How to Root SONY Xperia S LT26i on Official ICS 6.1.A.0.452 Firmware

Xperia S LogoSONY Xperia S smartphone which you have recently updated with the latest ICS Android 4.0 6.1.A.0.452 firmware can now be easily rooted. Please note that once you root the device, you can then easily install the custom ROM firmwares and you can install the apps which need the root access. Also ensure that you are on the 6.1.A.0.452 firmware which you can check the same from the path “Settings > About Phone”.

Disclaimer: We should not be held liable for any damage caused in the process of updating SONY Xperia S. It is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions to the point which are mentioned in procedure.

Rooting Information: Rooting your Xperia S device will void the warranty, the only way with which you can revoke the root access is by re applying the update of 6.1.A.0.452.

Please note that though there is no probability of data loss or corruption, you can back up the data with the help of below mentioned steps so that just in case if the data loss

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

You need to ensure that your PC has the ADMIN rights and also open USB ports so that the data can be copied in your device. Also, disable all the security suites installed in your phone as these tools tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

ADB should be installed in your computer as it’s a must for rooting your device. Without installing ADB you cannot root your device. Also, this rooting process only works for the devices which are on the latest version of ICS.

Procedure to Root SONY Xperia S on Latest ICS 6.1.A.0.452 ICS Firmware:

  • Download Nazomi Recovery Image, Super User from here to your computer and place the same in your device. Please note that once you download these two files, you now need to place the same in the “tools” or “platform-tools” folder in your computer.
  • Connect your phone to the computer with the help of original USB cable, download Kernel from here to your computer and place the same in the internal memory of the device.
  • Open the command prompt in which you need to enter the below mentioned command.

fastboot flash boot recovery-nozomi.img

  • Now, boot the device in the recovery mode and flash the Super user from SD Card and flash the kernel. Open the FTF file with 7Zip or similar compress-program and extract kernel.sin, or download from attachment. Up next enter the below mentioned command,

fastboot flash boot kernel.sin

Note: Just in a rare case if the device is not updated and it gets into the boot loop mode, you need to again clear the cache from the recovery mode and retry the whole process from the start.

Congratulations, you have now successfully rooted your SONY Xperia S smartphone with the help of simple steps. Do share with us in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to sort out the same.

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23 Comments
  1. Reply mees daemen October 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Do i need a unlocked bootloader for this?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela October 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      yes you will have to unlock the boot loader…

  2. Reply Vasan October 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    When I try to flash the SuperUser from recovery mode
    It says Installation aborted…

    Neither am I able to flash the kernel
    or exit recovery mode now…

  3. Reply Patrick September 27, 2012 at 3:50 am

    does it also work on ICS 6.1.A.0.45?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela September 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      yes you can root but we haven’t tried it

  4. Reply Patrick September 27, 2012 at 3:49 am

    where do I find this tools or platform-tools folder in my computer.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela November 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      in the android folder

  5. Reply Ícaro September 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I did all this and downloaded root checker and it said my aparelhi is not the root.

  6. Reply LT August 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    How do I unlock my bootloader first?

  7. Reply Bhanu August 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Please help!!!!
    i tried rooting my xperia s with the above given steps but i wasnt able …. the cmd prompt gives a message as soon as i try to flash the recovery image that “device is not rooted please root it first”..

    So do i need to root my ics xperia s and then follow the above steps? or by above steps i can directly root my ics device….

  8. Reply iakovos August 25, 2012 at 3:31 am

    i nead HELP i didn’t put the kernel in my phone now i have stuck in the boot loop mode

    i send the command “fastboot flash boot recovery-nozomi.img”
    i clear the cache from the recovery mode
    then i try to “fastboot flash boot kernel.sin”
    but is not working.

  9. Reply SAMARTH August 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    i cant seem to find face unlock on xperia s running 4.0.4
    can u help me?

  10. Reply gury August 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    does this method holds good for ICS Android 4.0 6.1.A.0.453 firmware also?

  11. Reply veron July 26, 2012 at 7:50 am

    This will unlock bootloader or not?

  12. Reply Snow Winterboyz July 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t know this step, can u tell me more clearly?

    Now, boot the device in the recovery mode and flash the Super user from SD Card and flash the kernel. Open the FTF file with 7Zip or similar compress-program and extract kernel.sin, or download from attachment.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela July 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      just simply follow the instructions, it will be sorted out

  13. Reply Snow Winter July 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t know this step, can u tell me more clearly?

    Now, boot the device in the recovery mode and flash the Super user from SD Card and flash the kernel. Open the FTF file with 7Zip or similar compress-program and extract kernel.sin, or download from attachment.

  14. Reply Adnan Akil July 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

    i downloaded the needed files bt still not understang how 2 do it please bro if u can show us a video on how to root xperia s runnig android 4.0.4 and Thanks Again 4 this huge informations :)

  15. Reply men June 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

    not clear

  16. Reply Deniz June 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    is this only for unlocked bootloaders?

  17. Reply colin June 25, 2012 at 4:28 am

    eager to try. but I am not clear where to put the files downloaded, why need to put on both pc and phone. Thanks.

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