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
Impactor_0.9.14.zip [or the latest version available]
III. Rooting the Sony Xperia M Dual
1. Extract Impactor_0.9.14.zip 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.
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.