Rooting the Sony Xperia E takes two firmware versions to be flashed on the phone, and then the Framaroot to actually root the phone.

If you are unfamiliar with the rooting procedure for the Sony Xperia E and would like to have step-by-step instructions, the guide below is all you have looked for all this time.

Sony Xperia E

Following is the guide that teaches how you can root your Sony Xperia E and get the root-requiring apps running on it. And what’s more, it will not take hours for you to do that, should be done in minutes if you just follow our steps to the letter.

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

Here you go:

Files You Need

  1. You must have a computer that runs Windows to do this tutorial as the tool that you are going to use is Windows only.
  2. This should work for the locked bootloader phone.
  3. This has been confirmed to be working on the 11.3.A.2.33 firmware.
  4. Download Flashtool to your computer. It will help you flash a firmware on your phone.
  5. Download FTF-1 to your computer. It is the firmware file that will be flashed on your phone.
  6. Download FTF-2 to your computer. It is also a firmware file that will be flashed on your phone.
  7. Download Framaroot APK to your computer. It is what will actually root your phone.

Rooting the Sony Xperia E

  1. Double-click on the Flashtool setup file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the tool on your Windows-based computer.
  2. When the tool is installed, copy both FTF-1 and FTF-2 over to the  \Flashtool\Firmwares\ folder which is located in the folder where Flashtool was installed.
  3. Now, launch the Flashtool by double-clicking on its executable file.
  4. Click on the lightning icon in the Flashtool and select the Flashmode option when asked.
  5. Select C1505 11.3.A.0.47 as the firmware to be flashed on your phone.
  6. Make sure that both DATA and CACHE options are unchecked in the tool.
  7. Ensure that everything is checkmarked in the exclude section except for KERNEL.
  8. Click on Flash in the Flashtool to begin the flash process.
  9. Turn off your Sony Xperia E phone.
  10. Plug in your phone to your computer while holding down the Volume DOWN key.
  11. Wait for the Flashtool to flash a firmware on your phone. It should take some time to do that.
  12. When the Flashtool’s done flashing the firmware, reboot your phone.
  13. When your phone reboots, click on the arrow icon in the Flashtool, select Framaroot APK, and the app will be installed on your phone.
  14. Open the app drawer on your phone and tap on Framaroot and it should launch.
  15. Tap on Gandalf in the app and wait for it to root your phone.
  16. Once your phone has been rooted, turn off your phone.
  17. Open the Flashtool once again.
  18. Click on the lightning icon followed by Flashmode.
  19. Select C1505 11.3.A.2.23 as the firmware to be flashed on your phone.
  20. Uncheck the DATA and CACHE options in the tool.
  21. Make sure only KERNEL is unchecked in the EXCLUDE section in the tool.
  22. Click on Flash in the tool.
  23. Hold down Volume DOWN on your phone and plug in your phone to your computer.
  24. The tool should begin flashing the selected firmware on your phone.
  25. When the firmware has been flashed, reboot your phone.
  26. You should now be fully rooted!

And you are all done!

Your Sony Xperia E has been successfully rooted and is ready to be installed with your favourite root-requiring apps.

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