Update T Mobile Xperia Z1s C6916 To Android Lollipop 4.5.B.0.236 Firmware

T-Mobile’s Xperia Z1s started receiving Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The original Xperia Z1 received this update almost a month ago. It took way long for T-Mobile to rollout the latest firmware for its Sony Xperia Z1s users. New update moves the build number from 14.4.B.0.56 to 4.5.B.0.236. This update brings all the Lollipop goodies including Material Design, enhanced security, stability, better battery life, notifications on lock-screen and some other features for the Xperia Z1s. At the moment, it is being rolled out to users through OTA or through Sony PC Companion. But if you haven’t received this update yet and you want to update your Xperia Z1s manually, this guide is going to help you out.

As we move forward, we will install this latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware with the build number 4.5.B.0.236 on our beloved T-Mobile Xperia Z1s C6916. We will use Sony’s flashtool to flash FTF file of the firmware. While you flash this firmware, please be noted that this is the official firmware and it is untouched. It will not void the warranty of your device or result in causing any damage to your device.xperiaz1stitle

Let’s go ahead and install Lollipop on your T-Mobile Xperia Z1s now.

1. This is only for T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1s C6916

This 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 firmware 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. 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.

4. Enable USB Debugging Mode on your device.

Enable USB debugging mode on your device. To do so, tap settings>developer options>USB debugging. If you can’t find developer options in settings, then tap settings > about device and tap “Build Number” for 7 times and you’ll get em’ activated under settings.

5. Install and setup Sony Flashtool.

You must have installed Sony Flashtool. Find the full guide here.

After installing Sony Flashtool, open the Flashtool folder from the drive where you installed it. Now open Flashtool>Drivers>Flashtool-drivers.exe and install the Flashtool, Fastboot & Xperia Z1s drivers from the list. [Important]

6. Use OEM data cable to establish connection.

Make sure that you use the phone’s original data cable to establish connection between your phone and the PC. Using a different data cable might result in interrupting the firmware installation.

How To Update T Mobile Xperia Z1s C6916 To Android Lollipop 4.5.B.0.236 Firmware

Before moving forward, please make sure that you’ve read the pre requisites and ensure that you are set to go ahead.

  1. Download the latest firmware Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 4.5.B.0.236  FTF file.
    1. For Xperia Z1s C6916 [Generic/Unbranded. Link1 | Create your own FTF using this guide.
  2. Copy the file and paste in Flashtool>Firmwares folder.
  3. Open Flashtool.exe now.
  4. Hit the small lightening button on the top left corner and select Flashmode.
  5. Select the FTF firmware file that you placed in the Firmware folder.
  6. From the right side, select what do you want to wipe. Data, cache and apps log, all wipes are recommended, perhaps you may select if you don’t want.
  7. Click on OK, and it will start preparing the firmware for flashing. This may take a little while to load.
  8. As soon as the firmware is loaded, it will prompt you to attach the phone by turning it off and keeping the back key press.
  9. For Xperia Z1s Volume Down key will do the job of back key, just turn off your phone, keep the Volume Down key pressed and plug in the data cable.
  10. As soon as the phone is detected in Flashmode, the firmware will start flashing, leave the Volume Down key and let it flash the firmware.
  11. As soon as you see “Flashing ended or Finished Flashing” leave the Volume Down key, plug the cable out and reboot.
  12. That’s All! Congrats! You’ve installed latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on your Xperia Z1s Enjoy

In case you got any queries or face any problems regarding this guide, please feel free to stop by the comment box below and let us know. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks all!

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  • Cristian Gamboa

    hi nice tutorial, I have a z1s (c6916) but i bought it in panama i wanna know if, the tutorial still working, i bought in a normal store not with T-mobile

    • @cristiangamboa:disqus Yes, it should work.

      • What’s the current OS on your phone? Can you please tell me that first?

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