How to Root Sony Xperia Z1 [Guide]

Sony recently pulled the curtains off from its latest flagship device, the Xperia Z1 at a press event holded on 4th of September, 2013. The device, similar to its predecessor is water proof and similar in shape, having the upgraded specs. Let’s have a recap in case you forgot, it sports a 5-inch FHD Triluminos display, has a 2 GB RAM under the hood, while a qualcomm snapdragon 800 processor is there to power it up clocked at 2.2 GHz. The internal memory is 16 GB while there is an Sdcard slot as well which supports the memory cards of upto 64 GB. One of the major updates and as stated by Sony as well, this device has the best camera i.e 20.3 MP that is packed up with a lot of new features, you can find here.  Out of the box, Xperia Z1 runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

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Ok that’s all with the specs and features. Let’s get back to the topic. Sony Xperia Z1, no doubt, is an awesome device but only when you have root access as you can enjoy installing various apps, modding your phone, flashing custom roms and playing with the clock speed of your device’s processor and many more things. Following the need we will be having a look on how we can gain root access on the Sony Xperia Z1.

Before we begin, Make sure that you have backed up all the contacts, call logs, messages and other important data. This is a precaution to prevent any mishap at a later time, so do take it serious. Also make sure that you have the battery charged over atleast 60%.

At the moment there are two tools available, capable of gaining the root access on Sony Xperia Z1VRoot & 360 Root Tool.

How to Root Xperia Z1 using VRoot Tool:

The tool is in chinese but you do not need to worry about it, just follow the steps explained with screenshots below and root your phone.

  • Install VRoot on your windows PC – Download it here.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your phone. Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging  and check it.
  • Connect your phone to your PC.
  • Open VRoot tool and hit the green button on the bottom right.

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  • Wait while it completes the first step, then hit the green button again when it appears in the 2nd stage. That’s probably the finish button!

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  • Congrats! You’ve rooted your phone now.

How to Root Xperia Z1 using 360:

    • Download the 360 Root Tool – Get it Here
    • Open it, it will give you a prompt to close the conflicting programs before continuing adb.exe. Close the programs if any.
    • Enable USB debugging mode on your phone. Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging  and check it.
    •  Connect your phone to your PC.
    • Open the 360 Root Tool again.
    • Click on the root button on the bottom right corner.
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  • Root process will start and take a few minutes to complete. As soon as it gets completed you will get a finish window.
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  • Congrats! You’ve successfully rooted your Xperia Z1.

That’s all! We hope that you found this easy. We would love your feedback, also if you face any difficulty, feel free to write us. 🙂


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  • brian

    When rooting the device with these methods do you lose anything like the camera or DRM keys for warranty?

    • Usama Mujtaba

      yes you do.

  • Cracker Pie

    working for me ;:)

  • Javier Victor Mariano Bruno

    Its says only work on chinese os for me 🙁 (windows 7 x64 spanish)

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @javiervictormarianobruno:disqus the tool is in chinese, but will work fine for you, just follow the buttons and tutorial explained above. Good Luck.

      • Javier Victor Mariano Bruno

        i read on the chinesse webpage that it will work only on English and chinesse OS. I’m installing a vmware windows 7 english version virtual machine. I will post here if works
        Thanks for the quick reply

      • Javier Victor Mariano Bruno

        Ok, same error on OS W7 English. (i’m talking about 360 http://www.mgyun.com/vroot). If you go there, click on PC, the exe file that downloads, when you click it, says that only chinesse os its supported. May be they changed it recently and thats why you thinks that works

        • Usama Mujtaba

          @javiervictormarianobruno:disqus thanks for letting me know, I’ll soon find a new method and update this guide. As you can read in the comment below, this tool was found working, i guess the updates changed it.

          • Javier Victor Mariano Bruno

            I found a solution, I installed APPLocate (from microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13209) and I run the app emulating chinnese OS. Now I will try if works. Thanks!

          • Usama Mujtaba

            @javiervictormarianobruno:disqus Thanks for letting us know about the solution. It will help a lot of users. 🙂 Have a great day.

  • Usama Mujtaba

    What android version is it running on?

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

    ——– Original message ——–

    • Osvaldo Enrique Martinez Hered

      4.3
      14.2.A.0.290

  • CRO CRD

    Dear, i’ve unlocked bootloader of my xperia z1 using fastboot & now want to root it but unable to root through vRoot/ root-360. Please suggest what can i do to root my device.
    Regards

    • Usama Mujtaba

      @crocrd:disqus please tell me your device’s firmware version and build number.

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