How to Root Sony Xperia SP (HuaShan) and Install TWRP Recovery 3.5.0
If you own a Sony Xperia SP C5302 / C5303 / C5306 (Codename: huashan) and also want to root and flash Official TWRP Recovery 3.5.0 on the device, then you are on the right page. This tutorial applies to Sony Xperia SP HSPA C5302, Sony Xperia SP LTE C5303, Sony Xperia SP LTE C5306
The Sony Xperia SP features the specifications Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon S4 Pro, CPU/ Processor Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait, GPU Adreno 320, Display 4.6 inches, 58.3 cm2 (~66.6% screen-to-body ratio), TFT, 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~319 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass, Internal Storage/ RAM 8GB (5.8GB user available), 1GB RAM, Main Camera 8 MP, f/2.4, AF, Selfie Camera VGA.
If you are an Android Enthusiast and want to Root and Install TWRP recovery on your beloved, then you have landed on the right page. In the due course of the article, we will be guiding you through the process to root Sony Xperia SP.
The TWRP features the material design, and attractive user interface (UI), and by following this guide you can install the latest TWRP for Sony Xperia SP. You can download TWRP Recovery from the links provided in the pre-requisite section of this article. Kindly note that this is an unofficial TWRP recovery and is only for Sony Xperia SP (Kindly confirm the model by going to Settings>About). The process given below is merely for rooting and installing TWRP on Sony Xperia SP, do not try out this method on any other device.
If you want to unleash the full potential of the hardware of your Sony Xperia SP, then rooting and flashing custom recovery like TWRP is the main concern. The Stock ROMs have often limited and unsupported features in the sense of Customization. When you have a rooted device and also flashed TWRP recovery, then you are free to install any Custom ROMs, Mods, Kernel, and Xposed, etc., as well as many apps that requires root access to work properly. You can easily root the device with One Click Android Root Tool, with either via PC or through the APK, which is a quick process.
Brief Details and Advantage of TWRP Recovery
TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is an open-source, community development project. By flashing the TWRP, your device will be enabled to install any custom firmware, rooting your smartphone, mod zip files for customizations, Xposed Modules for customized features, one-click root and unroot processes. Apart from that, it allows you to take Full Nandroid Backup and restore it later, one-click image file flashing, remove bloatware, overclock and underclock. Using TWRP, one can easily clean Wipe, Cache, and Data after flashing any image file to reflect the changes and rectify minor errors due to cache.
For installing the TWRP, your Sony Xperia SP phone must have the Unlocked bootloader. That means you have to firstly unlock the bootloader to root your device as well doing any customization.
Disclaimer: The AndroidWeblog.com covers although everything in a very neat and a processed manner so that our readers get exactly what they want, still there are meager chances of basic issues that may arise out of the listed steps here. Hence it is in the sole interest of the user to follow the steps very cautiously so as to stay away from any mishappenings with your device.
Rooting and flashing the Custom ROM firmware, certainly without any doubt voids the warranty of your device and AndroidWeblog.com in no way will be held responsible for warranty void or your bricked device.
Ensure to check your model number, which must be:
- Sony Xperia SP (Models: Sony Xperia SP HSPA C5302, Sony Xperia SP LTE C5303, Sony Xperia SP LTE C5306i) [Codename: huashan]
You must have to ensure that prior to rooting your phone, you have read thoroughly the disclaimer and you agree to proceed further on your risk.
- Phone Should be Charged
Your phone must be 70% charged at least, else, it may lead to complications sometimes while experimenting. Why take the risk, try to charge it fully.
If you are either going to root your phone or install a Custom ROM, it is a good habit to make a back up of your phone. Make a back up of all your media like images, videos and all on your PC and your contacts on Cloud.
- Enable USB Debugging
(Applicable only for PC method, Skip if you will use APK method)
You must enable the USB debugging option by going into Settings, Applications and Developer options.
Downloads For Rooting Sony Xperia SP C5302, C5303, C5306 (huashan)
Download Sony USB Drivers here
Download Universal ADB Drivers here (If your PC have already drivers installed then skip this)
Download platform-tools/ SDK Tools package from Android SDK on PC from here. (Android command line tools> SDK Tools package)
Download TWRP Recovery for Sony Xperia SP from here:
Download SuperSU by Chainfire from here.
Download Magisk Manager from here.
Make sure that you have downloaded the required files (link in the pre-requisite section of this article). Then, proceed to the steps.
Steps to Unlock Bootloader of Sony Xperia SP C5302, C5303, C5306 (huashan)
Note: If you have already unlocked bootloader, then skip these steps. Your Sony device model should be supported before you proceed to unlock bootloader of your device. To confirm if bootloader can be unlocked, you can check through the below steps and get the unlock code.
Step 1: Visit Sony Developers Official Page, then check the list by selecting your device from the drop-down. Signup for a new Sony Xperia Account or Login with existing account, or you can directly login via your Google/ Gmail account.
Step 2: Before proceeding, ensure that your device has an active internet connection. Some actions are model specific, hence, it is mandatory to check whether you can unlock the bootloader of your device as specified above. As usual case, Dual SIM devices always comes with two IMEI numbers, so use IMEI 1 to get unlock code for the bootloader of your device.
Step 3: Launch the phone dialer and dial this code:
Step 4: On the screen, navigate to the Service Info > Configuration > Rooting Status > and then check whether bootloader unlocking is allowed by the system or not. If everything seems ok, then proceed with the steps below
Step 5: Download Google USB Drivers from the prerequisite section above, because android_winusb.inf/ Google USB Driver is required to perform adb debugging with Google devices on Windows PC.
Step 6: Open the phone dialer once again, and dial *#06# and copy Sony Xperia device IMEI number (Ensure to copy SIM 1 IMEI in case your device is dual SIM as stated above).
Step 7: Once again get back to the Sony Developer World Page, select the device model, and then enter your Email ID. The link of the unlock code to unlock the bootloader of your device would be sent shortly to your Email ID. Just click on the link to get your unlock code.
Step 8: First, you need to Connect your Sony Xperia SP device to the computer, in Fastboot Mode. You can reboot your device to fastboot using the command in ADB terminal:
adb reboot bootloader
Alternatively, press and hold Volume Down button and connect the device to the PC using a USB Cable.
Step 9: Now, open the Adb Terminal in PC, and then just enter this command:
Step 10: At this step, the interface should display the connected devices. If incase it doesn’t display the same, just restart the terminal/ command prompt. The disconnect and again connect your Sony Xperia SP device to the PC. If your device is detected then just enter this command
fastboot oem unlock 0x<insert your unlock code>
Ensure to insert the generated key in the command. Then hit enter and wait for some time.
Step 11: At this stage, your device will be reboot automatically. Now, you can Root Sony Xperia SP, as the bootloader of your device is already unlocked.
Steps to Flash/ Install TWRP Recovery 3.5.0 on Sony Xperia SP C5302, C5303, C5306 (huashan)
Step 1: Assuming you have already downloaded the platform-tools from Android SDK (SDK Manager) platform-tools on your PC. The platform-tools contains the required ADB and fastboot binaries.
Step 2: Make sure that the drivers are installed on your computer. Then, skip to the next step.
Note: If Developer Settings and USB Debugging settings are already enabled on your device, as suggested in the Prerequisite section, then simply skip Step 3 and Step 4, and follow Step 5 directly.
Step 3: Now, enable the developer settings on your Sony Xperia SP Device. To achieve the same, just navigate to the Settings -> About and then find the ‘Build Number ‘, and then tap on ‘Build Number’ for 7 times, this will enable the developer settings on your device.
Step 4: If you have USB Debugging already, then skip this step. If you have not, then open the Developer Options and then enable the USB debugging option.
Step 5: Now, open the command prompt in computer/ ADB Terminal, and simply type the command:
adb reboot bootloader
Step 6: Your device should have not entered into fastboot mode. Now copy the TWRP.img file downloaded in prerequisite section, to the same folder where ADB and fastboot binaries are located. Rename the file to ‘twrp.img’ and then enter this command:
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
and then run this command, type:
Step 7 (Important): Some devices might not replace the custom recovery automatically during the first boot. You can search Google for key combinations to enter your device into recovery mode. After running the ‘fastboot reboot’ command, press and hold the proper key combination to enter the device into TWRP Mode. Once the device boots to TWRP mode, the TWRP will automatically patch the stock ROM, to prevent the chances of replacing TWRP with Stock Recovery.
After typing fastboot reboot, hold the key combo and boot to TWRP. Once TWRP is booted, TWRP will patch the stock ROM to prevent the stock ROM from replacing TWRP. If you don’t follow this step, you will have to repeat the install.
Procedure to Root Sony Xperia SP C5302, C5303, C5306 (huashan) / Install Magisk or SuperSU
Make sure that you have downloaded SuperSU or Magisk Manager (link in the pre-requisite section of this article). Then, proceed to the steps.
Caution: You can use either Magisk Manager or Super SU, but only one, so choose wisely. Go for Magisk Manager if you are not sure.
Step 1: Transfer the downloaded SuperSU or Magisk Manager file to the internal storage / SD card of your Sony Xperia SP smartphone.
Step 2: Now, just boot into the recovery. From the TWRP interface, you can optionally backup the Stock ROM. Though, I would recommend to backup the Stock ROM. Because if in case process gets failed, you can flash the Stock ROM.
Step 3: Tap on Install ‘, and then navigate to the file ‘SuperSU.zip’ or ‘magisk.zip’ and swipe to confirm flash (located at the bottom of the screen). The flashing process of Magisk/ SuperSU has been started and will take a few seconds to complete.
Congratulations, now you have rooted Sony Xperia SP and also flashed the TWRP. Now, you can install the Xposed Framework, and customize your smartphone as per your preference. If you wish to verify, you may download and check the Root Status through the Root Checker app.