How to Overclock Sony Xperia S

The Sony Xperia S is a mid-range Jelly Bean based smartphone that was released way back in February 2012. So, the phone’s performances are not outstanding, meaning that improvements and upgrades are more than welcomed. Well, if you are looking into gaining more power from your handset, then use this guide and learn how to easily overclock your Xperia S. This tutorial will take you through the overclocking procedure therefore by completing the same you will be able to change the CPU frequency that is currently established on your Sony Xperia S.

Overclocking your Android device is safe, though before starting the proper operation you need to do a complete research. Of course this is an unofficial procedure, so if you don’t know how to properly apply the overclock operation, you might end up in bricking your Xperia S. That’s why you should first read the guide from here, which will explain everything that is related to the overclocking process – advantages, disadvantages, how to set the frequency for avoiding battery drain issues, and so on.

Now, on this tutorial you will learn how to: flash a custom kernel on your Sony Xperia S and then how to use a dedicated tool for increasing the power of your handset – by overclocking the CPU. The custom kernel is needed because else you can’t change the CPU frequency; by using a custom kernel you will actually enable overclocking on your Xperia S. Then, you will have to download and use a dedicated app which will provide an easy to apply overclock solution.

But for being able to complete the mentioned operations, you will first have to root your phone. You can overclock only a rooted system, because a custom kernel can be flashed only on unchained devices. So, gain root access and remove the factory restrictions from your Sony Xperia S. Do remember that the warranty will get void – you can restore the warranty by applying an official Android update (rooted handsets can’t be installed with OTA releases, the firmware must be flashed manually) or by downgrading your phone to stock Jelly Bean OS.

Furthermore, CWM recovery or any other custom recovery image is being required on your smartphone. Unfortunately, the stock recovery can’t be used when trying to overclock the CPU, so ensure that your handset is installed with a custom recovery tool. Do note that if your Xperia S is currently powered by a custom ROM software, you might be able to skip the custom kernel section. Usually the custom ROMs are also coming with custom kernels, so overclocking might already be enabled on your Xperia S; if not follow the steps from below and learn how to easily flash a new kernel on your device.

Don’t forget to backup the data as by completing the next methods, your personal info, accounts and data might get corrupted or erased. Also, if possible make a Nandroid backup for saving / restoring the current ROM. Ensure that a computer or notebook, your smartphone and its USB cable are near you. Furthermore, on your computer and device deactivate the antivirus – or any other security program – protection. Enable the USB debugging option on your phone and charge the battery in case there is less than 60% power left – if your Xperia S gets turned off in the middle of the overclocking process, you will risk in bricking your handset.

This step by step guide is compatible only with the Sony Xperia S smartphone. Don’t use the next steps if you have a different device as the guide won’t work and worst you can damage your device will trying to complete the same.

How to Install a custom Kernel on Sony Xperia S

  1. On your computer, download the kernel and save the file on desktop.
  2. The download link is here.
  3. You need to place the kernel file on your phone’s SD card.
  4. So, connect your Xperia S with the computer and drag and drop the downloaded file from the desktop and to your handset.
  5. Then, remove the USB cord as your device needs to be rebooted into recovery mode.
  6. For recovery mode: turn off you smartphone; reboot by pressing and holding Power and Volume Up buttons.
  7. Use the recovery mode menu for selecting “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  8. Pick the kernel file.
  9. Flash the same.
  10. In the end, return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.

Good job; now you can head to the next section of this tutorial for learning:

How to Overclock Sony Xperia S

  1. In order to overclock your Xperia S you need to download one of the following apps (get them from Google Play): SetCPU, No-frills CPU Control, IncrediControl.
  2. Then, install the tool on your phone.
  3. Run the same.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts and set the CPU frequency (increase the frequency only with 10 – 20% if you want to avoid battery drain issues).
  5. Close the app and reboot your device.
  6. Enjoy.

So, that was all; your Sony Xperia S has been upgraded as its CPU has been overclocked. Now, you will receive more power and better performances from your smartphone. You will be able to play the latest games, install the latest apps, watch HD movies and so on. Use the comments are from below if you have questions or if you had problems while trying to complete the above explained tutorial.

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  • MH Smith

    Please i don’t understand the ninth step (Flash the same) in section (How to Install a custom Kernel on Sony Xperia S) can you explain it please ?