Tips to Root & Unlock the Boot loader of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sanjana February 1, 2012 0

Sony Ericsson Play smartphone users can now unlock the Boot loader and also root their smartphone by following the simple steps mentioned in this article. Rooting will void the smartphone’s warranty that may or may not be reversible and we are not to be responsible in any manner. The entire article is sub-divided into two main parts. In the first part we have discussed the detail procedure on how to unlock the Boot loader of Sony Ericsson Play and in the next part we have the detail procedure on how to root the smartphone.

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We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the rooting procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The rooting procedure is only applicable to Sony Ericsson Play smartphones that are network unlocked so do not try it in any other devices as it might not be reversible and will harm the device by blocking it.


You must backup all user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup can help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Make sure that you are running on “4.0.A.2.368” version. You can check the version from the path Settings > About Phone >Firmware Version where you will discover the Android OS version as 4.0.A.2.368 Gingerbread 2.3.3 version.

Make sure that you have Sony’s PC Suite installed in your computer and use the computer or laptop that has ADMIN privileges. If some particular ports are locked, you may face issues in the COM Port. In case it displays the error of Port then restart the computer then re try the entire rooting procedure as mentioned below.


Must Have:

Download Unlock Bootloader Zip fileDownload Android SDKDownload Rooting Package

Steps to Unlock the Boot loader:

Step-1: Browse through the Sony Ericsson Website so that you will be able to view the instructions. Download Unlock Bootloader Zip file to your computer and unzip it to get android_winusb.inf-file that is a standard Android file with some lines of code, to enable Fast boot in order to support Sony Ericsson devices.

Step-2: Next download Android SDK from the Must Have section to your computer and keep this unzipped file in the “usb_driver” folder present in Android SDK folder in your computer. If you come across any prompt displaying “Replacing the old android_winusb.inf-file with a new file” then accept it.

Step-3: Power off your phone and push and continue holding the unlock button* in your phone while you connect the phone to the computer via USB-cable. You will now be prompted for the drivers so select the path pointing to usb_driver-folder where you have kept the android_winusb.inf-file and also select the Android Boot loader Interface-file. In case you are not prompted for the drivers and your phone begins to boot normally then, it is impossible to unlock the boot loader of your phone.

Step-4: Launch the command prompt or terminal window and navigate to the tools folder present in the Android SDK folder in your computer. Enter fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version and make sure that you get a response back (such as “0.3″). This would indicate that your phone is properly connected.

It is to be noted that in case the fast boot displays <waiting device> you will have to check the host for USB device status. If you find any unknown devices, check the driver installation or if the phone boots in normal or fast boot mode then it indicates the boot loader cannot be unlocked.

Step-5: After you have completed the above procedure, navigate to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play page and select the option of  “Continue”  present at the bottom of the page.

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Step-6: Tap on the option of “Yes, I’m sure” and proceed to continue after which you will again receive the notification as shown in the image given below where you ought to accept the legal terms by checking both the options then tap on the option of  “I Accept”.

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Step-7: Now you will receive a form where you have to fill in the details as mentioned below. Please be careful while entering the details else there is a high probability of your boot loader not getting unlocked.

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You will receive the code as soon as you enter the details which you have to enter to unlock the boot loader of your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Thus you can easily unlock the boot loader of your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play by following the steps mentioned above carefully. Let’s now proceed to root the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone.

Steps to Root Sony Ericsson Xperia Play:

Step-1: Download the Rooting Package from the Must Have section to your computer and open the terminal or command prompt. Press “Win Key + R” keys and a dialog box will be displayed where you have to type in “cmd” then press Enter key from the keyboard.

Step-2: Copy the downloaded package to the location where you have kept the fast boot file at the time of unlocking the boot loader and enter the commands as mentioned below for the respective platforms.

For Windows Users:

fastboot flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

For Linux Users:

fastboot -i 0x0fce flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

For Mac Users:

fastboot-mac -i 0x0fce flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

Wait till all the commands are processed and your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone will get rooted.

Thus you can easily unlock the boot loader and also root Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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