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How to Root Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 with SuperSU on Android 4.3

You can now root Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware available from Sony. We have a complete tutorial on how to do that. Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the longest-standing flagships from Sony. It has even got the Android 4.3 Jelly bean upgrade already, and is slated for the Android 4.4 KitKat update very soon. It has ground breaking camera features, but you can get even more functionality out of your Xperia Z1. How? By rooting it, of course. You can read the benefits of rooting an Android device here. You can root Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 on Android 4.3 with PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 (how to install CWM tutorial) using the tutorial below.

Below, we’ll show you how to take some precautionary measures as well. These include how to back up your data, SMS messages and others. After that, we will guide you on all the steps you’ll need to perform in order to root Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. We will use PhilZ Touch Recovery as our recovery of choice and SuperSU as the rooting package. You can also read our run-down of some of the best root apps. Let’s continue below to the backup tips and rooting your Xperia Z1 now.

Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 - PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery

Disclaimer: We, the writers, editors and other members of are not responsible if you brick or otherwise damage your device and lose your data. Remember. you are choosing to do this tutorial. No one is forcing you.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Sony Xperia Z1, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Sony Xperia Z1 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Sony Xperia Z1 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Sony Xperia Z1 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Before we start to root your Xperia Z1, take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Sony users can also back up data using Sony PC Companion. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Sony Xperia Z1 backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and root Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903.

How to Root Xperia Z1 C6902/C6903 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Stock Firmware

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Xperia Z1 on the latest Android stock firmware from Sony. If you are used to installing custom ROMs or rooting other Sony Xperia series, then this should not be any different for you. Make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for rooting Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903. Please do not try on any other Xperia Z1 variants.
  • A custom recovery like ClockworkMod or TWRP is required for this tutorial. Link given below.
  • This tutorial will not wipe your data, but still make a backup of everything.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: Make sure ClockworkMod Recovery is installed. How? Read: How to Install CWM Recovery on Sony Xperia Z1.

Step 1 – Download SuperSU Rooting Package for Xperia Z1 to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Xperia Z1 USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode. Power ON your phone and press the Volume Up button as soon as the green LED light comes on Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.


NOTE: Screenshots of the ClockworkMod Recovery may change as new versions are released.

Step 6 – Select “install zip from SD card”.

Step 7 – Now select “choose zip from sdcard”. Using your volume keys, navigate to the file that you copied to your SD card and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

Step 8 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back+++++” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu as show below.


Your Xperia Z1 will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Sony Xperia Z1. Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list. To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.

If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.

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Hameer Abbasi
Android enthusiast, flash-a-holic, mod-a-holic, and geek extraordinaire. Gets high on recovering bricked phones.
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