Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat On Sony Xperia L With CM 11 Custom ROM

Sony’s Xperia L is currently running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it looks like this Android version will be the higher for this device. That means, Xperia L users won’t be able to taste Android 4.4.4 KitKat officially while Sony is updating most of its mainstream devices to the latest and greatest version of Android.  Even though it’s not possible to have a higher  version of Android officially for the Xperia L, but there still is a choice of using a custom firmware. That’s one of the greatest pros of Android, because of it’s open nature, it has allowed the developers to bring up a number of custom firmwares giving life to the devices forgotten by the device manufacturers.

XDA recognized developer jerpelea came up with Android 4.4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod 11, the most popular aftermarket Android custom firmware. Current build of the ROM is in testing stage, and is available for installation.  In the proceeding guide we are going to install this Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM 11 custom ROM on our beloved Sony Xperia L. Let’s go through the early preparations and install this ROM now.Xperia-L-black-1240x840-1fb46e1807e501498b48de744f4a5e39

Early Preparations:

1. This is only for Sony Xperia L!

This custom ROM is only for the device mentioned above. Make sure that your model number matches the one listed above. To do so, go to Settings > About Device on your device and see your model number. Flashing this ROM on any other device will result in bricking it so make sure that you meet this requirement first of all.

2. Battery should be charged at least over 60%.

Make sure that your battery is charged enough to complete the flashing process. In case your battery is low and your device goes dead during the flashing process, you may end up soft bricking your device as it won’t complete the flashing process.

3. Unlock Bootloader.

Your device’s bootloader must be unlocked in order to flash this custom ROM. You can unlock it by using our Sony bootloader unlock  guide.

4. Backup everything!

Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.

5. Disclaimer

The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries, roms and rooting your phone are highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is Sony in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

How To Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat On Sony Xperia L:

  1. Download the FXP331-cm-11-20140804-UNOFFICIAL-taoshan.zip [ROM.zip] file.
  2. Download Google Gapps.zip for Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM.
  3. Place the ROM.zip file and Gapps.zip file on your phone’s internal or external sd card.
  4. Download Android ADB and Fastboot driversfollow our full guide here to make it easy.
  5. Open the downloaded ROM.zip on your PC and extract the Boot.img file only.
  6. Now place the kernel file that is boot.img  file that you extracted from the zip folder in the fastboot folder that you downloaded from the guide linked above.
  7. After placing the kernel file in the fastboot folder, open the fastboot folder. Press shift and then Right click on any empty area inside the folder, now select “Open command prompt here“. flash it using the command

    fastboot flash boot boot.img”. In case you are confused, follow the Android ADB & Fastboot drivers guide carefully.

  8. Boot into CWM recovery. To do so, turn off your device, now turn it on and quickly press volume up and down keys, you will get the CWM interface.
  9. In CWM wipe the factory data, cache and dalvik cache.
  10. Now select “Install Zip>Choose Zip from Sd card / external Sd card”.
  11. Select the ROM.zip file that your placed on your phone’s Sd card.
  12. It should take a few mins to flash the ROM, now once again select “Install Zip>Choose Zip from Sd card / external Sd card”.
  13. Choose the Gapps.zip file this time and flash it.
  14. As soon as done flashing, clear cache and dalvik cache again.
  15. Reboot system now, you should see the CM logo on the boot screen now, it may take upto 10 minutes in order to boot into home screen.
  16. Congrats! Enjoy unofficial Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM on your Sony Xperia L now.

That’s all with the ROM installation. In case you’re stuck with anything or you’re facing any issues, feel free to drop your words in the comment box below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.


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  • Jose

    Is this almost a stable version? Everything is working fine?

    • @disqus_TEMinIIP0d:disqus this should be a stable rom, however you should flash it at your own risk.

  • Jose

    Hi, Is this a stable version for sony xperia l c2104? Also i would like to know is there anything which will not work in this rom?

  • Parameswar Majhi

    thnx for the guide….i didnt take backup of cwm so is that a problem

  • Eshaan

    Hi, does it work for the 15.3.a.1.14 build number??

    • @disqus_b0GtbK9nRF:disqus it will work, you only need to have appropriate recovery to flash it.

      • Eshaan

        Ok, thanks, also the gapps link is showing “nothing found” so what should I do, and last time I tried installing it showed cm11 failed to extract and installation aborted even the gapps I had previously failed… So plz help thanks alot..

  • madhan

    if cm11 and struct with bootloader means what can i do,.?
    plz reply

    • @disqus_JJtnOi1qFR:disqus can you please provide a little more details? I cannot understand this.. you need an unlocked bootloader to load this ROM.. Please follow the instructions carefully.

  • Ranjith Singh

    after going through the step “oot into CWM recovery. To do so, turn off your device, now turn it on and quickly press volume up and down keys, you will get the CWM interface” my phone’s stuck just it’s showing black screen wat should i do ?

    • @disqus_6eEP4zmzXh:disqus just try pressing Volume Up key quickly and see if it boots into CWM recovery or not.

  • @disqus_fTLn5fKIt0:disqus no. Simply install the ROM then.

  • Nirav

    what all the features are work on device ?
    after install 4.4.4 rom

  • Vicky

    i installed cm11 on my xperia l but the wifi and hotspot are not working pls can anyine help?

  • Vivek Kumar Singh

    CVM is not opening y pressing volume up and down keys. tell me what to do

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