Have you updated your Xperia Z to latest Android 4.3 10.4.B.0.569 firmware and now looking out there to root it? Well, we’ve the full guide right here for you that will let you root your device easily. In case you haven’t updated your Z to Android 4.3 yet, follow our full guide here to install the latest firmware on it.
In case you don’t know what is root access and why you should root your phone, we’ll be having a look on a brief intro to the root access first, also, the process involves installing a custom recovery first so we’ll be learning a little about custom recovery as well. So, here we go.
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 custom roms. By installing custom recovery, you can flash custom roms in the phone easily. Custom recovery also let’s you backup your current rom and restore it in case of any mishap. There is a laundry list of things you can do after having your device rooted and installed the custom recovery, now once you’re rooted and haveinstalled custom recovery, go ahead and enjoy it on your phone. Here’s our collection of 10 Best Root Apps.
Let’s head towards the process. Here are some pre-requisites:
- This method is for Sony Xperia Z C6603 / C6602. Do not try this on any device, please check your device first in Settings > About device.
- You must have unlocked your device’s bootloader. Follow the full guide here.
- You must have installed Android ADB & Fastboot drivers. Follow the quick guide here.
- Use only on OEM data cable to establish connection between your PC and Phone.
- Make sure that you back up all your important media content, contacts, call logs and important text messages. This is highly recommended so that in case something goes wrong, you still have your data saved.
- Make sure that your battery is at least charged over 60%. This is highly recommended in order to prevent any power issues during the process.
- Your device must be running on latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 10.4.B.0.569 firmware. Check your firmware in Settings > About device.
- Enable USB debugging mode on your phone. Find it in Settings > Developer options > USB debugging mode. IF you can’t see it in settings, then you will have to enable it first. To do so, open settings and tap build number for 7 times.
- Alright! Follow this guide to the letter now.
How to Install CWM Recovery:
Copy the Boot.img file from the Kernel Package.zip folder.
- Paste the copied boot.img file and paste it in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder that you got after using our Quick ADB and Fastboot Drivers Guide. In case you used the full ADB and Fastboot drivers setup, place the downloaded file in Fastboot folder.
- Open the folder where you placed the downloaded recovery.img file. E.G Minimal ADB and Fastboot or Fastboot.
- Press and hold the shift key and right click on any empty area within the folder and click on “Open Command Window Here”.
- Turn off your Xperia Z completely.
- Now Press and hold the Volume Up Key and plug in the USB data cable.
- You should see the LED turning blue on your phone now, that means it is connected properly in Fastboot mode.
- Now in the command prompt type: Fastboot Flash Boot Recoveryname.img [Replace the Recovery name with the file name you downloaded],
- It will take a few seconds and flash recovery in your phone, check out the logs on the command prompt.
- Plug out the USB data cable, Turn on your device, as soon as you see the Sony logo press the Volume Up key rapidly, you should boot into the CWM recovery now.
- Congrats! You’re done with the recovery installation.
- Now for the stability and compatibility of the system, you need to fllash the kernel as well.
- To do so, copy the downloaded Kernel.zip folder to your phone’s sd card.
- Boot into CWM recovery, to do so, turn off your device completely, now turn it on and as soon as you see the Sony logo, press Volume Up key rapidly, you should see the CWM recovery now.
- Select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from sd card > Kernel Package.zip > Yes”.
- Wait for it to flash the kernel.
- That’s All!
How to Root your Xperia Z on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 10.4.B.0.568 Firmware:
- Download the SuperSu.zip file.
- Place the downloaded file on your phone’s sd card.
- Boot into the CWM recovery that you just installed.
- Select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from Sd Card > SuperSu.zip > Yes”.
- It will quickly flash SuperSu in your phone.
- That’s it, find it in app drawer after flashing.
- Install Busy Box now from the Google Play store if you need.
- Congrats! You’re rooted now as well.
- Thanks to Doomlord for creating this awesome recovery.
- Thanks to Chainfire for his fabulous SuperSu.
That’s all with the recovery installation on the Xperia Z. We hope that you find the guide easy to understand. In case you got any queries/suggestions or face any difficulties regarding this post, please feel free to stop by the comment below. We will respond you as quick as we can.
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