Xperia Arc, Play and Neo rooted without unlocking the bootloader


We’ve already seen a way to root the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Play. However that method required the boot loader to be unlocked, which you can do through Sony Ericsson’s boot loader unlocking page. For most who want to root their phone, this isn’t too much of a problem, however some users have stated that they wanted a root method, without having to unlock the boot loader. Fortunately a way has now been found.

The root works on the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play but, is based on the Android 2.3 root method. To do so, you will need to download an APK file, which you can get from here. Then just put it on your SD card and install on the phone. Some users are reporting that they are receiving a “could not extract assets” error message. If you get this you will need to execute adb shell rmdir /data/local/tmp and then adb shell mkdir /data/local/tmp which should solve the problem.

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  • Greyscale

    The problem with unlocking the bootloader on the website is that it can only be done on network unlocked devices (which I imagine not that many people have?)
    Can you use this method on locked devices?

    • http://se-xperia.com admin

      Yeah, this method can be used on locked devices.

  • scruffy

    This will NOT work if you have updated your phone to 2.3.3 it fixes the exploit :( I found out the hard way

  • Anonymous

    damn, wish I read that comment scruffy before I did it… Im stuck in loop at the moment on the SE screen… i.e. Im guessing I have no OS

  • Anonymous

    damn, wish I read that comment scruffy before I did it… Im stuck in loop at the moment on the SE screen… i.e. Im guessing I have no OS

  • Anonymous

    damn, wish I read that comment scruffy before I did it… Im stuck in loop at the moment on the SE screen… i.e. Im guessing I have no OS