How to Root and Install ClockWorkMod Recovery Sony Xperia SP – Guide

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Sony Xperia SP is a mid range Android Smartphone having an Android Jellybean OS, it has 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual Core processor that is supported by the 1 GB RAM. The device is also a gamer’s delight with Adreno 320 graphics. The Xperia XP sports a 4.6 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with a high definition resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a color depth of 16 M. An 8 megapixel primary camera and the 0.3 megapixel front camera that the Sony Xperia SP packs.

Sony Xperia SP root

XDA developers already came out with the pre-rooted kernel which helps to root your Sony Xperia SP, all thanks go to Rachit Rawat for developing this procedure. While the installation of pre-rooted kernel, busybox will be installed and together with latest su binary, thanks for the autoroot feature.

In this same article we would also learn how to install CWM recovery into the device, CWM recovery helps to install custom ROMs latter.

Read our article carefully to avoid getting into any trouble during the flashing process.

Pre-Requisites:

Step 1: Data’s are precious, therefore you should fully backup your Android device before rooting it. Facing problem? Then, read our article on How to Backup and Restore Apps/ Games/ Cache Data using Titanium Backup – Detailed guide

Step 2: You will have enable USB Debugging on your device. To do so, go to “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The checkbox beside USB Debugging should be ticked.

Step 3: You should charge your device so that there is 60% or more amount of battery charge on your device. Read our article on How to Improve Battery life of your Android device 10 steps guide.

Step 4: You will have to disable security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall from your device for the time being i.e. Until the rooting procedure has completed.

Step 5: Download USB Drivers (ADB and Fastboot) for your Android device to make it compatible with Windows.

 

Downloads:

  1. Unlock bootloader of Sony Xperia SP from its official Sony website.
  2. Download Sony Xperia SP USB driver for Windows and install in your computer.

How to root Sony Xperia SP:

Step 1: Download Extened Stock Kernel pre rooted.

Step 2: Assuming that you have successfully unlocked your boot loader, copy adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll from C:\\android-sdk-windows\tools to a new folder at the desktop, renamed it as fastboot.

Step 3: Extract the extened-stock-kernel.zip to a new folder and Renamed to kernel.elf. Copy and paste the kernel.elf to the fastboot folder at desktop.

Step 4: now, turn off your device and reboot in fastboot mode. Enter in fastboot mode by connecting your device to the computer via micro USB cable while pressing Volume Up button.

Step 5: In computer, open Command Prompt windows. (To Open Command Prompt –>Windows Logo–> Type CMD in search box –>Enter)

Step 6: Type cd C:\fastboot in the command prompt windows to navigate to your fastboot folder.

Step 7: Type fastboot flash boot kernel.elf to flash the kernel file to your device. Press and hold Power button to turn off your device.

How to Install ClockWorkMod Recovery on Sony Xperia SP:

Step 1: Download Kernel  recovery file.

Step 2: Assuming that you have successfully unlocked your boot loader, copy adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll from C:\\android-sdk-windows\tools to a new folder at the desktop, renamed it as fastboot.

Step 3: Extract the kernel_en.elf to a new folder and Renamed to kernel.elf. Copy and paste the kernel.elf to the fastboot folder at desktop.

Step 4: now, turn off your device and reboot in fastboot mode. Enter in fastboot mode by connecting your device to the computer via micro USB cable while pressing Volume Up button.

Step 5: In computer, open Command Prompt windows. (To Open Command Prompt –>Windows Logo–> Type CMD in search box –>Enter)

Step 6: Type cd C:\fastboot in the command prompt windows to navigate to your fastboot folder.

Step 7: Type fastboot flash boot kernel.elf to flash the kernel file to your device. Press and hold Power button to turn off your device.

That’s it your device is now installed with ClockWorkMod recovery. We recommend to perform NANDROID backup with CWM.

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