The Sony Xperia Arc users will soon be able to update their smartphones to latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS, as CM10 and some other custom ROMs are being prepared for the same device as we speak. But, until then, I will show you how to update the Arc with an interesting firmware that comes with several Jelly Bean features, though it is based on the Ice Cream Sandwich platform. So, in this step by step guide you will be able to install (by using the manual method) the xMod Ice Bean 4.0.4 custom ROM firmware on any Xperia Arc handsets.
The present update is being provided by those of xda-developers, so we have them to thanks for this tutorial. Flashing the ROM on your device will be an easy task to do, but I recommend you to read all the lines from below, because I have detailed some important aspects about the process you are about to make. I will talk about the benefits and advantages that come with the xMod Ice Bean 4.0.4 firmware along with the risks that you must be aware of, so for ensuring that your Xperia Arc is in safe hands check the same.
This software isn’t released by Sony and has nothing to do with the already mentioned company. Therefore, for being able to apply this guide you will have to root the handset first. Without rooting, the system will be chained by the factory restrictions, meaning that a custom ROM can’t be installed. For learning how to gain root access check our suitable tutorials. Now, any time you root an OS, the warranty will be void; the same will happen with your Xperia Arc, so be careful and try not to mess things up as if something wrong happens and you brick the phone, then you will be by yourselves.
After rooting you will also have to install a custom recovery image into your phone system. We will use this tool for flashing the update file from the SD card to the internal system without any other preparations procedures. Again, remember that at this point the warranty is void. You can regain it afterwards but only by downgrading to the stock ROM, or by updating to an official software released by Sony. Only then the bootloader will be relocked and the root access revoked. Don’t worry, as here on Android.gs you have all that you need for completing the same.
Another thing that you must know is referring to your data, which of course it’s stored on your Arc. By updating the handset with a custom ROM you will have to wipe the system. So, for ensuring that you are not losing personal info you must perform a backup operation. You can save the text messages, the contacts, the call logs and even the current ROM. There are several apps that can be downloaded from Google Play and by using the same you will be able to save almost everything from your phone. I will not insist over this aspect, but for more details read our suitable backup guides.
Anyway, let’s leave the pre requisites aside for a moment. Before beginning the steps from below, you should first know something concluded about this update. Well, as already mentioned, it is being based on the Ice Cream Sandwich platform. But, as you will see in the list from below, the xMod Ice Bean 4.0.4 firmware will update your Xperia Arc with several Jelly Bean features, along with the ICS classic ones. Furthermore, being a custom ROM, the software will bring other capabilities too, that will improve the performances of your device. Also, the ROM will feature its own interface so don’t expect to get the default Android one. But for making a proper background view of the same, check the next list of features.
You need to have a Windows computer near you and access to your smartphone and to its USB cord. On the computer and Xperia Arc deactivate the security tools. These programs can interfere with the installation operation, or worst it can interrupt it. Then, enable the USB debugging option on your phone. Finally charge the battery for ensuring that the device will not turn off in the middle of the process. Remember to root, install a custom recovery image and backup the data. Also, be aware that you must apply the steps from below only for the Sony Xperia Arc handsets and not for similar ones, as you can brick them.
How to Update Xperia Arc with xMod Ice Bean 4.0.4 Custom ROM
- First of all, you must get the update file and save it to your computer.
- Download link here.
- Then, connect the smartphone with the PC by using its USB cable.
- Next, take the file from the computer and place it to your phone (copy paste it).
- Disconnect the device by removing the USB cord.
- Then, reboot it.
- Up next, you must enter your phone in recovery mode.
- For achieving this, press and hold Volume Down button while powering on.
- Form recovery, first you need to wipe the data.
- For this, select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Then, select “+++go back+++”.
- Now you should be back on recovery mode.
- From there, select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the downloaded file from below and then click on “yes”.
- The flashing operation will now begin.
- Wait until it’s over.
- In the end, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- That’s it.
Congratulations, you had managed to install the xMod Ice Bean 4.0.4 Custom ROM firmware on your Xperia Arc handset. Your phone is now updated with a custom ROM based on the Ice Cream Sandwich platform and with some Jelly Bean features. The full Android 4.1.1 experience can be flashed to your Arc in the coming days, when we will develop and bring suitable how to guides, so stay close and check our daily posts.