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.

40 Comments
  1. Reply Torben Denmark April 21, 2014 at 2:04 am

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

  2. Reply Ramjin Rajin April 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

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

  3. Reply Pepe March 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    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!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela March 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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

  4. Reply Malintha March 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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

  5. Reply Malintha March 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela March 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      yes you will need to downgrade the update

  6. Reply abhishek February 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    thanx buddy…!!

  7. Reply siva November 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for the information. It was helpful!

  8. Reply johndy November 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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

  9. Reply Razel Jinex November 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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

  10. Reply Razel Jinex November 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

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

  11. Reply Hari October 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Done Successfully..Thank you

  12. Reply Chirag October 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Please tell how to downgrade Xperia U to gingerbread

  13. Reply ali October 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    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”.

  14. Reply vinni.spanda September 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    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 :)

  15. Reply RED JOHN September 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela September 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      check with the source link

  16. Reply RED JOHN September 14, 2012 at 1:37 am

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

  17. Reply Sohanoor Rahman September 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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

    what does that really mean ?

    • Reply Sohanoor Rahman September 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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

  18. Reply abdul August 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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

  19. Reply Max August 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

    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!!

  20. Reply A Sulthanbatcha July 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

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

  21. Reply Willieaames_coronel June 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

    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!

    • Reply Manu August 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

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

  22. Reply Ronald June 11, 2012 at 2:56 am

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

  23. Reply Ronald June 11, 2012 at 2:56 am

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

    • Reply shekhar July 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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

  24. Reply Ronald June 11, 2012 at 2:56 am

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

  25. Reply nikahmadburhan June 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I LOVE U! THANK U SO MUCH!!

  26. Reply nikahmadburhan June 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    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.

  27. Reply Mahyar May 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

    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

  28. Reply Mahyar May 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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

  29. Reply Mahyar May 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    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.

  30. Reply Nikolay Dachev May 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    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

  31. Reply Bhavin Chawda April 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Succesfully done.. Thank you.. :)

  32. Reply RITESH April 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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

    • Reply LouisCcx April 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

      My Xperia Ray, Jellybean 4.1.2

      • Reply Faust May 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        how ? dud u done

Leave a reply

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.