How To Unlock Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo, Pro & Play’s Bootloader

xperia arc-unlock-bootloaderWe now have confirmation of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc’s bootloader being unlocked, just a few days into it’s release. It has been a long time coming since the release of the famous Xperia X10 and things have been quiet since, but not anymore. What’s more, is that Sony Ericsson have kept true to their word, and released the Xperia Arc along with the Neo, Pro and Play with an un-lockable bootloader. Let’s get straight to business shall we, so read on for more on how to unlock the latest Xperia devices bootloader!

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


Requirements:

Instructions:

  1. To begin, navigate to this website: http://unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com/instructions.
  2. Click Continue at the bottom of the page and enter your device’s IMEI code, name and email address in the relevant fields.
  3. Your unique unlock key will now be mailed to you.
  4. Now unzip fastboot.rar and open the folder extracted.
  5. Within that folder, hold the Shift key and press the right Mouse button. Now select Open command window here.
  6. Now we need to connect the phone to the pc in fastboot mode. Do so by turning the phone off, holding the menu button (search button for the Xperia Play) and plugging in the USB Cable.
  7. Now in the command prompt, enter the following command:
    fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version
  8. Now enter the command, replacing KEY in the string with the unlock key mailed to you:
fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY

That is it! The bootloader is now unlocked.

[VIA: XDA-DEVELOPERS]

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  • gooog

    good

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  • Patrick

    Hy, I tried to unlock my Neo’s Bootloader but anything happens…

    Can you help me out?
    My phone is in the fastboot mode… but that’s all…

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  • .

    “windows could not install the S1 Boot Download”?

    what now? i can’t do nothing.. help plz

  • Manuel Sanchez

    Hi, I can’t get fastboot mode in my Xperia Play R800a., android 2.3.3,
    when the device is turned off, I press and hold “search button” and conect usb cable to pc, then the device gets in charge mode, thah’s all.
    I’ve try it many times but I can´t get the device in fastboot mode.
    Before Itried with a X10a and it worked fine.

    May some one help me?

    thanks in advance.

  • Manuel Sanchez

    Hi, I can’t get fastboot mode in my Xperia Play R800a., android 2.3.3,
    when the device is turned off, I press and hold “search button” and conect usb cable to pc, then the device gets in charge mode, thah’s all.
    I’ve try it many times but I can´t get the device in fastboot mode.
    Before Itried with a X10a and it worked fine.

    May some one help me?

    thanks in advance.

    • Tivano Edwin

      that’s mean your device can’t be unlocked, manuel. :)

  • Arturodabdoub_loco

    If my SIM lock counter is in zeros, can i still unlock-root it someway? im kinda frustrated here :S

  • rysani

    can i root my sonyericsson xperia arc my BOOTLOADER UNLOCK ALLOWED IS NO

  • John_hot_rod

    hi when it says Within that folder, hold the Shift key and press the right Mouse button. Now select Open command window here.   i get confuased  please hellp

    • raaney

      same, i need help in this step, did anyone tell u what to do?

  • Alfred

    i do wonder, if the process fail to unlock, does it means that the phone is “unlockable”? and arent there any other means as to unlock the boot loader? (in my case, tried it with xperia neo, in the command window, it told me it failed to unlock the boot loader)