How to Downgrade Sony Xperia RAY with Official Gingerbread 2.3 Firmware

Procedure to Update SONY Xperia Ray with Gingerbread 2.3 Firmware:

  • First up you need to Download the Xperia RAY Gingerbread 2.3 Firmware and Flash Tool from here to your computer. Once downloaded, you need to open the Flash tool and install the same and extract the firmware file to get the .ftf file.
  • Place the extracted .ftf file in the path “C:/Drive > flashtool > firmwares>” and ensure that no other files are there in the above mentioned path. Open the Flash tool in your computer.
  • In the flash tool, click on the “File option” and then select “flash mode” on the left side in the opened flash tool to click on Ok and enable the options which are mentioned below as you need to enable Wipe User Data and Wipe Cache.

Select Options

  • 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 Ray.
  • Once the firmware is upgraded successfully, the phone will restart and then you can disconnect the phone from the computer and can enjoy the Gingerbread firmware. 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.

Note: Just in case of the data gets lost or corrupted, you need to check and restore the same. We recommend you to restore the Mobile APN Settings so as to get the internet access in your phone.

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. Congratulations, you have now successfully applied the update of Gingerbread 2.3 firmware.



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

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

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. thanx buddy…!!

  7. Thanks for the information. It was helpful!

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

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

  11. Done Successfully..Thank you

  12. Please tell how to downgrade Xperia U to gingerbread

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

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

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

    what does that really mean ?

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

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

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

  21. 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!

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

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

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


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

  29. 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. 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

  31. Succesfully done.. Thank you.. :)