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HOW TO: Update Xperia Active ST17i / ST17a to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to update Xperia Active ST17i / ST17a to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean CM10 custom ROM. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your Xperia Active, then this should not be any different for you.

However, for beginners, you need to root your Xperia Active and install a custom recovery. Please Google that up if you are unsure and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Just To Remember:

  • This root method tutorial is only for Xperia Active ST17i / ST17a and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Xperia Active on other carriers.
  • Your phone should be rooted and have ClockworkMod recovery installed from before.
  • Make a Nandroid (or any) backup of your previous phone set up before proceeding – for just in case anything goes wrong.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download CM10 Android 4.1.1 ROM and Google Apps for Xperia Active to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Xperia Active USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Android 4.1.1 ROM zip and Google Apps files to your SD card. Make sure the files are in the SD card root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn off your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the recovery mode. Switch on the phone while pressing the Volume Down repeatedly. Or if that doesn’t work, you can try this: How to Enter Recovery Mode.

Step 6 – In ClockworkMod recovery, perform a full data wipe first. Then scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the Power button to select it.

Step 7 – Press the Power button again and select “choose zip from sdcard”.

Step 8 –Now using your volume keys, navigate to the Android 4.1.1 ROM zip file that you copied to your SD card and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

NOTE: Repeat this step for the Google Apps zip file as well.

Step 9 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu. The phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Xperia Active ST17i / ST17a should now have CM10 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

You can follow the original project page for more information and latest CM10 builds.

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  1. terravoice Reply

    did everything as it ‘s been described above but when I reboot my
    Xperia Active stucks at SONY logo and restarts all over again and

    Please help me find where is the mistake!!!
    Thank you in advance,Leonidas.

  2. Since I am completely new to smartphones and Android, I would like to know that I’m installing the correct ClockworkMod for this phone, especially since it can get bricked if I do something wrong. The one I find by Search is from HTC. Is that the right one?

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