How to Root Xperia Z1 Compact and Install CWM Recovery

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Releasing a mini version of flagship devices has now become a rampant trend among smartphone manufacturer and you should remember that it was started by Samsung with Galaxy S3 Mini and was later caught up by HTC. Now, after some time another major Android player Sony has also stepped into the race by introducing the Xperia Z1 Compact.

Rooting is something which is turning very common in the android world. Most of us know that rooting enables us to flash custom ROMs on our device and this is the biggest reason why people root their Smartphones. Moreover there are many apps in play store which require root access and do not run on un-rooted device. Rooting allows us the full use of the device.

After rooting their devices having a custom recovery is a must and not only can you flash custom ROMs with it, you can also make/restore backups if you are trying out different ROMs and want to go back to something that you had previously liked.

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In this article we are going to teach you how to root Xperia Z1 compact and Install CWM recovery on it. The process is given below.


  • Rooting will void your phones warranty.
  • Only you will be responsible for any damage, if caused to your device.


Step 1: You should fully backup your Android device before rooting it. Backup all your SMS, Backup/Export Contacts, Backup APN settings. You can take help from our article on Tutorial for creating backup of Android device without root access.

Step 2: You should Backup all apps on your device, unrooted users can follow this method procedure to backup apps. If you have already rooted your device then use Titanium to Backup and restore apps and cache data.

Step 3: You should enable USB debugging on your device, to activate USB Debug go to “Settings>Developer options” and check the USB debug option box. Problem enabling USB Debugging you can follow article on How to enable USB debugging on Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread.

Step 4: There should be 50% or more amount of battery juice on your device. To know how much charge your device is having you can use our tutorial on how to get battery percentage on Status bar.

Step 5: Go to Sony Developers Portal and unlock the boot loader of your Xperia Z1 Compact.

Step 6: You should disable security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall on your Android device as they may interrupt the procedure.


How to Root Xperia Z1 Compact and Install CWM Recovery

Step 1- Copy the downloaded DooMLoRD file to the platform-tools folder on your computer. This directory is found in Android SDK.

Step 2 – Now boot your Xperia Z1 Compact into Fast boot mode. For this, turn off the phone, then press and hold the Volume Up button and connect the device to the computer with a USB-cable.

Step 3 – Launch a command prompt from within the platform-tools folder and for this, press Shift + Right-click at an empty space in the folder where the Fast boot and the .img file are present.

Step 4 – Type the following command and remember that you can replace the file name with that of the one you downloaded.

  • fastboot flash boot Z1c_DooMLoRD_AdvStkKernel_FW.img

Step 5 – Now hit the Enter key and when the kernel image is flashed, issue the following line:

  • fastboot reboot

Step 6 – Doing this will reboot your phone. Your Z1 Compact now has CWM installed on it.

Step 7 – Now, copy the latest SuperSU zip file to your device.

Step 8 – Reboot it into recovery mode. For this, turn your phone off and then turn it on and then just as the notification LED lights up, press the Volume Up/Down key for a couple of times. You should now enter the CWM Recovery mode.

Step 9 – Now, using the volume keys, scroll to “install zip” option and select the and confirm the installation by pressing the Power button.

Step 10 – At last, return to the main menu in CWM and select “reboot system now” option

This is all what you have to do and now your phone is rooted and has CWM recovery installed on it.

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