Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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

Procedure to Downgrade Firmware of Xperia Arc S to Official Gingerbread:

  • Download the Flash tool and Xperia Arc S firmware package from here to your computer. After downloading both, open the Flash tool to install the same in your computer. Extract the firmware file so as to get the .ftf file.
  • Up next, open the Flash tool program and then you need to place the downloaded firmware ftf file in the path “C:/Drive > flashtool > firmwares>” Ensure that no other files are located in this path.

Select Options

  • Click on the Flashing icon in the flash tool which is located in the left side below “file option”. Select the option of “flashmode” and click on “Ok” and enable the options Wipe User Data and Wipe Cache as shown in the screenshot below.
  • Now, select Ok and then flash tool will now be preparing the ROM and will ask you to connect the phone to the computer with the help of USB cable and then just follow the on screen instructions. As soon as its connected, the flash tool will be installing the Official Stock Gingerbread firmware in your SONY Xperia Arc S.
  • Now, as soon as the firmware installation is finished, the phone will be shutting down and that’s it once you see the home screen, disconnect the phone from computer. Now, you can connect your phone with the PC Companion to upgrade to the Official ICS firmware version as in when arrives in your country or else you can again manually apply the update too.

Tip: Due to some reasons if the update process gets failed or interrupted, then you need to apply the update again by following the steps again from the start. Don’t forget to restore the backup which you have taken in the initial steps.

So, congratulations you have now successfully applied the update of Official Gingerbread in your Xperia Arc S. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try to address the same at the earliest.


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  1. sameeksha

    July 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    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

    • Pradeep Neela

      October 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      yes you can apply this update on ST25i but only if you are on the unlocked GSM Carrier

  2. Daniel

    July 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Wilfried MBOUMBA

    June 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    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. gox

    June 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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

  5. niloufarD

    November 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

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

  6. g-jan Dm

    November 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    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. Tameem

    November 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

    can i applly the same to my xperia sola??

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      no its just for arc s

  8. Jack

    October 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I feel Android 2.3 better,more smooth

  9. patrik

    October 2, 2012 at 3:31 am

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

  10. patrik

    October 2, 2012 at 2:38 am

    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. Isaak

    September 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    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?

    • Danish

      November 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      i am also facing the same problem 🙁 any one can help??

  12. Benet

    September 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

    It works very well 🙂 Flashing was quick! haha thanks a lot

  13. David Winchester

    September 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    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.

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      no, it doesn’t steal passwords 🙂

  14. Simon

    September 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

    At last, I have my phone back!

  15. David

    September 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

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

  16. Alfredo Alejandro

    September 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Many Thanks, everything worked perfect. I am very grateful

  17. Alfredo Alejandro

    September 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I’m new to this, I decided to update my xperia arc s to version 4.0.3 with only two weeks of use, but I was faltal, this version closes almost all games that could be played before from my old version.

    I have some fear of this process to return to version 2.3.6. I remain as before? This is the android version of sony? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me

  18. David Winchester

    September 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    How can I be sure this ROM is not modified to, say, steal information like passwords and credit cards and stuff and send them to a remote server?

    Reply pretty please because I’m really desperate, the ICS on the arc S is just hopeless I need to go back to Gingerbread.

    Also, the icon on the notification tray that shows when the mobile data is disabled is gone, how come it doesn’t show?

  19. Daniel

    September 9, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Does this works for Sony Xperia Arc S TMN (Cellphone Provider)

  20. Mirza

    September 7, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Thank you! You helped me a lot 🙂

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

      thanks for your appreciation

  21. DaveB

    September 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Just finished the downgrade, worked perfectly. Well I call it a downgrade but really its the opposite. Cannot thank you enough as the ICS upgrade is rubbish in so many ways. Spoils what is a very good phone. Once again thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      thanks for appreciation but developers are working hard to come up with the stable ICS update

  22. buck

    September 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Please help! I was trying to downgrade my experia arc s from ICS back to gingerbread. My phone was connected already during the first few seconds of flashing and my kid brother accidentally hit it and the usb came off and interrupted the flashing the phone just blinks with the “sony ericsson” logo on and off. I dont know what to do when i try to continue with the flashing it wont work. Please help me…the phone is only less than 2 weeks old. :0(

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm


  23. robert hirst

    September 5, 2012 at 4:21 am

    further to my earlier comment it would appear that any aftermarket app I had with android 4 does not appear in the apps on gingerbread but when I try to download them it says they are already installed

  24. robert hirst

    September 5, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Ok, I followed all the procedure and it works, except for restoring the sms backup and call logs.
    The apps dont exist on the phone i.e no icon, but when I try to download them again it says they are already installed. How do I get round this.
    Thanks in advance

    • robert hirst

      September 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Please ignore my comments as I have now managed to download my missing apps and restore my backups.
      Don’t know why they wouldn’t download at first but I tried another download service and they worked.
      Thanks for showing us all how to do this, the phone is now working perfectly, just as it used to when I first bought it. No crashing, locking, lost contacts or glitches. I’ve stopped swearing at it !!
      What I find very strange is that my wife has an identical phone bought from the same store on the same day and she also upgraded to android 4 but without any of the issues I have had with mine.

  25. Rafael

    September 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I did this procedure and my arc s got back to the way it was, however i wanna root him and i think this isnt letting me do it, how can i undo this? I wanna unninstall blocked apps and the only way i say was using Titanium

  26. Rafael

    September 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I did this procedure and my arc s got back to the way it was, however i wanna root him and i think this isnt letting me do it, how can i undo this?

  27. khawaja

    September 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Does using the FlashTool involve rooting of the device?
    And is it the official firmware of gingerbread u r providing??

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      yes you can install this via flash tool

      • buck

        September 6, 2012 at 3:21 am

        Please help! I was trying to downgrade my experia arc s from ICS back to gingerbread. My phone was connected already during the first few seconds of flashing and my kid brother accidentally hit it and the usb came off and interrupted the flashing the phone just blinks with the “sony ericsson” logo on and off. I dont know what to do when i try to continue with the flashing it wont work. Please help me…the phone is only less than 2 weeks old. :0(

  28. Jack

    August 25, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Copy it to xda main arc s site it will save lives of many people =)

  29. Zeeshan Ahmed

    August 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    its best i have tried 5 stars from my side

  30. Neverenslaved

    July 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

    …I am so happy right now, after days with no food, or sleep, days when my wife waited me in bed and i failed to be there, days when my kids had no father, because i was too busy with downgrade, rooting, flashing…
    ….I tried everything on my Xperia Arc LT15a (Now shows me my phone as LT18i :), after an automated updating through PC Companion, from GB 2.3.4 to ICS 4.0.4. Games not working, camera fail, wifi slow like hell, 80% of apps -Force Closed, etc, etc, etc…
    I tried rooting and flashing tools like crazy, with no luck, and when i found this page, i said… well…. hmm another one…. no… but lets try one more time… and after couple clicks and 3 minutes i DOWNGRADED MY XPERIA FROM ICS 4.0.4 to GB 2.3.4, with no additional difficult steps, and NO ROOTING REQUIRED…….JUST LIKE THAT………… WOW, WOOOWWWW… SO FREAKIN HAPPY GUY I AM :)))))

  31. Suz

    July 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    This is fantastic, thank you so much! Ever since I upgraded my phone to ICS I’ve had nothing but problems and it made my phone incredibly slow. 3 factory resets later and it was getting worse instead of better, but now it feels like new again! THANK YOU!! You’re an absolute STAR!!

  32. norman sianturi

    June 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    is there any link to download firware package and flash tool for xperia pro??

  33. adam

    June 26, 2012 at 2:41 am

    worked great. 2.3.4 is so much more faster thankyou 🙂

  34. wael

    June 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I am trying it but the programs give me mtp on how we can solve it

  35. Theemail

    June 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    ehhe. smooth… sounds like he shaved it for you 🙂

  36. Hashim Rasheed

    May 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    works perfectly, just be a little carefull about all the instructions, and here is a lin which may guide you all about how the flashtool will work. the version used here will be different but atleast you will get some guidance

  37. Jonas

    May 4, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Thanks mate, it really worked. You just saved my nerves!!!

  38. Akkaash

    April 30, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Does using the FlashTool involve rooting of the device?

    Also, Is the official downgrade to GB available for Xperia Neo V?

  39. Andy

    April 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you so much for this, it works perfectly!

    I updated my Arc S to Ice Cream Sandwich through the PC Companion and it made my phone so slow it was virtually unusable. I tried a soft reset which did nothing followed by a factory reset which i thought would revert the phone back to the sofware it came with but NO. I then tried a fresh installation through pc companion but that didn’t help either. I’ve only had my phone for 6 weeks so i was pulling my hair out with frustration!

    I contacted Sony support but heard nothing and finally in the early hours i searched Google for a way to revert back to the original software and found your website. I was a bit worried following your instructions in fear that it might brick my phone but everything worked perfectly following your instructions and now my phone is back to the way it was before the update. Thank you soooo much for taking the time to post this information. I’m very gratefull!!

  40. ajib.unikl

    April 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    thank you very much, you make my arc s smooth as before =)

  41. Alvin

    April 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Is this safe on my xperia arc s its bootloader is locked and non-rooted?
    any chance of bricking my phone?

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