The Sony Xperia Z1S is capable of running all the rooted apps the rest of the devices can run. Sometimes these apps can be specific to the version of Android but never to a device. For example, the HoneyBar was once one of the best apps to use on a rooted Android, by hiding the notification bar on devices running Android Honeycomb.

The key word in that sentence was “Honeycomb” and it’s not going to be useful for your Sony Xperia Z1S. With that being said, you will find many apps that are universal to Android software versions such as the Game On application which lets users backup and restore game data.

Sony Xperia Z1

Files You Need

  1. Download the PWN rooting package to the computer.
  2. Download the ADB and save it to your desktop.

Rooting the Sony Xperia Z1S

  1. Download the PWN tool to your computer and transfer the file over to the desktop.
  2. Extract that PWN file now by right-click over the file and selecting the “extract here” from the menu.
  3. Follow the same steps and extract the ADB package on the desktop also.
  4. Make sure you have the Unknown Sources enabled on your Xperia Z1S by pointing to the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
  5. Now make sure the USB Debugging Mode is enabled by navigating to the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
  6. Connect the Xperia Z1S to the computer where you have the files.
  7. Open the command prompt window from the desktop by holding the Shift key and right-clicking the mouse on the desktop. Choose the “open a new command window here” from the menu.
  8. Type your commands and press enter between each line:
  9. adb push pwn /data/local/tmp/pwn
  10. adb shell chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/pwn
  11. adb shell /data/local/tmp/pwn
  12. Type one more command for the ADB:
  13. adb reboot
  14. Wait for the Sony Xperia Z1S smartphone to reboot.
  15. The Z1S is now rooted, but you should install the SuperSU app on your device to keep it protected.
  16. Open the Google Play Store app on your Z1S device and search for the SuperSU app by Chainfire.

Follow the prompts to install that SuperSU on your device. Agree to update the SU binary if the app asks during the installation.