The Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes from Sony’s X series of phones which is company’s latest lineup for smartphones after the Z series. The phone has been priced at quite an affordable rate and features some of the really nice features such as a 6″ inch screen, an Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 21.5MP primary camera.
On the software side, the device runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but the company has promised the device will get the Nougat update very soon. While Marshmallow runs really great and provides almost all the features you would expect from an Android device, there are still many things that can be added to it using root.
By rooting your Sony Xperia XA Ultra, you can have the so-called root-only apps running on your device. These apps provide more features than the normal apps you get from the Play Store. Not only that, but root also lets you flash a custom ROM on your device that changes the entire appearance of your device and makes it something it never was. Also, it lets you remove the stock apps from your device that you don’t use but have occupied a large chunk of your device’s memory space.
Rooting the Sony Xperia XA Ultra is not as difficult as you think. In fact, it’s as easy as running a simple command from a command prompt window and then flashing a file.
Before You Begin
- This could void the warranty of your device. We won’t be held responsible for anything that happens from doing this tutorial so please proceed at your own risk.
- You should have ADB suite installed on your PC. If you don’t, install it first.
- You must have unlocked the bootloader on your device before doing this procedure. If you haven’t done so yet, please head over to our how to unlock the bootloader on Sony devices tutorial and get your bootloader unlocked first.
- This should also flash a custom recovery on your device.
- You should only do this procedure on a Sony Xperia XA Ultra device.
How to Root the Sony Xperia XA Ultra
To root the device, you will first flash a custom recovery and then flash SuperSU that’ll root the system. Here’s how to do that:
Downloading Required Files
- Download TWRP Recovery and save it to your desktop.
- Download SuperSU and save it to your desktop.
Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Sony Xperia XA Ultra
- Right-click on the recovery image you have downloaded and select Rename. Enter recovery.img as the new name and make sure it now says recovery.img and not recovery.img.img.
- Copy recovery.img from your desktop over to the ADB folder located in the C:/ drive of your PC.
- Turn off your device.
- Turn your device back on by pressing and holding down Volume Down and Power buttons together.
- Your device should reboot into the bootloader mode.
- Plug in your device to your PC using a USB cable.
- Launch a command prompt window by opening the ADB folder in the C:/ drive of your PC and holding down Shift and right-clicking anywhere on the screen and selecting Open command window here.
- When the command prompt window opens, type in the following command and press Enter.
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- It will start to flash a custom recovery on your device. Wait for it to do that.
- When it’s done flashing a recovery, reboot your device by typing in the following command into the command prompt window and hitting Enter:
Your device should reboot and you now have a working custom recovery on your device. Here’s how you can use the newly installed recovery to root your device:
Rooting the Sony Xperia XA Ultra
- Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
- Copy SuperSU .zip from your desktop over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
- When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your PC.
- Turn off your device.
- Turn your device back on in recovery mode by pressing and holding down Volume Up and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
- Your device should reboot into the TWRP Recovery mode.
- Tap on Install in the recovery menu.
- Navigate to the internal SD card storage on your device and find and select SuperSU .zip to be flashed on your device.
- Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to begin flashing SuperSU on your device.
- When SuperSU’s flashed, reboot your device by tapping Reboot followed by System in TWRP Recovery.
Your Sony Xperia XA Ultra should now be rooted.
Now that you have root and a custom recovery, go ahead and get a custom ROM flashed on your device using our how to load a custom ROM on an Android device procedure. Also, check out our huge custom ROMs repository for finding ROMs for your device.