Sony releases video to show you how to unlock the bootloader on Xperia handsets

Sony releases video to show you how to unlock the bootloader on Xperia handsets
Unlocking the bootloader on your Android phone opens up a new world of customization. With the bootloader unlocked, you can root your phone and flash custom ROMs on your device. While some manufacturers lock down the bootloader and won't give you the option to unlock it, others will ship their handsets with an unlockable bootloader that gives you the opportunity to open up your phone.

Among the manufacturers that will allow you to unlock the bootloader on your Android phone is Sony. Back when the company was known as Sony Ericsson, this would have seemed unfathomable. Now, Sony is actually posting a video on YouTube, showing Xperia owners how they can unlock their device.

In the video, the Sony Xperia Z2 is being used as an example. A Windows computer is also employed. As you can see, it basically is a matter of following the steps that are fairly easy to understand. Keep in mind that even though Sony seems to condone unlocking the bootloader by posting this video, if you go ahead and do it to your phone, you will lose the warranty on the device. Even worse, if you don't know what you are doing, you could brick your phone.

source: SonyXperiaDev via XDA



1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Unlocking the bootloader will also destroy the DRM keys, which means your pictures won't look as good and your video/audio media won't look or sound as good. DRM keys can't be restored either.

3. trung_ero

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah! That sucks!!

6. kamyd

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

That's not true You can backup from your DRM keys and restore it when you want lock bootloader again Its instructions are on the web you can search for it

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Wrong. Do not spread misinformation.

7. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Exactly! That's why i had to unfortunately stay away from Xperia phones... Even though i don't regret my M8 at all but being a custom-ROM addict, i can't risk losing DRM keys... I hope XDA devs find a way to backup and fully restore the DRM keys after flashing custom ROMs.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hopefully this is a sign that the Z4 will not use DRM keys to safeguard camera and sound functionality. Sony knows it isn't good business to punish developers and power users who love their phones.

4. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

This is a great video for novice xperia users who want to unlock the bootloader. Good job Sony.

9. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

sony threatened user if they root their z3 and z2 they will lose camera quality !!! what a great company . alos root will lose DRM keys and they will know u root your phone ,, sure you don't know anything about sony policy to say such a thing

5. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Sony is not really good.. LG, Samsung are easy to do anything.. and they can change fonts easily without rooting... but Sony.. Boooooooo

8. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

sony is not really good flash counter will be triggered and as xda member said it will not turn off !!! they put a trap to sell more phone

10. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Thats why I bought a Nexus device. You can easily change ROM-s on it if you want. I had xperia P before, sold it bought a Nexus 4 at the time and never looked back.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I had no idea about DRM an Sony, wow dirty.

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