How-To: Root the Xperia Z3 D6603, D6653 23.1.A.0.690 5.0.2 Lollipop Firmware Plus TWRP

Root the Xperia Z3 D6603

Sony has released a Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Xperia Z3.  This update has the build number 23.1.A.0.690.

This update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is the biggest once since Gingerbread. Lollipop is more powerful, secure and more efficient in terms of battery and RAM management. than any previous Android version.

For those who have updated to to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.690 firmware, you’ll find you have lost root access however.  If you want to root the firmware to your Xperia X3, you can follow the guide we’ve compiled below.

Following this guide step by step will install TWRP on an Xperia Z3 with model number D6603 and D6653. You will need to install custom recovery, after which you can root your device using it.


  1. A Sony Xperia Z3 D6603 and Xperia Z3 D6653
    • The rooting method in this guide is only for the devices mentioned above. If you use this method on a different device, you could brick the device.
    • To make sure your devices model number matches go to Settings > About Device and you will see the model number.
  2. The Battery needs to be charged to at least over 60 percent.
    • If your battery is low and the device goes dead during flashing, you will brick the device
  3. Backup all important data.
    • SMS Messages
    • Call Logs
    • Contacts
    • Back up Media by copying files manually to a PC or Laptop.
    • Titanium Backup – If the device is already rooted, use this to backup apps, system data and other important content.
    • Backup Nandroid – If CWM or TWRP was installed previously.
  4. Enable USB Debugging Mode.
    • Tap settings>developer options>USB debugging.
    • If there are no developer options in settings, tap settings > about device and tap “Build Number” 7 times
  5. Install then setup Sony Flashtool.
    • From Sony Flashtool, open Flashtool folder
    • Open Flashtool>Drivers>Flashtool-drivers.exe
    • Install Flashtool, Fastboot and Xperia Z3 drivers
    • If you don’t find Flashtool drivers in Flashmode, skip step and install SonyPC Companion for drivers support.
  6. Have an OEM data cable to establish a connection between the phone and the PC
  7. Unlock the Bootloader
  8. Set-up the ADB and Fastboot drivers
    • Download and install ADB and Fastboot drivers on computer.
    • For Windows users: You need Windows 7 to use ADB Drivers
    • For Windows: ADB & Fastboot For Windows
    • For Mac: ADB & Fastboot For Mac


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 Xperia Z3 D6603,D6653 23.1.A.0.690 Firmware

First Step: Install TWRP Custom Recovery on Xperia Z3 .690 Firmware

  1. Make ADB Drivers work correctly.
  2. Make sure you unlocked bootloader on your smartphone.
  3. Make sure the current build number of your phone firmware is 23.1.A.0.690.
  4. Make sure phone model numbers are either D6603 or D6653.
  5. Find and download Advanced Stock Kernel For Xperia Z3 .690 Firmware.
  6. Unzip.
  7. Place contents on PC.
  8. Copy boot.img extension to the Fastboot folder or the Minimal ADB Installation Folder.
  9. Turn off the Xperia Z3.
  10. Hold down the volume up button and then connect to PC with USB cable.
  11. You should see the LED turn blue. This means that the phone is in fastboot mode.

Note: The LED can be other colors but the phone cannot go into charging. If it does it means that the fastboot drivers aren’t installed correctly. You then need to nstall drivers again before returning to this step.

  1. Open fastboot folder where the boot.img is placed.
  2. Hold down the shift button on keyboard and then right-click on the mouse.
  3. Click “Open Command Window Here” (For Windows).
  4. Type fastboot devices. Press Enter
  5. You should see only one device with a random serial number. If you see more than one device, uninstall any Android Emulator that are on your PC, disconnect any other devices and also uninstall PC Companion if it is installed.
  6. Type in fastboot flash boot boot.img. Press Enter.
  7. Flashing will begin.
  8. When it is done, move on to next step.

Step Two: Rooting Xperia Z3 .690 Firmware

  1. You need to download SuperSU flashable zip. here
  2. Place the downloaded file on your phone’s SD Memory.
  3. Turn off phone.
  4. Turn it back on while pressing down on the volume and power buttons. This should make you enter recovery mode.
  5. In TWRP, tap install then locate the folder where you placed the SuperSU zip.
  6. Install and flash it and phone should be rooted automatically with SuperSU app also being installed.
  7. Go back to main menu. Reboot device.

Now your phone should be rooted and TWRP custom recovery installed.

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