How To Root Xperia S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware 6.2.B.1.96

Another stock firmware 6.2.B.1.96 is now available for Sony Xperia S but unfortunately it is not the most anticipated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It is actually a patch to fix perf_event exploit which allow us to gain root access in the earlier 6.2.B.0.211 firmware. For latest Jelly Bean firmware update changelog, please refer to our Sony Xperia S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware update guide. If you have rooted your phone in earlier firmware version, OTA update will eliminate the root access. You need to root your device again using the method below.

For this stage, we still have no news from DooMLoRD whether a simpler one-click-root toolkit for this latest firmware will be released soon. This guide is only applicable for Sony Xperia S LT26i on 6.2.B.1.96 firmware on both locked and unlocked bootloader, please do not try it on other Xperia model or firmware.

Sony Xperia S is officially unveiled in January 2012 and available in the market starting February 2012. Xperia S is equipped with dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage without micro-SD expansion, 12MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera. It is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box and upgraded to latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean recently.

How To Root Sony Xperia S LT26i on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Ben Firmware 6.2.B.1.96

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 S LT26i with stock 6.2.B.1.96 firmware (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 S 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. Besides that, ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Download

  1. Xperia S LT26i 6.2.B.0.211 Kernel (XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.0.211_KernelOnly.ftf | 6.36 MB) – Source
  2. DooMLoRD Rooting Toolkit (DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v18_perf-event-exploit.zip | 2.96 MB)
  3. Xperia S LT26i 6.2.B.1.96 Kernel (XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.1.96_KernelOnly.ftf | 6.33 MB)
  4. Sony Flashtool (flashtool-0.9.11.0-windows.exe | 112.77MB)

Instructions:

  1. Download Sony flashtool into your computer. Double click on the flashtool.exe file to install. You should see a flashtool folder in C Drive.
  2. Double click on flashtool icon in the folder mentioned in Step 1 to launch flashtool.
  3. For first timer, navigate to C:\Flashtool\drivers folder to install “Flashtool-drivers”. Select and check the box of your device model and Flashmode Drivers.
  4. While your device is powered on, connect your device to computer with USB cable. Make sure all drivers are installed properly before start.
  5. Download XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.0.211_KernelOnly.ftf  and XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.1.96_KernelOnly.ftf, copy to flashtool/firmwares folder in computer.
  6. On the flashtool, click on the lightning icon and click flashmode, then “ok”.
  7. You should see a new windows.
  8. At the right sidebar, check “Data, Cache, Appslog” boxes if you wish to wipe the device before flash. To remain your device data, uncheck all the boxes.
  9. At source folder, browse and choose “XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.0.211_KernelOnly.ftf ” in the flashtool/firmwares.
  10. Press flash button to start flashing.
  11. Follow the prompt instructions.
  12. First, to unplug your device from PC.
  13. Second, power off your device.
  14. Third, enter to Flash Mode on your device by press and hold Volume Down button while connect your device with USB cable to computer.
  15. Forth, connect your device back to computer with USB cable. The screen display will still remain blank in dark.
  16. Monitor the Flashtool in computer. It should continue to run and flash the XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.0.211_KernelOnly.ftf.
  17. Wait until the flash process to complete. You should see “Flashing finished” from the flashtool
  18. Reboot your device now.
  19. Connect your device to computer in USB debugging mode
  20. On computer, close the flashtool. This is a very important step.
  21. Download DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v18_perf-event-exploit.zip and extract into a new folder in desktop
  22. Double click on the runme_file in the extracted folder in Step 21. This will root your device.
  23. After rooting, repeat Step 4 – 18 using XperiaS_LT26i_6.2.B.1.96_KernelOnly.ftf. These steps will eventually flash back the stock 6.2.B.1.96 kernel to your device.
  24. Download root checker to check your root status.

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