How to Root the Sony Xperia U

If you’re looking to buy a smartphone with not too fancy features but should have all those traditional features, then the Sony Xperia U would be a perfect choice for you. The Sony Xperia U boasts a Dual-Core processor and along with that, you’re going to get a 3.5″inch screen, similar to that of iPhone screens. Remaining specifications include a 5MP Camera, 512MB of RAM and 8GB Internal memory. What make this device special is its build quality that’s really awesome and lets you feel like you’re holding an expensive smartphone in your hands. A root method is out now for the device and we’re gonna explain the same in the following guide, to help you root your Xperia U and get the most out of it.

I. Before You Begin:

1. This will void the warranty of your device. However, you can reinstate the warranty by unrooting your device if there’s any unrooting procedure available.

2. The following procedure works on Windows based PCs only.

3. Your device must be running on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Root Package (Download link’s given in the first post)

III. Rooting the Sony Xperia U:

1. Download and place the Root Package archive onto your Desktop.

2. Unzip files from the archive to your Desktop.

3. Turn ON the USB debugging option on your device from Menu>>Settings>>Developer options>>USB debugging.

4. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

5. Double-click on the RunMe.bat file you extracted earlier to your Desktop.

6. When it asks you to choose the mode, select Normal mode.

7. Select Root option in the tool and it’ll begin rooting your device.

8. Once rooting’s done, reboot your device.

9. And you’re all done!

Congrats! Your Xperia U has been successfully rooted and you should be able to see the Superuser app right in your App Drawer. Now you can head to Google Play to download and install those lucrative root-only apps!

IV. Flash a Custom Recovery Image (Optional):

1. If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the How To Flash a Custom Recovery Image on the Sony Xperia U 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.

  • Khurram

    it doesnt work it just hangs after making the first choice help please

  • samy2632

    hey it says reconnect external memory n try again on my xperia u …:((
    n it says mount permission denied

  • MacVities

    Doesn’t work on anything newer than B10 kernel. (like b55, B89, Cxx)

  • wolf_01

    all steps done but don’t work and Superuser not install!

  • Jeffrey

    not working!!!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      What error did you get while roooting? It’ll help us find the cause.

      • Jeffrey

        when they told me to restore and select the folder i do it then the phone restart and they tell me that the phone is rooted but it is not

        • Varun Bansal

          Hi, this method doesn’t works on newer kennel than B.1.10…. to root xperia u on newer kernel u need to reflash the b.1.10 kernel then root by this method and then again flash the newer kernel (it must be same kernel i.e. The one u previously had before flashing the B.1.10 kernel to root like b.1.54)

  • Pieter-Jan Voskamp

    Anything for Gingerbread? ICS doesn’t run that nice on the Xperia U

  • http://techultimate.blogspot.in/ Shubhendu Shekhar

    1) New Standard-Root (thx Ariel Berkman)
    2) New Xperia Root by Goroh_kun (Xperia Z, Xperia V [JellyBean] …)
    3) Old
    4) Old-Special (for example: Sony Tablet S, Medion Lifetab)
    G) Google Glass Mode (thx Saurik for the ab file)

    x) Unroot

    These are the options I am getting what should I do ??

    • Dawn

      That all I’m getting, what did you do in the end?

      • http://techultimate.blogspot.in/ Shubhendu Shekhar

        Use option 3 . Worked fine for me :)

  • Stephanie

    I tried all 4 modes. The “Old” mode kind of worked, but I don’t see any superuser app. Does it work on Build 6.1.1.B.1.54?

  • jeffrey

    man the superuser is not installed

  • Sammy-chan

    Doesn’t work for me. Took option 3 from the menu and everything seem to work fine but after the first reboot the console just shut down and that’s it, no root, no superuser app. Can somebody help?

    • Varun Bansal

      Hi, this method doesn’t works on newer kennel than B.1.10…. to root xperia u on newer kernel u need to reflash the b.1.10 kernel then root by this method and then again flash the newer kernel (it must be same kernel i.e. The one u previously had before flashing the B.1.10 kernel to root)

      • GillAy

        How do I reflash the b1.10 kernel please? I have 2.6.35.7

  • Sam

    it is saying that it is rooted but superuser app didn,t come.