[TowelRoot] Root Many Sony Xperia Devices With Locked Bootloader (Xperia M2,V, TX, SP, ZR & More)

Sony’s recent mainstream devices are a great choice, the devices offer a great spec sheet in very friendly budget. These devices have also helped Sony to gain the respect back that it lost in the smartphone world, as the earlier Xperia devices were not so great. Sony has been doing pretty good with the software updates as well, and most of the devices are receiving the latest and greatest version of Android as promised by the manufacturer.

Sony Xperia devices like Xperia SP, TX, T, ZR have impressive capabilities, in case you own any of these devices, you may want to go beyond the boundaries and enhance the working and functionality of these devices by using different applications. The true power of these devices can be unleashed by using different root applications and testing the limitations at the best level. If you start looking for a way to root your Sony Xperia device, you might come across a number of methods, but most of the methods will probably require you to unlock the bootloader of your device. Unlocking the bootloader results in voiding the warranty, and also looses the DRM keys, besides this, the other disadvantage is the loss of Sony Bravia Engine 2, as it stops working as soon as the bootloader is unlocked. So, in this case, a safe method that doesn’t require unlocking the bootloader is required.

There are some methods available to gain the root access without unlocking the bootloader, but those were for the old firmwares, or were even more complex. What has eased all this is, GeoHot’s Towelroot application, that is capable of rooting a number of Android devices in just one tap and doesn’t require you to touch anything stock on your Sony Xperia device. Many of the users have confirmed the devices running on the latest firmware that can be rooted using Towelroot. In the following post we are going to have a look on the devices and the method that explains how you can root your Sony Xperia device using this little cool application without any hard and fast rules.Sony-Xperia-Devices

So, here are the devices that are confirmed so far.

    • Sony Xperia Z – All Variants – .230 Firmware
    • Sony Xperia ZL – All Variants .230 Firware
    • Sony Xperia ZR – All Variants – With Kernel before June 3, 2014
    • Sony Xperia SP – All Variants .205 Firmware
    • Sony Xperia Z Ultra – All Variants – With Kernel before June 3, 2014
    • Sony Xperia V – All Variants – With Kernel before June 3, 2014
    • Sony Xperia TX – All Variants – With Kernel before June 3, 2014
    • Sony Xperia Z2 All Variants – With Kernel before June 3, 2014
    • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – All Variants – .757 firmware.
    • Sony Xperia M2 – All Variants – With Kernel before June 3, 2014


All these devices can be rooted running on the kernel with the build date before June 3, 2014.

Here are the early preparations:

  1. This guide is only for SonyXperia devices, the ones listed above. The device must be running on the latest Android firmware  based on the build date before June 3, 2014.
  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.

How To Root Sony Xperia 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.


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!



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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