Bootloader unlock process for the Xperias just got easier

Jane McEntegart

July 16, 2014 9:04am

Smartphone manufacturers generally believe that the custom UI they slap on top of their phones’ Android install is perfect. It’s the best possible experience you could have on a phone and you would never, ever want to change it, right? Well, not quite. Many companies  recognise that devs and enthusiasts like to tweak the software, root their devices and flash custom ROMs. Though unlocking the boot loader actually voids the warranty in a lot of cases, a lot of manufacturers are happy to tell you how to do it, and Sony today announced that it would be  making its Unlock Boot Loader service even easier to use.
The company’s Unlock Boot Loader page has been redesigned and now includes a simple 3-step process for unlocking the boot loader. All you need to do is select your device and provide your email and IMEI number. Then Sony will provide you with an unlock code for your device.

In addition to revising the instructions, Sony has improved the process for checking whether or not your device is supported (you no longer have to go through the entire list to find your phone). There’s now also an FAQ to help those having issues unlocking their device.

While Sony is all for helping you unlock your device, the company does still advise against it unless you know what you’re doing. In fact, the company goes as far as to say “normal consumers” don’t need to unlock their devices at all.

“The original Sony software installed on your device is rigorously tested for great functionality,” Sony said on it developer blog this morning. “If you do decide to unlock the boot loader, you should be aware that unlocking the boot loader may void your warranty of the device. Certain functions or features might cease to work, and you might even cause damage to your device.”

Proceed with caution.

  • Merags

    For the Z2 from Bell:

    “In your device, open the dialler and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu.
    Tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then you can continue with the next step. If it says No, or if the status is missing, your device cannot be unlocked”

    It says No….

    • Unorthodox

      This sucks. I’m planning to get a Z3 when it’s out, and ability to unlock BL will be one of the deciding factors.

    • Bri Bru

      What does it mean? It means that you can’t unlock bootloader?

    • Merags

      You can still unlock it, just not through this Sony-approved process. And it will void the warranty either way.

    • marorun1982

      Providers can choose to block the ability to unlock bootloader on Sony device.. Sorry for you my Z1 from Telus Say yes..

    • guysmiles

      Funny, my Z1 from Telus says no . . .

    • marorun1982

      It’s not impossible that’s the one retail from Telus say no I admit mine is a demo device for Telus rep (currently working for Telus..)

    • MikeOxlong

      Moral of the story, don’t buy your phone from Bell.

    • lemonnnnz

      I’m learning that the hard way currently. Oh what joy.

  • Mike L

    It’s not so much wanting to get rid of the manufacturers Android UI, It’s more, I want to get rid of the carriers bloatware afterwards.

    • marorun1982

      Well Bell dont want you to remove them so when they have the choice they tell the OEM no and thats what they did with Xperia devices..

  • Bri Bru

    I hate when they things like “it MAY void your warranty …”
    So will it void the warranty or no? I need a straight answer.

  • ineptone

    Instead of all the inevitable hassle that would come with this, you could just root with Towelroot and then unlock the bootloader with BootUnlocker – which also happens to let you toggle the “tampered” state and bootloader “lock/unlock”. It takes all of 30 seconds from download to completion for the whole process. Then it’s just a matter of installing BusyBox and SuperSU and the possibilities are endless.

  • KiwiBri

    so, anyone got a link to a good page to explain about bootloader, rooting etc in general?

    • Richard Wangly

      In terms of Android, root simply gives you (or your apps) the authority to read/write/run anything while the phone is running. The exception to this is the system folder, which may have read-only enabled – meaning any changes you make would be reversed when you reboot. This setting sometimes doesn’t get hacked, so you would need to disable it from the command line – but you can only do it with an unlocked bootloader. Finally, an unlocked bootloader will also allow you to completely remake the system or install a different one, which is necessary for versions with modified kernels such as CyanogenMod. For more just google bootloader vs root.

  • ScooterinAB

    This is exciting news. So when Sony pushes out shitty software that they didn’t QC that ends up breaking my phone and causes the CPU to heat up and BURN ME, I now have an easier way to unlock the bootloader and flash it with functioning software. I’ll be seeing you real soon, Unlock Boot Loader website.