How To Root Sony Xperia Z smartphone – Guide
Xperia Z – the flagship smartphone of 2013 from Sony rocks with high-end specs and features, the smartphon runs Android 4.1.2 and if you want deep customization, rooting is what you’re looking for. Finally rooting has been achieved for the Xperia Z, rooting will make you able to customize anything of your Xperia X you want. Thanks to recognized XDA developer DoomLord, he feels your pain, he modified the Nexus 4 version of CF-Auto-Root tool, then tried on Xperia Z and rooting went successful.
This guide shows you how to root Xperia Z smartphone, it’s very important to bear in mind that rooting voids the warranty of your Xperia Z, so think before you do anything.
Your Xperia Z must be on firmware version 10.1.A.1.350 (check from Setting>About Phone) and have an unlocked bootloader, and fastboot files for this to work. Check this guide to setup fastboot & ABD and you can unlock your bootloader here. Since unlocking bootloader wipe everything, make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc, 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. Turn the USB Debugging on, to do so just tap Menu> Settings> Application> Development.
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 #1: Download Rooting Package (Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img) and Fastboot Package (Fastboot.zip) to your PC. You need to download Insecure Stock Kernel (Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img) too.
Step #2: Unzip the fastboot.zip file into C:\, it will extract a fastboot folder having four files, then copy the .img files that you downloaded in previous step to fastboot folder too.
Step #3: Turn off your Xperia Z and reboot into bootloader mode, there enter in fastboot mode.
Step #4: Connect your Xperia Z to PC using a USB cable.
Step #5: Open up command prompt.
Step #6: Enter following command on command prompt to navigate to fastboot folder:
Step #7: Enter following command to make sure your phone is connected to PC properly, if it shows serial number, your phone is connected.
Step #8: Issue following command to install rooting img file:
fastboot flash boot Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img
Step #9: Once the installation is done, enter following command to reboot from fastboot:
The smartphone will now start booting and u will get indication on screen saying (Device will reboot in 10 seconds).
Step #10: Once your phone is rebooted, unplug it from PC.
Step #11: Hard power off your Xperia Z, to do so press power button and keep volume up button for 15 seconds.
Step #12: Reboot phone into bootloader mode and there enter in fastboot mode.
Step #13: Issue following command in command prompt to install stock kernel:
fastboot flash boot Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img
Step #14: Issue following command to reboot phone:
Step #15: Go to Google Play store, there download the BusyBox installer and install it under /system/xbin/.
Great job, you’re done. Your Xperia Z is rooted now, download and install Root Checker app from the Google Play Store to confirm. If you experience any error, holler in comment section.