Manually Install Firmware in Sony Xperia Devices using Xperifirm and Androxyde FlashTool

Creating a .ftf file for Sony Xperia devices is a piece of cake with the help of Xperifirm and Androxyde FlashTool. For Sony Xperia smartphone users, we are going to discuss the different steps for updating your device firmware manually. This is a process meant for advanced users; however, you can try it out even if you’re not, since it is an intuitive process.Sony Xperia Verizon in Spray Water

There won’t be many talks in this tutorial post; we’ll try to make it straightforward. So, here is the manual installation method of Sony Xperia official firmware. Updating your Xperia device firmware can be quickly done via an OTA update; i.e., you can go to your device settings >>> about >>> software update. But, if unfortunately you Sony Xperia does not support Over The Air (OTA) upgrade, then, this article becomes handy for the purpose manually installing firmware update of Sony Xperia smartphones.

The methods we will provide here is for Android Pie; thus, following the steps below, you’ll cause your Sony Xperia to run on Android Pie with the latest firmware. We equally have provided the official download link for this firmware; relax and read through this article carefully.

Unlock the bootloader

But before you go on, first, your Sony Xperia must have its bootloader unlocked. Although unlocking a smartphone’s bootloader is not recommended by OEMs. But, if your device bootloader is not unlocked, you can’t possibly run a manual firmware update.

Since an Android geek or an advanced user will love to have full access to all files, folders, and settings of his/her device, for Sony devices, you must unlock the bootloader, which is the first step. Once you unlock the bootloader on Xperia you can now carry out administrative actions on the device, which includes rooting the Sony Xperia smartphone, flash a new firmware or ROM to the Sony device as well as run other admin actions associated with the system kernel.

Learn how to unlock the bootloader on Sony Xperia devices here – Unlock your Bootloader.

Things to note and do before running Sony manual firmware update

Run a full backup

It is essential that you run a full backup of all files, document, and data on the Sony Xperia Android device to be worked on. This is because even if you engage a professional to update your firmware if it is not done correctly, then, you’ll lose all the data saved on the device. Thus, we always advise running backups to be on the safe side.

Charge the device fully

Your Xperia device has to be fully charged, or the battery percentage should be more than 80%. If your device is not charged, kindly wait until it is charged before you continue

Download the needed tools/software

To perform this action, you need to download the required tools for i. Here, we will provide the official links to download the tools you need; ensure you download them and install on your PC and smartphone respectively. For installing firmware on Sony Xperia devices Download Xperifirm. With XperiFirm you can limitlessly download any Sony firmware from official servers.

Xperifirm

The official Sony Xperia tool for downloading the right firmware for all Sony devices running on the Android operating system (any version) is XperiFirm (Direct Mirror / AFH Mirror ). Also, it could be used for Sony Android smartwatches. Install software in Local Disk C (Admin Privilege Disk).

Androxyde FlashTool

The Androxyde FlashTool (Direct Mirror / AFH Mirror ) is the best flashing tool for Sony Xperia devices; just as the Odin flashing tool is best for Samsung Galaxy devices. Get this tool installed on your working PC and continue with the steps below; Also install this too in Local Disk C.

Download and Flash Sony Xperia Official Firmware

Getting started…

1: Download RAW firmware using Xperifirm

Xperifirm Firmware Download

  1. Extract the XperiFirm zip files on your PC and install the application file. Launch/open the app after installation to continue

  2. Now, choose your Sony Xperia device model to download its firmware files which are based on your region/country. When you have seen the different firmware for your device based on your region, go ahead to download it.

  3. After the download, locate and delete any file with the following name – fwinfo.xml in the downloaded files. The data is not necessary so don’t panic about exercising your delete button on it.

After the steps above, move on to Androxyde FlashTool steps.

2: Creating.ftf file Using Androxyde FlashToolSony Flash Tool Decrypt

  • Navigate to Tools > Bundles > FILESET Decrypt >Select files from Folder (Select whole folder).

Sony Flash Tool ftf file create step 2

  • Give Device Name, Branding and Version From the Xperifirm Tool (You can also give your Details, But to avoid confusion, follow correct details). Select all the firmware files downloaded from Xperifirm, Select right arrow in the flash tool. It will move all of your data into “Firmware Content.” Now tap on “Create / Convert.”

Sony Flash Tool ftf file create

  • Wait for the process complete. After the process complete you can find the .ftf file in the log.

  • Now, you got the .ftf file needed for flashing Sony Xperia devices.

3: Flash a new firmware in your Sony Xperia Devices

Soon you have .ftf file from the above steps. Since you have downloaded the Androxyde FlashTool, continue below

By Default, the downloaded file will be in Flashtool subfolder. If you installed other then C:/ in Windows, Copy the downloaded firmware files (with .ftf extension) to this folder C: Flashtool/firmware/Downloads.

  1. Connect your Xperia mobile device via USB Data Cable

  2. Ignore the Fastboot mode steps; instead, select the flash button with an electric symbol. You should choose Flashmode too.Flash Firmware Sony Xperia using Flashtool

  3. Select the folder as C: Flashtool/firmware. You will find the created .ftf file with version. Select the file.

  4. In device Filter option, Select your device.
  5. On the right side, you will find “Wipe.” Tick the “Wipe data” and “Wipe Cache” options.

  6. Also, tick no “Final Verification” and tap ok

  7. Follow the onscreen instructions that will appear to keep going

  8. Then, wait for the process to be complete.Sony Flashtool Firmware Flash Success Message

Once the Process complete, You will get the message “Flashing Finished.” Turn on your Sony Xperia mobile device; you have just flashed new firmware into it.

How to see your current firmware version?

You can check the firmware details here – go to device settings >>> About >>> Version.

Nothing more, enjoy!

What more?

We have provided you with the detailed steps on how you can install the firmware manually on Sony Xperia if you can do that via OTA. Make sure to use the recommends tools for these actions; the official links are available.

Source: XDA Developer- IgorEisberg

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8 thoughts on “Manually Install Firmware in Sony Xperia Devices using Xperifirm and Androxyde FlashTool

  1. Hello!

    I try to Creat.ftf file Using Androxyde FlashTool for my 10+(I4293).

    But the ID(I42XX) did not show in the list so that I can not run the next step.

    How can I solve this problem?

  2. Thanks for the info.
    Regarding flashing and step 6, [tick no “Final Verification” and tap ok]
    Is that to save time, or does something go bad if Final Verification is allowed?

  3. Boa tarde, eu fiz todo processo mas quando chega na parte de selecionar meu aparelho ele nao aparece na lista, é um xperia xa1(G3116) Poe me ajudar?

  4. Hello,
    I cannot flash my ftf on Xperia arc s; Xperifirm does not support such an old phone, so I’m trying to flash generic ftf, but none work:
    Can you help me, please?
    Thanks in advance,
    Obsy

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