The Sony Xperia Z seems a very developer-friendly smartphone of this year because the Android development community has started to pay attention on the Xperia Z very quickly. Everything is available for the phone, unlocking bootloader, rooting and custom recoveries even now we have most popular CyanogenMod custom ROM for the phone.
Whenever you think about a custom ROM on your new Android device, the CyanogenMod can be the first to come in mind. A recognized XDA developer FreeXperiaProject has released the CyanogenMod 10.1 for Xperia Z, the CyanogenMod 10.1 is Android 4.2.2 based AOSP custom ROM, it gives you stock Android experience but includes many includes a lot of modification options to customize the interface of your Android device depending on your personal choice while it includes many handy apps such as Apollo file manager, T9 dialer app, file manager app and more.
This is fully stable CyanogenMod 10.1 build to try and includes almost everything working, however you may not be able to lock the screen completely. So the CyanogenMod 10.1 is worthy to try.
This guide shows you how to install CyanogenMod 10.1 on Xperia Z. Your Xperia Z must have an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery installed like ClockworkMod, check out this guide to unlock the bootloader and this guide to install the ClockworkMod recovery.
Use a Windows PC with USB drivers and Android ADB installed, check this guide to install ADB drivers and backup everything because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use the carbon Android app to backup apps and data, though the APN setting automatically restored from network, it make mobile date work, but if it doesn’t happen to you, restore it manually, you can use APN app to do so.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #2: Copy both zip files to the internal storage of your phone.
Step #3: Download the fastboot package (Fastboot.zip) to your PC.
Step #4: Unzip the downloaded fastboo.zip file into C:\, you’ll get fastboot folder, then unzip the ROM zip file (that you downloaded in firsts step), it’ll provide the boot.img file, copy this file to fastboot folder too.
Step #5: Plug the USB cable to phone but not to PC, then on your phone, hold down the volume up key while plugging the phone to PC, it will plug phone to PC in fastboot mode.
Step #6: Run command prompt on PC that can be found from Start menu>All Programs>Accessories.
Step #7: Enter following command on command prompt, it will take you to fastboot folder:
Step #8: Enter following command prompt to install boot.img:
fastboot flash boot boot.img
If you get a message saying “waiting for device”, then enter another command to install kernel:
fastboot -i 0x0fce flash boot boot.img
Once the boot.img is installed on your phone, you’ll get a message saying “finished”/OKAY.
Step #9: Unplug the phone from PC.
Step #10: Turn the device off, the screen will turn on and you’ll see kernel logo, when LED lights show up, start pressing the volume up button until you enter into recovery (Note: In recovery mode use volume keys to navigate and home button to select).
Step #11: Perform wipe, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen.
Step #12: Return to main menu by selecting “Go Back”.
Step #13: Select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded ROM zip file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation.
Step #14: Once again repeat the previous step and install the Google Apps zip file in the same manner.
Step #15: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now” to reboot phone.
That’s it, the CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM is now installed on your Xperia X, if you experience any error during installation, leave comment below.