How to Update SONY Ericsson Xperia Neo V with Official ICS 4.0.3 Firmware

xperia neo v LogoSONY Xperia Neo V users can now easily apply the latest version of ICS ST18i_4.1.A.0.562 which we will be checking out in the due course of this article. Please note that this is the official firmware update released by SONY and can be applied by all the users globally who are having this device. Anyone with their SONY Xperia Neo V can apply this update, the only condition is that the device should not be the network locked device or else it will brick the device. This all new update comes with host of additives which not just improves the overall user interface but also sorts out most of the bugs related to the Google PLAY and Wi Fi. This update ropes in the latest ICS 4.0.3 version.

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.

For your convenience, we have splitted this article into two sections, on this page we will be checking out on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow and in the next page we will be checking out on a detailed tutorial on how to apply this update. This is a global release and the same can be applied to all the Neo V devices, only thing which you need to ensure is that it should not be applied on the network locked phones.

Pre Requisites:

  • All the data like SMS, Contacts, Call log, APN, MMS Settings and other data present in your internal SD should be backed up so that just in case if the data gets erased or corrupted, the same can be restored with the help of below mentioned steps. Remove the SIM card as well as SD Card from your phone as it’s recommended to remove the same.

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

  • Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and uninstall the same in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.
  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 60% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your SONY Ericsson Xperia Arc S from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked as shown in the below screen capture.

USB Debugging

  • Just in case if you are on any of the custom ROM firmware, then you need to clear the cache and wipe the data from the recovery mode. Also, additionally if there are any lag fixes, you need to disable the same or else it will hamper the process of firmware update.

As soon as you follow all the instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have mentioned a detailed article on how to apply this firmware update.

  • dr.droid

    dont update manually.use pc companion ;) as a official update of ics is available for neo v.

  • jim conlon

    Hi i tried to up date my software on my neo v and it was a total disaster !! It failed in the up grade as it was down loading it and now I have a phone that all the software has been deleted from it !! Tried to re install the original software and that too failed !! Be ware of Sony’s updates !! there a FARSE !! That will cost you your phone !!MINE WAS NEW !!AND as mine is fucked !! Fuck them !!!

  • ashokkumar

    while clicking on link of flash tool download, it displays message as This file is either removed due to copyright claim or is deleted by the uploader. on hotfile web.

    kindly assist how can i download flash tool now.

  • siddhesh

    hello m using xperia neo v …recently i updated my phone in 4.0.1 ice cream sandwich.. but whenever i on my camer to click k pic it shows error called memory error…plz anybody tell me wat to do?

  • poonam sawhney

    I am not happy with my Sony xperia neo V, be it battery, performance or anything…this phone is really very slow and sometimes get switched off automatically. When i press the dialer, it take ages to get the dialer..
    this is really irritating…it is jus 4 months i have purchased the phone..moreover my phone doesn’t right brightness as even if I keep it at 100%..still main screen is dark…
    My sis bought samsung ace S5830, it is working fine in all sense. and it is cheaper also.
    please let me know if itis only my handset which is like this

    • Pradeep Neela

      may be you can optimize the battery charge by managing the syncing of the app

  • Kumar hariharan

    want to update the software of My Sony Ericsson Neo V

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can apply with this update in your device

  • daniel

    this works perfectly!!! im on t mobile in the UK and the update wont come to those who wait for it, after following the instructions to the letter and a bit of patience its working, thanks a lot Pradeep Neela

  • Hussain

    I have updated my Xperia neo v and now slots of softwares r not working on my device

  • Rohit

    Please Don’t upgrade it …

  • Manjunatha Reddy

    me using SE Neo V i updated my phone to ICS 4.04 after updating everything is working fine Speed, Memory,,etc.. but when come to camera part the camera taken images will corrupting after few minutes… please help me to solve the problem…..    

  • Praveen_cb

    Woww ICS i love it.. These steps worked fine for me..
    Thank u so much..

  • krish

    i just did the steps and it is working…. thanks for for the post

  • S Hari Prasath

    i installed just now,,, wowwww super performance in ma mobi thanks for post bosss

  • Sanket

    Sanket:- I m using sony ericsson neo v, i upgraded to android 4.0.4 its working properly, no complaints, very good battery backup, no errors, apllications r working gud.

    This ph is amazing….good price to a quality phone.

  • siva

    iam using sony ericson neo v.
    i have some problem
    i update my phone andriod 4.0. my mobile is very very slow.
    what solution this problem solved
    please help me

  • Dinesh Gowda

    pls help me its showing preparing…… from 8 hour

    • Pradeep Neela

      check with your internet connectivity!

    • Pradeep Neela

      download the same again

  • Bartosz Żaczek

    No issues at ALL!!! Great post, cheers

  • Bartosz Żaczek

    No issues at ALL!!! Great post, cheers

  • Bartosz Żaczek

    No issues at ALL!!! Great post, cheers



  • Avyesh

    Is the new update supporting video calls???

  • p.parthasaradhi reddy

    HI I got updated my neo v with sony pc companion down loaded from sony site. it is nice with video calling.

  • amit

    my phone gets switch off while updating n pc companion says eror in connection though there is internet connection!!!!
    what is wrong??does anybody hav a solution of this???:-(

  • akash

    yesterday i had installed the ics but i was facing 1 problem as i instaled the upadte n start my phn an error msg of (android.process……) has stop working unexpdtly? can u plz help me out

    • krish

      same problem my sim is not recognising

  • sri

    Hi when my battery reaches 30 % within 3 mins it directly goes to 1 % without any notification.within a minute it is getting switch off…How to prevent it ??

  • guest

    can I use this firmware on Xperia neo ( MT15i)?

  • Soubhagya Biswal

    I have updated my sony ericsson neo v to ICS but after updating my mobile, sound settings are not working, by default unpleasant sounds are played automatically, when i checked sound setting options, all are diabled but how touch sounds,vibrate on touch and rest of the sounds are played automatically.

    please anyone guide me to resolve this bug.

    • Pradeep Neela


      • Soubhagya Biswal

        what is that OTA release, will it be a official release?
        Please tell me when can i expect this release.
        Otherwise tell me how to downgrade into GB.

    • Avyesh


      I am also facing the problem with the sounds, they are too irritative.. :@

    • Avyesh


      please help me to resolve the bug of those irritative sounds…

  • dilip

    I don’t know how upgrade my mobile can any help me I have xperia neo v

  • Berend

    great job mine didn`t reboot i hat to switch it on manualy .
    sync your contackts with your google acount and you will never loose your contackts

  • Raju GSG

    hey guys, ICS update is available throughout Asia since today evening. I have updated it just now and thought to inform you all as well. Go update it via Sony PC companion. I love it guys.

  • ashwin

    hey will u pl elaborate the process of updating after downloading all link that mentioned above…?

  • Sanket Sarodaya

    Heyy pradeep ,

    I am not able to understand as to how to update my sony neoV according to the above instruction.
    Could you please tell me in a more simplified manner,
    i opened Flash tool app and clicked on flashmode, then it asks you to select the source folder…
    wht shld i do thr???
    plz help…

  • Raju

    Mr. Pradeep,
    I would like to know few things from you before i update. updating with this nordic version of ics will i be able to install Indian version of ics when released.
    2. Will this update void my warranty?
    3. does Sony service center bring it back to GB without service charges because of nordic version of ics.
    Please clarify me at the earliest as I’m going to update my device tonight.

    Thank you

  • Joshua

    Is the update link is right or wrong.?

  • Joshua

    Is the update link is right or not

  • FEZ

    Yaar i tried so many time but its not updating. When Flashtool prompt message “UNPLUGE USB AND TURN OF DEVICE AND PREE BACK BOTTON THEN PLUG IN” i did it but, do nothing

    • akash

      fez i was facing the same proble so i think that 1st u check that u hav successfully installed the drivers of flashmode ! if no then install n try again

  • joshua

    Hi frndz..
    Is tat video calling option is available in this firmware?

  • Venkat

    ICS coming in INDIA next 4 or 5 days

  • paps

    Couldn’t update . Error block sin that’s what it’s says

  • Aditya

    Hey guys, I have successfully upgraded my Xperia Neo V to ICS 4.0. The new looks and features are cool. But you never warned that this update will wipe out my phone’s data. I must say that Google has done an amazing job in restoring my apps and data.

    For Android Devices, please note that your instructions are incomplete and misses some disclaimers. Also, as given in the instructions that after upgrade phone will reboot automatically, it actually didn’t. I had to manually boot the device after waiting for 10-15 mins.

    Nevertheless, it was a job well done and I have got my long expected ICS upgrade. Thanks folks.


    • Pradeep Neela

      thanks aditya for your inputs!

      • Joshua

        Hey video call option is available in this firm ware

    • SAIF ALI

      is this update working correctly? i newly bought neo v and i want to update my neo v with ics… in some of the review says that it create error while update….

    • Sudip

      Hi Aditya,

      Can you let me know the steps for upgrading android 4 for Sony Xperia Neo V. Al so i want to know the perfromance.

  • sreejith

    I found only nordic version of ics update for mu neo V is this is in english language

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes its the english edition only!

  • Dhaval

    Is on air Ics is available for neo v in india ?

    • raj

      how to upgrade xperia neo to android 4??

      • Pradeep Neela


  • Balaji

    Is this for Xperia Neo V or Arc S..? You have mentioned as
    “”Enable the USB Debugging in your SONY Ericsson Xperia Arc S from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked as shown in the below screen capture.””

  • Faiz Shaikh

    Does my phone needs to b rooted ?

    • Pradeep Neela

      please stick to instructions!

  • ashwin

    hi i tried flashing my phone! but am getting the following error message… please reply asap

  • Jazz

    just got saved from bricking my phone!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      links are correct! MT18 is the update file!

  • sreejith

    is this update cause warranty of my device

    • Pradeep Neela

      no as its an official update!

  • sreejith

    the official global update is not yet released by sony then how this will be the official update

    • Pradeep Neela

      its released in patches! as of now its available for select countries!