Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact received the Lollipop update recently by Sony and the latest firmware version is 23.1.A.0.726 with Android Lollipop 5.0.2. Rooting any Xperia device is very simple as you can easily unlock its bootloader but these devices do not come with a dedicated recovery partition, so the boot image is modified to fit in a custom recovery but the boot images are firmware dependent. So there is no single solution for recovery on Xperia devices as well as for root. But you can get root access and pre-installed recovery on it with the pre-rooted ROMs. Thanks to welshlad (senior XDA member) for providing a flashable stock Android 5.0.2 firmware file (without installing any root file), which is pre-rooted and has dual-recovery installed.
You can read more details about this pre-rooted ROM here, where the developer has confirmed that this method is working great with the Xperia Z3 D6603.
So if you want to install stock Android 5.0.2 (23.1.A.0.726) pre-rooted firmware on the Xperia Z3 then follow the given step by step detailed guide. Here we’ve given the download link for pre-rooted firmware (version 21.1.A.0.726) for the Xperia Z3 model number D6603 and UK generic. No matter if you are from any other region, you can still flash the pre-rooted firmware on your phone without any issue,just the Model number D6603 should match up.
This guide containing the pre-rooted firmware 21.1.A.0.726 and instructions can be used only for the Xperia Z3 D6603. Do not try to install this firmware on any other device or incorrect variant. Verify the model number of your device first.
DroidGuides will not be held responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Xperia Z3 D6603 during or after the installation of Android 5.0.2 (23.1.A.0.726) pre-rooted stock firmware. Proceed at your own risk.
- Take a proper backup of all your important data and settings on your phone before proceeding to install pre-rooted firmware.
- The bootloader of your Xperia Z3 should be unlocked.
- TWRP recovery should be installed on the phone.
Steps to Install Stock Android 5.0.2 (23.1.A.0.726) Pre-Rooted ROM on Xperia Z3 D6603 with Dual Recovery:
Follow the given instructions to flash stock Android 5.0.2 (23.1.A.0.726) pre-rooted firmware on the Xperia Z3:
1:- First, download Android 5.0.2 Lollipop pre-rooted firmware for your Xperia Z3 on the desktop of your PC.
2:- Connect the Xperia Z3 with PC using a USB data cable and copy the downloaded Pre-Rooted ROM file to the internal storage of your phone.
3:- Turn OFF the Xperia Z3 to boot into Recovery Mode.
4:- Turn ON the phone and once the LED notification lights turns Pink, press Volume Up or Volume down buttons for several times until the Xperia Z3 rebooted into recovery mode.
5:- While the phone is now in Recovery Mode, create a backup by selecting Backup and then do a swipe on Swipe to Backup option.
6:- From Recovery > Wipe, Advanced wipe and then choose Cache, Dalvik/ART cache and Data to Perform a complete wipe. Swipe on the Swipe to wipe option to make the Z3 ready for the new ROM by removing cache, dalvik cache and data.
7:- Go back to the main menu of recovery and select Install to install the ROM. Navigate to the internal storage where you have copied the pre-rooted Lollipop firmware file. Select the firmware file and swipe on the Swipe to Confirm Flash option. This process may take some time, so wait for the process to be successfully completed.
8:- Select Reboot then System to reboot the Xperia Z3.
You have successfully rooted your Xperia Z3 running stock Android Lollipop firmware and dual recovery is now pre-installed.
Let us know in the comments area below if you have any query or trouble regarding the above instructions.