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.

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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.

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