How to Root SONY Xperia NEO on Latest ICS 4.0.4 Firmware – Tutorial

Xperia Neo LogoSONY Xperia Neo smartphone can now be rooted easily on the latest ICS Android 4.0.4 firmware. This article comes as a huge respite for all those who have upgraded their devices on the latest ICS firmware and are just waiting for rooting the device so that you can then install the custom recovery images followed by which one can install the custom ROM firmwares. As of now this rooting process which we will be talking about will only be applicable to the devices which are on the latest ICS Android 4.0.4 firmware.

You can check the same from the path “Settings > About Phone”. If your device is on the Gingerbread 2.3 or ICS 4.0.3 firmware, then this procedure won’t be working for you. Irrespective of the country you are from, you can easily root the device

Disclaimer: We should not be held liable for any damage caused in the process of updating SONY Xperia NEO. 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: Once the device is rooted, warranty will get void. The only way with which the warranty can be reclaimed is by re applying the official update of ICS 4.0.4 firmware update.

Just in case if you have used the Root Keeper app then you need to check whether your device is rooted or not with the help of an app called “Root Checker” which can be downloaded from Google PLAY Store.

We have summed up a series of express pre requisites which you need to follow and also after which in the next page we have summed up a detailed guide to root your Xperia NEO.

Pre Requisites:

  • All the data in your Xperia Neo should be backed up with the help of below mentioned instructions, it’s highly recommended to back up the data manually with the help of below instructions so that if by chance the data gets deleted or cleared, the same can be restored.

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

  • In your Xperia NEO, go to the path Settings > Security > Mark “Unknown sources” and ensure that its ticked. Up next enable the USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Developer options > Mark USB debugging” and also you need to enable the MSC Mode from the path “Settings > Xperia > connectivity > USB connection mode > select MSC mode”.
  • Maintain a minimum battery level of 50% plus so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of rooting process.

So assuming that you have followed all the instructions mentioned above, you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up the instructions to root your Xperia Neo.

  • hammtyn

    4shared: The file link that you requested is not valid
    :(

  • harshit

    do we have to download kernel coz you have crossed it…

    • Pradeep Neela

      its an optional though

  • abed

    bc

  • Aditya

    I am not able to root my Xperia Neo V as the bootloader is locked. Please tell me how to unlock the bootloader.

  • taurusian06

    is this applicable to xperia neo v?

    • aearthr

      would like to know?