How to Root SONY Ericsson Xperia Arc Android Smart Phone – Easy Tutorial

Xperia Arc LogoSony Ericsson Xperia Arc, one of the best handsets ever from the house of SONY is now under the scanner and over the next few coming days, we will be checking out on how to root the device, how to install the custom ROM firmwares in your device along with the ICS Android 4.0 firmwares as well. To start with, in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can actually root your device first so that it acts as a base for all the custom Firmware installation possibilities. The procedure which we will be checking out is capable of rooting all the firmwares of 2.3.4 versions. If your device is on 2.3.5 or say is on 2.3.6 then it can’t be rooted by following the below mentioned tutorial.

So before we proceed, in the due course of this article we will be checking out on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow so as to facilitate smoother rooting process. Once you root the device, the warranty will get void, the only way with which you can restore back the lost warranty is by applying the original firmware again which we will try to come up at the earliest.

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. 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.

Essential pre Requisites:

  • To root your SONY Ericsson Xperia Arc, you need to ensure that you have unlocked the Boot loader which you can do by following the simple instructions. We will try to come up with an article very shortly which will help you to unlock the bootloader.
  • All the data present in your phone may be precious and you would like to safeguard the same as in the process of this firmware update there is a possibility that the data in the device may get lost or corrupted. So with the help of below mentioned instructions you can easily backup or restore the data present in your device.

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

  • Minimum battery charge should be 70% to install this firmware so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t reach the level of 10% which is the minimum battery level.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked. USB Debugging Mode can only be enabled once you disconnect the phone from computer. USB Debugging should be ticked.

USB Debugging

Assuming that you have followed all the required instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up a detailed procedure on how to root your device just with the help of a simple tutorial.

14 comments

  1. Where the fcuk is that ftf fie?

  2. where is the ftf file

  3. What “FTF” file? I don’t see any FTF file inside the fastboot folder.

  4. is it going to work on build number 4.0.1.A.0.283 only?
    how about other build number?

  5. This is a very complicated way to root the xperia arc. I once did it and it became a brick. Luckily I am able to restore it. Use this program called unlock roots for 250 android devices. Now my phone is rooted using this program.

  6. Can you please provide me the link to the procedure ?

  7. Then whats the use of this rooting ?

    Is there no way to get ice cream sandwich on Xperia Arc ?

  8. after all these what would be the version of android on our phone ?