Input your search keywords and press Enter.

Root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Install CWM Recovery [How to]

Sony announced the Xperia Z1 Compact during the Consumer Electronics Show which has concluded earlier this month. The compact version of Xperia Z1 is powered with 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device also features 16GB internal memory which is expandable up to 64GB, 4.3-inch display with 720×1280 resolution, 20.7 MP rear camera and 2MP secondary camera. The Compact version is waterproof and dust resistant just like other Sony Xperia “Z” models.


The device is already up for pre-order in many regions and expected to be available by the end of January. But prior to the market launch, the method to root and install CWM recovery is already out, thanks to XDA developer DooMLoRD. This rooting method is based on the SuperSU root package by Chainfire.

This rooting method is only for the Xperia Z1 Compact model number D5503 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Do not try it on any other models of Sony as you may brick the device. To confirm the device model number go to Settings -> About device. Your warranty will be void if you root your device. So if you decided to root your device, follow the below step-by-step procedure to do the same. We advice you to read the full article before starting the process and ask questions if you have any doubts. Let’s begin.

Also Read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device


  • Take a full backup of important data to face the worse situations, though it’s unlikely if you follow the steps properly.
  • Make sure your phone battery is charged sufficiently, minimum 70% to 80%.
  • Install USB drivers of the device on your computer.
  • The phone’s bootloader must be unlocked.

Install the ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery on Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Step 1: Download the Kernel File and Fastboot files on your system.
Step 2: Extract the Fastboot files to a dedicated folder, you will have the following files; adb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll, AdbWinUsbApi.dll and fastboot.exe.
Step 3: Copy the Kernel file to the folder where Fastboot files are extracted and rename the file to boot.img.
Step 4: Now switch off your device and boot it to fastboot mode. To do this press and hold the Volume Up key and connect the device to the computer using the USB cable. The upper side LED will turn blue now.
Step 5: Now on your system, navigate to the folder where you have copied the downloaded files. Hold the Shift key and do the Right click somewhere in the white screen, then select the option ‘Open command window here’ from the menu.
Step 6: Okay it’s time to flash the boot.img file to your phone. Type the below command in your command prompt screen.

fastboot flash boot boot.img

Step 7: That’s it! Your phone is successfully equipped with the CWM recovery now. Enter the below command to reboot the phone.

fastboot reboot

How to Root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Step 8: Download the SuperSU file and copy it to phone’s root folder.
Step 9: Switch off your device and then boot it to Recovery mode. To boot your phone in Recovery mode, switch it on and when you see Phone’s LED notification, press Volume up or Volume down key couple of times and the phone will boot in the Recovery mode.
Step 10: It’s recommended to take a Stock ROM backup through the Recovery as if something goes wrong you can easily restore your phone to the current state. To do this, go to backup and restore -> backup.
Step 11: It’s time to root Sony Xperia Z1 Compact! From the CWM Recovery home screen, go to the install zip -> choose zip from sd card -> and then select the SuperSU file you have downloaded.
Step 12: Go back to CWM main screen and reboot the device. That’s it, now you have got the root access of your Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.


Enjoy the freedom and install these outstanding apps which requires root access to install. If you face any problem ask us in the comments section.

Jose Tinto is a Professional Blogger, WordPress Enthusiast and Founder of AndroMint. Add +Jose Tinto on Google+ for more Updates.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *