So this week, I just received my Sony Xperia Z Ultra and with a 1080p 6.4 inch display aura of this fabulous monster, I couldn’t wait to get my customization wizard upon this device. I recently lost my GS4 to the cynical streets of Nairobi which I have been using for quite a while, so spare me if I sound too zealous here.
I have used a few Xperia devices before, but that was a while back and those were still running on older firmware with different root methods. Sony have quite a reputation when it comes to extending firmware support to older devices so that users can get to enjoy the latest and greatest versions of android, which in retrospect contributed to my shift to the Japanese handset maker. Am loving my Z Ultra so far and even received an OTA update notification for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop but I will save that for later. Apart from the average camera without the benefit of an LED Flash and unusually large vertical bezels that further exaggerate it’s size, I have little to complain about this device. Nothing could have prepared me for such a big leap from a long term relationship with familiar Samsung, but believe me this gigantic droid is almost making me forget my Samsung touch whiz user experience, really fast! Snappy fast UI, possibly the best gaming experience on any high end android device right now, improved battery life, fluid web browsing experience and the bottom highlight 6.4 inch triluminous display kicker makes the whole experience very different.
I still love noodling around with a Samsung device but looking for something different, I couldn’t have anticipated a better replacement to my Galaxy S4 (I still miss that camera though!)
I received the c6833 LTE model running on recent 4.4.4 Kitkat 14.4.A.0.108 Firmware. This firmware comes with a locked bootloader, but luckily for ZU owners on this firmware, there is a work around to root your device without necessarily unlocking the bootloader.
So I figured out why not share this root method since it’s almost stupidly simple and works great in rooting quite a number of other Xperia devices as well? This root method is almost a one click root, the simplest among many other root methods I have used for Xperia devices.
- Make sure your device has above 60% battery charge
- Back up all important personal data and apps and settings
- This root guide applies to Sony Xperia Z Ultra variants ONLY. Trying it on other unconfirmed android phone models may leave your device hard bricked.
- The decision to root your device is entirely on you, Self Tech Genius will not be held liable for any possible damage to the device.
- Rooting and flashing custom ROMS on your Sony Xperia device automatically voids its warranty.
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Steps to root Sony Xperia Z Ultra C6833, C6806, C6802 Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
- Download and install Xperia Z Ultra USB drivers, alternatively install Sony PC Companion which also includes USB drivers.
- Download Easy root toolV12
- On your Xperia enable USB debugging. Go to Settings > About phone> press on Build number 7 times to add the developer options menu. Now go back to settings> developer options> scroll down and check on USB debugging.
- While on the same developer menu, check Unknown sources.
- Connect your Xperia device to PC using original OEM USB cable.
- Accept and allow USB debugging prompt if it pops up on your phone.
- Extract the downloaded Easy root tool to a folder on your PC.
- Run the install.bat file and follow the on-screen instructions until all is finished.
- Congratulations! Your device should now be running on rooted 4.4.4 Kitkat firmware.
- Now to manage all your root apps in one place, go to Google Play Store, download and install SuperSU.
- To verify that Xperia Z Ultra has proper root access, open Google Play store, download and install Root Checker app. You can now “Verify Root”
- ALL DONE!
If you get any errors during the process and the above process fails, you might need to reinstall the USB drivers as well as ADB Drivers and try plugging the device to a different USB port to ensure a proper communication is established between the PC and your android device. Restart the process again making sure that you follow every instruction carefully.
Here is a list of other confirmed Xperia devices that can be rooted through the Easy root tool method:
- Xperia Z C6603
- ZR C5502
- Xperia ZL2 SOL25
- Xperia Z Ultra (C6802, C6806, C6833)
- Xperia Z1 (C6903, C6943, SO-01F)
- Xperia Z1 compact (D5503, SO-02F)
- Xperia Z2 (D6503, SO-03F)
- Z2 tablet (SGP511, SGP512, SGP521)
- Xperia SP C5303
- Xperia A2 SO-04F
If therefore you wish to root any of these devices, head over XDA Forums and search for your device development threads to get proper root instructions.