The Sony Xperia XZ can be easily rooted using SuperSU. The new build of this root exploit is now compatible with even the latest Nougat firmware that is running on the XZ meaning that you shouldn’t have any problems while trying to root your smartphone. Now, if the root term is still not quite familiar for you or if you don’t know how to gain root using SuperSU, don’t hesitate and read all the lines from this step by step guide – here I will try to detail the root process and to explain all the advantages and the risks implied by this custom operation.
This SuperSU release is compatible with Android Marshmallow and with Android Nougat, so you can succesfully root your smartphone without worrying about compatibility issues. However, there are a few things that must be ensured first as gaining root access is still a complex and tricky process.
Thus, right from the start you must know that flashing SuperSU for gaining root access on your Sony Xperia XZ is possible only after you take care of other additional operations as it follows:
- The bootloader of your Sony branded device must be unlocked – you can learn how to complete this operation by using our dedicated step by step guide from here.
- On your smartphone you must use a custom recovery image as the root exploit can be installed only by using such software – once more, use our dedicated tutorial and learn how to install TWRP recovery on your Sony Xperia XZ.
Gaining root access is a tweaking method through which you can gain full control over the Android system that powers your device. Therefore, this operation will remove factory and default restrictions in order to grant access within the built-in features, apps and features that are running on your phone. Shortly, after taking care of this particular unlocking procedure you can customize, optimize and personalize everything else as you can initiate various custom operations like flashing custom ROMs, adding custom kerlens and MODs, use root-only apps, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies, remove bloatware and start-up programs and lot more.
Unfortunately making such changes inside the Android core center is not official, meaning that gaining root access isn’t supported by your OEM or by Google. So, you have to understand that you complete this process at your own risk – you will lose the warranty of your Sony Xperia XZ so if something bad happens you will be by yourself (taking your handset back to service will imply in paying for the actual assistance).
Furthermore, you should secure your data before heading towards the steps from below as during the root operation your personal files might get corrupted or even a wipe might be issued. Thus, the best will be to backup everything that’s not there by default. This general backup operation can be easily completed as you can choose to use built-in cloud storage platforms, you can download similar tools from Google Play and you can even sync your data with your own Google Account.
Of course, since TWRP recovery is already running on your Xperia XZ, along with the general backup you can initiate a Nandroid backup process too. This initiative can help you secure everything – this is a dedicated backup operation through which the Android system that runs on your phone will be saved. So, if during the root process something will go wrong you can go back to stock without problems by using the Nandroid backup package.
One last thing; before starting the actual root procedure there are a few general pre-requisites that must be checked out:
- You shouldn’t resume the steps from below without checking the power that’s left on your Xperia XZ. If the power is lower than 50% you should plug in the charger first – otherwise you will risk in soft bricking your Android device as malfunctions can be caused if your phone get’s turned off in the middle of the root process.
- You must download the SuperSU root exploit on a computer or on a similar device.
- Your smartphone and its USB cable will also be used during the unlocking procedure that’s explained below.
- On your phone the USB Debugging option must be enabled or else you might have problems while trying to connect your handset with your computer.
- The USB Debugging option is found inside the Developer Options field. If Developer Options isn’t there you must first tap repeatedly on Built Number – just until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed.
- Don’t forget to unlock the bootloader of your Xperia XZ before gaining root access; also, keep in mind that TWRP recovery will be required too.
How to Root Sony Xperia XZ using SuperSU
- Open your computer and run your web browser client.
- Navigate towards this page and download the SuperSU root exploit for your Sony Xperia XZ.
- Place this file on desktop and then power on your phone.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- Select the root package and transfer it on your handset.
- When done, remove the USB cable and switch off your device – the computer is no longer useful.
- Wait until the shut down process is completed; then reboot recovery mode on your Sony Xperia XZ.
- From recovery tap on Install and load the SuperSU package.
- Swipe in order to begin the root process and wait while this operation is being completed.
- Then, from main menu of recovery, choose Reboot system now.
- In case you experience a boot loop: go back to recovery mode and make a hard reset by picking – “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
That’s all. You can now download and install the Root Checker app from Google Play in order to verify if root is endeed ensured on your Sony Xperia XZ. Use the comments field from below if you want to share your root experience with us and with other Xperia XZ users and stay close for more Android related tips and tricks available for your smartphone. Enjoy.