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

The complete guide to root Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware is now available on Team Android. Just yesterday, we covered the root guide for Xperia Z1, and here is for another phone today. Sony Xperia Z is one of the older devices from Sony, but it is still going strong in the market. This phone is expected to receive the official KitKat firmware soon by Sony, but no final dates have been given yet. The current features set is amazing, but you can expand the software features into a lot more. How? By rooting this phone. You can read the benefits of rooting an Android device here. This tutorial shows you how to root Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 on Android 4.3 with PhilZ ClockworkMod Recovery 6 (how to install CWM tutorial) using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading below, we will tell you how to root Sony Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware. We will use PhilZ Touch Recovery as our recovery of choice and SuperSU as the rooting package. Below, we’ll show you how to take some safety measures as well. Some of these include how to back up your data, SMS messages and others. You can also read about our favourite root apps we like to use. Let’s continue below to the backup tips, after which we’ll tell you how to root your Xperia Z.


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 Z, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

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

Download Sony Xperia Z USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Before we start to root your Xperia Z, 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 Z 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 root Xperia Z C6602 / C6603.

Hameer Abbasi
Hameer Abbasi

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

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      • 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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