Downgrading is something that has become somewhat of a necessity these days. It’s almost as common as upgrading. Why? Well, in this rapidly progressing technological world where every OEM wants to the first one to roll-out the newer Android version, things like unprepared softwares are very common. But we don’t blame them entirely, they want to win the race just like everyone else. The suffering goes to the users who trust their OEMs and upgrade their devices.

We’re not saying that Sony did any such thing. They delayed the release of Android 5.x Lollipop by a couple of months but made sure that the update is bug free. However, if you are still not satisfied with the latest update and you’re willing to downgrade, you’re at the right place as we have just the perfect tool for you.

Prerequisites

  • Download and install the latest flashtool from here.
  • If you are using Windows 8 or 8.1. You’ll need to turn off the driver signature. Check out this guide.
  • Any Sony Xperia device.

 How To Downgrade Your Sony Xperia Phone

  1. Run the flashtool once it’s installed. Navigate tot he folder where it is installed and open the ‘drivers’ and run the setup. Once it runs, select all the appropriate drivers and wait for them to install.
  2. Once everything is in place; run the flash-tool. and open click on the ‘Devices’ tab, from the drop-down menu, choose ‘check update’. A new window will open.
    Note: If you already have the firmware downloaded, place it in the firmware folder that’s in the flashtool folder.
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  3. Select your device from the list and you’ll be presented with a menu like this. Since I’m using the Xperia Z2, I’ll go with the device.
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  4. Once you click on the download button, the firmware will start downloading.
  5. Once the download is completed, a new window will open, simply click on create and your firmware will be created.
  6. Open the flash tool again and click on black bolt on the top left and select ‘flashmode’
  7. You’ll see your firmware listed in the window that opens.
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  8. Click on the flash button and wait for the firmware to be prepared.
  9. Once the firmware is loaded, you’ll be asked to connect your phone. Make sure your phone is turned off and keep the volume down button pressed and plug in the cable.
  10. The firmware will start flashing. You can let go off the button.
  11. It’ll take a few moments for the firmware to flash, once it’s done, reboot your device.

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