Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z2 can now be easily customized, optimized and powered up as a compatible and safe to apply root solution has been made available for the same. Now, we will be rooting your Sony Xperia Z2 by using the Chainfire CF-auto-Root method, which is an extremely popular root solution available for the Android system. Basically, by applying or by flashing the Chainfire package you will be able to easily root your Android smartphone – for further details, don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from below.

Gaining root access is extremely important especially if you are an advanced Android user who wants to use its Xperia Z2 on full potential. We all know that Sony released one of the best Android based devices that are currently available on the market, but for being able to enjoy the full power of your Xperia Z2, first you will have to gain root access. Why? Well, because when you first buy a new handset it will be delivered with a locked system that comes pre-installed with stock, default or factory restrictions. Thus, is your job to unlock your phone by completing operations like unlocking the bootloader or gaining root access.

So, if you choose to root your Sony Xperia Z2 basically you will unlock the internal system of your device. Due to same reasons after completing this detailed tutorial you will be able to customize, optimize and power up your phone. In order to be more precise, on a rooted Xperia Z2 you will be able to perform things such as: installing a custom recovery image such as CWM or TWRP recovery, flashing a custom kernel, updating with a custom ROM firmware, overclocking the CPU, bumping the speeds, improving the battery life, removing bloatware, install custom apps that are requiring root access in order to run properly and lot more.

As you can see, the Android experience will be significant improved once root access is being ensured. Even though this operation comes with great advantages, unfortunately the same isn’t official and has nothing to do with Sony or Google. So, because of that, if you decide to apply the guidelines from below, you will lose the warranty of your Xperia Z2. This aspect can’t be avoided so if you’re not comfortable with the same, maybe it will be better to stop going any further. Anyway, the warranty can be restored afterwards as soon as you revoke root access by downgrading / updating your Xperia Z to official / stock Android OS or by performing other dedicated step by step guides.

Moreover, if you follow the steps from below and if you are reading all the lines from this tutorial without rushing things up, your Xperia Z2 will be safe and you will easily gain root access on your smartphone. Therefore, be careful in what you apply and try not to mess things up – if you do, don’t hesitate and learn how to easily unbrick your Sony Xperia Z2.

Since gaining root access isn’t official and represents a risky and complex operation, before doing anything else, the best will be to backup your data. Basically take care of the data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your Xperia Z2. In that matter you can anytime use free distributed backup and restore apps from Google Play – you can save your personal data, info and accounts along with your contacts list, text messages, call logs, market apps or internet settings. Don’t go any further without completing this operation as usually the data gets erased or corrupted during the root procedure.

In order to apply this operation you will have to perform the tasks from below first; these are the pre requisites operations, so don’t skip this section as it represents the most relevant one.

  • Make sure that a computer can be used; since a connection between your phone and your computer must be established, your Xperia Z2 USB cable must be near you.
  • On the same computer you should deactivate – only temporarily – the antivirus or antimalware protection; don’t worry, you will not infect your PC, though the security protection might interfere with the root process.
  • On your handset you need to enable the USB debugging option; in order to do so, just head towards “menu – settings – developer options”.
  • On the other hand, you should charge your phone before heading to the following steps. If your Xperia Z2 gets turned off in the middle of the root operation, it might also get bricked.
  • Remember that this step by step guide is compatible only with Sony Xperia Z2 device; thus don’t use these guidelines if you own a similar or different Android device – you can end up in damaging your smartphone or tablet.

How to Root Sony Xperia Z2 with Ease

  1. From this page download the Chainfire CF-Auto-Root package; place the file on your computer (preferable on your desktop).
  2. Don’t unzip the root package.
  3. Connect your Xperia Z2 with your computer by plugin in your USB cable.
  4. Then transfer the root file from desktop to your phone and finally unplug the USB cord and turn off your device.
  5. Enter recovery mode on your Sony Xperia Z2.
  6. From recovery select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  7. Just pick the root package from your device and flash the same.
  8. In the end go back to main menu of recovery and from there select “reboot system now”.

Troubleshoot solutions

After completing the steps from above you might experience some problems, such as: your device is stuck in a boot loop, you can’t get pass through the recovery mode menu, you get screen freeze and force close errors, your phone runs with lags and so on. These problems can be easily resolved as soon as you apply the steps from below.

  • Go back to recovery mode.
  • From main menu of recovery select “wipe data factory reset”.
  • Then, choose “wipe cache partition”.
  • Go back, pick “advanced” and select “wipe dalvick cache”.
  • And from main menu of recovery choose “reboot system now” and you are done.

So, that’s all; you have successfully rooted your Sony Xperia Z2. Therefore, starting from now you can head your attention towards other procedures like installing a custom ROM software (such as CM 11, AOKP, or ParanoidAndroid), removing bloatware, improve the performances and so on. If you need help or if you want other compatible tutorials for your Xperia Z2, don’t hesitate and share your thoughts with our team. Also, share your experience with us and with our readers by using the comments section from below.

Bradley Michael McKell · 4 years ago

Hi everyone. I have the Sony Z2 and also have the new Sony Z5. I would like to root and jailbrake the both of them and also want to be able to track them both as my son uses my Z5 at the moment and would really like to keep track of that. Does anyone have any pointers they can give for me tracking and tracing these phones to which I promise they are both my property.
Thanks all


DrZanz · 4 years ago

*facepalm* wow, these comments.

If you can't manage this guys, rooting is not for you.

kingsasha · 5 years ago

Pleeeeaaase help me, i am running on Android KitKat 4.4.4, can i do this?

Adamus · 5 years ago

I have the same problem. Help

Noel Nemenjo · 5 years ago

This guide isnt accurate. you actually needed to unlock your BOOTLOADER and flash the ROM into a customer one.. Only 1 ROM is available/compatible for z2 and that is DOOMLORD's Kernel

chris · 5 years ago

terrible guide you just skip over the steps. How to enter recovery mode etc. Its supposed to be a easy guide but it isnt.

Rex · 5 years ago

Not to mention outdated, after the 4.4.4 update (my recent Z2 had it out of the box) all articles from before November on Z2 rooting are instantly obsolete as none of these methods work.

hamburglar · 5 years ago

is there a method that is working currently?

Rex · 5 years ago

None that I'm aware of..just the same hassle of first downgrading to 4.4, then rooting it, then upgrading it. Haven't tried it.

Keron Cyrillo · 5 years ago

Can this work for xperia z tablet ?

chopsticks123 · 5 years ago

What happens after transferring the root file from desktop to the phone and unplugging the USB cord and turning off the device as in step 4. We obviously turn the device back on, but does it display an option for Enter recovery mode as in step 5????

rob damiani · 5 years ago

nope...not on mine at least.

Hesen Fathi A. ?ziz · 4 years ago

you should unlock your boot loader first , go to sony they will give u the unlock code of your device , download andriod studio..

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