How to Root the Sony Xperia Z1

The Sony Xperia Z1 is considered the ultimate expression of technology for the self-professed geek. Indeed, with a 2.2 GHz Quad-core Krait 400 processor and an Adreno 330 GPU on the Qualcomm MSM8974-800 Snapdragon chipset, the Z1 can make most Smartphones look and feel sluggish. The 20.7-megapixel “extreme resolution”—at 5248 x 3936-pixel autofocus camera gives this 4G-enabled, Android 4.4.2-capable device a significant presence in the Android market. The device is available in C6902 and C6903 variants that may be rooted with ease.

Rooting the Xperia Z1 is a process that involves gaining power user access to the Android phone kernel in order to install programs that can improve performance and even negate some of the drawbacks of the device. Here is a simple method to root the Z1 quickly and easily. You Will Need

1. A fully powered PC or laptop.

2. The Sony Xperia Z1 with an unlocked bootloader.

3. Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP)

4. ClockworkMod (CWM)

5. SuperSU root package

Things to do before Rooting 1. Before you attempt to root your phone, it is essential that you understand the process of rooting and know that it could result in a ‘bricked’ or essentially useless phone. 2. Understand that the benefits of a rooted phone include super user access to the phone’s kernel and the ability to control areas of the phone limited by your carrier or the device manufacturer. 3. Set up your Sony Xperia Z1 to connect with your computer by installing the USB driver for the device. 4. Backup any text messages, contacts, apps, photos, video and other files including special recoveries such as ClockworkMod. 5. Ensure that your battery is functioning with over 90% charge. You could damage your phone if it turns off during the rooting process. 6. Unlock your phone for the duration of the rooting process. 7. Download Philz Advance CWM Recovery for the C6902/C6903. 8. Extract

Steps to install the CWM Recovery Agent

Step 1: Extract the files from Philz Advance CWM Recovery to your computer. Step 2: Connect your Xperia Z1 to the computer by USB. Step 3: Install and reboot your Android phone. It should open the Philz recovery program. Step 4: Navigate through the menu options using the volume keys and select the “Reboot System” option with the power button. Step 5: The phone will reboot with the CWM recovery agent and TWRP installed.

Steps to Root the Sony Xperia Z1

Step 1: Mount the USB memory via USB. Step 2: Copy the root package to the SD card root folder. Step 3: Turn the phone power off after you unplug the USB cable. Step 4: Boot the device into Recovery mode by holding the Volume Up key as the device boots up and the green LED light is visible. Step 5: Select the option that allows you to install the root package. This file is usually found as a .zip fine on your SD card. Step 6: Navigate with the volume keys and select the file with the power button. Step7: Reboot the phone through the recovery system menu by selecting “Reboot System Now”.

Your Sony Xperia Z1 should reboot in about four to six minutes and should be rooted successfully. The Google Play store offers several root check apps that can confirm the installation. Enjoy the “rooted” droid experience on your Z1.