How to Root Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/D5803 on 23.1.A.1.28 Firmware and Install CWM Recovery

Couple of days back, we covered guide to update Xperia Z3 Compact to recently released Android 5.0.2 Firmware 23.1.A.1.28 and if you have updated your phone to that and now want root access, then I am pleased to announce that it has been achieved.

All those users who have their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5833 or D5803 variant can now root their phones which are recently upgraded to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.1.28 firmware with CWM recovery installed using the tutorial I am going to share with you here.

Root Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/D5803 on 23.1.A.1.28 Firmware

Please note that rooting your Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/D5803 will void its warranty, however, you can easily regain the warranty status by restoring it back to factory settings.

Steps to Root Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/5803 on 23.1.A.1.28 Firmware and Install CWM Recovery


  • First of all ensure that you have Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/5803 Drivers installed on your computer.
  • Your Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/5803 should be unlocked.
  • Make sure the Xperia Z3 Compact battery is at least 80% charged.
  • You need to have Flashtool installed on your computer. If not, follow –> Install Sony Flashtool in Windows

Step by Step Tutorial

Step 1: Once you are done with downgrading your Xperia Z3 Compact D5833/5803 to KitKat and have rooted it then download 23.1.A.1.28 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.1.28 Firmware and click on “Create” button.

Step 4: Now it will start creating a pre-rooted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.1.28 Firmware for your Xperia Z3 Compact. 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.1.28 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.

Step 11: Once your phone is detected, flashtool will start installing the firmware on your phone. At completion, your Xperia Z3 Compact will reboot automatically.

Thanks, now you should have Xperia Z3 Compact D5833 or D5803 variant rooted running on latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware 23.1.A.1.28.