08-11-13, 04:23 am
If you want to tweak your Sony Xperia Z then you will have to complete this step by step guide. After applying the operations explained here, you will be able to power up the performances of your device by overclocking the CPU, updating with custom ROMs, removing in built programs, installing new apps and features and so on. You will be able to do so as we will be checking on how to easily root, unlock the bootloader and install TWRP recovery on your Xperia Z smartphone.
The Xperia Z is a high end Android based smartphone that comes with impressive specs, features and capabilities along with an outstanding design. But, the OS might not be on everyone’s taste and most of the users might find it necessary in updating their Xperia Z with a custom ROM or with the stock version of the Android firmware. In that case, you will first have to learn how to root and install a custom recovery image on your handset.
Gaining root access is a custom and unofficial operation that is designed to unchain the internal systems of the Android based devices. So, if you want to access the in-built programs, the OS or if you want to optimize and customize the same, you will first have to root your Sony Xperia Z. After rooting you will be able to apply custom updates, you will be able to flash custom recovery images, apps that require root access in order to work properly and basically you will be able to change the factory restrictions and improve the performances of your phone. Also, you will be able to bump the speeds, by overclocking your Android device.
You should be careful as when dealing with such operations the warranty of your Z will get void. So, try not to mess things up, or damage your device as you will be by yourselves. Don’t panic either, because the warranty can be restored afterwards; for that you will have to downgrade your Xperia Z to stock Android Jelly Bean OS, or you will have to update your handset to an official release of the Android platform – and soon you will be able to apply the new Jelly Bean 4.3 software. Do note that on rooted handsets the OTA updates can’t be received or applied – you will have to manually install the ROMs.
Now, after rooting, you will learn how to unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia Z. The bootloader is a small program that runs each time you boot your smartphone. The program is similar with the one that is featured on your notebook or PC, so it will load the OS and some other apps from the ROM memory into the RAM section of your phone. Without the bootloader, your Xperia Z can’t operate at all. So, as you can already tell, usually, when you buy a new device, it will be delivered with a locked bootloader, meaning that it’s your job to unlock the same. But, why to do that?
Well, similar with rooting, unlocking the Xperia Z bootloder will offer more access to the internal system of your smartphone. Furthermore, updating with some custom ROMs and kernels are requiring an unlocked bootloader so the best will be to ensure the same.
Finally, the custom recovery image. Well this is the last operation to perform when looking forward in updating your device with custom ROMs, when trying to install custom kernels, or when trying to perform complex backups, maintenance, optimization and customization operations. The stock recovery that comes pre-installed on the Android based handsets isn’t useful when dealing with procedures like the up-mentioned ones, so you need to install a custom recovery on your Sony Xperia Z; and, by using this step by step guide your will flash TWRP recovery on your phone.
TWRP recovery is the touch version of CWM recovery, which is the most popular Android recovery among worldwide users. The app comes with many features and with an intuitive user interface which makes it easy to use and to handle.
Therefore, now you know everything that’s relevant about the present tutorial that will show you how to easily root, unlock the bootloader and flash TWRP recovery on your Sony Xperia Z. But before starting the steps from below, you first have to prepare your device. Because of that, take a look and complete the pre requisites from below.
- A computer will be required; your phone and its USB cable should be near you too.
- On both handset and PC you must uninstall, or only deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and Firewall protection – the security protection might interfere with our work by interrupting the flashing procedures.
- Since this is a long tutorial, you should first charge your Xperia Z. Do that especially if on your phone you notice that there is less than 60% power left. If your handset gets turned off in the middle of the installation procedure, you will risk in bricking the same.
- Enable the USB debugging option on your phone because you need to properly connect your Z with the computer; so go to: “Settings -> Development Options -> USB debugging” and check the same.
- Backup the Xperia Z data because it might get corrupted or even wiped out. You should save the contacts list, the market apps, the calendar info, text messages and internet settings; also don’t forget to store the relevant data such as personal info and accounts.
The tools from below along with the installation procedures are being provided by those of xda-developers team, so we should thank them for the present step by step guide.
This tutorial is compatible only with the Sony Xperia Z smartphone. Don’t root, unlock the bootloader and flash TWRP recovery by using the next steps if you have a different or similar Sony or Android device because you will probably end up in bricking your handset.