Despite being old, the original Sony Xperia Z just got upgraded to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Sony has proven to be quiet promising when it comes to the update, the update comes with build number 10.7.A.0.222 and brings all Lollipop goodness that was announced by Google along with some other additions from Sony itself. Usually after the update, the users have to wait for a little while before being able to root their phone. However, the root access for Sony Xperia Z running the latest update is now possible and can be achieved without any issues. That being said, users also get a fully working TWRP recovery.
Obviously, to root you’d need to make sure you have an unlocked bootloader. We have all the guides in place. If you’re willing to root your Xperia Z running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, check out this guide below.
- Xperia Z with unlocked bootloader > How to unlock bootloader.
- TWRP recovery > download here.
- SuperSU package > download here
- Properly set up ADB and Fastboot > How to setup ADB.
Root Xperia Z Running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TWRP Recovery
- Download the TWRP recovery package and SuperSU package (copy the SuperSU package in your phone)
- Enable USB debugging by going to Settings > About Phone > tap the build number 7-8 times till you get the message that you’re a developer > Settings > Developer options > USB Debugging.
- Switch off your phone and reboot it in bootloader mode by pressing and holding volume up button and plugging in the USB cable. The LED will turn blue indicating that you’re in bootloader mode.
- Go to the folder where you have copied the boot.img and open a command prompt there by holding shift key and pressing right click and then choosing ‘open command window here’.
- Type the following command in the command window, you’ll see a device listed in the command window.
- One you have done that. enter the following command to flash the recovery
fastboot flash boot boot.img
- Once the recovery has been flashed, reboot your phone in recovery by switching off your phone and switching it back off by pressing volume down + power button together and leaving the power button once you get a vibration.
- Once you’re in recovery, tap install and navigate to the folder you’ve placed the SuperSU package, tap to select it and then swipe to install.
- Once done, go back to the main menu and reboot system.
That’s it, you have successfully rooted your Xperia Z with fully working recovery. In case you run into any problems, feel free to let us know.