How to Root Sony Xperia Live Walkman WT19i

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The Sony Xperia Live Walkman WT19i can be easily rooted, but only if you know exactly how to do it and what tools to use. For making your job easier and for helping you, I will try to explain the best way for completing the up-mentioned operation, all being presented during the following step by step guide. You will have to pay attention and to read all the lines from this tutorial, or else you can brick your device. Don’t try to root the Xperia Live Walkman by yourselves, always apply a how to guide, of course the one that contains all the info needed.

Usually, most of the users are deciding to root their smartphones when they are not satisfied by its performances, or when they want to take full advantages of its capabilities. As we all know, the WT19i it’s not a high end device, its specs being decent but not spectacular. So, for being able to power them up, you must consider in rooting the phone’s system. After learning how to root the Xperia Live Walkman WT19i, you will be able to perform more complex operations, such as OS updates (with beta, or unofficial software), flashing custom ROMs or installing a custom recovery image into the system; not to mention that more and more apps are requiring root access.

As you can see, you have all the reasons for making this happen. But, before heading to the rooting process, you should first know some things. The most important aspect is referring to the warranty: completing a root operation is making you lose the same. That’s why you should follow a step by step guide (just for avoiding the unpleasant situations), instead of doing things on your own. You can restore the warranty by downgrading to the official version of the Android platform (the bootloader will be re-locked).

Then, another negative aspect is related to the data stored on your Xperia Live Walkman WT19i. In order to root the same you will have to make a full wipe of the system. So, all of your data will be erased. I am talking about messages, contacts, images, videos, apps and so on. In case you have something important saved on your phone, go and back it up first. The backup process can be completed quickly, so you have nothing to worry about. Furthermore, for making it even more fast, you can use our backup tips listed below:

  • Backup text messages by downloading the proper apps (restore methods included).
  • Save call logs by installing free distributed backup and restore apps.
  • Sync with your Gmail account for saving and restoring the contacts from your smartphone.
  • A computer or a SD card should be enough for backing up the video or image files.

Don’t forget that you need to have access to a Windows powered computer where you will save and run the proper tools. Then, for connecting the Walkman WT19i with the PC you will have to use its USB cable. So, you have to prepare these devices as showed below:

  • Charge the handset, or else it might turn off in the middle of the procedure and you don’t want that to happen as you can brick it.
  • The USB debugging option from your smartphone should be enabled (for being able to connect it with the computer). If you don’t know where to find this option just go to: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
  • In order to prevent bad things from happening, deactivate the antivirus or any other security programs from the phone and from the computer.

You can now safely go and start rooting your Sony Xperia Live Walkman WT19i. The steps are right here, read and do all as explained.

How to Root Sony Xperia Live Walkman WT19i

  1. For the first step, you must download a few apps and save them to your PC. Don’t worry as the tools are free distributed.
  2. Download Flash tool (download link here), Firmware WT19i_4.0.2.A.0.58 (use this link), Doom lord rooting kit (from here) and CWM Recovery image (download link here).
  3. First of all unzip the Flash tool file and install the same on your computer.
  4. Then, unzip the firmware; you will get the .ftf file. Go and place it to the “C:/Drive > flashtool > firmwares>”.
  5. Make sure that there are no other files stored in the up mentioned directory. If different delete the firmware and then place the .ftf file.
  6. Connect the smartphone with the computer.
  7. Open flash tool, go to “file” and select “flash mode”.
  8. Click “ok”.
  9. From the list that opens select “Wipe User Data” and “Wipe Cache” and click “ok”.
  10. In the end the handset will reboot.
  11. Turn it off and reboot by pressing volume down, home and power button.
  12. Flash the firmware with flashing tool.
  13. Go to your PC and unzip the Doomlord root kit.
  14. Run the “runme.bat” executable (your device must be connected with the computer).
  15. You can update your phone from “Settings -> About Phone”; don’t do the same by using the PC Companion.
  16. When the update operation is finished, go to the PC and unzip CWM.
  17. Install and then run the second file script: wt19i.install-cmw2.cmd.
  18. Make sure USB debugging mode enabled and displays screen timeout set to 10min.

That was all. Your Sony Xperia Live Walkman WT19i should now be rooted. The up-detailed method was developed and tested by those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for the same. Do tell us how things worked for you; if you had issues we will try to help you out. Stay close for further Android related how to guides.

  • Imzen

    Already follow the instruction step by step..but still i can’t run n install cwm2..i only root my phone using flashtool coz i try so many times using doomlord…still it can rooted it…any sugestion??i just need that cwm recovery install in my phone…thanks 4 share the link :)

  • nik

    error..i cannot instal the flash tool

    • Stefan

      Just exit your antivirus and then try to install.

  • sstojanoski

    does this unlock SIM also?

  • Sony WT19i

    How to root sony ericsson WT19i when the USB is not working??

  • Stefan

    After flashing to
    WT19i_4.0.2.A.0.58 and rooting the same everything went well.The device was rooted.But after upgrading to ICS the rooting is lost.I am doing the same procedure.Where could be the problem?BTW my phone has locked bootloader from the network.

    • Andrew

      same. however the rooting thing, when flashing back to ICS make sure you DO NOT wipe the device. uncheck the box on the right hand side

      • ayush

        dont update using the computer….use OTA updates

  • arun

    Hi I;ve dwnloaded all reqd files and went till the point where the flash tool says disc usb, turn off and press back up and connect usb and from there no progress for close 10 mins and I’ve tried it multiple times still no use!, please help resolve I’m using wt19i live with walkman and .62 version, please contact av1428 at gmail dot com

  • Doger

    Hi… I try to root my wt19i but i cant reboot to flash… I press volume down, home, power but nothing hAppened… Its my first root and i dont know much things about it can you help.me plz?
    Answer at doger@freemail.gr

    • Andrew

      hold down volume down only, and plug in usb to phone.

  • amseen

    At flashing with flashtool, when ask you to press the back button and connect the phone, at Live with walkman that back button is the volume down button. So press the volume down, connect the cable, wait for starting the flash proc., then release the volume down button.

  • Gedis

    Hey, can you help me with 11 th step? I do it but nothing happens, the phone just turns on. I am pressing volume downt + home + power on at the same time but the phone just turns on, please help

    • Andrew

      do not do that. simply hold volume down only and connect the usb straight away.

  • Gedis

    oh and please explain about 12th step, how to flash te firmware?

  • arnel

    The flash tool file is gone from the download site.where can I find it?

  • lww root

    hey m not able to download the flash tool…its been removed..so can you plz give me another link…can you tell steps 10 and 11..i cant understand the part bout switchin it off and rebooting it!!thanks

  • jack

    Please how to flashing firmware?

    • Hugo

      do a Google search and you will find detailed information…

  • jack

    I don’t understand 10-11 step

    • jack

      Please I don’t understand 10-11 steps

  • sahil

    i can’t root my wt19i plz help me and how i can unlock
    bootloader plz…………..guys help me

  • mgmezag

    Works very well with WT19a also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mandalsam Samir Ch Mandal

    will this procedure work for Live with walkman ( ICS 4.1.B.0.587)

    • Hugo

      no…I tried with that ICS and did not work. Use the software provided in the tutorial.

  • Hugo

    Hello everyone, so I was successful at Rooting my WT19i using the above OS but now I want to upgrade to the ICS 4.1.B.0.587. How can I do this WITHOUT loosing Root?
    Thank you in advance.

  • Hugo

    I really wish to thank Android Geeks for making available this tutorial. For some time I had been trying to Root my cel for various reasons and trying this method I got it first time! Unreal!!!!
    This goes to everyone that made this possible…THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • abhresh

    In step 4 u mentioned to copy .FTC file from the firmware but when I unzip the firmware I couldn’t get any .ftf file…. what to do?

    • Abhresh

      I mean to say .ftf not .ftc

  • nitish

    i cant find my wt19i flashtool driver in the driver folder..
    what should i do????fast plz

    • ashu

      same is happening with me..! help me !

  • http://www.facebook.com/allric.nguyen Allric Nguy?n

    Step 11: How can do it ? I have holding it for about 5 minute but nothing happened except some normal things happend.

    Step 12: Are you kidding me ? I dont know about rooting things and all and now you told me to do some ” Flash the firmware…. ” Are you writing for people dont know much about IT or android to do or just writing for fun ? Where the hell my mouse should be ? You didn’t tell or explain much since step 9.

    Step 15: Now really confused. What the heck are you waiting to say now ? I cant reboot or understand what is reboost ? Is that to restart the phone ? If not, tell more and show some details please ?

    We are not IT or some proffesional Android user, We are some people need quick guide and google it. I thought it was good but since I saw how you reply and say things would work, I am starting to doubt on you.
    Think again and reply it to me if that is not true. Don’t waste my time more.

  • Alexandre Souza

    Step 4: there is no “C:/Drive > flashtool > firmwares>”… what should i do?

  • Alexandre Souza

    step 4: there is no “C:/Drive > flashtool > firmwares>”. what should i do?

  • reev ranj

    guys i got rooted my phone very easily by downloading a software and just clicking root button ..dats all all the above steps will be performed by the software.. i got that from this site. : http://droid-space.blogspot.in/search?q=eroot

  • abdul

    link dead?

  • Goey Suang Hang

    How to root my Live With Walkman using Flashtool