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How To Root Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc And Xperia Neo

xperia arc-rootThe root for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Neo is finally here! Incase this just did not make sense to you and you’re unfamiliar with what rooting an android device is all about and why you should do that, read our top 10 reasons to root your Android device. As for those familiar with the concept, read on for how to root your Xperia Arc and Neo.

The root has been made possible thanks to XDA-Developers forum member, Bin4ry and is a fairly simple task to attempt actually. The root employs different packages depending on the firmware you’re running. Now on with some rooting!

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



The instruction set will assume that you already have fastboot and the USB drivers installed considering you can only attempt this by unlocking the bootloader first and that would require you to already have fastboot and the USB drivers installed.

  1. To begin, download the package of your choice and copy it to the fastboot folder that you extracted earlier on when unlocking the bootloader.
  2. Now within that folder, hold the Shift key and press the right Mouse button. Now select Open command window here.
  3. Enter the following command and hit enter:


fastboot flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img


fastboot -i 0x0fce flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img


fastboot-mac -i 0x0fce flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

All done! Wait patiently as the file is flashed onto your device. Once done, your phone would be rooted and ready to receive custom recoveries and ROMs that would soon follow.

For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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  • Jerome

    Thanks for the info. It worked great (in the end).

    It should be pointed out that you should NOT unlock the bootloader before rooting the device. If you do, you get all sots of constant errors. I did this, and a factory reset was required to root it properly.

  • Jerome

    Oh, and I could not get the driver to install in W7 64bit, so I used a Virtual XP PC and it was fine.

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  • Merrin

    I should point out that battery should at least by 80% or something like that!

  • holmesmoon

    Will it work on android 2.3.3?

  • visesh prasad

    can it be reverted/un-rooted/ got back to normal?? pleeeeeease reply ASAP

  • Ozy

    Please, could u put a root process for Xperia Arc S?
    Firmware pack isn`t available for LT18i yet.
    Thanks a lot.

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  • Asdq

    I like trains.

  • Asdq

    I like trains.

  • Kamil

    does it work with SE neo v and android 2.3.4?

  • Anonymous

    heya my neo has been loading for already 30m is it normal ?

  • Alle

    Do this work with Xperia Ray Android version 4.0.4?