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Install PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery on Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903

A complete guide on how to install PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 (CWM) on Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 is now available. PhilZ is a heavily customized version of CWM Recovery with a lot more options and features than the stock recovery or even the ClockworkMod Recvoery. Why install this custom recovery? It will allow you to root and install custom ROMs, install themes on your phone, use root apps etc. among other things. It also makes it very easy to make complete image backups of your phone, which you can restore to your device in the future, should anything go wrong. You can update Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 with PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 using the tutorial below.

In this tutorial, we will give a break-down of all the steps you’ll need to install PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery on the Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903. This tutorial will void your warranty, but we will also ensure that you can get it back if you need it. This will work on any officially released firmware version for the Xperia Z1 by Sony. At the same time, it will install CWM and TWRP as well, so you can use those at your convenience, if needed. This is one of the easiest ways to install PhilZ CWM Recovery on this phone and it doesn’t even require root or unlocking the bootloader. Let’s move on with the tutorial, shall we?

Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 - PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery

Disclaimer: We, the writers, editors and other members of are not responsible if you brick or otherwise damage your device and lose your data. Remember. you are choosing to do this tutorial. No one is forcing you.

PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 for Xperia Z1 Details:

This CWM Recovery will allow you to install custom ROMs, advanced options like formatting the system partition, making backups etc. The entire tutorial has been given on the next page for those who want to install this CWM Recovery on their phones using a modified version by PhilZ. PhilZ Touch Recovery is a CWM Advanced Edition that adds all the features you could ever miss in ClockworkMod. It also adds a full touch interface with a completely configurable GUI.


Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 has a huge list of custom ROMs, because of its popularity and most of them are installed using CWM. Of course, you can always enjoy the added benefits of a custom recovery with ClockworkMod 6.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Sony Xperia Z1, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Sony Xperia Z1 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 Z1 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Sony Xperia Z1 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial on how to install PhilZ 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:

Sony users can also back up data using Sony PC Companion. 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 Xperia Z1 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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page on how to install PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 on on Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903.

About the author

Hameer Abbasi

Android enthusiast, flash-a-holic, mod-a-holic, and geek extraordinaire. Gets high on recovering bricked phones.


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