How to Root (and Unroot) the Sony Xperia Sola


The Xperia Sola is a mid-range device that features a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, a dual-core 1GHz CPU with half a gig of RAM and a 5MP shooter.  The device was released in May 2012 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard but Sony recently updated the device to Android 4.0.  This post will show you how to root that ICS firmware and use all those root-requiring apps that everybody seems to have.  You could also later install a custom recovery and try out custom ROMs of your choice but rooting is the very first step to get there.  So read on then to know how to root your Sony Xperia Sola.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  This procedure only works with Xperia Sola devices running Android 4.0.4.  If this is not the firmware you are running, update your device officially to this version and then come back here to continue.

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

II.  Necessary Downloads [File attached to this post]

III.  Rooting the Sony Xperia Sola

1.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  To do this, go to Setttings > Development and tick the USB debugging checkbox.

2.  Connect your device to your PC via USB.

3.  Extract the to a folder on your desktop.

4.  From the extracted folder, double-click on RunMe.bat to start the process.

5.  Type in 1 and hit the Enter key.

6.  Follow on-screen instructions.

After your device is done rebooting two or three times, your Xperia Sola should be rooted!

IV.  Unrooting the Sony Xperia Sola

1.  Follow the same instructions as in the previous section until Step 4.

2.  Key in x and hit the Enter key.

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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  • Hello! you can tell me why my Xperia sola can’t to use root. I’m follow you anyway to ready when i go to any apps that need is it say not rooted… why?

  • ai


  • followed the steps exactly on this guide but when trying the “restore from backup” step ,

    got the error “Could not Restore- reconnect external memory and try again “

  • jay

    why root?
    sorry if this seems like a silly question.

  • sweetpotato

    I have a problem here.

    Going to copy files to it’s place
    mount: permission denied

    When I run Superuser, it said that the binary is missing.

    • sam

      did u get a work around ??? i faced the same problem

  • jandroid

    I follow the steps but there was no rooting (why root?)

  • ‘cant connect external memory.. connect and try again’ any solution for this?

  • Josh

    The Cmd just says daemon started successfully thats it

    • Mahesh Makvana

      It actually happens when you don’t have proper drivers installed on your PC. First make sure that you’ve latest drivers installed on your PC and then re-try the procedure from very first step.


  • Parth

    my sola rebooted only one time!!!!!

  • Eir

    Not working, don’t bother.

  • Jay Black

    fuckin idiots.. nothin works.

    • Dax Krishna

      Jay, you could tell us what the problem is so we can help you instead of you getting worked up. I am guessing you have kernel version 6.1.1.b.1.54, doesn’t work for this procedure as this is for an older version of Android on the Xperia Sola, not the new 6.1.1.b.1.54 kernel. We will try to get a guide up soon for this kernel

      • XDA stalker

        There is a new way. Just.root with flashtool, they have options there root with supersu or superuser.. ur method with runme.bat dont work

  • manoj talekar

    After clicking on UPDATED PROCEDURE (THIS PROCEDURE IS NOW OBSOLETE. IF YOU ARE RUNNING THE 6.1.1.B.1.54 FIRMWARE, YOU CAN USE THIS UPDATED PROCEDURE) WordPress login page appears. Which login Id we should use?

    I want to root my XPERIA SOLA.

    Kindly help.

  • namy

    i cant press the back button…

    • rooting doesn’t usually affect a phone this way. Are you sure it’s not something else namy?

  • karun

    problem:: adb server is out of date
    plz finda a solution for this