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How-To: Root An Xperia ZR C5503/C5502 Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 10.4.B.0.569 Firmware

Last updated: December 4, 2018.

Root An Xperia ZR

If you’ve updated your Xperia ZR C5503 and C5502 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, you may now be looking for a way you can root it.  In this guide, we walk you through a method that can do just that. 

Before we begin, let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might want to root your Android device:

Rooting

  • Gives you complete access to data which would otherwise remain locked by manufacturers.
  • Removes factory restrictions on a device
  • Allows changes to be made to internal system and operating systems.
  • Allows the installation of performance enhancing applications, removal of built-in applications and programs, upgrading the devices battery life, and installing apps which need root access.
  • Allows you to modify the device using mods and custom roms.

Prepare your phone:

  1. The method here is only for the Sony Xperia Z C5503 / C5502. Don’t try with any other device
    • Check your device: Settings > About device.
  2. Unlock the device’s bootloader.
  3. Have Android ADB & Fastboot drivers installed.
  4. Have a OEM data cable to establish the connection between PC and phone.
  5. Back up all importantmedia content, contacts, call logs and sms messages.
  6. Battery is at least charged to over 60 percent.
  7. Your device is running on latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 10.4.B.0.569 firmware.
    • Check firmware: Settings > About device.
  8. You have enabled USB debugging mode on the phone.
    • Settings >Developer options > USB debugging mode. Or
    • Settings >tap build number 7 times.

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.

 

First, you need to have installed a CWM recovery.

 

Install a CWM recovery on your device:

  1. Download CWM Recovery kernel. here
  2. Copy downloaded boot.img file to Minimal ADB and Fastboot drivers folder.
  3. Open folder where you placed downloaded recovery.img or boot.img file.
  4. Press and hold down the shift key while right clicking on any empty area in the folder. Click on “Open Command Window Here”.
  5. Turn off the Xperia ZR.
  6. Press and hold the Volume Up Key while you plug in the USB data cable.
  7. You will see the LED on your phone turn blue now, this means it is connected properly and in Fastboot mode.
  8. In command prompt type: Fastboot flash boot boot.img [Replace Boot name with filename of what you downloaded],
  9. After a few seconds, recovery should flash on your phone.
  10. Remove the USB data cable.

 

  1. Turn on device. When you  see the Sony logo press Volume Up key rapidly.  You should now boot into the CWM.

 

Now that you have a custom recovery, let’s go on to root your device.

Root Xperia ZR running Android 4.3 10.4.B.0.569 firmware:

  1. Download zip file. SuperSu
  2. Copy the downloaded file to the phones internal storage or to the SDcard.
  3. Boot your phone into CWM recovery.
  4. Install Zip > Choose Zip from Sd Card > SuperSu.zip > Yes
  5. SuperSu should flash now.
  6. Check that you can find it in your devices app drawer. If you do, then you know you have successfully rooted the device.

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When your rooted, you can now go back to the phone’s stock kernel by doing the following:

  1. Open the Sony Flashtool.
  2. Hit the small lightening button that you can see on the top left and then click on
  3. Select the firmware that you just flashed.
  4. From the selection menu found on the right side, exclude everything but Kernel.
  5. Click on Flash then connect your phone on flashmode when you see the prompt.
  6. Kernel should now flash.
  7. You will now find that your are back in stock kernel and have rooted your phone.

Have you rooted your Sony Xperia ZR?

Share your experience in the comments box below.

JR.

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