The Xperia S, with it’s 342ppi pixel density, a 12mp camera packed in a beautifully crafted body, and upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS, certainly deserves to be rooted and it isn’t surprising that the device got rooted pretty quickly. This comes in from XDA-Developers forum member Bin4ry, who has uploaded custom firmware images for Xperia S running the 63 firmware or the 67. Not exactly the most convenient and preferred method of rooting, but this is all that is available for now at least. The good thing about this root, is that you don’t really need to do much in terms of commands or moving around files.
All that needs to be done is to download the custom firmware and flash it to the Xperia S via fast boot. Still wondering why you should be rooting your device in the first place? See our guide on the top 10 reasons to root your android device.
Disclaimer: Please attempt this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips won’t be responsible in case your device gets bricked or damaged in any other way due to this method.
- Unlocked bootloader on the Xperia S. See our guide on unlocking the bootloader on the Xperia S (This guide will assume that you also have the drivers properly installed on your PC, considering you just unlocked your device).
- Fastboot installed (if you have unlocked your device, you will have the fastboot package as well).
- Recovery image.
- Superuser flashable ZIP.
- To begin, download the image for your firmware and copy it to the fastboot folder in the fastboot package you extracted while unlocking the bootloader on your device.
- That done, put your phone in fastboot mode and open command prompt.
- In command prompt, navigate to the location where you copied the image to, and enter the following command:
fastboot flash system system_xps_prerooted_63fw.img
- Boot into recovery and flash the Superuser ZIP file.
All done! Reboot your device now, and upon reboot, you should have root access. For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.