Sony Xperia XZ1, Compact, and XZ Premium are three variants of Flagship devices from Sony Xperia Based on Snapdragon 835 Processor. Sony is Always perfect in maintaining regular patch updates and Major upgrades. You will get the current month patch updates within 10-15 Days after the release from Google for Pixel devices. The Major upgrade may take time, But they always maintain the timeline. As you already know, you can easily update your device using the regular OTA Update. But, If you have country restriction device or you are using Custom OS, you can flash this Stock firmware using Below Flashtool method.
Unlock the bootloader
Some USA or Other country devices are coming with Bootloader locked. If your device is Bootloader locked, you can unlock its using Unlock Bootloader steps.
Things to note and do before running Sony Xperia XZ1/XZ1 Compact/XZ Premium manual firmware update
Official OTA Method
If you want to update a security patch to the current month. Don’t go for the manual method. Try this Automatic method.
The process is straightforward and straightforward;
Go to your device setting menu and scroll down to the bottom
Tap on “Software Update”
You may have to refresh the page to start the OTA upgrade process.
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 loaded, 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 the firmware on Sony Xperia devices Download Xperifirm. With XperiFirm you can limitlessly download any Sony firmware from official servers.
The official Sony Xperia tool for downloading the right firmware for all Sony devices running on the Android operating system (any version) is XperiFirm ( If you use Old version, you can’t download firmware, So I advise you always to use Newer version, If your versions are old, you will get the prompt to get newer version). Also, it could be used for Sony Android smartwatches. Install the software in Local Disk C (Admin Privilege Disk).
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 XZ1/XZ1 Compact/XZ Premium Official Firmware
Selecting firmware in Sony Xperia is Little bit tricky. Before Downloading any firmware, you should find your model number. You can do this by going to Settings>> About Phone >> Model Number. You should also know your Operator and Region.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Model Numbers
- G8342 Dual
Xperia XZ1 Compact Model Numbers
Xperia XZ Premium Model Numbers
- G8142 Dual
1: Download Xperia XZ1/ XZ Premium RAW firmware using Xperifirm
The only Latest firmware will be Available in XperiFirm. Sony Xperia XZ1, Compact, XZ Premium Devices available with Pie updates.
When selecting a region, I advise you to consider the Operator Also.
Extract the XperiFirm zip files on your PC and install the application file. Launch/open the app after installation to continue
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.
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 FlashTool
Navigate to Tools > Bundles > FILESET Decrypt >Select files from Folder (Select whole folder).
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 the right arrow in the flash tool. It will move all of your data into “Firmware Content.” Now tap on “Create / Convert.”
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. Don’t close this software.
3: Flash a new firmware in your Sony Xperia XZ1 / XZ Premium 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.
Enter into Fastboot Mode
- Switch Off your mobile.
Connect your Xperia mobile device via USB Data Cable
- Press Volume Up Button. Now you are in Fastboot Mode.
After entering into fastboot mode, select the flash button with an electric symbol. You should choose Flashmode too.
Select the folder like C: Flashtool/firmware. You will find the created .ftf file with version. Select the file.
- In device Filter option, Select your device.
On the right side, you will find “Wipe.” Tick the “Wipe data” and “Wipe Cache” options.
Also, tick no “Final Verification” and tap ok
Follow the onscreen instructions that will appear to keep going
Then, wait for the process to be complete.
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!
Sony Xperia Pie 9.0 Features
- It allows you to restrict apps based on the usage. If the app using the battery in the background unnecessarily, the new battery saver app inform you, about this activity. You can hibernate the app in the Battery Saver options.
- Adaptive Battery uses machine learning to predict which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you likely won’t, so your phone only spends battery power on the apps you care about.
- Instead of adjusting brightness, your device can learn your environment based o the usage and adjust brightness automatically.
New Gesture navigation
- A lot of gesture-based navigations are added in Pie 9.0 as a shortcut.
- There are already special features like Bokeh mode and Forever snapping selfies are available. Additional to this Google Lens and some apps are added within the Camera App.
- Now, this app can remember last used feature.
As I already mention selecting firmware is an essential step in this process. So follow Model numbers correctly. If you face any problem, comment below, we will try our best to solve your problem.
Source: XDA Developer- IgorEisberg
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