It’s now possible to easily root Xperia ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506 on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware — and that is exactly what we have explained in this guide. The Sony Xperia ZL is one of the best flagship phablets from Sony. It has already received the official update to Android Jelly 4.3 and is now in line for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The Sony Xperia ZL has a lot of multimedia and social features because of the modifications to vanilla Android by Sony, along with unique camera features. But you can do even more than this with your ZL. How? By rooting it, of course. You can read the benefits of rooting an Android device here. You can root Xperia ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506 on Android 4.3 with PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 (how to install CWM tutorial) using the tutorial below.

This tutorial is a complete guide on how to root your Xperia ZL. We will guide you on how to install PhilZ, which is required. We will also tell you how to take some safety measures, like how to back up your data, SMS messages and others. After this, we will run you through the actual guide on how to root the Xperia ZL C6502 / C6506. We will use PhilZ touch recovery to flash the SuperSU root package. You can also read about some of the best root apps on our site as well. Let’s continue to the backup tips, after which we will continue rooting your Xperia ZL.

Sony Xperia ZL

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.

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:

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 below and root Xperia ZL C6502 / C6506.

How to Root Xperia ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Stock Firmware

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Xperia ZL on the latest Android stock firmware from Sony. If you are used to installing custom ROMs or rooting 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 rooting Sony Xperia ZL C6502 / C6503 / C6506. Please do not try on any other Xperia ZL variants.
  • A custom recovery like ClockworkMod or TWRP is required for this tutorial. Link given below.
  • This tutorial will not wipe your data, but still make a backup of everything.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: Make sure ClockworkMod Recovery is installed. How? Read: How to Install CWM Recovery on Sony Xperia ZL.

Step 1 – Download SuperSU Rooting Package for Xperia ZL to your computer.

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

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded file to your SD card. Make sure the file is 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. Power ON your phone and press the Volume Up button as soon as the green LED light comes on 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 – Select “install zip from SD card”.

Step 7 – Now select “choose zip from sdcard”. Using your volume keys, navigate to the 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.

Step 8 – 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 ZL will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Sony Xperia ZL. Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list. To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.

If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.


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


  1. Do i need to check if the bootloader is unlocked before rooting through this method?

  2. Hello Harris,
    Sorry to bother you again.
    Will i need to unlock bootloader if i don’t want to flash the custom ROM and just need the Root access to remove system bloatware?

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