The Sony Xperia SP is a mid-range Android powered smartphone that comes with decent though not impressive specs and features. Anyway, the device is looking good, the design being its strength. So, if you are not satisfied by your phone’s performances or if you want to improve the speeds, upgrade the battery life or customize the Android firmware, then you should learn how to root your Sony Xperia SP. A one click root method has been made available for your handset (we should thanks the xda-developers team for the same and for the present step by step guide) which means that during the following lines I will show you how to use the same for gaining root access on your SP.
As mentioned the smartphone comes with a great design, a common aspect when talking about Sony handsets. That’s why, even though the specs and features are only mid-range, the Xperia SP is quite popular among worldwide Android users. The best is that when having a smartphone you can make customization and optimization procedures for improving the performances and for bumping the speeds, all being right under your nose.
When talking about improvements you should consider the following procedures: updating with a custom ROM firmware, using a custom recovery image, installing a custom kernel, flashing complex apps and tools and overclocking the CPU. Well, all these operations are somehow linked. For being able to apply the tasks you first have to gain root access for removing the factory restrictions and default settings thus for unlocking and unchaining your Android device.
So, in order to conclude, you need to root your Xperia SP if you want to apply a custom or unofficial port of the Android OS (Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and soon Jelly Bean 4.3), replace the stock recovery with CWM or TWRP recovery, or perform other custom and complex operations on your device.
As you can tell, the root process is not official so this tutorial has nothing to do with Sony or with Google. That’s why by using the one-click root tool you will void the Xperia SP warranty. Because of that if something bad happens (follow the guidelines from this guide if you want to avoid the unpleasant situations) you will be by yourselves; in worst scenario, you can end up in bricking your smartphone so be careful and try not to mess things up.
Afterwards you will be able to restore the lost warranty of your SP though for doing that you will have to revoke the root access and relock the bootloader. You can do all that by downgrading to stock Android OS or by updating with an official version of the Android firmware. Don’t forget that the OTA releases will not be received by your handset because the official updates can’t be flashed on rooted devices – you can apply the same only by following manual procedures.
The best about this guide is that it can be applied on both locked and unlocked bootloader Sony Xperia SP. Usually the root access can be gained only on unlocked bootloader, but thanks to the one-click root tool provided by those of xda-developers now you can root your SP that has a locked bootloader too (anyway you can learn how to unlock the Xperia SP bootloader by using our suitable tutorial).
Before starting the root operation you should consider in preparing your phone and you should also apply the pre requisites. I have explained and mentioned the same during the list from below, so don’t skip this section as it is the most relevant one.
- Backup the data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your device. The data might get corrupted or even wiped out during the root operation. Don’t worry, the data that is stored on the SD card will not be affected.
- A computer, your smartphone and its USB cable will be required. You will use the computer for saving and installing the one-click root tool and then you will have to connect your phone with the computer via USB cable.
- Because of that, on your SP enable the USB debugging option (go to “Settings -> More -> Development Options -> USB debugging”) and the Unknown Sources option (go to “Settings -> Security”).
- Also since the root operation is a complex one, you should ensure that everything will go as planned; so for avoiding the unpleasant situations, charge your handset if there is less than 60% power left.
- You will download the one-click root tool from the web – the link is coming from those of xda-developers; if there are security tools installed on your computer the same might interfere with the root operation; therefore deactivate or uninstall the security protection that is featured on both computer and Xperia SP.
- This step by step guide is compatible only with the mentioned Android based smartphone; don’t use the next steps if you own a similar or different device as you can end up in bricking your handset.
- Remember that the method from below will work on both locked and unlocked bootloaders.
Root Sony Xperia SP in a minute by using One-click Root solution
- As mentioned, on your computer, you need to download the one-click root tool.
- Use the link from here.
- Extract or unzip the downloaded package on desktop.
- Now, connect your smartphone with the computer.
- Establish the connection by using the phone’s USB cable.
- On your computer navigate through the unzipped folder from desktop.
- From there double click on the “runme_win.bat” file for launching the executable file.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
- Click on any key for starting the root procedure.
- When gaining root access ends, your handset will reboot automatically.
- You can then unplug the USB cable as you are done.
Well done, you have successfully rooted your Sony Xperia SP by using a one click root solution. Now you can finally update your phone with a custom ROM firmware, but first do install a custom recovery image, like CWM or TWRP recovery. Also, now you can install a custom kernel for enabling overclocking capabilities so you can bump the speeds, or improve the battery life (in case you choose to underclock your Android device). Stay close for suitable guides and share your impressions and thoughts with us by using the comments area from below.