How to Root the Sony Xperia C

The Sony Xperia C, with its modest 1.2GHz processor and a gig of RAM, was released almost a year ago and those who have still held on to it, might have noticed it lagging a bit compared to your friends’ newer, more powerful devices.  If you are looking for ways to speed up your device to match their power, overclocking is the thing to do.  And to overclock, you’ll need to be rooted.

Rooting is the process of gaining administrative rights on your Android device. Once we root our Android device, we can then make changes to it to customize it well beyond what it normally can do.

Once you have root access on your Sony Xperia C, you’ll be able to:

  • Remove apps that were preinstalled by your carrier/manufacturer from your device.
  • Free up storage space (because of the above benefit).
  • Increase battery life (apps that might have been running constantly can be removed).
  • Increase performance (after removing apps that are always running, the device will be less bogged down and run smoother).
  • Update to a new version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
  • Tons of other customizations when you use your new found administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).

Interested? Here’s how to root your Sony Xperia C:

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important before you start.

2.  Charge your device to 75% or more before you begin.

II.  Necessary Downloads

Framaroot-1.9.3.apk  [or latest version, file attached to this post]

III.  Rooting the Sony Xperia C

1.  Connect your device to your PC and copy the Framaroot-1.9.3.apk file you downloaded above to your device’s SD card.

2.  Use a file manager app (Astro or ES File Explorer, for example), navigate to the location of Framaroot-1.9.3.apk, and install the application.  Make sure you have enabled installation of apps from unknown sources by going to Settings > Security and ticking the Unknown sources checkbox.

3.  Go to your app drawer and open up the Framaroot app.

4.  Choose install SuperSU from the drop-down menu and Boromir as your preferred rooting method.

5.  Reboot your device.

Once it reboots, your device should be completely rooted and ready to be overclocked if that’s what you want!

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