How to Root the Sony Xperia Arc

The Sony Xperia Arc comes with a 4.2-inch LCD display, a 8MP shooter and a 1GHz Scorpion processor keeping things running at its mid-range speed.  The device recently saw an update to Android 4.0.4 officially but there’s no word as yet on whether there will be an official Jelly Bean upgrade.  Until then, there are custom ROMs to try out and to do that, your Arc will need to be rooted.  This post below will help you do that.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Make sure that your device is at least 75% charged.

2.  The guide below is designed to work on Windows PCs (preferably Windows 7); sorry Mac/Linux users!

3.  Back up everything you feel is important before you begin.

4.  This procedure is designed to work on Xperia Arc devices running firmware v4.1.B.0.587.  So make sure this is the firmware versions you are running before you proceed.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  Flashtool v0.8.6.0.

2.  Lt18i_4.1.A.0.562_Kernel.ftf (Link available in the first post under the Downloads section)

3. (Link available in the first post)

III.  Flashing the .562 Kernel

1.  Double-click on flashtool.exe you downloaded above and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

2.  Copy Lt18i_4.1.A.0.562_Kernel.ftf file you downloaded above to C:\Flashtool\firmwares on your harddrive.

3.  Open the Flashtool application after installation and click on the Flash icon (the one with the thunder symbol).

4.  You should be presented with two options:  Flashmode and Fastboot Mode.  Select Flashmode.

5.  Choose Lt18i_4.1.A.0.562 and click on OK.  Follow the on-screen instructions on how to boot your device into fastboot mode and connect your device.  Also, make sure”No Final Verification” is marked.

6.  Reboot device.

V.  Rooting the Xperia Arc

1.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  You can do this by heading to Settings > Applications > USB Debugging and checking the tickbox next to it.

2.  Enable installation of non-Market applications.  To do this, go to Settings > Applications and check the Unknown Sources tickbox.

3.  Enable MSC Mode.  Go to Settings > Xperia > Connectivity > USB Connection Mode and select MSC Mode.

4.  Connect your device to your Windows PC.

5.  Extract the that you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.

6.  From the extracted folder, double-click on runme.bat to run the DooMLoRD tool.

7.  Follow the on-screen instructions and wait for the process to be complete (your device will reboot several times during the procedure).

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.

10 responses to “How to Root the Sony Xperia Arc”

  1. Mendez says:

    After following the ‘flash’ portion of the tutorial, I keep getting this annoying pop up that says “Unfortunately, Keypad has stopped.” Is this normal?

    After the entire procedure is complete, the Root Checker app confirms that the ‘device has root access’.
    What am i doing wrong here?

    The ‘Xperia’ tab also dissapears when the step has been completed, thus there is no way to allow MSC mode.

    I have to use SEUS, make the necessary changes and then start the rooting procedure again. However, I still get the same issue with the pop up.


    • Magg says:

      I had the same problem but when I have changed the kernel into LT15i_4.1.B.0.587_Kernel.ftf this problem disappeared, however my root didn’t come to a positive end although I had all the steps as indicated.

  2. Rias Lim says:

    how do i notice if my xperia arc is flashed? i followed the steps and the phone shows a blue led light at the side but the instructions page didnt close/ had no reaction to it

  3. benn says:

    This is a root for the Arc S

  4. torni takanashi says:

    no bricking your Phone with this!! it works as explained, I now got an xperia arc pretending to be an xperia arc s, but it works!!

  5. Scott says:

    Hello everyone, I have a problem and maybe you can help me?

    I got as far as following the on-screen instructions in flashmode after selecting the lt18 and now when I have gone to turn the phone back on it wont actually turn on past the network providers logo after the sony logo…it just repeats…so now I have rendered my phone useless is there anything I can do?

    Your help would be much appreiciated.

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