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HOW TO: Install Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat on Sony Xperia SP

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat custom firmware on Xperia SP. If you are used to installing custom ROMs on your Xperia SP, then this should not be any different for you.

However, for beginners, you need to root your Sony Xperia SP 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.


To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for installing Android 4.4.2 CM11 ROM on Sony Xperia SP. Please do not try on any other Xperia SP variants.
  • Your phone should be rooted and have ClockworkMod recovery installed from before.
  • This tutorial will wipe out all your data. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Perform a Dalvik Cache wipe before proceeding from the recovery mode.
  • Sony PC Companion will NOT detect your phone after installing this ROM because it is a custom firmware.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 4.4.2 CM11 ROM and Google Apps for Xperia SP to your computer.

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

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Android 4.4.2 ROM zip file and Google Apps zip 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 and holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.


NOTE: Screenshots of the ClockworkMod Recovery may change as new versions are released.

Step 6 – Once you are in ClockworkMod Recovery, select perform a full data wipe by selecting “wipe data/factory reset” as shown below. Use the Power button to select everything while in the Recovery Mode.


Step 7 – Then, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition” as you can see in the image below.


Step 8 – Now this is optional, but it is recommended to perform a wipe of your dalvik cache as well. You will not get into boot loops or any other errors. From CWM recovery, go to ‘advanced’ and then select “wipe dalvik cache”.


Step 9 – Then go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from SD card”.

Step 10 – Now select “choose zip from sdcard”. Using your volume keys, navigate to the Android 4.4.2 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.

Google Apps: Repeat the above step for the Gapps zip file as well and install it on your phone.

Step 11 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back+++++” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu as show below.


Your Xperia SP will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! Your Xperia SP should now have Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat custom ROM installed on your phone! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

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  1. When I update Andrid 4.4.2 kitkat cm11 firmware to my C5303 everything oke, just only the Radio, stamin battery,wakman of sony icon disappear,.

  2. I followed the whole process as is mentioned but the phone doesn’t boot into CM and the arrow keeps moving around in circles on the boot screen.

    I tried flashing again, but I am getting Error mounting /data while wiping data. And Error mounting /sdcard as well. Please help. My phone is soft-bricked!

  3. nidin kumar Reply

    after i have done installing both zip files, rebooted, phone gone to rebooting stage but didnt turn on 🙁

  4. I used wiki.cynogenmod page and here to use this. First time the boot screen after installation took about 1 hours + and I started to search how it can be. Tried to install it many times but just cynogenmod logo turned and turned not started. Then I found a solution to give it one more chance.

    -wipe data/factory reset

    -wipe cache partition

    -wipe dalvik cache

    then not install from zip. Have to format system in mount and strorage part. I did format system boot and media files. Then continue as :

    -install zip from SD card

    the cynogenmod zip file and gapps one by one.

    This way is for if the phone not start after installation just cynogenmod logo turns.

  5. Haris Bhatti Reply

    hi there,,,, plz tell me how to roll back to my officiial 4.3 jelly bean,, i appreciate ur efforts thru which i have successfully installed kitkat 4.4 following the method given above,,,

    • Use flashtools, download official 4.3 rom (which you prefer , I mean version) then flash it to your phone. Then you can use Sony PC to repair or upgrade it.

      • Haris Bhatti Reply

        ok latte thnx for the help m gonna do it,,one more thing,, will this work like the previous original version i had,

  6. electrotoad Reply

    custom roms performance is great but we dont have that sony feel in it.. i’ll suggest you give all features of original sony UI to your custom rom with all features which are available on original sony rom. great feel with UI and your performance 🙂

  7. Mysha Cretsu Reply

    I want to try but I have the bootloader locked. Do you know how can I unlock the bootloader without send the phone to the offitial service center? I have the C5303 model

  8. Praveen Kumar Reply

    my device xperia sp c5302 root opened now,but i am not able to reboot in recovery mode,i tried all the ways you explined,what to do now

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