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Install Android 4.4.2 CM11 on Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 KitKat Custom ROM

You can now update Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 / C5306 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat with CyanogenMod (CM11) custom firmware. Sony might never release Android 4.4.2 KitKat or will take months and months to roll out the official KitKat update for this phone, but you can try out stock Android all by yourself — that too with a lot more features. You can update Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 to Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Sony, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat ROM on Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 with complete steps using CWM recovery. We also have several tips on how to backup your phone data and also some more tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. You will have to wipe your previous personal data and apps as usual when installing custom ROMs. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s begin with the tutorial below.

Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat ROM Details:

For those who are new to CyanogenMod, please read the following:

CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices (See above for supported devices & how to install CyanogenMod on said devices). Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android.

NOTE: This CM11 custom ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat can be installed on Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 / C5306 variants.

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

  • Android 4.4.2 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Xperia SP custom ROMs, click here!

Like this CM11 ROM based on the latest Android 4.4.2? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Sony Xperia SP 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 SP properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Sony Xperia SP USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please 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 SP 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 on the next page and update Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 to Android 4.4.2 CM11 KitKat custom firmware.

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Haris Nadeem
Haris lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.
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  1. When I update Andrid 4.4.2 kitkat cm11 firmware to my C5303 everything oke, just only the Radio, stamin battery,wakman of sony icon disappear,.

  2. I followed the whole process as is mentioned but the phone doesn’t boot into CM and the arrow keeps moving around in circles on the boot screen.

    I tried flashing again, but I am getting Error mounting /data while wiping data. And Error mounting /sdcard as well. Please help. My phone is soft-bricked!

  3. after i have done installing both zip files, rebooted, phone gone to rebooting stage but didnt turn on 🙁

  4. I used wiki.cynogenmod page and here to use this. First time the boot screen after installation took about 1 hours + and I started to search how it can be. Tried to install it many times but just cynogenmod logo turned and turned not started. Then I found a solution to give it one more chance.

    -wipe data/factory reset

    -wipe cache partition

    -wipe dalvik cache

    then not install from zip. Have to format system in mount and strorage part. I did format system boot and media files. Then continue as :

    -install zip from SD card

    the cynogenmod zip file and gapps one by one.

    This way is for if the phone not start after installation just cynogenmod logo turns.

  5. hi there,,,, plz tell me how to roll back to my officiial 4.3 jelly bean,, i appreciate ur efforts thru which i have successfully installed kitkat 4.4 following the method given above,,,

  6. custom roms performance is great but we dont have that sony feel in it.. i’ll suggest you give all features of original sony UI to your custom rom with all features which are available on original sony rom. great feel with UI and your performance 🙂

  7. I want to try but I have the bootloader locked. Do you know how can I unlock the bootloader without send the phone to the offitial service center? I have the C5303 model

  8. my device xperia sp c5302 root opened now,but i am not able to reboot in recovery mode,i tried all the ways you explined,what to do now

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