Sony Xperia S was the phone for which the highly useful utility Root with Restore was developed by Bin4ry. Expectedly, it is really easy to root the phone with that rooting tool. But before you put your geeky skills to test, make sure that you know exactly what you are going to do and that if used without any knowledge, rooting can be as dangerous as an iron man suit wearing monkey. So, scrounge the internet for detailed information about rooting and its pros and cons. With this guide, we shall help you to root your Sony Xperia S device in a step by step manner. Talking about rooting in summary, rooting an android device allows you to access and modify any file on your phone, even if it was meant to be read only by default. The modification of system files can be used to carry out a lot of wonderful things, a slew of such things can be done by using root only apps available on the play store. But rooting is a double edged sword. If you play aorund with things you don’t know anything about, you could well be in trouble and land yourself a bricked android phone. So, it is wiser to learn about something you don’t know rather than directly trying it out on your phone. Before you proceed with the rooting guide present ahead, make sure you have gone through the below points:
- Rooting any Android device voids its manufacturer warranty. If you can’t bear that, don’t root your phone.
- Don’t embark on the journey with a phone that is already low on battery. A phone that dies during the process can be difficult to recover.
- Backup your contacts or any other data that you consider as important. Though rooting won’t delete anything, it is always good to be on the safer side.
- You and only you will be responsible for anything bad that might happen with your phone during/after you follow the guide.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device. If on Gingerbread or below, go to Settings > Applications > Development and turn USB Debugging on. Instead, if on ICS or Jelly Bean, go to Settings > Developer Options and find the option to enable USB Debugging there.
Rooting Guide for Sony Xperia S:
- Install drivers for your Xperia S using pdanet.
- Connect your phone to the PC using USB cable.
- Download Root with Restore v30 by Bin4ry.
- Extract the file you downloaded in the previous step in any folder as per your convenience.
- Run the RunMe.bat batch script file. This would open a command prompt kinda window with instructions to proceed ahead.
- Follow the instructions given in the program. When it asks for device mode, run it in Normal Mode by pressing (and entering) 1.
- During the process, you will be prompted to tap a restore button. That button will appear on your Xperia S’s screen when you are prompted. Leave the password screens blank.
- After a few reboots, your phone should be rooted.
This was it. Wasn’t it a pretty simple method given how horrendous the term rooting might appear to many of us. If you want to go more advanced, read the guide to flash clockworkmod recovery to your Xperia S. In case of any problems you face in any of the steps, raise your isssue in the comments section and we shall see if we can help you out.