The Sony Xperia Z3 is the flagship for the beginning of this year under the Japanese phone makers name. It marks one of the best handsets out there running the Android operating system, and no doubt some owners will up that opinion to the best phone out there. Even though Sony are great with native applications, services and bloatware for the owners, they still don’t allow you to get the most out of your devices because of the factory restrictions.
The best way to counter punch the restrictions is by unlocking the system internals. That way you can start installing custom ROMs, firmware which upgrades the OS to a newer version of custom Android and extra apps which are available from the Google Play store.
The firmware number we are referring to here is the official stock version you can check from the About Device menu. It’s available as a generic global release or from France, Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, Germany and other regions. You would have found the correct over the air signals arriving for your device from the region you are living. Otherwise, you ought to flash the correct version for your region manually.
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.
Details of Note
- If you are running the latest 23.0.A.2.93 software update on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat you can follow the steps below for gaining rooting privileges.
- Allow permissions for the USB Debugging Mode available from the Developer Options menu. You find that coming off the Settings menu on the phone.
- Likewise, while in Developer Options, you must allow permissions for the Mock Locations’ option.
- Experts recommend switching on Airplane mode for the duration of the steps. Do not switch it back until the end.
- If you have any issues it’s likely because of the Drivers. Download the latest drivers for USB from Sony.
- You should downgrade to the stock firmware build number mentioned in the title of the post if you are not running that already. Download the official firmware and come back to this page. You can check what version you are operating on now by stopping over at the Settings > About Device.The 23.0.A.2.93 firmware is only available for D6603 or D6653 device model number. You can check what model number yours is by heading to the same ‘About Device’ menu.
How to root the 23.0.A.2.93 Firmware on Sony Xperia Z3
- Download the giefroot package from here.
- Extract the file to the desktop of the computer.
- Click the mouse over the install.bat file from the contents.
- Find the USB cable (likely using it with the charger) and connect the Xperia to the computer.
- Wait for the giefroot tool to pop-up some on-screen instructions.
- Follow them until the new tool finishes automatically rooting your device.
- Wait for the SuperSU request.
- We recommend you grant the permission by tapping the “grant” option on the display.
- Wait for a command prompt-style document showing you the device is successfully rooted on the screen.
- Look for the last few lines of the text. It should read something like “running exploit”
- Now look for the notice that says ” you can now disconnect your device from the computer.”
Don’t forget to check out our favorite root checker application available from the Google Play Store. It’s a free download and will tell you if it’s successful.