How To: Root And Install CWM/TWRP Recovery On A Sony Xperia ZQ/ZL C6502/3/6 Running 10.5.A.0.230 Firmware

The Sony Xperia ZQ/ZL C6502/3/6

Sony’s Xperia ZL is also known as the Xperia ZQ.  The ZL/ZQ is similar to Sony’s flagship Z. Sony has recently updated the Xperia Z – and the ZQ/ZL to Android 4.4.2 KitKat based on build number 10.5.A.0.230.


If you’ve updated your ZQ/ZL to stock firmware and now want to break the stock boundaries, you are going to need root access and a custom recovery on your device.  In this guide, we’re going to show you how to install one of two types of custom recoveries – CWM and TWRP – on a Sony Xperia ZQ/ZL that runs latest Android 4.4.2. KitKat 10.5.A.0.230 firmware.  We will also be showing you how to root it.  Follow along.

Prepare your phone:

  1. Check that you have the correct device.  This guide only works with the Xperia ZL/ZQ C6502/C6503/C6506 running .230firmware. Check your device model and firmware version by going to Settings > About Device.
  2. Charge your phone’s battery to least over 60 percent. This is to prevent you from losing power before the process ends.
  3. Install Android ADB and Fastboot drivers on your device.
  4. Unlock your bootloader.
  5. Backup all your important contacts, call logs, and sms messages.
  6. Backup your important media content manually by copying them to a PC.
  7. If you have a custom recovery already installed, use it to create a backup of your current system.
  8. Enable USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings>Developer Options>USB Debugging.
  9. Have an OEM data cable that you can use to establish a connection between your phone and your PC.

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/TWRP Recovery and Root Sony Xperia ZQ/ZL C6502/3/6 10.5.A.0.230 Firmware:

  1. Download: Advanced Stock Kernel with CWM Recovery
  2. Extract downloaded .zip folder to your PC.  You will see an .img file, rename this to Boot.img.
  3. Place extracted Boot.img file in Minimal ADB & Fastboot folder.
  4. If you have Android ADB & Fastboot full package, place the downloaded Recovery.img file in Fastboot folder or Platform-tools folder.
  5. Open folder where the Boot.img file was placed.
  6. Open a command window.  Do so by pressing and holding the shift key while right clicking on any empty area within the folder and clicking on “Open Command Window Here”.
  7. Turn off your phone.
  8. Press the Volume Up Key and keeping it pressed while you plug in the USB cable.
  9. If you have correctly connected your phone in fastboot mode, you will see the notification light of your phone turn blue.  You should see a blue light in the notification light of your phone
  10. Type the following command: fastboot flash boot boot.img
  11. Hit Enter CWM and TWRP recovery will flash.
  12. When recovery is flashed, issue this command “Fastboot reboot”
  13. Your device should now reboot and when you see the Sony logo and a pink LED, press the Volume Up key to enter CWM recovery and Volume Down to enter TWRP recovery.


Root Xperia ZL/ZQ Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat 10.5.A.0.230 Firmware:

  1. Download Super SU Zip file.
  2. Copy the downloaded .zip file onto your phone’s SD card.
  3. Boot into CWM recovery
  4. From recovery, select: Install>Choose Zip from SD Card>>Yes.
  5. What for recovery to flash the SuperSu file.
  6. When flashing is finish reboot your device.
  7. Check that Super Su appears in your app drawer



Install busybox now

  1. On your phone, go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “Busybox Installer”.
  3. Run Busybox installer and proceed with installation.


How to check if the device is properly rooted or not?

  1. Return to the Google Play Store on your phone.
  2. Find and install “Root Checker”.
  3. Open Root Checker.
  4. Tap “Verify Root”.
  5. You will be asked for SuperSu rights, tap “Grant”.
  6. You will see Root Access Verified Now!



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