In order to root your phone, you must install a CWM recovery first.
So, Here’s how to install a CWM recovery on your device first:
- Download CWM Recovery kernel from here.
- Copy the downloaded boot.img file to the Minimal ADB and Fastboot drivers folder that you got after installing Android ADB and Fastboot drivers using our quick guide.
- Open the folder where you placed the downloaded recovery.img or boot.img file. E.G Minimal ADB and Fastboot or Fastboot.
- Press and hold the shift key and right click on any empty area within the folder and click on “Open Command Window Here”.
- Turn off your Xperia ZR completely.
- Now Press and hold the Volume Up Key and plug in the USB data cable.
- You should see the LED turning blue on your phone now, that means it is connected properly in Fastboot mode.
- Now in the command prompt type: Fastboot flash boot boot.img [Replace the Boot name with the filename you downloaded],
- It will take a few seconds and flash recovery in your phone, check out the logs on the command prompt.
- Plug out the USB data cable, Turn on your device, as soon as you see the Sony logo press the Volume Up key rapidly, you should boot into the CWM recovery now.
- Congrats! You’re done with the recovery installation.
How to Root Xperia ZR running Android 4.3 10.4.B.0.569 firwmare now:
- Download SuperSu.zip file and copy it to your phone’s internal or external SD card.
- Boot into the CWM recovery that you just installed.
- Select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from Sd Card > SuperSu.zip > Yes”.
- It will quickly flash SuperSu in your phone.
- That’s it, find it in app drawer after flashing.
- Install Busy Box now from the Google Play store if you need.
- Congrats! You’re rooted now as well.
Once rooted, you can go back to your phone’s stock kernal now. In order to do this, follow these steps.
- Open Sony Flashtool, hit the small lightening button on the top left and click on “Flashmode”.
- Select the firmware [Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 10.4.B.0.569] that you flashed in Xperia ZR.
- In the selection menu on the right side, exclude everything except Kernel.
- Click on “Flash”. Connect your device in flashmode when prompted.
- Let the Kernel flash process complete.
- Phewwwwww! You’re back to your stock kernel now and have a rooted phone now.
That’s all with rooting and recovery installation on the Xperia ZR. We hope that you find the guide easy to understand. In case you got any queries/suggestions or face any difficulties regarding this post, please feel free to stop by the comment below. We will respond you as quick as we can.
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