There are few rooting tools better than the Towelroot application. The Towelroot app is great because it’s easy to use and will root your Sony Xperia Z in a single click. Towelroot is also great since it gives you root access like a Pro and is not known as a root for beginners tool like the CF-Root tool is known. About the only downside with Towelroot is that it requires Android 4.4 KitKat to work, so if you are running a software version later, you must downgrade to Android 4.4 on the Sony Xperia Z smartphone to use the exploit. The other downside is that it doesn’t give you SuperSU automatically, so make sure you head over to the Google Play Store after you finish the guide and install the SuperSU application.
Files You Need
- Visit the Towelroot website from this link during the guide: http://towelroot.com.
- You must be running Android 4.4 KitKat on the Sony Xperia Z o root it using this guide. Furthermore, this guide is made for the Xperia Z with the model number C606 only. You can check your model number any time by heading to the Menu > Settings > About Device > Model Number.
- You are agreeing to void the warranty terms and conditions of the Sony Xperia Z by following this guide. You cannot root, install a custom recovery or unlock the bootloader without voiding the warranty on your device. Those of you who are just rooting can unroot the device later and get the warranty working again.
Rooting the Sony Xperia Z (C606) running Android 4.4 KitKat
- You must have the Unknown Sources option working on your Sony Xperia Z so you can install third-party apps. You can do that by heading to the Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
- Open your web browser application (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or any other browser) on your Xperia device and type the Towelroot URL you can see from the files section above.
- Wait for the homepage to load and tap your finger over the Lambda symbol — that’s the red icon on the page.
- Follow the prompts to download and install the Towelroot app.
- Eventually you will see the “Make it Ra1n” button.
- Next you will see a “you should have root, no reboot required” message. That means you have root access on your device and you can start installing your applications.
- Before you start installing your root-requiring apps, you all should install the SuperSU app. Some rooting tools come with the SuperSU automatically; however, the Towelroot exploit does not. That means you need to install the app from Google Play yourself.
- Search for and install the SuperSU app by Chainfire and agree to update the SU binary if it asks you that on the screen during the installation process.
Finish by installing the root checker application from the Google Play Store. Once you have the root checker app installed on your device, t’s time to start installing all the apps you have been waiting for!