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Install Xperia ZL C6502 / C6506 PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6

ClockworkMod Recovery can now be installed on the Sony Xperia ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506. This is actually PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 (CWM) for the Xperia ZL. PhilZ Recovery is a custom version of ClockWorkMod recovery which has been modified to add a lot of extra features and options. With PhilZ, you can root and install custom ROMs on your phone, make modifications, make complete Nandroid backups, install system tweaks and more. You can update Xperia ZL C6502 / C6506 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 ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506. 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 ZL 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?


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 ZL 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 ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506 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 ZL, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Done checking out these other options? Continue reading on how to install PhilZ.

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

Download Sony Xperia ZL USB drivers!

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 ZL C6502 / C6506.

How to Install PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 on Sony Xperia ZL C6502/C6506

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery on Xperia ZL. If you are used to installing custom recoveries on the other Sony Xperia series, then this should not be any different for you. Make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for installing PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery on Sony Xperia ZL C6502 / C6506. Please do not try on any other Xperia ZL variants.
  • This tutorial will not wipe your data, but still make a backup of everything.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – First of all, you need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

Step 2 – Download PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery and extract it anywhere in your computer (preferably desktop).

Step 3 – You should have a folder called lockeddualrecovery after extracting the downloaded ZIP file. This is the main package that will help you install PhilZ Recovery with CWM and TWRP.

Step 4 – Connect the Xperia ZL to your PC via a USB cable.

Step 5 – Run the file install.bat file from the extracted folder in Step 3. Your phone should automatically reboot into PhilZ custom recovery.

Step 6 – Use the volume buttons to navigate to Reboot System. Press the Power button to select it.

Step 7 – Please wait for the phone to boot up and for the installer to complete the installation.

That’s it – congratulations! You have successfully installed PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 and TWRP on Xperia ZL.

You can now root Xperia ZL using SuperSU and this ClockworkMod custom recovery. How? Check out the following link:

How to Boot into PhilZ Recovery: CWM and TWRP

Switch OFF the phone and turn it ON again. When the phone is powering up, as soon as the green LED turns on, press Volume Up for PhilZ CWM Recovery and Volume Down for TWRP.

Alternatively, you can get NDRUtils from the Play Store to select which recovery you want.

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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