The FlashTool software was designed by Androxyde as a solution for flashing any Sony firmware for phones from the X10 to the Xperia Z Ultra. The software is called FlashTool because all of these phones flash firmware using the S1 protocol based on FTF (Flash Tool Firmwares) files. This powerful tool comes highly recommended for any Sony Xperia or Sony X10 phone since FlashTool is compatible with all of them. As long as you have all of your mobile phone drivers properly installed, flashing your phone is a simple and safe process.
What Are the Advantages of Using FlashTool?
- Unlike the official solutions offered by Sony PC Companion, Sony Update Service for Windows, and Sony Bridge for Mac, FlashTool does more than just update your phone to a new version of Android; FlashTool also gives you the option to install previous versions of Android.
- With FlashTool, you can use your mobile phone with the Bootloader blocked or unblocked - it doesn't make any difference.
- FlashTool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
- FlashTool allows you to update your phone as soon as Sony releases the latest version. You won't have to wait until your provider decides to release their own version of the update.
- Installing new firmware will eliminate bloatware apps.
- You can install a kernel or baseband other than the standard one that comes with your phone's firmware.
- To get started, make a copy of your phone's original firmware.
- You must have all the correct drivers installed for your computer to recognize your phone.
- Copy your phone's firmware and paste it to the firmware folder in FlashTool (Found in C:\Flashtool).
- Start FlashTool from the Window's start button - All Programs - FlashTool (this will appear as either FlashTool or FlashTool64 in 64 bit PC's.)
- Click the lightning bolt icon.
- Select Flashmode and click OK. (In this example we'll be using Flashmode)
- You'll see a list that includes the firmware you just copied to the Firmwares folder. Select the FTF file.
- Click the Flash button.
- Wait for the computer to ask you to connect in Flash Mode. To do this, make sure your phone is off. Press the right combination of buttons to enter Flash Mode (check for your phone model's combination below) and, while continuing to hold down those buttons, connect the phone to your computer using the USB cable. Do not release those buttons during the flashing process!
- Once it's done, remove the USB cable and turn on your phone.
- And wait while the system finishes installing the firmware.
Button Combinations for Connecting to FlashTool
Flashmode: Back Button: ARC (S), NEO (V), PRO, PLAY Volume Down (-): MINI (pro), RAY, ACTIVE, Live with Walkman, Xperia P, Xperia S, Xperia T, Xperia U, Xperia V, Xperia Z, Sola Fastboot Mode: Menu Button : ARC (S), NEO (V), PRO Search Button (Magnifying Glass): PLAY Volume Up (+): MINI (pro), RAY, ACTIVE, Live with Walkman, Xperia P, Xperia S, Xperia T, Xperia U, Xperia V, Sola
What Is Firmware?
Firmware is a set of instructions that includes the operating system (Android), drivers (for the camera, sensores, processors, etc.), applications, and user interface settings personalized by the firmware manufacturer.
Sony Xperia Firmware
Once you've read and understood this article you will be ready to flash any Sony Xperia device including the X10 models just by obtaining the firmware that fits the device you have. Here are the firmwares for several popular models:
(We will be adding to this list little by little. Feel free to help us do so.)
- Sony X10a | firmware 3.0.1.G.0.75 base Android Gingerbread 2.3.3
- Sony Xperia E Dual C1605 | firmware 11.3.A.3.1 base Android 4.1.1
- Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual D5322 | firmware 19.1.1.C.0.56 base Android 4.4.3
- Sony Xperia Z C6603 | firmware 10.5.1.A.0.283 base Android 4.4.4
- Sony Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 | firmware 14.4.A.0.108 base Android 4.4.4
- Sony Xperia Z2 D6503 |firmware 17.1.2.A.0.314 base Android 4.4.2
If you ever need to take advantage of your phone's warranty, make sure to reinstall your phone's original firmware.
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