Root Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 14.5.A.0.242 5.0.2 Firmware Plus Recovery

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact received the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop under the build number 14.5.A.0.242. This update was released a while ago and most of the people have already installed this update. The only thing left for Android power users after updating their devices is the root access and a custom recovery. There was not proper way to gain any of these both until now. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact with model number D5503 can now be rooted on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware, with build number 14.5.A.0.242.

The rooting method that is used in this guide is different and easier from the traditional rooting methods for Xperia devices at this time. Moreover, this rooting method requires less steps that any other method at present.  The new lollipop update is based on the Material Design. Apart from the mainly visible changes, lot of changes have been made to the internals and architecture of OS. The Android OS is more secure now. Therefore, Android Power Users are well aware that rooting is alos difficult with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503.

This guide explains two methods; Rooting D5503 14.5.A.0.242 firmware and installing a custom recovery on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503. This guide is for rooting 14.5.A.0.242 firmware on Xperia Z1 Compact. Do not even attempt to try these files on any other smartphone. The recovery that will be installed during this guide depends on the user. The aroma installer allows the users to choose between installation of TWRP and CWM installation on Z1 Compact Lollipop firmware. This is done only once at the booting time. Both of these custom recoveries are good enough for most of the tasks. If you would like to use a touchscreen interface in the custom recovery, then install TWRP. Otherwise you can install CWM custom recovery. Follow the steps given below carefully to root Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on 14.5.A.0.242 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware and install a custom recovery.

1. This Guide Is Only For Sony Xperia Z1 Compact D5503

This rooting method 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.

  • Backup SMS Messages
  • Backup Call Logs
  • Backup Contacts
  • Backup Media – Copy your files manually to your PC or Laptop.
  • Titanium Backup – If already rooted, use Titanium Backup to backup all of your apps, system data and other important content. If you haven’t rooted your device previously, skip this step.
  • Backup Nandroid – If CWM  or TWRP installed previously, otherwise skip this step and perform this at the end of flashing.

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 Z1 Compact drivers from the list. If you do not find the Flashtool drivers in Flashmode, skip this step and install Sony PC Companion instead, for drivers support. [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.

7. Unlock Bootloader

Use the following guide to unlock the bootloader of your Xperia device before proceeding. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Not doing it might brick your device.

8. Set Up ADB and Fastboot Drivers

Download and install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your computer. If you are using Windows, then you should use Windows 7 to use ADB Drivers. ADB Drivers for Mac and Windows are given below.

ADB & Fastboot For Windows | ADB & Fastboot For Mac

Steps To Root Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 14.5.A.0.242 Firmware

1. Install Custom Recovery on Xperia Z1 Compact .242 Firmware

  1. Make sure that ADB Drivers are working correctly.
  2. Also make sure that you have unlocked bootloader of your smartphone.
  3. Make sure that build number of your phone’s current firmware is 14.5.A.0.242.
  4. Make sure that phone’s model number os either D5503.
  5. Once you have ensure these above mentioned tips, move to step 6.
  6. Download Root+Recovery+BusyBox Zip from here and copy to phone’s internal storage.
  7. Download CM11 ROM for Xperia Z1 Compact from here.
  8. Extract boot.img from the download CM11 ROM only and place it anywhere on PC.
  9. Copy the boot.img to Fastboot folder or Minimal ADB Installation Folder.
  10. Now turn off Xperia Z1 Compact.
  11. Hold volume up button and connect with PC using USB cable.
  12. LED should turn blue indicating phone is in fastboot mode. It can be any other color but phone must not go in charging. If it goes into charging mode then it means that fastboot drivers are not installed correctly and you have to install drivers again. Then jump back to this step.
  13. Open the fastboot folder where boot.img is placed.
  14. Hold shift button on keyboard and right-click on mouse.
  15. Click on “Open Command Window Here” (For Windows).
  16. Type fastboot devices and press Enter
  17. If is shows only one device with random serial number, move ahead. If there are more than one devices than uninstall any Android Emulator on your PC and disconnect any other device. Also uninstall PC Companion if installed.
  18. Type fastboot flash boot boot.img and press Enter.
  19. The flashing will be done in few seconds.
  20. Now type fastboot reboot and press Enter.
  21. While phone is booting up, use the volume buttons or power button to boot into custom recovery.
  22. Select install in recovery and install the package you copied in the 6th step.
  23. Select the recovery that you want to install during flashing.
  24. After recovery has been installed, just reboot your device.
  25. Work here is done. Now move on to next step.

2. Root Xperia Z1 Compact .242 Firmware

  1. Download SuperSU flashable zip.
  2. Place it in the SD Memory of your phone.
  3. Now turn off phone.
  4. Turn it on.
  5. While phone is turning on, press volume buttons and power button to enter recovery mode.
  6. Once in TWRP, tap on install and locate the folder where you have placed the SuperSU zip.
  7. Install it (Flash it) and phone will be rooted automatically and SuperSU app will also be installed.
  8. Now go back to main menu and reboot the device.
  9. That’s all! Now your phone is rooted with custom recovery installed.

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