Install CWM Recovery on Sony Xperia TX LT29i Running 9.2.A.0.295 Firmware


Sony’s mid range device Xperia TX has been recently updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In the recent past Sony remained quite fair with the users in terms of Software updates keeping its promise atop, the Android Jelly Bean 4.3 update started reaching out the users taking the device one stop close to KitKat that is under investigation / testing by Sony at the moment. Well, the new firmware definitely needs new methods to run a CWM Recovery inside and a new method to get rooted as well. For those who have updated their devices to this new firmware and are now looking for a compatible CWM recovery, they have spotted the right place at the moment.

In the following post we are going to install CWM [ClockworkMod] Recovery on Xperia TX LT29i running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 9.2A.0.295 firmware. Before we head towards the installation instructions, let’s have a look on a brief intro of the custom recovery that is CWM in our case and also why you should install a custom recovery on your phone.CWM Recovery

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 cases to 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. There is alot more you can do using a custom recovery, you mayinstall one and experience it yourself for further know-how.

Here are some important installation instructions and pre-requisites:

      1. This guide is only for Sony Xperia TX. Do not try this on any other model, please check yourdevice’s mode in Settings > About Device.
      2. The CWM  recovery is only for Sony Xperia TX running stock or stock based Android 4.3 [9.2.A.0.295]. Check your firmware version in Settings > About Device and make sure that it matches the one mentioned here.
      3. You must have installed Android ADB & Fastboot drivers. Follow the quick guide here.
      4. Your device must have an unlocked bootloader. Follow our full guide here in order to unlock.
      5. 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.
      6. Backup each and everything on your Android phone as follows:
      7. Backup all your important contacts, find the full guide here.
      8. Backup all your important sms messages, find the full guide here.
      9. Backup all your important call logs, find the full guide here.
      10. Backup all your important media content manually. (Copy to your PC.)
      11. Backup all your apps / data. If you’ve rooted your device, use Titanium Backup to do so. Follow the full guide here.
      12. Backup your current system using a custom recovery (CWM or TWRP) if you’ve flashed one. This is recommended in case something goes wrong with CWM installation, you can use the custom recovery and return to the old working state of your system.
      13. Enable USB debugging mode on your device.  Get it in Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging mode.
      14. Use only OEM data cable to establish connection between your PC and Phone.
      15. Alright! Follow this guide to the letter now.
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 Sony Xperia TX:

      1. Download Kernel with CWM Recovery
      2. Extract the downloaded .zip folder, you will get a Kernel.elf file.
      3. Place the extracted Kernel.elf 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 (Extracted) Kernel.elf file in the Fastboot folder or in the Platform-tools folder.
      5. Open the folder where you placed the Kernel.elf  file. E.g Minimal ADB & Fastboot or 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 TX 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 Kernel.elf
      11. Hit Enter and it will quickly flash CWM recovery in your Sony Xperia TX.
      12. Once recovery is flashed, now issue this command “Fastboot Reboot”
      13. Your device will reboot now, as soon as you see the Sony logo,  and the pink LED, press Volume Up key to enter recovery.
      14. Congrats! You should now see the custom recovery.

That’s All with the recovery installation. In case you got any queries or face any difficulties regarding this post, 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.

Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.


  1. After I type Fastboot Flash boot Kernel.elf and Hit Enter,
    It’s appear and then i type Fastboot Reboot. but nothings happen and it doesn’t happen and keep showing that. I don’t know how to do 🙁

    • Do not use any capital letters in commands. Just type fastboot flash boot kernel.elf and give it a try. should work now, also make sure that your device is connected properly.

      • when i use all the small letter fastboot flash boot kernel.elf.. It shows me that ” the device must be rooted first.
        I think i am lacking something. ;(

  2. i can’t enter recovery mode. although i press volume up key as soon as possible after i saw the logo and pink LED, but still can’t 🙁

  3. I can’t enter the recovery mode. I type “fastboot reboot” and it reboot. and then i press volume up key as soon as i see the logo and LED. but it doesn’t show any recovery mode 🙁 what should i do ? I try several time 🙁

  4. I can’t enter the recovery mode. I type “fastboot reboot” and it reboot.
    and then i press volume up key as soon as i see the logo and LED. but
    it doesn’t show any recovery mode 🙁 what should i do ? I try several
    time 🙁

  5. Ahora escriba el siguiente comando: boot Flash fastboot Kernel.elf
    Pulsa enter y parpadeará rápidamente CWM recuperación en su Sony Xperia TX . (esta parte no lo puedo hacer sale ¨boot¨ noce reconoce como un comando interno externo ….helps)

    • @williamtekimam:disqus what do you mean by your screen is upside down? check your auto-rotate settings, turn it off and see what effect it causes. If the issue persists, try resetting the factory settings on your device.

  6. hi bro
    I recently installed cyanogenmod 11 on my Xperia Tx but I have a problem with the room, there is a pointer that does not allow me to use the keyboard, I can not use my two thumbs to type because the circle will not let me do it, it is a white circle that I have to press to click on somewhere, someone knows why? I hope your help, no one writes about Xperia Tx, only you do 🙁 … thanks

    • @cristiandavidcandia:disqus I’m not familiar with that, you may check the keyboard settings. However I’ll look out for this problem and update you as soon as i come to know what it is actually. Stay connected with us.

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