How to Root the Sony Xperia Z

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Sony added a lot of its own apps to the Sony Xperia Z and, frankly, never really asked us if we wanted them there. If you'd like to free up some space or run apps that require admin-level access, the first step is rooting,  the process of getting full permissions on the phone. The procedure for the Sony Xperia Z is very easy and involves using a quick rooting script. 

This procedure requires a Windows computer.

1. Install the Sony Xperia Z Drivers.

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2. Install the Fastboot drivers.

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3. Enable USB Debugging by going to Settings > Developer Options and turning on USB Debugging.

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4. Go to Settings > Security and Turn Unknown Sources on.

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5. Go to Settings > Display > Sleep >  and change the timeout to 10 minutes

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6. Download the rooting script and save it to your Desktop.

Rooting Script

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7. Extract the script to your desktop.

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8. Plug in the phone via USB.

9. Open the newly extracted folder and double click the .bat file inside.

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10. Hit enter while in the command prompt for it to begin.

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11. After the device reboots, open the app drawer and look for SuperSU. If it's there it worked and you are rooted.

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Thanks to Android rooters DoomlordDevShaft and Cpasjuste for developing this procedure. 

David Cogen is a founder of, the popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how tos to show you how to unlock your device's true potential. They even have a popular ROM repository. Check out for all your AndroidiPhone, and Windows Phone how tos.

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