How-To: Install CWM Recovery And Root Xperia Z2.23.0.1.A.0.167 Firmware

Install CWM Recovery And Root Xperia Z2.23.0.1.A.0.167 Firmware

The Xperia Z2 is a former flagship device of Sony. Out of the box, the Xperia Z2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, but Sony plans to update the Xperia Z2 to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Currently, Xperia Z2 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat 23.0.1.A.0.167firmware. If youve updated your device with this firmware, you’ll find you can no longer root the Xperia Z2 without unlocking the bootloader. For a while, there was no method to root the Xperia Z2 with this latest firmware.

XDA senior developer Doomlord has added support to his kernel with custom recovery for the Xperia Z2. The recovery is CWM version number To laod this custom kernel and run custom recovery on an Xperia Z2, you need an unlocked bootloader.  Afterwards you will find you can flash SuperSu and regain root access.

In this guide, we show you how to install CWM recovery and root Xperia Z2 D6502, D6503 and D6543.

Here are some early preparations you need to make:


  1. Check your phones model. This guide is only for phones that are:
    • Xperia Z2 with model numbers D6502, D6503 and D6543
    • Confirm phone model and software buildnumber by going to Settings->About phone.
    • The firmware running on the device should be 0.1.A.0.167
  2. Have installed Android ADB & Fastboot drivers installed.
  3. Have an unlocked bootloader.
  4. Charge battery to at least over 60 percent.
  5. Back up important data:
    • Important contacts, SMS messages, call logs, media content manually.
    • If the device is rooted use Titanium Backup for all your apps and datea
    • Back up your system with a custom recovery (CWM or TWRP) if one has been flashed.
  6. Enable USBdebugging mode.
    • Settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging mode.
  7. Have an OEM data cable to connect your PC and Phone.

 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.

Install CWM Recovery on Xperia Z2 D6503, D6502, D6543

  1. Download: Doomlord’s here
  2. After download is complete, find the file Advanced Stock and copy it onto your phone’s SD Card.
  3. Extract the .zip folder onto your PC. You will then get a Boot.img file.
  4. Place Boot.img file in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.
  5. If you have the full package of Android ADB and Fastboot, place the downloader Recovery.img file in either the Fastboot folder of the Platform-tools folder.
  6. Now open the folder where the Boot.img file is.
  7. While holding down the shift key right click on any empty area, then click “Open Command Window Here.”
  8. Turn off the phone.
  9. While the phone is turned off, continuously press the volume up key while you plug in the USB cable.
  10. You will see a blue notification light on your phone. This means it is connected in Fastboot mode.
  11. Type command: fastbootflash bootimg
  12. Hit Enter then CWM recovery will flash.
  13. When recovery has been flashed, command “Fastboot reboot”.
  14. Device should reboot. When the Sony Logo and the pink LED are seen, prss volume up key. This should enable you to enter recovery.
  15. In recovery: Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDCard> Advanced Stock Kernel with > Yes
  16. Kernel should now flash on your phone.
  17. When flashing is finished, reboot phone.


Root Your Xperia Z2 On .67 Firmware Now

  1. Download zip here
  2. Copy downloaded .zip fileto SD card of phone.
  3. Turn off your device and boot in recovery mode like you did is step 14.
  4. In recovery: install zip > choose zip from SDcard > > yes
  5. SuperSu will flash.
  6. When flashing is through, reboot your device and you will find SuperSu in the app
  7. You’re rooted now.
  8. Install the Root Checker app from Google Play Store to verify your root access.

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