Flashtool is an easy to use tool for all Sony Xperia devices. Sony officially supports upgrading Sony Xperia devices through Sony computers (Sony computers), along with Sony Update Service on windows and Sony Bridge on Mac. Normally, you won’t need any information since their primary function is to help you install any new Sony software upgrade, usually via OTA directly to your device. You cannot roll back to a previous firmware version or anything that cannot be done through other methods.
However, with the fact that not everyone likes to use Sony computers while using Sony Xperia phones, that is Sony’s shortcoming. But Androxyde has developed its own tool. With this tool, those who have never used it at first will be surprised because the operation is not familiar, but then they will get used to it and in this article we guide you to set it up.
- Gives you the option to install the previous version of Android.
- Supports devices with both locked or unlocked bootloaders.
- Allows you to update your phone as soon as Sony releases the latest version, without having to wait for your carrier to release their own bloated version.
- You can install a kernel or a baseband other than the standard one that came with your phone software.
It is Androxyde updated and maintained to support any new devices introduced by Sony. You can find the latest version (currently 0.9.23.2) at the official website.
Setting up Flashtool
- Download the latest version from this and double click the Exe file to start the installation like you would install any other software. If you do not change the name, the file should be named flashtool-xxxxx-windows.exe
- Once installed, go to the installation directory. If unchanged, usually C:/flashtool/
- Open the folder named firmwares and select the file named X10_V1_BLRelock.ftf
- Move this file to
- Go back to the installation directory and launch flashtool, or you can do that from the menu Start .
- You will notice there are two versions. If your system is 64-bit, run Flashtool64, the rest is to choose Flashtool for Win32bit.
- It will then sync the device list from Github. This happens every time you run it.
Flashtool driver installation
Next, you will need to install the driver for your device. 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and 8 include a “driver signature enforcement” feature. This prevents the system from automatically loading drivers that are not endorsed by Microsoft. We will need to temporarily disable this feature. For windows 7 users, you can skip this step.
- Click Start and then click the button Shutdown. Press and hold the shift key while clicking Restart.
- Once you have done this, instead of a complete reboot, a green boot options menu will show up. Click Troubleshoot.
- Choose Advanced options –> Startup Settings.
- Click Restart. When the computer restarts, the Startup Settings menu displays.
- Choose Disable driver signature enforcement by pressing 7 or F7 on your keyboard.
- Your computer will boot into “driver signature enforcement disabled” and you will be able to install the Flashtool driver. The next time you restart your PC, driver signature enforcement will be re-enabled.
- Go back to the installation folder and go to the folder with the drivers.
- Double click submit Flashtool-drivers.exe and click next.
- Select your device from the list of devices and click install.
- Follow the on-screen prompts and say yes to everything.
You are now ready to use Flashtool with your Sony Xperia device.