How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Neo (MT15i) and Xperia Neo V (MT11i)

You may be rooted but you still can’t flash custom ROMs until you have a custom recovery installed on your device.  Flashing a custom recovery brings a lot of features that are not usually available on the stock recovery, like the ability to make backups, wipe battery stats/cache/data and of course, flash custom ROMs.  The most popular of these recoveries is the ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) and we’ll show you in this post how to install CWM on the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Neo/Neo V without too much fuss.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  While it is improbable that you will lose your data, it’s better to be safe than sorry and back up everything that is important to you before you proceed.

2.  This procedure should work on the Xperia Neo (MT15i) and the Xperia Neo V (MT11i) running any version of Android (GB 2.3.3, ICS 4.0.3 or ICS 4.0.4).

3.  You need to be rooted for this procedure to work.  Follow our guide on the same if you aren’t rooted already.

II.  Installing x-Parts

1.  Open up the Play store on your device.

2.  Search for x-Parts and install the app.

3.  Open x-Parts and tap on the Installs tab.

4.  Click on Install CWM.

And you’re done!

III.  Accessing ClockworkMod Recovery

1.  Open up the x-Parts app.

2.  Tap on the Tools tab.

3.  Tap on the Reboot to Recovery button.

V.  Flashing Custom ROMs (Optional)

If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

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  • Aniket

    i have wiped my all data when i install jelly bean bt it shows erron i.e installation abborted then i reebot my phone but now i was unable to start my phone plsss help me what can i do!!!!!

    • dave

      same problem here

  • quike_gon

    Hello, I have a SE Xperia Neo V with 4.0.4, and I cant unlock bootloaders. Can I install clockworkmod?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.hernandezguzman.5 Kevin Hernandez Guzman

      Yes, with my Neo V with 4.0.4 worked

  • daxter

    Fack This!!! i click Partition sd to make swap file and it deletes all!!!!!!!!!!!! its sases partition not format!!!!

  • sényi

    I’ve done all the steps but my device does not loads Recovery. I tried both alternatives of CWM, non of them work. What should I do? Thanks.

  • ravv

    my device is rooted but cwm in not installing

  • tArKi

    Thank you!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You’re most welcome!

  • Diana

    Thanks for this! The weird thing is though, that I have a MT15i and it says my device is not supported? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Harish Karthik

    hey…. guys u should press into reboot to fast boot instead of reboot to recovery ,,…. :)

  • onidarbe

    MT15i unlocked and rooted, but CWM doesn’t get installed!

  • ozan

    allah razı olsun
    allah ne muradın varsa versin. (God bless you :))

  • mohd zamry

    finally i root my device…thanks..god bless you

  • conner peden

    mt11i rooted but x parts didnt do cwm either