Ground Zero ROM arrives on Sony Xperia Z, bringing Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to this device. Sony has announced that Xperia Z will not be getting an official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, so the only way to get the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on it is by flashing this awesome custom firmware. This ROM includes a couple of great features Customisable QS Tiles and Animation Control. Overall this is a very stable firmware that runs fast and smooth. If interested in Android 6.0.1 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Xperia Z to Android 6.0.1 Ground Zero Marshmallow custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Sony, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 6.0.1 Ground Zero Marshmallow ROM on Xperia Z with complete steps using CWM recovery. We also have several tips on how to backup your phone data and also some more tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. You will have to wipe your previous personal data and apps as usual when installing custom ROMs. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s begin with the tutorial below.



Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 6.0.1 Ground Zero Marshmallow ROM Details:

This amazing Ground Zero custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. A quick list of the main features in Ground Zero is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Xperia Z:

  • Night Theme
    Layer Commits (Dialer, Contacts, Deskclock…)
    German Translate
    SuperSU 2.52
    TWRP 3.0.x (access through Volume-down)
    SuperSU, Kernel Adiutor, Viper4Android, Layer Manager in Settings if installed
    Navbar customization
    Network Traffic
    Breathing Notifications
    Lockscreen Shortcuts
    System Animationen
    Power Menu Animtation
    LCD Dencity
    Ambient Display
    Kill App Back Button
    App Circle Bar
    Volume Steps
    Unlinking Ringer with Notification Volume
    ‘Do not disturb’ add 15 min Steps and up to 14 Hours
    Increasing Ring Volume
    Notification Light
    Volume Rocker Wake
    Less Notification Sound
    Reset Battery Stats
    Configurable dashboard columns
    Dashboard tileview double lines toggle
    Volume Long Press Skip Tracks
    Optional Dashboard switches
    StatusBar Clock Font Size
    Statusbar Clock Font Style
    Second Clock
    Battery Style
    Carrier Label
    Ground Zero Logo in Statusbar
    Screen Record
    Intrusive InCall UI switch
    Quick Settings: add option to turn off main tiles
    Deskclock: increasing volume option for alarm clocks, flip and shake actions
    Flip to Mute/Reject Call
    Proximity speaker
    On the go Mode

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

  • Android 6.0.1 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Xperia Z custom ROMs, click here!

Like this Ground Zero ROM based on the latest Android 6.0.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

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

Download Sony Xperia Z USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial 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 Z 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 and update Xperia Z to Android 6.0.1 Ground Zero Marshmallow custom firmware.

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