FlashTool is one of the most powerful tools for Sony Xperia devices and has been around since the Xperia X10 days. The utility has been updated to version number 0.9.18.1, which brings a very useful new feature – the ability to download the latest firmware files for your Sony Xperia device.
Once you have downloaded the latest version, simply head over to the Update Checker part of the tool to select and download your firmware. In theory, this negates the need to use two tools (XperiFirm and FlashTool) to create a FTF firmware file as detailed in our recent guide. See some steps below in how to take advantage of this.
FlashTool 0.9.18.1 changelog
– Updated Java8 to u20
– Update checker can now download the checked version (Devices -> Updates … choose the device … then double click on a table row
to get the latest version. Double click again to download. FTF bundler will open upon download)
– Towelroot hack implemented.
FlashTool (0.9.18.1) – Steps to download firmware
You can download the latest version of FlashTool from the link below.
To check firware on your handset, go to “Devices” > “Check Updates”
This will bring up the Device Selector for you to choose your mobile.
Now click on your phone variant which will load a list of customisation versions for various carriers & regions. Click on the version to find out the latest firmware version.
Once you have chosen your firmware, you can start the download by double-clicking on the firmware. The message at the bottom of the screen will then change to “Decrypting FileSets” and then “Creating Bundle”.
This will then bring up the Bundler as seen in the screen below. Select all items on the left side of the screen, move it to the right and then click “Create” which will then create a FTF firmware file.