How To Root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware [Locked Bootloader]

Xperia Z1 Compact has been updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the build number 14.4.A.0.108. Recently we posted a complete guide to update your device manually to this latest firmware using Sony Flashtool. Just in case you’ve flashed the firmware or you updated your device with the OTA update and now you’re wondering how you can gain root access on it with the .108 firmware, you may stop worrying as you’ve spotted the right place for now.

We will be rooting Xperia Z1 Compact running Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the build number 14.4.A.0.108 keeping the bootloader untouched with Geohot’s towelroot, a new application that’s capable of rooting a number of Android devices without any hiccups and hard and fast rules here and there. As you move forward, you will find the comprehensive guide in a while, you just need to follow it carefully and get it done successfully.xperia-z1-compact

Here are the early preparations:

  1. This guide is only for Xperia Z1 Compact with .108 firmware.
  2. Make sure that your phone’s battery is charged at least over 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues during the rooting process.
  3. USB debugging mode must be enabled on your device. To do so, go to Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging mode > Enable. In case you can’t find the developer options, then go to Settings > About Device > Tap Build Number for 7 Times to enable the developer options.
  4. Use only on OEM data cable to establish connection between your PC and your Phone.
  5. Allow “Unknown Sources” on your phone. To do so,  go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources > Tick.

Method 1:  How To Root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware:

 

      1. Download the EasyRoot Tool V11.zip file
      2. Extract the file to get the install.bat file.
      3. Connect your Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 to your PC now.
      4. Run the install.bat file.
      5. Follow the on-screen instructions now and get it done.
      6. That’s All! You’re rooted now.

Method 2: How To Root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware with Locked Bootloader:

      1. Download Towelroot apk.
      2. Connect your Xperia to your PC now.
      3. Copy the downloaded APK file to your device.
      4. Disconnect your device and locate the APK file on it.
      5. Tap the APK file to begin installation.
      6. Select “Package Installer” if prompted.
      7. Allow Unknown Sources from Settings > Security if required.
      8. Proceed with the installation and complete it.
      9. Now open the Towelroot application from the app drawer.
      10. Tap the button “make it ra1n” in the towelroot app.
      11. Now download SuperSu.zip file.
      12. Unzip the file, and grap Superuser.apk from the common folder in the unzipped folder.
      13. Now copy this apk to your Xperia, and install it using steps 2 – 8.
      14. Once installed, update Superuser or SuperSu using Google Play Store.
      15. Phewwww! That’s all, you can now enjoy your rooted Xperia.

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How to install busybox now?

      1. Go to Google Play Store on your phone.
      2. Search for “Busybox Installter”.
      3. Once you find it, install it.
      4. Run the Busybox installer and proceed with the installation.
      5. That’s all!

How to check if the device is properly rooted or not?

      1. To do so, go to Google Play Store on your Xperia.
      2. Find “Root Checker and install it.
      3. Open Root Checker.
      4. Tap “Verify Root”.
      5. It will ask you for SuperSu rights, tap “Grant”.
      6. It should show you Root Access Verified Now!
      7. That’s All!

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What to do once you’re rooted?

Rooting your phone gives you complete access over all the data which is apparently locked by the manufacturers. This includes removal of the factory restrictions and making changes to the internal system and the operating system. Gaining the root access gives you the privileges to install various applications to enhance the performance of your device, allows you to remove the built-in applications/programs, helps you to upgrade the battery life of your device & install the apps which require the root access for the proper functionality and modify your device in so many other ways e.g using mods and flashing custom recoveries and custom ROMs. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.

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  • Andres Licona Grotewold

    Hey Usama thanks a lot for the information, I have one question though. How do I know if my phone has locked bootloader or not? It is unlocked from factory, no carrier. Thank you

  • Andrew Coombes

    Hi Usama. Many thanks for the guide! My bootloader is currently locked (but allowed it to be unlocked). If I follow ‘Method 2’ above, will this result in my data being erased? Thanks again and great work!

    • @disqus_WXlpefBSKL:disqus non of these methods will erase data or requires unlocking the bootloader 🙂 go with method 1 and it should work perfectly great. Good Luck!

  • Томица

    This doesn’t work for me, for some reason. When I run SuperSU, I get an error message saying ‘SuperSU couldn’t install the SU binary’. Any help?

    • @disqus_jwAbxn6CZm:disqus you will have to update supersu manually.. Just download the supersu.zip file and unzip it, you will find an apk file under it, extract that apk file and install it manually on your phone and things should be fine.You can download latest SuperSu.zip file here: download.chainfire.eu/supersu

      • Томица

        @Usama thank you very much for your help. I forgot to mention that I also tried to manually update SuperSU, but it also didn’t work. However I did manage to root my phone using the first method, the one for the unlocked bootloader. And that’s what’s confusing me most. When I type *#*#7378423#*#* and check Service Info > Configuration I can see “Bootloader unlock allowed: Yes”. From what I saw online, that should mean that my bootloader is still locked. But your method for locked bootloader failed, and your method for unlocked bootloader did it.

        Either way, my phone is rooted now. Thanks for your effort.

  • Flaren

    I did your guide, but when I open SuperSU he says: SuperSU couldn’t install the SU binary (I’m italian so the text is italian, but I translete it). I use the last version of SuperSU, how can I do?

    • @disqus_WG8DErYafn:disqus You will have to update it manually. You can download latest SuperSu.zip file from here: http://download.chainfire.eu/452/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.02.zip
      Unzip the file and you will find a SuperSU apk, install that APK manually on your phone, this will update SuperSu and should resolve the issues. Good Luck.

      • Flaren

        I did, but the message was the same. However I resolved, because the connection had to be on. Thaks!

        • @disqus_WG8DErYafn:disqus That’s great. Stay connected with us!

  • Yasuyuki

    dose the first way open the bootloader ?

    • @disqus_f1ClmEL2h2:disqus This guide is for locked bootloaders.

  • alejandro

    I have an iMac, ¿How do i do? :c

    • @disqus_goQqh6zulh:disqus you will use the required tools for MAC, in case those aren’t available for MAC you may have to find a windows PC or use a VM ware for windows if there is one available for MAC.

  • Aine Boland

    Should my phone be turned on or off when rooting? Also should it be on/off when installing dual recovery? Thanks

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