How to Downgrade Sony Xperia RAY with Official Gingerbread 2.3 Firmware

xperia RAY LogoSony Ericsson Xperia RAY users can now easily apply the downgrade to the official Gingerbread 2.3 firmware which will help you to then get an official update for your country via the PC Companion tool. You can also downgrade to this Gingerbread just in case if you feel that ICS still has some bugs and is incompatible with some games and apps. This Gingerbread update can be applied to all the phones which are unlocked. This is the official firmware which we will be discussing in the due course of the article.

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 and then you can reclaim the lost warranty.

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.

In the process of this article, we will be checking out on what are the list of pre requisites which you need to follow along with a detailed tutorial on how to downgrade the firmware of Sony Xperia Ray.

Pre Requisites:

  • All the data like SMS, Contacts, Call log, APN, MMS Settings and other data present in your internal SD should be backed up so that just in case if the data gets erased or corrupted, the same can be restored with the help of below mentioned steps. Remove the SIM card as well as SD Card from your phone as its recommended to remove the same.

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

  • 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. You should have the admin rights in your PC along with the active USB ports with full read / write access.
  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 70% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. ADB Should be installed in your computer without which it’s not possible to make use of this procedure.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your SONY Ericsson Xperia Ray from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked as shown in the below screen capture. (the actual image may differ as with the shown below as its shown of a Samsung Phone)

USB Debugging

So assuming that you have followed all the instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have mentioned a detailed tutorial on how to apply this update.

  • Torben Denmark

    Thanks very much for this guide!
    Remember this: devices with no hardware back key, use volume down key while connecting!

  • Ramjin Rajin

    Successfully Downgraded , my mobile failed to reboot at the last step , i manually started my mobile , Thank You ..

  • Pepe

    hello there, where can i get a copy of the flashtool? not able to get it from hotfile since it says “This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader”. please help. Thanks!

    • Pradeep Neela

      we will be coming up with the new firmwares very soon.

  • Malintha

    Thanks, done successfully, others who are waiting to follow, please cloase PC companion which runs in the background before continouing the dowgrading process

  • Malintha

    Is ADB compulsory to downgrade??? If so, how to install ADB on my computer???

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you will need to downgrade the update

  • abhishek

    thanx buddy…!!

  • siva

    Thanks for the information. It was helpful!

  • johndy

    how to remove a android 4.0.4.. pls help me..

  • Razel Jinex

    4.0.4 is sucks cause it don’t have adobe flash player can’t play video at browser except 4.0.2 version

  • Razel Jinex

    i think 4.0.4 is for better appearance and 4.0.2 for better performance, but i recommanded choose for better performance :-)

  • Hari

    Done Successfully..Thank you

  • Chirag

    Please tell how to downgrade Xperia U to gingerbread

  • ali

    I just don’t understand this section:
    “Once downloaded, you need to open the Flash tool and install the same and extract the firmware file to get the .ftf file”.

  • vinni.spanda

    Awesome Bro… Love u man… first i was scared a lot… later folowed instructions… after restartin my phone.. it stuck at logo.. i was afraid.. bt it came… ty a lot man.. ics very laggy.. now i can play hd games on my RAy … :D :)

  • RED JOHN

    Hey the link you posted for Flash Tool is not working…

    • Pradeep Neela

      check with the source link

  • RED JOHN

    Hi. The link for flashtool is not working.mPlease update the link.

  • Sohanoor Rahman

    For 2011 devices line, be sure you are not in MTP mode

    what does that really mean ?

    • Sohanoor Rahman

      I found the MTP things. and I change the mood to MSC. but how can I understand that, my flashing is started ????

  • abdul

    yayyy,, my phone has also downgraded to gingerbread successfully, thanks alot man :)

  • Max

    I did this and it worked great but all my information on games like angry birds and doodlejump got deleted which is a pain. Can you downgrade without wiping user data? Thanks!!

  • A Sulthanbatcha

    Any one plz reply for Willieaames_coronel comment.Here i m also facing the same problem.

  • Willieaames_coronel

    how to connect my phone? i cant understand the intructions, unplug the device, power off the device. press the back button and hold it, plug the USB cable cant do it. help please!

    • Manu

      use Voliume Down button instead of back button it will work dude….

  • Ronald

    downgrade from android 4 successfull! amazing work guys, thanks a lot!

  • Ronald

    downgrade from android 4 successfull! amazing work guys, thanks a lot!

    • shekhar

      hey..can i be sure that the warranty wouldn’t be void after this?? 

  • Ronald

    downgrade from android 4 successfull! amazing work guys, thanks a lot!

  • nikahmadburhan

    I LOVE U! THANK U SO MUCH!!

  • nikahmadburhan

    I LOVE YOU!!! the ICS couldn’t actually survive inside ray. :’) till then, i’ll wait for a proper n stable update.  in the mean time, THANK U DUDE, U ARE AWESOME.

  • Mahyar

    Hi guys
    I have downgraded my phone successfully, but FARSI language that was available, now i cant see it. do i need to root my phone and download FARSI ROMs?
    Thanks in advance

  • Mahyar

    Thank you for the instructions.
    My android 4 is successfully removed.

  • Mahyar

    I hate android 4 on my Xperia Ray, because the 1Ghz Processor is not enough and my device got hurtfully slow. I strongly recommend you, DO NOT UPGRADE IT TO ANDROID 4.
    Also it has some bad bugs that should be fixed, like when you close an app it goes to the desktop and some applications like SOLO, FILE EXPERT etc don’t work out.

  • Nikolay Dachev

    ICS sucks on Xperia Ray, Sony decision to make this official sucks too, ICS requirements are 1G ram, Xperia Ray have only 512mb i wonder way Sony have official support for ICS for Ray also i want to judge them … do not make this mistake

  • Bhavin Chawda

    Succesfully done.. Thank you.. :)

  • RITESH

    MY XPERIA RAY UPDATE TO ANDROID 4.0.3 VERSION VIA PC COMPANION IN INDIA THANKS FOR SONY

    • LouisCcx

      My Xperia Ray, Jellybean 4.1.2

      • Faust

        how ? dud u done