How to overclock Sony Xperia Z for improved speed and performances

July 30, 20130 Comments

Sony Xperia Z is one of the most premier Android device with impressive specs Sony has launched last year. Despite having impressive specs and features, there is always there room for improvements. The device first comes with carrier restrictions along with factory settings that will slow down your phone. Moreover because of the same restrictions and in-build programs the battery life will be kind of short. But if you want to use your device to full potential, then you should learn how to overclock your Xperia Z.

This guide will help you to improve the speeds, upgrade the battery and power up the performance. We will primarily remove the un-useful built in programs and apps that come pre-installed on your device. Then install a kernel and overclock your Sony Xperia Z device and updating your phone with a custom ROM that will bring powerful capabilities with it.

By overclocking your Android device you will increase the maximum frequency that is supported by the CPU. For overclocking your Xperia Z a custom kernel is required and many other things which you should know before you begin the process. Below is a list of pre-requisites that you will require for overclocking your Xperia device.

  • You need to root your Xperia Z in order to install a custom ROM. This would mean that your warranty will get void. But however you can always get back your warranty if you install the factory version of Android that came with the device.
  • We shall be using CWM for custom recovery. So make sure you install CWM as we will be using this to flash the Renovate Custom ROM.
  • Backup all the data as you will be asked to wipe all of your personal saves, data and accounts will be erased. Also make sure you make a Nandroid backup for saving/restoring the current installation .
  • Also make sure you have enough battery charge for the process to complete without any interruptions. Maintain about 60-70% of your battery.
  • Enable the USB debugging option on your device by going to “Settings -> More -> Development Options -> USB debugging”.
  • Keep in mind that this guide is for advanced Android users for particularly Xperia Z and we should not be blamed for any loss of data or in case you brick your device while trying to update it.

How to install a custom Kernel on Sony Xperia Z

  1. First download the required Kernel file from here and save it to your pc.
  2. Now connect your device to your pc using usb and tranfer the file just downloaded to your phone’s sdcard. Disconnect the phone once done.
  3. Now reboot the device in recovery mode.
  4. From the recovery mode menu, select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  5. Return to recovery menu and select “+++go back+++”.
  6. Now choose “install zip from SD card” ,then “choose zip from SD card”. Then pick the update file and start the flashing process.
  7. Wait for the installation process to finish. Once done, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

Now you have a custom Kernel running on your Xperia device. Now we shall see how to overclock your android device for improved speed and performance.

How to overclock Sony Xperia Z for improved speed and performances

  1. Connect your phone to the internet and go to Google Play store and search for “No-frills CPU Control”.
  2. Download and install the app on your device. Launch the app.
  3. Now use the dropdown menu and increase the frequency by about 10-20% only and don’t increase it too high as you will have problems with the battery life.
  4. Once you set the new frequency, check “set on boot” and close the app.
  5. There you go!!! You now have your Xperia Z overclocked that can perform better and faster. You can indeed use the same tool for downclocking your Xperia Z for upgrading the battery life too by compromising on speed a bit.

Congratulations for having your Xperia Z device overclocked. Also for customizing the looks you should also update your phone with a custom ROM firmware. You can always refer to other guides on to learn more about it. Have fun!!

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