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How to Root the Sony Xperia XZ1

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We all know that on Android there is a way in which we can remove the built-in restrictions. So, we are discussing about how to unlock the Android system that comes pre-loaded on your favorite devices, including on the new Sony Xperia XZ1. The root process is therefore the topic which will be detailed during the following guidelines, where we will also review the method that can be followed for successfully rooting the Xperia XZ1.

Gaining root is possible because Android is an open-source platform that can be anytime customized, optimized and personalized. Shortly, here is what you need to know: by default, each Android device is coming pre-loaded with different restrictions which are there to prevent you from tweaking built-in settings, features and capabilities. So, if you want to spice things up a little bit in order to improve the overall Android experience, you will first have to remove these restrictions.

And, as already outlined, that can be achieved easily, by ensuring root access. However, getting rid of restrictions is not an operation supported by Sony or by Google. That’s why, for gaining root access you will have to use a third-party software – that software is available thanks to those of xda-developers so we must thank them for this unlocking opportunity (you can follow the official thread here). Anyway, because of these aspects we must mention a major downside at this moment: the warranty of your smartphone will get void once you will start the rooting process.

You should also secure your personal files before starting the steps from below. A general backup will help you avoid any possible unpleasant situations as during root your files might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, use your favorite backup and restore solutions and save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and anything else you might need afterwards. As always, a general backup can be initiated by using already built-in cloud storage services, by downloading backup and restore tools from the market or by syncing your files with your Google account.

Now, on a rooted Sony Xperia XZ1 you will be able to choose how to customize, optimize and personalize the stock Android firmware. Of course, each tweaking process can be completed through certain custom operations like: flashing custom MODs, ROMs or kernels, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies, adding root-only apps, getting apps from Google Play or from other sources, testing features that cannot be found on the default Android system and so much more.

It’s essential to know that this guide can be applied only in certain conditions. In that matter, consider the pre-requisites list from below:

  • Unlock the bootloader of your Sony branded device – unlocking the bootloader is the first unlock process that can be (and must be) applied on Android.
  • Install a custom recovery image on your smartphone – the root exploit can be installed only if a custom recovery is used. So, learn how to flash TWRP recovery on Sony Xperia XZ1 before doing anything else.
  • A computer is required because this is going to be a manual procedure.
  • On your phone you need to check the USB Debugging field – otherwise you might not be able to properly connect your device with your computer. So, access Developer Options and check the already mentioned feature.
  • Note: if Developer Options isn’t listed within Menu – > Settings, first go to About Phone and tap repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times, on Built Number – keep tapping until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
  • The power left on your smartphone shouldn’t be lower than 50%. A smaller value might lead to problems as the Android OS can get soft bricked if a sudden switch off occurs during the root process.
  • So, charge your phone before gaining root access if that’s required.
  • You can also brick your device if you are not being careful enough – this tutorial is compatible only with the Sony Xperia XZ1, so don’t try to follow the steps from below if you own a similar or a different Android based device.

How to Root the Sony Xperia XZ1

  1. Download the root package from here – you will download Magisk v14.5; you can save the file on desktop.
  2. Next, switch on your device and afterwards connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  3. Select the root file from desktop and then transfer it on your smartphone.
  4. When done, unplug the USB cord as the computer is no longer useful.
  5. Now, you have to power off your smartphone – wait while the switch off process is completed.
  6. You now have to reboot recovery mode on your Sony Xperia XZ1.
  7. From recovery tap on Install and pick up the Magisk package.
  8. Swipe and wait while this file is automatically flashed on your handset.
  9. When done, from main menu of recovery go and select ‘reboot system now’.
  10. In case you somehow end up in experiencing a boot loop, don’t panic; just return to main menu of recovery and choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache – you can do a full wipe by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’. Then, reboot and that should be all.

Perfect. Root access should be now granted on your Sony Xperia XZ1. You can verify that by using the Root Checker app from Google Play. If you have questions or if something didn’t work as expected, don’t panic; just use the comments field from below and share everything with us. Based on the info you provide we will try to find the perfect solutions for your problems.

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