How to Root Sony Xperia Ion on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware 6.2.B.0.211

(Update) Since our reader feedback that method one is not working, we updated the tutorial with method two which is proven working in XDA. Sony Xperia Ion finally makes its way to Jelly Bean community recently with the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware 6.2.B.0.211 release by Sony. If your Xperia Ion has not detected Jelly Bean update, fear not as you can always flash the update package to your device using Sony Flashtool. We have prepared the complete guide for that too in case you need to have Jelly Bean installed on Xperia Ion eagerly. Once your Xperia Ion updated to Jelly Bean, you can now proceed with rooting the device to gain full access to the system to remove unwanted bloatware,

To avoid getting into any trouble during the flashing process, do take 5-10 minutes reading the pre-requisite and requirements. Even genius make mistake. Besides, we also strongly recommend to backup your data in the device to avoid data corruption. In this tutorial, we will need to have a Sony Xperia Ion with unlocked bootloader. In this case, you may follow the complete guide from Sony Official Unlock Bootloader website. Nevertheless, you are welcomed to drop us a message if you in doubt.

Sony Xperia Ion is equipped with 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It has 1GB RAM and internal 16GB internal storage, an additional 32GB SD card slot. Sony Xperia Ion has a 4.55 inch backlit LCD (1280 x 720 pixels) display. It has also non-removable battery. Android 4.0.4 Jelly Bean is the stock operating system firmware out of the box.

How To Root Sony Xperia Ion on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Ben Firmware 6.2.B.0.211

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start.(HTC,Samsung,LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Sony Xperia Ion LT28h with stock firmware – unlock bootloader (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Sony Xperia Ion USB driver for Windows and install in your computer.
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: Ensure you make a backup before proceed. Unlock bootloader will erase everything inside your device. Besides that, ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Download

  1. DooMLoRD 6.2.B.0.203 Custom Kernel + TWRP (ION_DooMLoRD_Ganesh_JB-leak_twrp2.5_kernel.elf | 9.79 MB) –Source
  2. Superuser (Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip | 1.26 MB)
  3. Stock 6.2.B.0.211 Kernel (LT28h_6.2.B.0.211_kernel.sin | 6.84 MB)
  4. Sony Flashtool (flashtool-0.9.11.0-windows.exe | 112.77MB)

Instructions: (Method 1)

  1. Unlock Sony Xperia Ion bootloader. Proceed to official Sony website and unlock your device.
  2. Proceed after you have successfully unlocked the bootloader.
  3. With your device turned on, connect to computer via micro USB cable.
  4. Copy and paste Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip to the device’s internal storage.
  5. Unplug your device from computer.
  6. Download Sony flashtool into your computer. Double click on the flashtool.exe file to install. You should see a flashtool folder in C Drive.
  7. Double click on flashtool icon in the folder mentioned in Step 3 to launch flashtool.
  8. Download ION_DooMLoRD_Ganesh_JB-leak_twrp2.5_kernel.elf and LT28h_6.2.B.0.211_kernel.sin, copy to flashtool/firmwares folder in computer.
  9. Power off your device completely.
  10. Enter Fastboot Mode by connecting your device to the computer via micro USB cable while pressing Volume Up button.
  11. On the flashtool windows, click on the lightning icon and click fastboot mode, then “ok”.
  12. Click “Select kernel to Flash” on right side in flashtool.
  13. Browse and choose “ION_DooMLoRD_Ganesh_JB-leak_twrp2.5_kernel.elf ” in the flashtool/firmwares. ION_DooMLoRD_Ganesh_JB-leak_twrp2.5_kernel.elf will be flashed to your device.
  14. Your device should be reboot automatically after flashing elf file.
  15. Press and hold Power button to turn off your device then unplug your device from computer.
  16. Now, turn on your device. When you see TWRP logo, press Volume Up button to boot into TWRP recovery.
  17. From TWRP recovery, choose “install” then followed by “sdcard”. Locate the Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip file and “swipe” to flash it.
  18. After flashing Superuser, press “Home” then choose “reboot to Fastboot”. At the same time, connect your device to the computer via micro USB cable. This will boot your device into Fastboot mode.
  19. On the flashtool windows, click on the lightning icon and click fastboot mode, then “ok”.
  20. Click “Select kernel to Flash” on right side in flashtool.
  21. Browse and choose “LT28h_6.2.B.0.211_kernel.sin” in the flashtool/firmwares. LT28h_6.2.B.0.211_kernel.sin will be flashed to your device. If LT28h_6.2.B.0.211_kernel.sin cannot be found, renamed to kernel.sin.
  22. Reboot your device now.
  23. Download root checker to check your root status.

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Update

Instructions: (Method 2)

  1. Download DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v17_perf-event-exploit.zip to your computer.
  2. Extract the zip file into a folder. You should see a “files” folder and a “runme.bat”.
  3. Ensure you have enabled USB Debugging and enable “Unknown Sources” in Settings->Security->Unknown Sources on your device.
  4. Connect your device to computer while it is powered on.
  5. Skip “PC Companion Software” prompt on the device screen.
  6. Download click to launch “runme.bat”.
  7. [Follow screen instructions] Press any key to continue.
  8. Complete the process to install busybox and SuperUser.
  9. Reboot your device when the script finish execution and you should have root access gained.
  10. If you are facing issue of device rebooting when remounting /system partition then do checkout the fix posted by @[NUT].
  11. Download root checker to check your root status.

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  • Anurag Kasbe

    after completing step 3 its showing in the flashtool window “device must be rooted first
    please help

  • Anurag Kasbe

    after completing step 3
    its showing in the flashtool window “device must be rooted first”

    • http://www.androidteen.com/ androidteen

      Can you describe more? on which method?

      • Victor Mathews

        I unzip doomlord_easy_rootkit but cant find the folder where its extracted

  • Venkatesh Ramasamy

    Awesome. Method 2 works well in Xperia Ion LT28h (Android 4.1.2 JB).
    Thanks a lot for Sharing. +1 to DoomLord.

    • http://www.androidteen.com/ androidteen

      Thanks a lot for the feedback.

  • Mett Arossan Jr.

    method 2 work in my xperia ion…tq…

  • commentguy

    Today my xperia ion had a update via Sony PC Companion-thinggy and from now on i have jelly bean. Its based on the xperia z style.Not sure if it is exactly like the Z now but it contains a lot more features and works in my case better then before.

  • http://www.androidteen.com/ androidteen

    recommended to use method 2 as it is proven working by our reader.

  • http://www.androidteen.com/ androidteen

    This is for LT28h. We will update with you if there is any root method for LT28i.

    • Micheal Reeve

      Much appreciated

  • Amirsadra Mohseni

    Method 2 woked like a charm ! easy and clean ! thanks a bunch :>

    • http://www.androidteen.com/ androidteen

      Hi, good to heard that. Mind to mark Working for this post? Much appreciated.

  • akhil

    method 2 is easy and fast.. thanks…

  • Angad Pathak

    I tried method 2 on my xperia ion LT28H. After the reboot i opened the Root checker, but the it shows “Sorry ! This device does not have proper root access”.

    What am i missing here?

  • markgomes

    Error – Path not specified when running the Bat file on windows 7×64 any suggestions ?

  • markgomes

    update when i move the downloaded folder to the desktop and Run the runme_win file after connecting the mobile it states – waiting for device…