Learn How to Use Flashtool from Sony Xperia

July 31, 20120 Comments

Rooting a device isn’t all about ADB commands and running scripts from your computer. Sometimes, people have access to software that does a lot of the work for you. Such examples include Samsung’s Odin—and it’s Linux compatible sibling Heimdall—along with RSD Lite for Motorola phones. These programs allow people to flash firmwares, kernels, and all sorts of other software that can help fix a broken device or help root the device. Sony Xperia users have a tool like this called Flashtool.

SEE ALSO: Learn how to install Linux on SonyXperia

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Learn How to use Flashtool

Flashtool is one of the most versatile tools available for Sony Xperia devices. While it isn’t an official software application like Odin or RSD Lite, it certainly allows people to perform many of the same functions. Before knowing how to use Flashtool, the most current list of supported features include:

  • Check if Flashtool recognized the device and if you have the correct drivers installed.
  • Flashes official Sony firmware.
  • Rooting many Xperia devices.
  • Installs custom recovery: Either xRecovery or Clockwork Mod.
  • Unlocks the bootloader for select devices.
  • Uninstalls system applications (which can be essential for removing bloatware).
  • Installing applications.
  • Editing text-based phone files such as the build.prop (developers only).
  • Firmware rebranding (developers and advanced users only)(Only for the Sony Xperia X10)

Due to the complicated nature of the guide, we thought it best to let the developers explain the solutions. There is a written tutorial, complete with screen shots, for each feature available with Flashtool. Each feature is explained in-depth so people using it can know exactly what they’re getting themselves into. While it may seem overwhelming at first, learning how to use  Flashtool can make a lot of post-root experiences a lot easier, especially flashing stock firmwares to return to stock and installing custom recoveries. Flashtool is also a little bit old school, but the fact that it’s still being used today shows how stable it is.

For the guide’s table of contents, which links to each individual guide, check out the source link.

Source: Flashtool Guides

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