Root your Xperia arc, Neo and PLAY with a locked bootloader

by XB on 24th April 2011

in Android, Tips & Tricks, Xperia arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia PLAY, Xperia Pro

GingerBreakEarlier this week, we saw the new Sony Ericsson Xperia range get rooted. To do this you needed to unlock the bootloader first, something that some users weren’t comfortable with, especially as it can void your warranty. However, a new exploit has emerged for Android Gingerbread 2.3 devices called GingerBreak, enabling you to root your handset without unlocking the bootloader first.

All you need to do is download this apk file, install it to your SD card and run the file. This method should work on all new Xperia handsets including the arc, Neo and PLAY. This appears to be the easiest method yet and hopefully, a one-click tool such as SuperOneClick shouldn’t be too far off. Click here for more information over at xda-developers.

  • Raiden

    GREAT !! first

  • Anonymous

    I already wrote about that in a comment in the Xperia arc root article :D

  • Dick…

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  • Snehal Thx

    rooted. any 1 experienced slow performance?

  • Snehal Thx

    after reboot it seems fine, and disabled USB debug

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  • Very good post, I was really searching for this topic, as I wanted this topic to understand completely and it is also very rare in internet, that is why it was very difficult to understand.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  • doesn’t works for 2.3.3 devices :s

  • Corey-leigh

    Rooting 2.3.3 – you must have it rooted on 2.3.2 using gingerbreak then complete ota update to keep root.

  • cant do an update after rooting and going to 2.3.2 – how can i get this to work automatically? Ive not unlocked the bootloader. i want to upgrade as my apps crash and get back to my nice 2.3.3 official rom.



  • DKOCH1226

    i am trying to unlock the bootloader on my xperia play…but when i go to install the updated drivers my computer says that the drivers are not found in the computer…………uggggggggggghhhh………WHAT CAN I DO………PLEASE HELP MY NAME IS DAVE……………….P.S……MY PHONE IS ROOTED……….

  • Gjpennes1

    is this working for Verizon xperia play r800i 2.3.2
    -on the xda website there were very similar cases yet no posts on how to fix it……when using gingerbreak it unmounts my sd card leading to it never finishing the root.plz help-greg

  • Vijay Devakumar

    You  can use Doomlord’s tool to root xperia your phone without voiding warranty. Just use SEUS to repair it should you give it for warranty.

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