The Xperia E Dual is a recently released mid-range ICS based smartphone that comes with an appealing design and brings an affordable solution for those who are looking for an entry level Android powered device with dual SIM capabilities. If you have bought this handset and want to power up its performances, then you should start in tweaking its system by applying some unofficial procedures; and the first to start with is the root operation. Therefore today, we will be checking on how to root the Sony Xperia E Dual.
The root operation is quite complex and will require your attention because (and as already mentioned) you will be performing an unofficial procedure. Anyway, you shouldn’t worry too much because you have all the info needed explained during the present step by step guide, so if you stick to the lines from below everything will be fine. First I will explain in which the root aspect consist and then I will show you how to prepare your Xperia E Dual for the actual root guide. Do read all the lines from this tutorial if you want to safely complete the same.
Now, the Xperia E Dual is being powered by the ICS software, at least until the Jelly Bean OTA update will be offered. Well, why waiting for the official Android 4.1 OS when you can anytime flash a custom ROM firmware on your phone? Installing a beta firmware is not hard, but you can apply the same only if you first root your Xperia E. Anyway, updating to a custom ROM is not the only advantage that comes with the root access as you can also: gain control over the internal system (remove in-built programs – for upgrading the battery life, change the default setting and more), install complex apps that requires root access in order to work properly (such as CWM recovery), perform maintenance and optimization operations and improve the performances of your device.
Because you will gain access to the internal system of your Sony Xperia E Dual by removing the factory restrictions (actually the root process is related to the unchaining process) after completing this guide the warranty of your smartphone will get void. This is the only negative aspect linked to the root operation, but also you should know that you can revert the same; the warranty can be restored by un-rooting the Xperia E, or by updating the phone with an official release of the Android software.
Furthermore, after gaining root access you will not be able to receive and apply OTA updates. If an official firmware will be released for your handset, you will be able to flash the ROM only manually because rooted phones can’t be installed with OTA updates. Of course if you choose to apply the stock OS then the root access will be revoked and you will have to re-root the new system by following a new tutorial that is suitable with the new version of the Android OS.
For being able to safely complete this step by step guide you need to complete the pre requisites; in this way you can properly prepare your phone, and other things, for the root process that will follow. And the first to begin with is the backup recommendation. After applying this tutorial you might end up in noticing that your Xperia E Dual has been wiped out, which means that all of your personal saves have been erased. Well, in order to avoid this you will have to previously save your contacts list, text messages, call logs, internet settings, market apps and everything else you need to.
After that, you have to unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia E, or else you will not be able to root its system. Don’t worry as you can easily apply the unlocking task by following our suitable guide (just click on the link from above and read the step by step guide that will be displayed).
Also, you will have to use a computer or notebook where ADB and fastboot must be installed. In order to do so, follow our guides for learning how to:
Furthermore, on your computer and on your smartphone there shouldn’t be any security tools installed (if different deactivate the antivirus and Firewall protection) and you should charge your device in case you notice that there is less than 70% power left. Next, enable the USB debugging option for being able to connect your phone with the computer and you are ready to start the root operation.
Just remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the Sony Xperia E Dual smartphone so, if you have a similar or different device, don’t apply the next steps as you can end up in bricking your handset.
How to Root Sony Xperia E Dual
- On your computer download the Insecure Kernel (download link here) and the root package from here.
- Now, copy the Insecure Kernel file to the same folder as Fastboot.
- Then, turn off you device and reboot it into fastboot mode.
- The fastboot mode can be entered by pressing on the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time.
- On your computer go to the fastboot (or Android) folder and open a command prompt window (right-click on the fastboot folder and choose “Open command window here”).
- Connect your Xperia E with the PC by using its USB cord.
- Install the drivers if prompted.
- Now, on the cmd window enter the following commands: “fastboot devices” hit enter and then type “fastboot flash boot XPERIAEDual.elf” again hit enter and then type “fastboot reboot”.
- Unplug the USB cord.
- Up next, on your computer (preferable on the desktop) extract the root package.
- Remember to enable the USB debugging option on your phone by going to “Settings -> Developer Options -> Development”; also go to “Settings -> Security” and enable the “Unknown sources” option.
- Re-connect your Xperia E with the computer.
- From the extracted folder on your desktop run the runme.bat executable file.
- Follow the on-screen instruction for starting the root operation.
- In the end, disconnect the handset from the PC and reboot your phone.
Well that was all for now. Your Sony Xperia E Dual has been successfully rooted meaning that now you can look forward in flashing a custom recovery image on your phone and even in updating with a Jelly Bean based custom ROM firmware. Do tell us how things worked for you and if you had problems while trying to complete the steps from above, share the issues with us and we will try to resolve the same.