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 Z, 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 Xperia Z:
I. Before You Begin
1. This procedure will work with the Sony Xperia Z (C6603 and C6602 variants) running 10.3.1.A.2.67, 10.3.1.A.2.74 and 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware versions. Do not try this on any other variant or device as you may end up bricking your device.
2. Charge your device to 75% or more and back up everything important from your device.
3. Make sure you have the necessary drivers installed before you start.
II. Necessary Downloads
rootkitZ_20131112.zip [Download link available at the end of this post]
III. Rooting the Xperia Z
1. Enable USB debugging on your device. To do this, go to Settings > Development options and tick the USB debugging checkbox. If you do not find Development options listed, go to Settings > About phone and keep tapping on the build number until you see the message ‘you are now a developer.’
2. Enable installation of apps from unknown sources. To do this, go to Settings > Security and tick the Unknown sources checkbox.
3. Connect your device to your PC. Windows should automatically install some drivers now, let them install and then continue.
4. rootkitZ_20131112.zip to a folder on your desktop.
5. From the extracted folder, double-click on install.bat to begin the rooting process.
6. Your device should reboot and the rooting program should now say, ‘all finished’.
You are now rooted!
All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Sony Xperia Z to open up a whole new world of customizations for your Android device!
By the way, don’t be scared, you can always put your device back to stock by heading to our Rooting How To’s section, finding your device, and doing the How to Unroot listed for it there.