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How to Downgrade SONY Xperia Arc S to Official Gingerbread 2.3 Firmware

Sony LogoJust in case if you have forcefully updated your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S with the latest ICS firmware version and didn’t like it or say you would now want to wait for the official ICS Android 4.0 version, you can now easily roll back to your earlier firmware version. In the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can easily roll back to the original Gingerbread firmware version. Over a period of this article we will be checking out on what are the list of pre requisites and then followed by the detailed tutorial.

Rooting Information: please be informed that after applying this update, the warranty won’t be lost and also just in case if you have rooted the firmware then after applying this update, the root access will be revoked.

Disclaimer: Neither AndroidAdvices, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of downgrading. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.

Quick pre Requisites:

  • In the process of downgrade, there is a possibility that all the data present in your SONY Ericsson Xperia should be backed up with the help of below mentioned steps so as to ensure that just in case any of the data gets lost, the same can be restored easily.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 60% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your Xperia Arc from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.

USB Debugging

  • Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and uninstall the same in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

So, assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up a detailed tutorial on how you can easily downgrade to this firmware.


  1. Hi All,
    I faced the same issue with my Xperia U fone.
    I upgraded it to ICS from gingerbread. The performance got worse.
    please help me to downgrade it back to gingerbread.
    Model no. ST25i

  2. Thanks a lot!

  3. Wilfried MBOUMBA

    Hi guys,
    It is a nice thing going on on this post.
    However, I’ve got my LT15i stuck in SAFE MODE for 2 months now, I’ve tried all kind of rooting and flashing, but nothing is going on.
    Andoid Version: 4.0.4
    Build Number: 4.1.B.0.431
    Anybody has a clue what I can do about that, pleeeeeease advise!

    PS: No SE service available around here (Gabon +241)
    Thanks in advance

  4. Does this also works with previous models of sony ericsson phones? I myself got a walkman model from 2 years ago. Thx

  5. plz give me a valid link of the flashtool ………..

  6. hello.. i like to ask something, which is very important bfore i downgrade my xperia phone.. bfore we downgrade, we need root our phone first or what? or just download GB firmware and flashtool and just downgrade like normally or what? i really need know more detail about this downgrading.. bcause i have bad xperience bfore that make my phone bcome brick and useless..please teach me.. i really2 need u help to downgarde my xperia arc s to GB.. Bcause ics make my phone bcame worst..tq

  7. can i applly the same to my xperia sola??

  8. I feel Android 2.3 better,more smooth

  9. The flash tool link is dead can you provide a new link or say the version and name of the flash tool

  10. Does using this Flash tool mean that you will lose the warenty on the phone?? and can you use this Flash tool even tough your phone isent rooted??. And by using this Flash tool does it root your phone please anwser as soon as possible.

  11. All i get is>

    ERROR – Drivers need to be installed for connected device.
    ERROR – You can find them in the drivers folder of Flashtool.

    The firmware package is on the right place, alone as it should be.
    Someone can help me?

  12. It works very well :) Flashing was quick! haha thanks a lot

  13. I asked a few weeks ago how can I be sure this ROM isn’t mod to steal information like passwords?

    My comment never showed up on the comment section bellow and I’d really like to know before I do anything.

  14. At last, I have my phone back!

  15. Worked like a charm, phone was really horrible to use on ICS, thanks for the guide!

  16. Many Thanks, everything worked perfect. I am very grateful

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