How to Flash a Custom Recovery on the Sony Xperia S

The latest version of Android — Jelly Bean — hasn’t been rolled out to some of the Sony Xperia devices including the Xperia S smartphone. While the JB is available for most of the Samsung smartphones, Xperia lineup smartphones are still hanging on the ICS or Gingebread, but the wait’s over now as a custom recovery has become available for the aforementioned device. ClockworkMod Recovery for the Xperia S enables users to install custom ROMs, you guessed it, based on Jelly Bean and explore a whole new world of features you don’t have on your current firmware. So, let’s see how you can install ClockworkMod Recovery on your Sony Xperia S.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have done our How to Root the Sony Xperia S procedure.

2. Your device needs to have at least 60% of battery life left.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. RecoverX (Download link’s available in the first post)

III. Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Sony Xperia S:

1. Download and place the RecoverX archive onto your Desktop.

2. Extract files from the archive to your Desktop.

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

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

5. Double-click on the RecoverX executable file and it’ll launch.

6. Select your device from the Select your phone dropdown menu.

7. Now select ClockworkMod Recovery from the custom recovery list.

RecoverX Tool

8. Hit Next button.

9. Follow the on-screen instructions.

10. And you’re done!

Wonderful! Your Xperia S has successfully been equipped with the ClockworkMod Recovery for custom ROMs and Tweaks installation!

IV. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the Sony Xperia S 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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  • sluser

    Does it work for sl

    • SLuser2

      bro have you tried using it to your xperia SL? im about to install the CWMrecovery from RecoverX

      • murthy

        i am not getting the boot menu in sl i am just holding the power button + volume up…… not working to get boot menu
        …..what to do ?

        • Hi Murthy,

          This procedure isn’t for the Xperia SL phone. Please search our site to find a method for your specific phone.


    • Rajiv Khandelwal

      its not working..
      Someone Please Help…:(

    • murthy

      its not works for xperial sl i am tried this?

  • I can’t get my Xperia S into recovery. I followed the instructions but neither ROM manager nor I can boot it into recovery. I’m supposed to tap the vol + when it vibrates on startup right? Well… no.. Any help?

    • adam

      keep tapping the sony logo

  • Al-ben Javier

    really need help 🙁 i forgot to install cmw on my sony xperia sl before having a custom rom and the custom rom i had has this status 7 error now i can’t enter the recovery mode even if taping the sony logo a hunderd times… can’t even proceed to xperia logo just the sony logo..pls help

  • Yuvraj Nagarkar

    Thank You So Much :)It worked!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Hey Yuvraj!

      That’s cool! Now load up your device with some cool custom ROMs!

      • Yuvraj Nagarkar

        i am on it 😛

  • Samarth M

    error 4 🙁

  • Akash Tadmare

    i’m on build 6.2.B.1.96 , will this work on my device?

    • Okazuma

      I’m in the same situation but in my case it don’t works…..
      Installation is succesfull but nothing was installed

    • Mayank Laheja

      hey man i had the same build on xperia sl and it worked without any fault

  • Mayank Laheja

    easiest way found for my xperia sl
    thank u alot 🙂 cheers!!

  • Manvith Penklagar

    does this work for xperia m ????