How-To: Root And Install CWM Recovery On Sony Xperia SP Running 12.0.A.2.254 Firmware

Sony Xperia SP Root and Install CWM Recovery

The last update that Sony released for its Xperia SP was to firmware 12.0.A.2.254 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Now, Sony has announced that they will be releasing a new update for the Sony Xperia SP, this time to Android 4.3.  This new update is set to begin the roll out by December 2013.

Before we get too excited about the newest update, it might be a good idea to make sure your Xperia SP, running firmware 12.0.A.2.254 is rooted.  Why? Here are the advantages of a rooted device:

  • Complete access to data which would otherwise remain locked by manufacturers.
  • Ability to remove factory restrictions.
  • Ability to make changes to internal systems as well as the operating system.
  • You can install different applications to enhance your devices performance.
  • You will be able to remove built-in apps and programs.
  • And you can upgrade your device’s battery life.
  • Also you can install apps which need root access.

Prepare your phone:

  1. This guide is only for Sony Xperia SP C5302 or C5303
    • Check your device model by going to Settings -> About device->Model.
  2. The root instruction in this guide only for and Xperia SP running 0.A.2.254firmware 
    • Check your firmware version by going to Settings -> About device.
  3. The battery has at least over 60 percent charge so power doesn’t run out during the flashing process.
  4. You’ve backed everything up.
  • Backup you SMS messages, call logs, contacts
  • Back up important media content by copying to a PC
  1. You have enabled USB debugging mode by either of these two options:
    • Settings>General>Developer Options
    • Settings l>About Device> Build Number. 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.

Download and install:

  • Sony Flashtool
  • Sony USB drivers
  • Easy Rooting Toolkit: here
  • The older kernel file for the Xperia SP: XperiaSP_C530X_12.0.A.1.257_KernelOnly.ft here
  • The newer kernel file for the Xperia SP: XperiaSP_C530X_12.0.A.2.254_KernelOnly.ft here

Root the Sony Xperia SP:

  1. Install the Sony Flashtool that you downloaded.
  2. When it is installed, put the downloaded file in Flashtool>Firmware folder
  3. Open flash tool, you will see the lightning button on the top left corner, click on it then select flash mode. Then select 0.A.1.257_KernelOnly.ft and hit Flash.
  4. When your device is detected in Flash mode, the flashing process should begin.
  5. When you see the flashing finished message in the logs, close Flashtool.
  6. Connect the phone and the PC. Enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
  7. Extract you downloaded to yourC: drive 
  8. Run the runme_OSversionfile, this should execute the rooting toolkit, and will root the phone.
  9. When the device is rooted, it will restart. To be sure it is a rooted check that you now have the SuperSu app in your app drawer.
  10. Place the downloaded, newer kernel file 0.A.2.254_KernelOnly.ftf in C: drive.
  11. Open Flashtool again, flash the new kernel file using steps 3-4 again.
  12. Turn your device back on.


Flash ClockworkMod custom recovery on Sony Xperia SP:

  1. Download CWM recovery package. here
  2. Extract the zip file to your PC desktop.
  3. Turn on USB debugging mode.
  4. Run Install.bat file from extracted folder.
  5. Follow instructions on the screen.

Have you rooted your Sony Xperia SP?

Share your experience in the comments box below.


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