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How To Install Latest xRecovery to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Xperia X10 xRecoveryxRecovery is a custom Android recovery system for all variants of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, including Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Xperia X10 HD. If you own one of these Xperia series devices and want to take it to the next level by being able to flash custom ROMs, take and restore full backups, manage partitions and wipe not just data but cache and Dalvik cache as well, read on for the instructions.

xRecovery is based on and very similar in functionality to ClockworkMod recovery but is meant for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 series devices on which ClockworkMod recovery can’t be installed. To get an idea of all that you can do from this recovery, see our coverage of ClockworkMod recovery.

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


  • Rooted Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 series device. See our Android rooting guide to root yours.
  • Busybox installed. You can install the latest version from Android Market here.
  • (https://addictivetips.com/app/uploads/2011/02/xRecovery-0.3-release.apk) xRecovery v0.3 Installer App.

Xperia X10 xRecovery InstallerProcedure:

  1. Download the xRecovery installer app to your computer and transfer it to your phone by connecting your phone to your PC via USB, mounting the SD card and copying the downloaded file to it.
  2. Browse to the SD card using a file manager and tap on it to launch it.
  3. Once it launches, simply tap ‘Install xRecovery’ and follow any on-screen instructions that you get.
  4. Reboot your phone once the process has finished, in case it doesn’t reboot automatically.

You should now have xRecovery installed on your device. To boot into it, just press the back button a few times immediately after you see the white Sony Ericsson logo on the screen upon reboot. Once in xRecovery, use the volume buttons to navigate the options, the ‘Home’ button to select and the back button to go back to the previous menu at any stage.

[via XDA-Developers]


  1. All of you who are having trouble accessing the xRecovery menu, I have an Xperia x10 mini pro U20i and you will need to press the power button at the top several times once you see the Sony Ericsson white logo after switching on your phone.

    Hope this helps 🙂

  2. i have a question,does xrecovery can install miui rom and cm rom?because when i google on whats the diference between xrecovery and clockworkmod they say that roms like miui and cm can only be installed with clockworkmod ,is that true do i need to install clockworkmod just to install the roms that ive said?

  3. sir,\I followed all steps and did it successfully but unfortunately i can not access to Xrecovery menu,Can you please help
    My email:

    thanks in advance

  4. hey i did everything as mentioned in this blog , but still i am not able to move into xrecovery menu. please help

  5. I finally got to work. You must have read and write permission on your root drive of the phone. To do this, download Root Explorer for rooted phones (found in the market). It will allow you to change the attributes permissions from read only to read write. Do this for the Root directory and the system rootsystem directory, then run the xrecovery again. You should get  all check marks on the 3 items it list under the install button. If you get any red marks or x’s you do not have read/write permissions set yet. I have a sony xperita x10a with the 2.1 update1 android on it currently, Doing all this to put a different upgrade firmware on it. My phone is rooted already. Hope this helps. 

  6. i install by mistake andriod 2.3.3 grater fiware after installing mobil will not getting reboot please tel what to do next

  7. i install by mistake andriod 2.3.3 grater fiware after installing mobil will not getting reboot please tel what to do next

  8. Hey guys,those with all sorts of Xperia`s and X10i.after you root your phone MAKE shure you have latest Superuser and Busybox installed.ESPECIALLY FOR GB(gingerbread) and android OS version 2.2+.
    Once you installed all you reboot your phone AND AT SONY ERICSSON LOGO SCREEN PRESS BACK “<-" button many times.If your phone boots normaly to OS then you didnt press enough.If youre phone gets STUCK install different version of Xrecovery and try again.
    Some android OS read only xrecovery 2.0a some read 2.0b,i am using android 2.3.3 GB and Xrecovery .3 works very fine!if u run into trouble feel free to email me.

  9. well i followed everything…..it’s says everything install properly etc…but it’s not working when i turn off the phone n try to boot it smh please fix! my phone starting like normal!

  10. My phone is X10i Android 2.3.3 Ihave Xrecovery V.0.3 and I want install IMUI rom for X10 ….. based Android 2.3.4……… My problem is in the Xrecovery……….. don’t Install this and more Rom

  11. I have Sony Ericson X10i …… I have permess of root for Android 2.3.3 I have mount Xrecovery V0.3

    But when select a Rom.zip in the phone on in /mnt/sdcard/update.zip….. disconnected my SD Card.. and abort the rom installation…….

    And don’t function in memory Phone ……… /mnt/sdcard/update.zip

    Help me Please….. where is the problem….. is a FIX Storage ????????

  12. i have installed xrecovery bt i am unable to mount sd card in it….no zip file can be installed….can anyone tell me the solution

  13. Yeah did everything ur instructions said and after self rebooting myself….i don’t get into d x recovery evn though I pressed the back button quite a few times….c’mon ppl…tell what to do properly ?

  14. You have no idea how annoying it is for me when I “try” and follow your advice on “how to root” (and more specifically install ‘xRecovery’). And although you – generic term – may be coining it, you have a really crappy support service, in my humble opinion

    Xperia X10i 2.1 Update1

  15. Excellent! I love wasting my time – what’s the point in having a web-site, specifically with an sway to resolve problems associated with mobile telecommunications and ever-developing and reinventing technology, and all you can do is sit back and watch?

    Wow – glad I don’t run my busines (service industry orientated) the way you run yours: “OK people, the floors all yours, ’cause we haven’t got a clue, nor do we really care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Drives mad!

  16. same here i press the button and nothing happened, i go to manage application in the phone i found it installed so i think its installed but i cant go to xrecovery

  17. I install everything and I see in the system/bin that the files are there, but my X10 mini pro doesn’t go to xrecovery when I reboot the phone and press the back button a few times after I see the white Sony Ericsson logo on the screen. I try a lot of other methods to install xrecovery but the phone never go to the xrecovery when I reboot the phone and press the back button. what can i do more?

  18. my x8 doesnt support this????
    how can i install this and install custom themes and install application on memory card please give me simple tutorial please…. send me tutorial on my FB id bishal25th@y….

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