How to Root the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

The Xperia X8 has been around for so long that it tends to become lost amongst the new breed of supersmartphones.  But we are sure there are some out there still hanging on to this little fella and this guide is for them, showing them how to root their Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

I.  Before You Begin

1.  You will need to have Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 or above installed on your PC for the rooting tool to run without problems.  You can get it here.

2.  Make sure that you have at least 75% of your battery charged before you begin.

3.  Back up anything you feel is important before you proceed any further.

II.  Necessary Downloads [Download link available here]

III.  Rooting the Xperia X8

1.  Extract to a folder on your desktop.

2.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  To do this, go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Developer Options and tick the USB Debugging checkbox.

3.  Enable installation of apps from unknown sources.  Go to Menu > Settings > Applications and tick the Unknown sources checkbox.

3.  Connect your device to your PC and if there are any drivers being installed at this point, let Windows 7 do so.

4.  From the folder you extracted above, run SuperOneClick.exe.

5.  Click on Root.

Your Xperia X8 should be rooted once the application confirms that your device is rooted!

IV.  Unrooting the Xperia X8

1.  Follow the same steps as in Section IV until Step 4.

2.  Click on Unroot.

V.  Flashing Custom Recovery (Optional)

If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, 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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  • Aravind

    thanks for the guide i have rooted my phone ………can u plssssss guide me for updating my rom ..

    • Mahesh Makvana

      That’s great!

      As you now have root access on your device, you can install a custom recovery and then begin flashing custom ROMs.

      Use the link given in the above procedure to access the custom recovery How To page.


  • glenn gode

    hi, i followed the above procedure to root my xperia x8, thinking that i can browse the content of my sd card so i can install games and applications to my phone but sad to say, i still cant view the contents of my sd card. please help me on this. thanks

    • Q.

      Well, x8 should have office suite, so use that. A better way is to download ES File Explorer from the Market.

  • Weird

    If i follow everything is there any risk of bricking my phone? i’m using android 2.1

  • Jhon

    Does rooting my sony xperia x8 will affect my network unlock? cause i am using an openline xperis x8 and i want to root it now i just wanna know if rooting will affect the openline?

    • Dax Krishna

      no, it does not affect your network unlock!

  • prateek

    i rooted my device and at the end it says root successful bt the phone isn’t recoginizing any sim card!
    pla help!

    • Dax Krishna

      Hello Prateek, that should not happen as rooting usually does not affect your phone’s ability to recognize a SIM card. Can you try unrooting with SuperOneClick and see if that solves the SIM card issue?


    Great work Bro…before 1 year,i rooted my mobile and now i updated my mobile to new version and i forget to root back….I just saw your forum and I never thought this much easy to root my mobile…I rooted my mobile within 5 mints and it’s working smoothly now….Thank You Very Much brooo…. 🙂

  • Adam

    Thanks 😀 easy and simple to do

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You’re welcome Adam! Glad we could help you!

  • slayer

    how about sony ericsoon x8 sim network unlocking?

  • renx

    if i root my device, can I upgrade it to a higher version of android? because it only has android 2.1 – eclair

  • Nenad

    superoneclick won’t root my phone. Can you tell me why?

  • NH09

    but in my xperia X8 i am not able to enable USB debugging option by tapping any number of times on about phone->build number..

    • NH09

      its available by default… 🙂 need not enable it..