2013-10 UPDATE: Watch the latest rooting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx7_S3t96sA&hd=1
2013-07 UPDATE: Another Jelly Bean root for (some) Xperia devices: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2327472
Before asking any questions, READ THIS DESCRIPTION and VISIT THE ORIGINAL THREAD: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460
What is rooting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_rooting
SEARCH the original thread if your model isn't listed. DO NOT ASK IF IT'LL WORK. If no one's attempted it, you can do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. Method #1 should NOT affect any data.
2012-06: Jelly Bean has been released for some Xperia devices. 2012/2011 devices CANNOT be rooted directly. You MUST install a pre-rooted ZIP from recovery while in ICS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as8kSzThbSw&hd=1
If you do NOT have the Sony Backup & Restore app pre-installed, visit the original thread above.
2013-04 UPDATE: As of v20, the Mode #3 _may_ root the newer 2012 Q4/2013 Sony firmwares such as .2.55 or 6.1.1.B.1.54. If it doesn't work for your Sony device, root can still be achieved by downgrading the kernel, rooting, then upgrading the kernel again.
Xperia S: ICS .55 and above: /showthread.php?p=39498268
If you're on Jelly Bean, also try MotoChopper, a different root method just for Jelly Bean: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2252248
This video shows how to use Bin4ry's "Restore" Rooting Toolkit to root phones running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. It works on multiple models from many different manufacturers.
- HTC One S
- Sony Xperia S, T, P, Acro S, Ion, Tipo, Tablet S, Go, Sola, U
- LG: P705, P7510, Canadian Optimus G (E973 Bell/Telus, E971 Rogers) & AT&T Optimus G: http://www.lg.com/us/support-mobile/l... Bootloader unlock: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showt... / Updated root method: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showt...
- Kyocera Rise, Hydro
All links start with: http://forum.xda-developers.com
Sola 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?p=35024193#post35024193
Go, 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?t=2216434
1st generation Tablet S: /showthread.php?t=1515720
U, 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?t=2243368
Miro, 11.0.A.5.5: /showthread.php?t=2014188
Ion LT28i/LT28h, 6.1.E.3.7, pre-rooted, any bootloader:
P, 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?t=2064881
Also, just because the rooting toolkit works on a similar/identical model but from another region DOESN'T mean it'll work on yours because the firmwares WILL be different.
e.g. LG Optimus G from Japan (not working as of 2012-11-01) versus Canadian [Bell] LG Optimus G (shown in this video).
This does NOT network/SIM unlock your phone.
This will NOT re-lock your phone if it is already network/SIM unlocked.
This does NOT unlock your bootloader.
This WILL work on ANY bootloader, IF your firmware is root-able.
To use the toolkit, your phone MUST be recognized by your computer in Device Manager in USB Debugging mode. This requires DRIVERS or SOFTWARE from your manufacturer.
Make sure conflicting programs such as FlashTool or BlueStacks are NOT running or else you'll get errors.
Sony phones require BOTH Update Service and PC Companion to be installed:
If all else fails, Google "ADB drivers [phone model]". I will NOT answer questions related to driver issues. Google, download, and install them. Also try different USB ports and cables as certain phones won't work with certain cables/ports/USB hubs/etc.
This toolkit shouldn't wipe/erase any data but as with any modification of your phone, it is advisable to ALWAYS BACKUP before modifying your phone.
- APN Backup: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.APNBackupRestore&hl=en
- App Backup: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=backup&c=apps
Once you've rooted, you can install recovery through RecoverX: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1773227
NOTE: If you bootloader is locked, most custom ROMs will NOT work.
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