How-To: Root The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware [Locked Bootloader]

Root The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

The Xperia Z1 Compact has received an update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, build number 14.4.A.0.108.  If you’ve flashed the firmware or else were able to update to with OTA to the .108 firmware, you’re going to need to root the phone again.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to root a Xperia Z1 Compact that runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with build number 14.4.A.0.108 while keeping the bootloader untouched.  We’re going to be using Geohot’s Towelroot which is a new application for rooting Android devices.

Before we begin, prepare your phone by making sure of the following:

  1. You have an Xperia Z1 Compact with .108 firmware.
  2. Your devices battery is charged to at least over 60 percent. This will prevent power issues from disrupting the rooting process.
  3. You’ve enabled USB debugging mode by one of the two methods outlined below:
    1. Settings -> Developer Options ->USB debugging.
    2. No Developer Options? Try Settings -> about device and then tap the “build number” seven times
  4. You have an OEM data cable with which to establish a connection between the PC and your phone.
  5. You’ve allowed “Unknown Sources” on your phone.
    1. Settings > Security > Unknown Sources > Tick

How-To: Root Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware:

  1. Download EasyRoot here
  2. Extract the file, then get the install.bat file
  3. Connect your device to a PC.
  4. Run install.bat file.
  5. Follow the instructions on-screen to root.


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.


How-To: Root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware with Locked Bootloader:

  1. Download Towelroot apk. here
  2. Connect the phone to your PC.
  3. Copy downloaded APK file to your phone.
  4. Disconnect your phone and locate APK file you placed on it.
  5. Tap APK file to start installation.
  6. If prompted, select “Package Installer”.
  7. Allow Unknown Sources from Settings > Security.
  8. Proceed with the installation.
  9. When installation is complete, locate the Towelroot Application in the app drawer and open it.
  10. Tap the “make it ra1n” button in Towelroot app.

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  1. Download file. here
  2. Unzip file, and then grap the Superuser.apk from the common folder.
  3. Now copy apk to your device and install by following steps 2 – 8.
  4. Once installed, update Superuser or SuperSu by using Google Play Store.

How do you install busybox now?

  1. On your phone, go to the Google Play Store.
  2. Search “Busybox Installer”.
  3. When you’ve found it, install.
  4. Run Busybox installer and installation should proceed.


How do you check if the device is properly rooted?

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


Have you made the switch to .108 firmware? How is it working for you? Any tips?

Share your experiences in the comment section below.


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