Sony's flagship smartphone Xperia Z currently running on official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software can be rooted. Recognised XDA developer Bin4ry has released a root file as well as an easy method allowing users to root their devices without facing any difficulty.

Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z is running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official software version.

The key feature of the root file is it roots all the devices running on both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean software. The developer has confirmed that the root method is compatible with the new Xperia Z. It also works on both locked and unlocked bootloader. Head over to the development page to learn more about the root release.

Xperia Z users who wish to root their devices running on Jelly Bean having locked/unlocked bootloader may follow our step-by-step guide below.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Also, users are advised to verify that their handsets meet following requirements.


1) Install USB Driver for Sony Xperia Z to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) Ensure that ADB is installed on the device.

4) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the device, create a backup. If the device is having a custom recovery such as CWM/TWERP already installed, then back up the data using the same.

5) Ensure that the battery of Xperia Z has above 80% charge.

6) The root file works only on Sony Xperia Z. Flashing this on any incorrect variant is likely to brick the device.

Steps to root Sony Xperia Z running on Android Jelly Bean with Locked/Unlocked Bootloaders

Stesp-1: Download root package for Sony Xperia Z to the computer

File name: Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v30

Stesp-2: Extract the downloaded zip file using 7zip/Winrar or any other extracting tool

Stesp-3: Connect the Xperia Z to the computer using USB cable. But ensure that the mass storage is off

Stesp-4: Double click the RunMe.bat file which was in the extracted folder

Stesp-5: Then choose Mode 3 (Goroh_Kun mode)

Stesp-6: Follow the on-screen instructions and soon you should see a success message

Sony Xperia Z with locked/unlocked bootloaders is now rooted successfully. Users may now install any app that requires root permission. To ensure the root method is installed and working properly, verify with the Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

[Source: Android Jinn]

Install CWM Recovery on Sony Xperia Z

Those who have already rooted their handset now can install ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery.

The custom recovery file, which is built from CWM sources, for Xperia Z with unlocked bootloater has been released by XDA developer, DooMLoRD. The developer notes that the recovery file works only with Sony Xperia Z running on stock firmware 10.1.A.1.350/434 or any ROM based on the same firmware. Head over to the development page to learn more about the CWM recovery release. The CWM recovery for Xperia Z with locked bootloader is shared by XDA developer, krabappel254.

Click here for guide to update Xperia Tablet Z to CyanogenMod 10.1.0 RC5 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.