The complete method to root Xperia Z on Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 official firmware, plus a full guide on how to perform the rooting procedure is now available on TeamAndroid. The all new Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 is not even available in more than just a few places and the phone has already been rooted, thanks to DooMLoRD. ClockworkMod or any other recovery is not yet available for the Xperia Z, but you do not even need that to perform this tutorial. You can read about how to root Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 on Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 Jelly Bean in the easy tutorial below. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device.
As you continue reading this tutorial, we will tell you how to root Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 on Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 with complete steps. Don’t forget to read the various backup tips and other important Android tips for your phone before proceeding to the tutorial. Rooting your phone will allow you to install custom ROMs, a new custom recovery, install root apps like Titanium Backup and a lot more. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Your Xperia Z should be on Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 software update for this tutorial. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.
Disclaimer:All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Root Xperia Z Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 Details:
Sony Xperia Z is the latest Android phone announced by Sony at the CES 2013 last month. The phone has not yet been released to all the markets, but the awesome developer (DooMLoRD) at XDA-Developers has already been able to root the phone. You can now get full file system access with root and do whatever you want with the phone. A custom recovery (like ClockworkMod recovery) is still not available, but we believe it will be out very soon.
Sony Xperia Z USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Sony Xperia Z properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Sony users can also back up data using Sony KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Sony Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now proceed with the tutorial below and root Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 on Xperia Z C6603 / C6602.
HOW TO: Root Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 on Xperia Z GT-C6603 / C6602
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350 Jelly Bean on Xperia Z. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.
Just To Remember:
- This root method is only for Android 4.1.2 (10.1.A.1.350) installed on Xperia Z (C6603 / C6602) and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Xperia Z on other carriers.
- This root method has only been tested on Android 4.1.2 10.1.A.1.350, not sure if this works on any other version as well.
- Please make sure you backup all your data before proceeding.
- Your phone bootloader should be already UNLOCKED or the steps below will not work.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Xperia Z.
Step 3 – Download Fastboot and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there.
NOTE: Skip Steps 1, 2, 3 if you already have them.
Step 4 – Download Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img and download Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img for Xperia Z and save it to your android-sdk-windows\platform-tools (or wherever is ADB and Fastboot) directory on your computer.
Step 5 – Connect your Xperia Z to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure USB debugging is ON as we said earlier.
Step 6 – We will now put the Xperia Z in Bootloader Mode. You can use the direct keys combination or follow the following. Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
Step 7 – Type in the following command and press Enter.
adb reboot bootloader
Step 8 – Your Xperia Z will now reboot into the Bootloader Mode / Fastboot Mode.
Step 9 – Now, we will flash the Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img file you downloaded in Step 1 on your Xperia Z.
Step 10 – Type in the following command and press Enter.
fastboot flash boot Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img
Step 11 – Now reboot the Fastboot Mode by typing in the following command and press Enter.
Step 12 – You will get a message saying, “Device will reboot in 10 seconds”. Wait for the Xperia Z to fully reboot.
Step 13 – Once rebooted, disconnect Xperia Z from the USB cable and do a hard power OFF. How? Press and hold the Power + Volume Up buttons for 15 seconds.
Step 15 – Now that your Xperia Z is turned OFF. Press and hold the Volume Up button and connect it again to your PC using the USB cable (keep holding the Volume Up button till you are in the Fastboot Mode).
Step 16 – Now, we will flash the stock kernel file Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img that you downloaded in Step 1 on your Xperia Z.
Step 17 – Open Fastboot again, type in the following command and press Enter.
fastboot flash boot Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img
Step 18 – Now reboot Xperia Z by typing in the following command and press Enter.
That’s it! Your Xperia Z is now rooted on Android 4.1.2 firmware installed on your phone! Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list to verify. Also download BusyBox from the Google Play Store for updated binaries!
To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.
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