Sunday, 10 July 2011

Rooting our Sony Ericsson W8.





Definition from Wikipedia:
            "Rooting is a process that allows users of cellphones and other devices running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's Linux subsystem, overcoming limitations that the carriers and manufacturers put on such phones."

Warning:
First off, let me start by saying that if you don't think you need rooting, don't root.
It can be dangerous if done wrong, so be sure you know what you're doing.
With that out of the way, let's get going then.
Rooting voids Warranty!
[ but we can unroot our device before submitting to service center... ;-) ] 

Actual Process:
We can use SuperOneClick or any of the following softwares for rooting our W8
  • Flash tool,Universal Androot ,Recovery Flasher,Easy Root,Unrevoked...use google to find them.
  1. Download SuperOneClick.
  2. On your phone, go to Settings -> Applications and enable Unknown Sources.
  3. Next, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and enable USB debugging.
  4. You also need the proper USB drivers.(Install PC Companion to get the drivers.) To check if you have them, start SuperOneClick.exe and click Driver Check. If the driver check fails, update your phone with PC Companion.
  5. Now, connect your USB cable from your W8 to your computer. When connected it is VERY IMPORTANT to select CHARGE PHONE.
  6. Start SuperOneClick.exe and just click ROOT. Everything should go normally. You might get a message asking you if your OS is 2.0 or higher, just go ahead and click Yes.
  7. You should now be rooted! :)

Note: After rooting you will have application named SuperUser in you phone which is used to allow/deny root access to other applications.
Disclaimer: I wont be responsible if u damage your phone!
[dont worry....i have tried it myself......and you can restore your phone most of the times in case of software problems! :) ]

65 comments:

  1. was lokin 4 blog on w8. Thanks 4 help on rooting... also i want to know can i update my phone when its rooted?

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  2. sony wont be providing any updates....u ll have to use custom ROMs....I ll post the procedure soon...:)

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  4. Rooted my w8 walkman....
    removd crap from system mem n changed LCD density...

    Thnx bro...

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  5. need ur help, i wanna install all my apps to sd, my current android ver is 2.1.1 after updating.
    Do i have to install cyanogenMod to do it or is there any alternative method....
    Please help me out....

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  6. you need 2.2 to use app2sd....install the floyo ROM....its quite stable...:)

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  7. Bro as per instructions given on this blog i've rooted my phone and updated its baseband using Baseband 015 - X8i_2.1.1.A.0.6_Baseband_015.7z wid.

    my first prob is that i am not able to boot into xrecovery. i've tried pressing back button several times when restarting my w8 but it boots normally & no xrecovery screen is showed up.

    2nd is that I m not able to figure out which step to folow to install new roms from the following;

    Installing zip packages or installing .img files or installing .FTFfiles.

    Would u please tell me exact steps to install rom, i've only done rooting of my phone till now

    plz Help me out....

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  8. Guys iv downloaded nfs shift its 39mb file. Wen I try to install it says out of spaceNfs shift could not b viewed free up some space on ur phone n try again. Wat to do?Guys iv downloaded nfs shift its 39mb file. Wen I try to install it says out of spaceNfs shift could not b viewed free up some space on ur phone n try again. Wat to do?

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  9. Hey guys I need help... I've not been able to install superoneclick itself in win xp
    It asks for "wic" now..

    Easterly doesn't work for me.. I've also tried universal androot it says "failed,no... Go fu."

    Please suggest something I need to remove some system app or to move them to d
    SD and also if possible upgrade to froyo ...

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  10. @john - ur ram might be low....try 2 free it using sum utilities from the market....
    also make sure u have enough phone memory...

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  11. @Sony Stricken W8- Avi:
    try using flashtool...it has the optin to root d phone and install xrecovery...

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  12. Guys does w8 hav flash 10.1 an how to check wat type of flash ver I have. + is it possible to upgrade to 2.2 ,2.3 or 3.0?Guys does w8 hav flash 10.1 an how to check wat type of flash ver I have. + is it possible to upgrade to 2.2 ,2.3 or 3.0?

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  13. can i know how to unroot the device before submitting to service center ?

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  14. @john - u can upgrade using custom roms....no official update ll b provided.

    @jack - use superoneclick...is has d unroot option. :)

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  15. @Pranky may i know what it mean"You also need the proper USB drivers.(Install PC Companion to get the drivers.) To check if you have them, start SuperOneClick.exe and click Driver Check. If the driver check fails, update your phone with PC Companion.

    after i launch super one click there is no driver check. kindly advice. thank you in advance

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  16. @Pranky sorry for keep posting, as i click on Update check button all are up to date except Super One click current version.exe 2.1.1 Failed.

    Kindly advice.

    Thank you,
    Jack

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  17. @jack - dats ok...continue wid rooting...
    n after dat install xrecovery n make backup!
    all d best..:)

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  18. n no need 2 udate phone wid pc companion...:o

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  19. Any1 hav a prob. Wen I install any app sumtime my app n da menu moves to da other row wer iv kept only games + sumtime my widgets on da home screen goes n da menu insted in da conner of da 4n home screanAny1 hav a prob. Wen I install any app sumtime my app n da menu moves to da other row wer iv kept only games + sumtime my widgets on da home screen goes n da menu insted in da conner of da 4n home screan

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  20. Nw sum1 tel me hw to upgrade to 2.2 ?Nw sum1 tel me hw to upgrade to 2.2 ?

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  21. @pranky- thank you dude for making this blog.pleas give a step by step to just root my w8 and i mean just root it to delete the shipped applications. and how to update it using custom rom i know you have given post about the procedure but im a v.v.v.v.newbie in this android thing. so id like to have a step by step method. please.. and thanx in advance =)

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  22. i need help partitioning my sd card.. and is it possible to install applications on my sdcard instead of phone's internal memory?

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  23. how do i install need for speed shift to my w8 phone (android 2.1)? I had it downloaded just recently but don't know how to install it please help me

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  24. has anyone been able to use the flash clockworkMod recovery from android market? because when it's asking for the phone model, the list does not include W8 neither any xperia phone.

    got too many questions sorry!

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  25. bro can we also unroot our phone with this

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  26. plz tel me that how to go recovery mode in my sonyericsson w8,plz help me,,,,,,,,


    plz tel me that how to go recovery mode in my sonyericsson w8,plz help me,,,,,,,,

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  27. @saurabh - follow the procedure given above...its easy...

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  28. @sushisue - for app2sd better use 2.2...derz a method using which u can use app2sd in 2.1...ll post it soon...nw kinda busy wid colg work...

    n u can install cwm using a simple custom zip patch...

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  29. @karan - yes...just use d unroot option in superoneclick..

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  30. @swapnil...u must have a rooted phoone with xrecovery installed...den continuously tap the back button while the phone is starting...
    (derz a post regarding installing and using xrecovery)

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  31. hey... can u post a link yo the cyanogen 7 mod for w8 ??? i think it should be the same as x8.. btw my kernel and baseband are already updated so should i skip that part ??

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  32. cant root my phone. already enable usb debug, unknow apps n installed pc companion. but when it came to waiting for device, apps not responding. need to force close. i also try univ. androot but still fail. any idea?

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  33. @saurabh - ys...u can skip dat part...
    @wan akhyar - resatrt phone n kill all apps...n den try again...

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  34. please help me update from 2.1 to 2.2, and install cwm

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  35. Hi! I just bought my w8 and i was wondering if after making a backup of my phone, rooting comes next and other upgrades follow? Also, if upgrade my phone, will i be able to set the memory card as the default memory? Or even at least an option where you can select the sd card as the default memory so that from there, I can just download and install all the apps i need? Hope you can help me. This will be my 1st time to tweak a phone, especially this one. :-)

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  36. hi guys i have se w8 m not able to root with using superoneclick m getting stuck on step 5 plz help me...

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  37. useng dis rom froyopro v1.1 quite stable, but boots if u hav less ram

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  38. zero vi britania,

    yes backup ur stufs lyk sms, phonebook useng superbackup. an remember wen upgradeng to coustom rom always backup ur stock rom useng xrecovery so u cn restore bak if ur havng problem an donot rename da backup file u created. jst copy it da backup in ur HD for safety. il recomend u froyopro v1.1, floyo v 15, gingerxperia v13

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  39. "Start SuperOneClick.exe and just click ROOT. Everything should go normally. You might get a message asking you if your OS is 2.0 or higher, just go ahead and click Yes"

    After i click "yes" and it show error "Device properties could not be read".. -.-"

    i try so many time..same error..

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  40. thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    its working yaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr............

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  42. hi! guys i have SE w8 (e16i)i rooted my phone also. but the problem is that the flashtool is not installed on my pc. when i going to install flashtool it says each and every time that "The JVM could not be started.The maximum heap size (-Xmx)might be too large or an anti virus or firewall tool could block the execution." i also blocked my anti virus or firewall but error is same. i have to update my baseband plz tell me what will i have to do plz...

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  43. it stuck on psneuter...wat to do....plizz help me...!!!

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  44. pranky, help me,

    i can't root my sony ericsson w8 ..as u say i download superone click bt i can't root my cell plz dude help me...

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  45. pranky help me..
    i successfully installed the superuser app(root created)
    in my w8.then i dont know how to move or install all the app to sd card plz tell me to install all the app in sd

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  47. Hi
    can't we root w8 without connecting to PC ?
    if it is possible then how........

    what are the things going to be deleted while rooting....

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  48. cant find xrecovery.apk what to do

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  49. It wont root the superoneclick i used is v2.3.3 its just not responding

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  50. i have rooted my phone but may be its not upgraded to 2.3
    what to do now??

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  51. The matter that you provide is worth our time and energy.
    one click root blog

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  52. dude help me the super

    superoneclick always have a problem in raeght... i forgot that file but its always saying directory not found wats that dude help please


    i tried this steps several times im stuck on the actual rooting process..

    please help

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    1. by the way dude my phone is w8 2.1 update 1.

      daemon is not running it also stated

      im tired i cant root my phone i have use easy root one root flash tool and many more

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  53. some1 plz help mw....i have already rooted my SE W8 sevarel times..but i couldnt able to reboot in xrecovery..after switching the phone to OFF mode..while turning it ON..i pressed back key sevarel times but its started normally...what to do..plz help

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  54. after rooting how to us apps in sd card

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  55. After rooting how can we install v2.2 or more

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  56. i want to know how to unroot the phone ????

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  57. Hai bro,I rooted my w8 using super one click and it is rooted,but when I am using root explorer the app prompting that superuser doesn't managed you to use this app,plz help me

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  58. Sony Ericsson W8 is the Walkman phone launched by Sony Ericsson. This is the only Walkman phone works on Android Operating System. Sony Ericsson is one of the top most brand in making quality products.
    Sony Ericsson W8 Price

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  59. i have rooted my phn n den updated it..bt m nt gettng my phn switched on...plz help me out..

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  60. i installed pc suite but its not detecting my phone. what should i do? pliz reply.

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  61. Is there an alternate method coz each time I'm stuck on step 5 of supr1klik

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