How to Root (and Unroot) the Sony Xperia M Dual

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 M Dual, 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 M Dual:

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important.

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

3.  This procedure will only work the Sony Xperia M Dual running Android 4.2.2.  Do not try this on any other firmware as it will not work or you may end up bricking your device.

II.  Necessary Downloads [or the latest version available]

III.  Rooting the Sony Xperia M Dual

1.  Extract to a folder on your desktop.

2.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  To do this, go to Settings > Developer options and tick the USB Debugging checkbox.  If you don’t find Developer options listed in Settings, go to Settings > About phone and keep tapping on the build number until you see the message ‘you are now a developer.’  You should now find Developer options listed under Settings.

3.  Connect your device to your PC.  If your PC installs drivers at this stage, let it do so and then continue with the procedure.

4.  From the extracted folder, double-click on Impactor.exe.

5.  Choose # drop SuperSU su to /system/xbin/su from the drop-down menu.

6.  Click on Start in the Cydia Compactor app.

7.  Once Cydia Compactor has finished its job, your device should be partially rooted.  To complete the rooting process, go to the Play Store and install the SuperSU app and Busybox.

Your Xperia M Dual is now completely rooted!

IV.  Unrooting the Xperia M Dual

1.  Open up the SuperSU app from your app drawer.

2.  Tap on the Settings tab.

3.  Under the Cleanup section, tap on Full unroot.

4.  Reboot your device.

All set! Now, you can head to our How to Flash a Custom ROM procedure for the Sony Xperia M Dual 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.

34 responses to “How to Root (and Unroot) the Sony Xperia M Dual”

  1. dhruv says:

    Hey my phone is xperia m dual c2004. My phone is encrypted and i dont know password. I took it to service center and they said dat it is rooted and i m 100% sure i never rooted it. So they are saying that if i can unroot it they can change software otherwise whole pcb wil be changed and are asking for money . can u tell me wat to do

  2. Devlish Kingx says:

    it.s work on my mobile sony m/dual ..c2005 andorid v:4.2.2

    • Dax Krishna says:

      this guide is only supposed to work with the dual SIM version of Xperia M running 4.4.2, try upgrading to 4.4.2 and then try this!

      • Ganesh Subedi says:

        it’s doesn’t work sony xperia m Duel . there was a error message like this > Testing #9950697 then mobile waring to do not install this software but i just click install anyway and again pc display “Signature bugs unavileble”
        what to do after that ????

      • Puneet says:

        Hi krishan, great work… Plus your simple language adds charm to the procedure..
        I own xperia M dual (C2004) running latest stock 4.3 update.. Can you please explain the method to f root the phone on above android version.. And whether bootloader will be locked or unlocked

        Anxiously waiting for your reply..

  3. UmrEEt says:

    it says device offline whenever i hit start button on cydia impactor

  4. Alexandre Sousa says:

    did not work on my xperia M c2004 upgrade android 4.3. pls help me.

    • Sandeep Saini says:

      .. The above will not work for android 4.3………. But i can tell u more easier and working method for 4.3 u just want an app called TOWELROOT and superSU towelroot (this app is not available on play store) And click on “make it rain” open superSU when u open it first time an installation will be seen click on “normal” and its done ur xperia m dual is rooted…….. It took me less than 3 minutes to root my xperia m dual

  5. nish says:

    did not work on my c2004 4.2.2 root checker verified failed rooting.

  6. Sangadi Akhmad says:

    it says error when I click “start”

  7. Rati Kvariani says:

    does after root work second sim>?

  8. Ricardo Lobo says:

    Works on Xperia M Dual, Android 4.2.2, Model C2004?

  9. Harish says:

    My XPERIA C 1904 is not working when i start Cydia imp actor it give eroor signature bugs unavailable

  10. Harish says:

    Please solution how to root my xperia C 1904 Single. new update 15.4.A.0.23 version …. my email id is please please i want root my cell

  11. nick says:

    is it ok to update to new android version after i root my m dual??

  12. akshay says:

    Hey does it work for jelly bean 4.3?

  13. ivan says:



  14. ab3447 says:

    hey i was using reverse tethering when my phone was on 4.2.2 but when i upgraded to 4.3 i’m unable to use reverse tethering do u hav any solution?

  15. Rabi Singh says:

    My pc show that no device found

  16. whendikz says:

    why the second sim become not work?

  17. Zahid AnsaRi says:

    agr mein mobile root krta hun or ye sai ni hta to kya mera mobile dead ho skta h?

  18. Parab Gourav says:

    How can I.root my Xperia E1 dual??

  19. Parabgourav says:

    Can I root my xperia E1 dual with towelroot??

    If so then Is my device’s internal memory and my RAM will increase??

  20. pshyo says:

    i can’t find towelroot….can u give me the link to download towelroot

  21. vishal ahlawat says:

    showing signature bugs unavailable..what does this mean?

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