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How to Root Sony Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 on Official Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Firmware (10.1.A.1.350)

The most awaited rooting for the Sony Xperia Z is now available. Those who own the device can now root their Xperia Z models C6602 and C6603 using the official Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean firmware. However, the rooting procedure can only be done on devices with unlocked bootleader. This latest innovative development that is very beneficial to Xperia Z owners is owed to the XDA forums developer, DoomLoRD. Had it not been with his ingenuity, no rooting process is yet to be available to the public today as there has been no official release on rooting the device available until now while the custom recovery continues to be in progress and not to be released soon for Xperia Z.

Before you start with the rooting tutorial, make sure that you have the proper cell phone model. This rooting procedure is only applicable to the Sony Xperia Z C6602 and C6603 models. Make sure to double check that you have the device model correct otherwise you might end up breaking the device you are using.

Xperia Z C6602 / C6603

There are requirements that you need to do prior to undertaking the rooting procedures as follow:

  • Your Xperia Z should have a firmware of 10.1.A.1.350
  • Make sure that you have downloaded the USB driver for Sony Xperia to your computer. You will need this in order to successfully connect your cellular device to the computer.
  • The ADB and FastBoot driver should already be installed on your computer before starting the procedure in the rooting tutorial.
  • Make sure that the USB debugging feature on your device is enabled.
  • Check if the battery life of your device is at least 80%. Otherwise, you should charge the unit first before rooting it.
  • Make sure to take the time to backup all your phone data. This will ensure that you have a copy of your important mobile data in case you lose them from your device while performing the rooting procedure.

Rooting Procedure of Sony Xperia Z C6602 / C6603

Step 1: Download Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img (modified CF-Auto-Root kernel)

Step 2: Download Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img (Stock insecure kernel for FW (10.1.A.1.350)

Step 3: Complete the setup for the ADB and FastBoot driver and then copy the adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll C:android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools & fastboot.exe into C:android-sdk-windowstools to C:Android

Step 4: Download the .img file into the C:Android drive.

Step 5: Push the power off button on the device to enter into the fastboot mode.

Step 6: Hold the volume + button for a few seconds while you simultaneously plug the micro USB cable that is already connected to the computer into the device. You will know that the device is properly connected to the computer when the blue color LED lights up. This means that you are already in the fastboot mode.

Step 7: Go to Windows logo then type CMD on its search box then click enter.

Step 8: From the command prompt type cd c:Android

Step 9: From the command prompt, key in: fastboot flash boot Z_DooMLoRD_CF-Auto-Root-ported_FW-350.img

Step 10: On the command prompt window, type “fastboot reboot.”

Step 11: Wait a few seconds and the device will be on a booting mode. This is indicated by a message telling you that the device will be rebooting within 10 seconds.

Step 12: Press the volume + button for about 15 seconds to bring the device into the fastboot mode once again.

Step 13: Repeat steps 7 to 8.

Step 14: On the command prompt type: fastboot flash boot Z_DooMLoRD_insecure_FW-350.img

Step 15: Download Busybox Installer. Install it here: /system/xbin/

Step 16: Your device is now successfully rooted.

Now that you have your Sony Xperia Z models C6602 and C6603 rooted and you can now enjoy better functionality of your device. You don’t have to wait for the official release of the update for your Xperia Smartphone which may likely be available only in limited regions on its first release. You can enjoy the benefits of rooting an Android device by giving your mobile a boost in speed and and a bit of uplifting its performance and efficiency without waiting for the official update of Jelly Bean 4.2.1 firmware for Xperia Z C6602 and C6603.

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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