How to Root the Sony Xperia Tipo ST21i

Sony Xperia Tipo ST21i is an affordable Android smartphone launched especially for the Asian Markets at the price tag of $152, not making a dent in your bank account. Specifications of the phone include a 800MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM, not quite good if you’re planning to get those Gameloft games on your device. Rest of the specs include a traditional 3MP Camera, 2.5GB memory, Bluetooth and WiFi to access the free hotspots near you. If you’ve purchased the device and want to gain root access on it to load some root-only apps, then you’ve come to the right place. The following guide shows how you can root your Xperia Tipo ST21i smartphone and enjoy plenty of root-only apps on the device.

I. Before You Begin:

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

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

II. Downloading Required Files:

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

III. Rooting the Sony Xperia Tipo ST21i:

1. Place the Root Package archive on the Desktop of your PC.

2. Extract files from the archive to your Desktop.

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

4. Once it’s enabled, connect the device to your PC using the USB cable.

5. Now, from the files you extracted to your Desktop, double-click on the file named RunMe.bat.

6. Once launched, it’ll ask you to select the root mode. Select Normal mode.

7. Follow the instructions displayed on your screen.

8. And finally you should be rooted!

Awesome! Your Xperia Tipo has been successfully rooted and should you want to use root-only apps, you can do so now!

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 Tipo ST21i 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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  • Dan

    It doesn’t work. You select option 1 and then it says waiting for USB debugging to be activated and it is.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Did you enable the USB debugging option on your device before launching the root utility?

  • raj pawar

    its getting problems in the audio after rooting ,is there any problem wit my mobile???any suggestions

    • Rooting doesn’t cause any problems with Audio. Did you install any app that you think affects audio? If so, just uninstall app and it should solve your issue.


      • chetan chauhan

        sony-xperia-tipo-st21i how to hard resat plz

  • SinCHiR0

    hello sir, I cant continue the operation after the program says restore data and then i click restore and after a sec it says restore ended and then nothing was happen.. please help me, thanks

    • wizzi

      same with me

    • Mior Syafiq

      same thing happen to me . damn it

  • gaurav

    its not working 🙁 plz help me 🙁

    my email id is

  • Hamish Thwaites

    Does this work on tipo st21a without bootloader unlocked?

  • EgrOnWire

    Thank you thery much for this type of rooting my phone!!!

  • TheUnlockr

    Mine keeps on running….. running….. nothing happens ;(

  • ysila

    Sir are u sure it will root my tipo . What if it gets bricked

    • Mahesh Makvana

      The above root method’s been confirmed to be working on the Xperia Tipo device. If you follow all the steps carefully, you shouldn’t have any issues.

  • ben

    I.don’t have a pc so what do I do now

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Ask your friends if they can help you with this!

    • somesh

      first of all buy a new pc….then go to any isp provider and buy a new internet connection…then when u r able to use internet in ur new pc with new internet connection…till then wait for it

  • chaitanya

    how much time does it take to root???

    • Mahesh Makvana

      It shouldn’t take too long to root the device, maybe a couple of minutes.

  • ajet pentyala

    Iam experiencing a huge battery drain after rooting phone by following guide stated here Root Sony Xperia Tipo

  • Kumar Kunal

    does this work for sony xperia tipo dual too?

  • Akshay Kumar

    My xperia tipo get damaged.When i switched on it is stucked with xperia to solve this.any idea…?does rooting will solve this…?then how to root my phone.NB:I cant turn on my phone.I’m not sure about whether it is in usb debugging mode
    or not

  • Vipul

    Hi everyone. The bestest way to root youre phone is by simply downloading this one click root software.It can root any android phone. http://fileice.


    • Hello Vipul,

      Thanks for suggesting the root tool. The tool that you mention is an universal root tool. It’s not guaranteed that it’ll work for every device available out there. The method we’ve above works fine for the mentioned device.

      Thanks though!

  • Mohan

    hello sir, I wrongly cleared data in contacts import.. all my contact got deleted. how to recover ? can anyone suggest. Sony Xperia tipo S21i