Got your Sony Xperia smartphone stuck in a bootloop right after unlocking its bootloader? Well, if so, then you’re not alone. This issue seems to be very common with Xperia smartphones. Over the past few months, we’ve come across a number of queries from our viewers regarding the solution of this issue. We’ve got a fix for Sony Xperia smartphones bootloop issue after bootloader unlock. Before jumping up to the solution, let’s learn a little bit more about bootloader unlocking and this issue.
In order to perform any sort of custom operations like flashing a custom recovery or a custom ROM, you will have to unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia smartphone. There are methods available for rooting and flashing custom recoveries on certain Sony Xperia smartphones without unlocking the bootloaders, but as said, those methods are either certain to the device or certain to the firmware. In most of the cases, you will have to break the barrier set on the bootloader to unleash the power of your Xperia phone.
This restriction on bootloader is set by smartphone manufacturers to forbade the users from loading anything custom on the phone to make the firmware safe and secure. Manufacturers like Sony, Google and LG do allow unlocking the bootloader officially, but before doing so the want the users to undergo the agreement and do everything at their own responsibility. So, just in case you’ve soft bricked your Sony Xperia smartphone or got it stuck in an annoying bootloop, you’re at your own now. You’ve got to fix the phone at your own, there ain’t going to be any magic fixing your phone.
In case you’ve no idea about what is a bootloop, you may be interested in knowing that in bootloop your phone doesn’t bypass the bootscreen. The phone gets stuck on the animation screen and that’s all. The phone will eventually go dead when its battery has completely drained but it won’t boot up in any case.
The guide illustrated here will take you through a step-by-step method fix this Sony Xperia bootloop issue on bootloader unlock. The method basically requires you to flash a stock firmware on your Sony Xperia smartphone. The method to download and create an official FTF are also linked below. It’s completely safe to follow and involves no risk at all. All you’ve to do is to follow the steps carefully to avoid any mishaps while the process moves on.
1. This is only for Sony Xperia Smartphones!
This ROM is only for the device mentioned above. Make sure that your phone is a Sony Xperia.
2. Battery should be charged at least over 60%.
Make sure that your battery is charged enough to complete the flashing process.
3. Backup everything!
Nothing to do here. While your phone is stuck in bootloop after unlocking the bootloader, it has already lost of all its data since bootloader performs a factory reset. So just skip this step.
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 & your Xperia device drivers from the list. [Important]
6. Download official Sony Xperia Firmware & create FTF file.
The next step is to get the FTF file for your desired firmware, in case you’ve already obtained the FTF, you may skip this step and just in case you haven’t, follow this guide to download official Sony Xperia Firmware & create the FTF file.
7. Use OEM data cable to establish a connection.
Make sure that you use the phone’s original data cable to establish a connection between your phone and the PC. Using a different data cable might result in interrupting the firmware installation.
How To Fix Sony Xperia Bootloop after Bootloader Unlock
- Before moving forward, please make sure that you’ve read the prerequisites and ensure that you are set to go ahead.
- Download the latest firmware and create the FTF file using the guide linked above.
- Copy the file and paste in Flashtool>Firmwares folder.
- Open Flashtool.exe now.
- Hit the small lightning button on the top left corner and select Flashmode.
- Select the FTF firmware file that you placed in the Firmware folder.
- 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.
- Click on OK, and it will start preparing the firmware for flashing. This may take a little while to load.
- 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.
- For Xperia devices that came after 2011, 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.
- As soon as the phone is detected in Flashmode, the firmware will start flashing, Do not leave the Volume Down key until the process is complete.
- As soon as you see “Flashing ended or Finished Flashing” leave the Volume Down key, plug the cable out and reboot.
- That’s All! Congrats! You’ve installed latest official Android on your Xperia smartphone. Your smartphone will now bootup and you won’t face any bootloop issues at all. Enjoy!
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