How to Root Sony Xperia Z1 [Guide] [2 Methods]

Sony Xperia Z1 is the latest flagship smartphone from Sony mobile. This phone has kept the rumour mills hot for a very long time under the name of Honami Z1. Now we can call it only Z1. First lets take a look at its specs. It is powered by a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor based on Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset by Qualcomm. As for today, this is one of the fastest processor available toping all charts in benchmarks and lag is out of the question. It also supports a 2 GB RAM from smooth muti-tasking. Apart from performance, it is most power efficient processor. Sony Xperia Z1 is IP58 certified which means it is dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes. It has a surprisingly amazing Full HD 1080p display with an unbelievable ppi of 441 on a 5″ display. To make watching experience different from other Full HD phones out there, Sony has introduced Triluminous display and X-Reality Engine. This is a serious upgrade from previous Bravia Engine 2. One of the most prominent features of Sony Xperia Z1 is its camera. Sony has introduced its latest Lens called G Lens which is, according to Sony itself, the best lens out there. It has a whooping resolution of 20.7 MP, a LED flash and HDR mode. With 1/2.3” sensor size, it captures more light producing beautiful snaps in low-light. This camera is capable of shooting a HDR Full HD 1080p video. For gaming, it supports latest Adreno 330 GPU for 3D Reality-based graphics. All these feature make us wonder if this phone is going to make it through a day or not. Well you do not need to worry, Sony has juiced it up with a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which is more than enough to power your phone for more than 1 day. It provides 15 Hrs of talk-time on 3G. However, actual timing depends on your usage. We assure you that with Stamina mode enabled, you can easily pass 3 hours without dropping even more than 1% of battery.


Now lets get back to the topic. This post is all about how to root Sony Xperia Z1. Gaining root privileges on your phone cannot be done with any official method. That is why developers develop unofficial methods. These methods are safe enough to be used but once you root your phone, warranty will be voided. You can gain back warrant by unrooting your device. Keep in mind that you must follow all the steps closely.

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Now are you wondering what root actually is?

Well we will try to answer this question as simply as possible. Root means to gain control of Phone’s system files, which are unreachable in a unrooted phone. Well what is its advantage then? With access to system files, you can modify your phone’s UI, apps or appearance in any way you want. You can install Beats Audio drivers, Samsung’s touchwiz or HTC’s Sense. You can also install custom ROMs. Custom ROMs are software developed for a specific smartphone. It is developed by free lancer developers. Custom ROMs are built to obtain certain goals. One of these goals can be to remove bloatware and install Stock Android on your smartphone. Stock Android is free from manufacturer specific apps and as far as i have seen, it much much faster an simple to use. Another very interesting use of root is to use certain root apps. You can download Root apps from play Store. With apps like Titanium Backup you can backup not only just apks of apps but also their data. Titanium backup also backups all your system data so that whenever you do a factory reset ot flash a new ROM, you can easily restore your favorite apps, settings and whole appearance of phone.  There are so many other cool things you can do with a rooted phone. It is upto you to find them out.

Before we proceed to Rooting process, first we need a Backup:

All methods described here are safe and easy to use. If you do them correctly, you will keep your phone safe and all the data it contains. However, bad luck can fall upon anyone at anytime. It is possible that internal memory might be wiped clean during this process because of a human-error. Remember that human-error is always possible. To keep your precious data safe, we will guide you through some easy step to backup all your data before proceeding any further.

If you are already aware of it, you can skip this section and jump to next page for Rooting.

Backup Contacts:

To make a backup of your contacts and call logs, three methods are available. We will explain each of them one-by-one. We will also explain how you can import these contacts to your phone later.

1.Export Contacts to vCard:

This is one of the most reliable and oldest methods available to save your contacts. Follow these steps to backup your contacts:

  • Open “Contacts” app



  • Hit menu button and select “Export Contacts”

contacts export


  • Now select the storage type you want to use (Sd Card is preferrable)

storage type


  • Later you can upload this file to an online storage like Dropbox, Drive or Skydrive for safekeeping
  • Now click on “OK”




  • Your contacts are now in a  backup file

This is how you backup your contacts to a vCard. The advantage of vCard is that you can send it to any other mobile any use it. You can make a new vCard file every week to store new contacts and delete old vCard files.

1.1Import Contacts from vCard:

  • Impoting contacts from a vCard is very simple
  • You just need to hit the menu button in contacts app
  • Select “Import Contacts”



  • Select the file you want to restore


select file


  • Click on “ok”
  • You will also be asked if you want to import them to phone storage (Local Contacts) or to your google account. Google account is preferrable
  • Your contacts will be restored

2.Save contacts with an app:

There are several apps available on Google Play Store which can backup contacts. We recommend MC Backup app.



  • Open MC Backup app

mc backup


  • You can open settings tab and select desired option like saving contact picture etc

mc app settings


  • Hit “backup” button

backup button


  • All contacts will be backed up



  • Now you can save this vcf file in any online storage or e-mail yourself




  • You can downlaod and use this file anytime

3.Sync contacts with Google Account:

This method is most easy and highly recommended. All Android users must use this method.

  • Go to Settings
  • Open your Google account
  • Select “sync contacts”
  • All your contacts will be synced forever
  • You can always import from google account
  • Enable auto-sync for better functionality

google sync

 Backup Messages:

 message backup

  • Open this app



  • Select “Backup Option”



  • Now select the folder where you want to store your messages



  • You can select a custom folder or default folder
  • Be sure to save this file from being deleted by a reset or format by copying it to your computer or uploading it to an online storage
  • If it asks for permission, give it permission to access messages and contacts


  • You can select a custom file name

file name

  • After you tap “Ok”, all you messages will be backed up

backing up

backed up


Restore Messages:

  • To restore messages, open the app
  • Click on “Restore” button
  • Select your backup file

backup file select


  • You can also select the time frame for restoring messages from a specific time



  • Click on “ok”



  • All messages will be restored



  • Reboot your smartphone after restore

Now  that all precious data is safe, we can easily move on to next step, which is “How to root Sony Xperia Z1”. Head over to next page to learn how to root your smartphone.

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