • Devis Carter

    can u explain this?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @deviscarter:disqus When it loads the firmware, turn off your phone and press the volume down key, and plug in the cable. Keep the volume down key pressed until the flashing is finished :) It should work perfect now, let me know about it.

      • Devis Carter

        still have similar problem

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @deviscarter:disqus Either your phone is not properly connected in Flashmode, or there is connection problem. Please try again, follow the guides carefully, We’ve verified each and everything in the guide.

  • Kenneth Eric

    Hi Usama, I have mistakenly download the new firmware 15.3.A.1.12 to my Xperia L which has lots of bugs and have my device a piece of junk.

    1). Proximkty kept on blinking after missed call.
    2). Camera jurks while autofocussing all the time
    3). Screen auto brightness option have been made so dim in low lights
    4). Battery is not giving enough backup as before.

    Is it possible that i can use your method to Downgrade my device to the previous firmware 15.3.A.0.26 which was running on my device without any problem?

    Please let me know at the earliest before i take another wrong step :( waiting for your kind response.

    Thanks.
    Kenneth Eric
    Islamabad, Pakistan

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @kennetheric:disqus if the previous version is the same i.e Android 4.2.2, you can flash it, if it’s another Android version, don’t downgrade it straightly.

      • Kenneth Eric

        Yes, the previous version was 4.2.2 (15.3.A.0.26) which was upgraded to 15.3.A.1.12, They new version has made my life hell :(. Is it OK if i do the downgrade with the version provided by you “XL_15.3.A.0.26_Generic-World” with the help of the given Flashtool? Coz who knows when Sony will launch the next update.
        Waiting for your response. many thanks in advance :)

        • Usama Mujtaba

          Yes it will be alright.

          Sent from Samsung Mobile

          ——– Original message ——–

          • Kenneth Eric

            Thanks Usama, It worked like a charm… You have made me happy again… Wish you lots of success with a very bright future :)

          • Usama Mujtaba

            Your welcome, thanks and have a great day ahead :)

            Sent from Samsung Mobile

            ——– Original message ——–

  • Ted

    will this manual update void my warranty?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_PfvoF9U3ez:disqus No. It won’t void the warranty.

  • http://oienzkids.blogspot.com/ Dedi

    I have a problem with xperia l C2105 4.2.2 15.3.A.1.14 may have my root so the main camera functions become problematic. Always appear Unfortunately, Camera has stopped. How to normalize? Strangely, if you use another camera application is not problematic.

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_LrI81FWBUO:disqus Flash stock firmware, wipe all data, cache. This should resolve the issue.

  • XperiaLover13

    I’ve just bought my Xperia L c2105 like 4 days ago. and updated to 15.3.A.1.14 it work pretty fine yesterday, and then i received a call from my friend we talk for several minutes and after she hangs up my phone just black out, i know it is still switch on because the lights below still blinking.

    I already tried doing the PC companion repair/update. and it is still showing blank screen :(

    Please help me!

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @xperialover13:disqus follow the guide above and flash stock firmware on your phone. It should resolve the issue.

      • XperiaLover13

        and also i’ve tried to call my phone its ringing but the screen still blank, hope your guide will work.. its so upsetting to have new phone that doesn’t work :(

  • Andreana Ramdhani

    thank you

  • Andreana Ramdhani

    thank you

  • Firdous

    ON my xperia L C2104 stamina mode is not working..updated 4.2.2

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @disqus_8wjDCHWCcE:disqus in the picture Stamina mode is enabled, what problem are you facing? This a stock ROM, it shouldn’t have any bugs.

  • Firdous

    please help me i have recently purchase Xperia L c2104 recently Update 4.2.2 and after stamina mode is not working properly. This Image is help you to what i can tell you….PLEASE HELP

  • Vikram Goud

    hi i Unlock bootloader of my xperia l after that its switched on but not showing OS display it is stuck in loading os

    • http://UsamaMujtaba.com Usama Mujtaba

      @vikramgoud:disqus flash stock firmware and your issue will be resolved. Good Luck.

  • Vikram Goud

    can i use firmware for flash

  • VishnuTeja

    Thanks and it worked :-) Kudos

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