Xperia Z

Manual Update SONY Xperia Z with Official Google PLAY Jellybean 4.3 Android OS – Guide

Google Play Edition v2.0 ROM arrives for SONY Xperia Z smartphone and can be manually updated with the same. The best part is that this is the pre rooted firmware and you will not have to take pains in rooting the same. Also, be noted that you can unroot the device at any point of time. So, let’s check out on how you can install this Official Google PLAY Edition firmware in your XPERIA Z smartphone. This device is built from SONY’s Android Open Source Project and is 100% stable and ideal for daily usage.

Jellybean 4.3

Quick Pre Requisites:

  • Create a backup of all the data in your Xperia Z ONLY with the help of below mentioned steps. Kindly don’t use ROM Manager or any other tools like PC Companion etc. for creating the backup.

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

  • Enable the USB Debugging Mode in your computer from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. Make sure that your SONY Xperia Z is left with the minimum of 50% battery or else the device might just get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Also, make sure that the MTP Mode is Disabled which can be done from the path “Settings > Xperia > Connectivity > USB Connection Mode” to select the MSC Mode and not the MTP Mode.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible or liable in any manner for any damage caused to the device which is very unlikely if you follow the instructions carefully mentioned in this article.

Assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you can proceed on to next step where we have mentioned the detailed guide on how to apply with this firmware update.

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  1. jack

    September 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Could you please re-upload the file.
    As the link you provided is dead.

  2. donottouch

    August 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    very nice fake the xperia z does not have a psychical home key nor you can boot recovery except if you rooted LOL


    August 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    recovery mode is not available by default on a clean xperia z device i suppose…so the manual is missing some important info for users with a brand new device…

  4. Rajesh

    August 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Im stuck here… In recovery mode, you need to use the Volume buttons for navigating between the options and press the Power button to select the desired option. Not able to get into recovery mode. Where is the home button when the device is switched off. Can you please help me out.

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Just reboot the device and install the ADB tools properly to continue further update

  5. Raj Pathak

    August 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I did not realise that no one answer anything here.

  6. the 3ye

    August 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    After my attempt to update the phone won’t come on, what could be the problem, please help. At first the battery was just vibrating whenever I press the power button now that has even stopped, only a red LED light comes on for like for 2 seconds than that’s it. Please help!!

  7. Norman

    August 4, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Xperia Z doesn’t have a home button? I can’t find any way to reboot in recovery mode. If anyone knows please post!

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      its the Home Button as in the screen

  8. norman

    August 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Xperia Z doesn’t have a home button? I can’t seem to find any way to reboot in recovery mode. If anyone knows a way that actually works please post!

  9. Ian

    August 3, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Hi there, just wanna make sure about the pre requisites before flashing, do I need to unlock the bootloader before flashing? and do i need to root the device as well? i’m currently running stock rom and unrooted.

  10. Raj Pathak

    August 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I was hoping that you may kindly respond to help me to find “home” button on xperia Z. Please respond.

  11. Raj Pathak

    August 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I have been not able to get into the recovery mode the way you suggest. May be something is missing.

  12. Gimesi Andras GIME

    August 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    “Enable the USB Debugging Mode in your computer from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.”

    BUT, there’s no such menu… There’s only: Settings -> Apps. There’s only the list of apps, nothing else.

  13. Gimesi Andras GIME

    August 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm


    There’s written:
    “Boot the Xperia Z into recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. The recovery mode will appear soon.”

    But where is the “Home” button on this phone?! There’s only the Power and the Volume up/down!

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      its the On Screen button…

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