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Root Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 on Android 4.3 – Complete Tutorial

How to Root Xperia Z C6602/C6603 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Stock Firmware

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Xperia Z 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 Z C6602 / C6603. Please do not try on any other Xperia Z 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 Z.

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

Step 2 – Connect and mount your Xperia Z 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 Z 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 Z. 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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        • No thats not true…. after rooting you will be still getting updates by SONY.
          However if you unlock the bootloader then you will not get any updates from SONY

      • Hey Haris Nadeem, can you please give us another link of PhilZ CWM recovery 6 with install.bat? There isn’t any .bat file in your zip file so please help us! What’s the point of posting if your the file you uploaded is not complete?

  1. I’m trying to find the install.bat file in the guide to installing PhilZ CWM recovery – there isn’t one?!

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