Install CWM Recovery and Root Sony Xperia M2 D2305 Running 18.0.A.1.30 Firmware [How to – Guide]

Sony isn’t in a mood to take a break and is bringing a nice smartphone one after another. Xperia M2, released at MWC, 2014 is Sony’s new mid-range Android device, sporting a 4.8 inches display with 299 ppi, 8 MP shooter at the back and a secondary cam on the front. The device is powered up with a Quad Core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz accompanied by Adreno 305 GPU while a RAM of 1 GB is there and 8 GB storage memory is there as well. Out of the box, Xperia M2 runs on Android 4.3, but will receive KitKat update in near future.

Well, these specs are good enough to win your pocket. In case you’re planning to get this device or you’ve already got your hands on the Xperia M2, you may want to explore the world of Android and unleash the true power of your device by flashing custom stuff on the device. To do so, you probably will need a custom recovery, so to cut down your search we have it right here for you. In the following post we are going to install CWM [ClockworkMod] 6 Recovery and Root Sony Xperia M2 D2305 running stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 18.0.A.1.30 firmware. It is always important to make the things less complex, and remove any confusions that may stream around the newbies. To do so, we will first go through a brief introduction of a custom recovery and root access.

Root-CWM-Xperia M2

A custom recovery allows you to install custom roms, mods etc. Along with these, you can make a Nandroid backup, this helps you a lot as you can move back to the previous working state of your phone at any time you want if you have backed up your current system. In some cases, to root the phone you need to flash file in the custom recovery, having installed the recovery may help you while in some casesto install the recovery easily, you need to have the phone rooted. You can also wipe cache and dalvik cache of your phone using a custom recovery.

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. 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.

Here are the pre-installation instructions that you must follow:

  1. The CWM recovery is only for Xperia M2  running latest Android 4.3 JellyBean Firmware. Check your firmware version in Settings > About Device and make sure that it matches the one mentioned here.
  2. You must have installed Android ADB & Fastboot drivers. Follow the quick guide here.
  3. Your device must have an unlocked bootloader. Follow our full guide here in order to unlock. While you unlock your phone’s bootloader, make sure that you read the guide and all the precautions carefully.
  4. Please 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 recovery flashing process.
  5. Backup each and everything on your Android phone as follows:
  6. Backup all your important contacts, find the full guide here.
  7. Backup all your important sms messages, find the full guide here.
  8. Backup all your important call logs, find the full guide here.
  9. Backup all your important media content manually. (Copy to your PC.)
  10. Enable USB debugging mode on your device.  Get it in Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging mode.
  11. Use only OEM data cable to establish connection between your PC and Phone.
  12. Alright! Follow this guide to the letter now.

If you want to root your device without unlocking the bootloader, check out this post.

Disclaimer: The methods involved in flashing custom roms and rooting your phone is 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 CWM 6 Recovery on Xperia M2 D2305:

  1. Download Doomlord’s Advanced Stock Kernel with CWM Recovery.img file
  2. Rename the downloaded .img file to boot.img.
  3. Place the downloaded boot.img file in the Minimal ADB & Fastboot folder that you created using our ADB & Fastboot Quick Setup Guide.
  4. If you are using Android ADB & Fastboot full package, you can place the downloaded and renamed boot.img file in the Fastboot folder or in the Platform-tools folder.
  5. Open the folder where you placed the boot.img  file. E.g Minimal ADB & Fastbootor Fastboot or Platform Tools.
  6. Press and hold the shift key and right click on an empty area within the folder, and click on “Open Command Window Here”.
  7. Turn off your Xperia M2 completely.
  8. Now press the Volume Up Key and while keeping it pressed plug in the USB cable.
  9. You should see a blue light in the notification light of your phone, that means your device is now connected in Fastboot mode.
  10. Now type the following command:

     fastboot flash boot boot.img

  11. Hit Enter and it will quickly flash CWM 6 recovery in your Xperia M2.
  12. Once recovery is flashed, now issue this command

    “fastboot reboot”

  13. In case this doesn’t work, you may reboot the device manually.
  14. Your device will reboot now, as soon as you see the Sony logo,  and the pink LED, press Volume Up key to enter recovery.
  15. Congrats! You should now see the custom recovery.
  16. That’s all.



How to Root Xperia M2 D2305 Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 18.0.A.1.30 Firmware:

  1. You need to install CWM recovery first using the above instructions.
  2. Download file now.
  3. Place the downloaded file on your phone’s external sd card.
  4. Now boot into CWM recovery on your phone. To do so, turn off your device first. Now turn it on, as soon as you see the Pink LED, press the Volume Up Key rapidly.
  5. You should see the CWM recovery interface shortly.
  6. Once in CWM, select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDcard > Select > Yes”.
  7. This will flash file, once flashing is complete, reboot your device.
  8. Congrats! You’re rooted now!
  9. SuperSu


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 M2.
  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!


That’s all. In case you have some queries or you’re facing some issues regarding this post, feel free to stop by the comment box below and drop us your words. We surely will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks all.

Credits: Doomlord for CWM  | Chainfire for SuperSu.

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