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How to Root the Sony Ericsson Xperia RAY running on Android 4.0.3 ICS Firmware

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

If you have had a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray smartphone for the last year or so you may have noticed that it got its Android 4.0 ICS update. This means that some Ray owners out there have reverted back to the stock ROM in order to be able to apply this important update, but doing so has resulted in their phones losing their root access. This article is meant as a guide to those of you who have update to Android 4.0 ICS, for one reason or another, and want to gain the root access back, in order to tinker even further with the new software.

Those of you who have not rooted their Xperia Ray devices before the update should also know the benefits and the downsides of rooting. The best argument in favor of rooting your device is the ability to run custom ROMs, which are a pretty big update over the official stock software. Apart from this, the biggest downside is that you will void your warranty if you choose to root your Ray. If you are ok with this you should also know that the rooting software also comes with a little risk of damaging your device, although this is a very small one.

Before we go any further we would like you to read our disclaimer notice: This software is not our creation so we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. Proceeding any further into this guide means that you have read and accepted the notice above.

As with any custom software, there are some things you must do before starting the rooting program, and these include backing up your data and some very important requirements that will ensure that you device is in its best form in order to avoid any unnecessary complications. We will start with these requirements first:

  • Firstly, you must make sure that you Xperia Ray is running on the official Android 4.0.3 Firmware, which has been most likely pushed to your device as an OTA update. This is very important as the rooting software will not work on other firmware versions.
  • The second very important aspect is that you need to charge your Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray to 70% or even to full battery capacity in order to prevent it from accidentally powering off during the rooting procedure.
  • Another important aspect that needs your attention is the disabling of any antivirus or other security related software on your computer because these tools tend to interfere with the rooting program.
  • You will also need to enable the USB Debugging setting that you can find by going to Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging.
  • For safety reasons you should also use the original USB cable that came with your Xperia Ray.

Next up we will be using some third party apps and procedures to backup all your personal data that is stored on your device. This step is optional as the rooting process should not affect your data, but it is better to be on the safe side. In case you are wondering why we are not using the official Sony made software, it does not recognize the Xperia Ray once it has been rooted. With all of this in mind please take a look at the following lines:

  • Text messages – We will back them up with the following application : SMS Backup & Restore
  • Phone Contacts –  You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card as a .vcf file
  • Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your call log : Call Log Backup and Restore
  • Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files – Simply copy them to your microSD card.
  • Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”

The only thing that is left now is the actual rooting process. We have broken down the procedure in a number of easy to follow steps, but should still exhibit caution while following them. Make sure that you do not skip any of the following lines:

  • We will begin this part by downloading this Xperia Ray Rooting Package made by Doom Lord to your computer and extracting it to an easily reachable folder placed on your Desktop.
  • Next up you will have to connect your Xperia Ray to your computer with the original USB cable and start up the runme.bat application from the extracted files. A black CMD window should appear once you start the program and it should look very much like the one below:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Rooting Tool

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Rooting Tool

  • After you made sure that you device is safely connected to your PC you only need to press the 1 key on your keyboard in order to start the rooting process.
  • This software will root your Xperia Ray and it will also install two key components needed for any program that requires root access: the superuser and busy box applications.
  • The rooting process shouldn’t take very long, and it will be over once you can read on the screen the All Done message. This message means that the procedure has been successful.

If you do encounter any problem while running the rooting software you should start the guide again and make sure you have meet all the requirements. If you still cannot get it to work leave us a line in the comments section below.

If everything has worked as it should you now have a rooted Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray running on the official ICS software, and you should not start exploring the custom ROM world in order to make the most out of your freshly rooted device.