[How to] Root Xperia Z2 D6503 on Android 5.0.2 Firmware 23.1.A.0.740

Are you one of those who have recently received Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.740 firmware via OTA from Sony? If not, have you updated your phone manually to this firmware? If you have Yes answer to any of above questions then I got what you are looking for now.

Root Xperia Z2 D6503 on Android 5.0.2 Firmware 23.1.A.0.740

Updating your Xperia Z2 D6503 to 23.1.A.0.740 Firmware wipe the root access and you have to root it from all over again. Don’t worry, its not that hard process rather it involves the same simple steps which we will go through in this tutorial.

Let me explain it first in simple words: First you have to downgrade your Xperia Z2 to KitKat firmware and then you will need to root it. Here will discuss the steps after that which involves pre-rooting the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.740 firmware and then flashing it on Xperia Z2 D6503 using custom recovery. Shall we proceed? Alright, lets move.

Pre-Requirements

  • First of all ensure that you have Xperia Z2 Drivers installed on your computer.
  • Your Xperia Z2 should be unlocked.
  • Make sure the Xperia Z2 battery is at least 80% charged.
  • You need to have Flashtool installed on your computer. If not, follow –> Install Sony Flashtool in Windows

Disclaimer

Please read each and every step carefully to root on your Xperia Z2 D6503 on 23.1.A.0.740. AndroidsDNA.com cannot be held responsible if you damage your phone because it will be entirely your fault.

Steps to Root Xperia Z2 D6503 on Android 5.0.2 Firmware 23.1.A.0.740

Step 1: Once you are done with downgrading your Xperia Z2 to KitKat and have rooted it then download 23.1.A.0.740 Firmware [Only download and don’t install it yet].

Step 2: Download these files:

Step 3: Run PRFC and add the above 3 files along with 23.1.A.0.740 Firmware and click on “Create” button.

Step 4: Now it will start creating a pre-rooted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.740 Firmware for your Xperia Z2 D6503. Once it is done, transfer the zip to your phone SD card.

Step 5: Turn Off your phone and then root it to recovery mode by pressing Volume up button repeatedly.

Step 6: In recovery, install the pre-rooted firmware you have transferred earlier to your phone. Once done, reboot your phone.

Step 7: Move the 23.1.A.0.740 Firmware .ftf to flashtool/firmwares folder.

Step 8: Next click on lightening icon at top left of Window. Select flashmode and choose the firmware .ftf you just moved to firmwares folder.

Step 9: In new window at right side, exclude options, exclude system only while flashing and leave other options to default.

Step 10: Click Start and once flashtool prepares the firmware, you will be asked to connect your phone to PC (With instructions like turn Off phone and connect in recovery mode)

Step 11: Once your phone is detected, flashtool will start installing the firmware on your phone. At completion, your Xperia Z2 D6503 will reboot automatically.

Good news! You have successfully rooted your Xperia Z2 D6503 on Android 5.0.2 Firmware 23.1.A.0.740 with dual custom recovery. Now that should be real fun to play with!