A Guide To Rooting Sony Xperia

Rooting Sony Xperia

The official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update was released a few months ago by Sony for its newest device Xperia V. It is one of the major updates in Android world. The next update to Android 4.4 KitKat is now the much awaited update. However, a release has not yet been planned.


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You can, nevertheless, still update your device to Android 4.4 KitKat with the use of custom ROMs. You have to make sure first that you have gained root access on the device. This article is a step-by-step procedure on how to root the Sony Xperia V device.


Note: This procedure works well with firmware versions “9.2.A.0.295” and “9.2.A.0.199”.


Things To Keep In Mind


Sony Xperia V’s battery level should be not less than 80%.

You must unlock bootloader.

Enable USB debugging.

Make a backup of all your data.

Right drivers should be installed in your computer.


Note: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device.  Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers.  Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility.  In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.


Files To Be Downloaded


Root File (SuperSu) here

Sony Flash Tool here

Modified Kernel File here

Stock Kernel File here


Rooting Sony Xperia V


Step 1: Get all the files mentioned above and keep them in one folder.

Step 2: Connect the device with a USB cable to the computer and copy the “Root File (Super Su) to the SD Card.

Step 3: Get the “Sony Flash Tool” and install to the computer.

Step 4: Find the SonyFlashTool.exe on the desktop and install it to the computer.

Step 5: Look for the “Lightening” button at the upper left side of the tool and click on it. Choose the “Fastboot Mode”.

Step 6: A dialog box will open. It contains options to choose from. Select the “Reboot into Fastboot mode”.

Step 7: Click on the “Select Kernel to flash” button.

Step 8: A window with the “Kernel Chooser” will appear. From there, choose a kernel to flash.

(Note: You will find lots of kernel format in the list, and not just the “File name” selection. By default, they appear with “.sin” which you will have to edit to “.elf”.)

Step 9: Go to the folder where you copied the downloaded files and look for the “Kernel.elf”. Select it.

Step 10: Flash the kernel to your device. This will take a few seconds.

Step 11: When the process is finished, remove your device from the computer.

Step 12: Boot the device to recovery mode by hold down the Power key for 3 seconds. A Sony logo will appear. When it does, start pressing the “volume down” for 5-6 times. You will then be directed to the recovery mode.

Step 13: Go to the “Mount/Storage” and choose “Mount System”.

Step 14: Flash the Super Su (Root File)

Step 15: Turn off your device after the flashing is completed. Do not reboot. Or you can also take off the battery.

Step 16: Put back the battery on the device. Do not turn on the device just yet.

Step 17: Connect the device back to the computer while holding the “Volume Up”. This will take you to the “Fastboot” mode.

Step 18: Flas the kernel but this time use the “Stock Kernel File” which has the .sin on it.

Step 19: Reboot the device when the process is finished.


You can verify if it has been rooted by opening the app drawer and find the “Super Su” application.


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