Ericsson Xperia NEO V

How to Root Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V – Easy Tutorial

xperia neo v LogoHaving an Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V smart phone on the latest 4.0.2.A.0.62 firmware? Then we are here with the rooting procedure so that you can then install custom ROM of your choice from a wide variety which we will be checking out in coming days. Please note that you need to ensure you follow all the instructions mentioned in this article. Very soon there will be an official update for Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V which we will be covering soon as in when it arrives as there is no ETA on by when it will be coming up.

Advisory: This update should not be applied to the phones which are NETWORK LOCKED DEVICES, if you still continue to update your phone then we cannot guarantee on the consequences.

Disclaimer: Please be informed that this process involves the rooting of the device and once the device is rooted, the warranty gets void. The only way with which you can restore back the lost warranty is by re installing the stock firmware in your phone. We will try our level best to come up with an article with the factory firmware.

Before proceeding to the detailed procedure on how to root the device, we will check out on how you can back up the data present in your phone so that just in case if the data gets corrupted or lost, the same can be restored easily with the help of below mentioned steps.

Text messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Phone Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Ensure that the battery is charged with the minimum of 70% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the process of firmware update.

Uninstall all the security as well as antivirus suites from here to your phone as these tools may interrupt the process of rooting.

So assuming that you have followed all the instructions, you can now proceed to the next step where we will check out on how to root Neo V with the help of simple instructions.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V

Procedure to Root Sony ERICSSON Xperia Neo V:

  • Download and install the Android SDK from here to your computer and then you will have to install the fastboot as well as Xperia USB Driver in your phone.
  • Now, copy the files from the fastboot folder to the androidsdk/tools path.
  • Download Recovery Image from here to androidsdk/tools path path.
  • Now copy the root Xperia in your SD Card and power off the phone.
  • Now, enter your Xperia Neo V into the fastboot mode by pressing the Menu key and connecting the phone to the computer using the USB cable.
  • After this from your computer, enter into the command prompt and then enter the below mentioned commands one by one as mentioned below.

fastboot devices (you must see the SN of your device)
fastboot boot recoveryNeo.img
fastboot reboot

  • After entering all the commands one by one, the device will now be booting up in the recovery mode.
  • In recovery mode, select “install zip from sdcard” and choose “” from the list of files and press the Power button to select the same.
  • Now, you will have to press the back button to select “reboot system now” after which you will see that the device has been rooted successfully.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the comments section as we will soon come up with the resolution.




  1. vinay

    July 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Hi frds please help me after doing all this steps my phone got stuck to initial screen (stuck to SONY) please help m not able to reinstall again please please………

  2. Kalpesh

    August 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    After rebooting its not rooted

  3. Kalpesh

    August 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    After selecting reboot my device is not rooted

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

      on which firmware version your SONY Xperia Neo V is on?

  4. Nandycious

    July 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    now i try your way…

  5. Md Shahabuddin777

    July 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    will see it works or not.

  6. Vazhuthi S

    July 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    what is the use of root?

  7. Vazhuthi S

    July 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

    what is the Use of Root..?

  8. deb

    June 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    The device must be rooted first???

  9. Rahul

    June 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    It doesn’t work for me

  10. Inderpalr2020

    June 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    great worked smoothly!!!

  11. Masanga

    May 26, 2012 at 9:01 am

    So where is the link to download this “root Xperia” file? I can’t find any link.

  12. Masanga

    May 26, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Will this root guide work on Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo? (Not the Xperia Neo V)

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 26, 2012 at 1:13 am

      its not for neo, its for neo v

  13. Prime-R

    May 23, 2012 at 4:25 am

    For those having problems with error that says : Device must be rooted first, just go to Go to
    and get your unlock key. follow every instructions..
    then try again.. i’ve just done successfully.

  14. sachin

    May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    hey guys…just use this link…I rooted my device well….

  15. MBC

    May 22, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I only rooted my phone after recieving the ICS update and have done everything according to your tutorial successfully, but then when I tried to install apps like titanium back up and adfree, it doesn’t work on my phone. Do you know anything about this?

  16. kim

    May 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    hi, how do i network unlock? or whatever it is called…

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

      you need to unlock the bootloader!

  17. Prabhjot

    May 12, 2012 at 5:02 am

    The bootloader on my phone is unlocked but when I try fastboot boot recoveryNeo.img it gives me an error: cannot load recoveryNeo.img. The recovery file is copied on the SD card of my phone. What’s wrong?

  18. hunkyy

    May 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    when i connect my phone to pc pressing menu key,,it cant go in fastboot mode…instead sony ericsson logo appears and it starts charging….help

  19. ANuj

    April 6, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Where’s the root xperia file to put in SD card?

    • Neela Pradeep

      April 6, 2012 at 12:22 am


  20. XNV

    March 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I solved this but now I get the Failed: you need to root your phone first\nand I tried installing the drivers but still the same problem!

  21. XNV

    March 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    after entering the fastboot boot recoveryNeo.img command my command prompt has been stuck on \waiting for device\ for 5 minutes, is it supposed to do that or should I disconnect it and re-try?

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

      yes at that time you need to disconnect and then re connect!

      • sachin

        April 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

        I’m stucked at here..I disconected my neo v and reconected it but it still says waiting for device..plzz help me…

    • GKM

      May 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      hi. plz tell me i m struck at
      plz help

  22. Suchar_PL

    February 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Im stuck into cmd : i writed fastboot boot recoveryNeo.img and i see: FAILED: you need to root your phone first What can i do?

  23. George321

    February 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

    And how to unroot the device??

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

      you need to apply the firmware again to unroot

      • Mandeep Singh

        May 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        which firmware to unroot
        or flash with official firmware to unroot?

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