Working Android 2.3.3 root for those with locked bootloaders

by XB on 12th June 2011

in Android, Firmware, Videos, Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY


Working Android 2.3.3 root for those with locked bootloadersIf you are own a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc or Xperia PLAY and still have a locked bootloader, then there is now a method for you to get rooted even if you’re running the latest Android 2.3.3 update.

The method involves flashing to the older ‘184’ software (Android 2.3.2), rooting via Gingerbreak or SuperOneClick and then updating the handset OTA to get the latest Android 2.3.3 update. Surprisingly, root remains once you complete the update. This method will only work if you have not modified/deleted any system files. Click here for the full instructions or check out the tutorial video after the jump.

Video credit to ricstc!

  • Snehal Thx

    will wait more :)

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  • still waiting for 2.3.3 in canada lol

  • F_merkel

    Hello from Switzerland

    I have my Arc updated last week but I use the program Updates Services on my pc because on my phone de updates say everytime “Your phone is up to date they have the last software”

  • dexter

    I have done this. It works!!! ;-)

  • Antdra

    hello i have already unlocked the bootloader of the phone but since I can not update the phone from Sony Ericcson mica this guide makes me go back

  • Pkflash

    I have on my Xperia Play android 2.3.2, so I am going to try this tomorrow :D

  • Nrchapin

    Does this work with verizons version in the us?

  • tan

    hey….help pls….i stuck at the ‘please install or reinstall your flash driver what does it means

  • tan

    bullshit this cannot be use at xperia play

  • Bricked

    Don’t try this, it will brick your phone :(

  • Michel_leger

    THIS DOES NOT WORK!!! I TRIED IT! I lost root permissions and tried to use gingerbreak, it ran all night long and when i woke up it still didnt root… Dont upgrade i dont see any difference in phone capabilities. I think i will downgrade.

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  • Rgsthilaire

    If you downgrade from 2.3.4 to 2.3.2, YOU WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE! Mine is stuck at 0% battery life now, and the only way to fix it is to replace the motherboard of the Xperia Arc

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