This article is for all the users of Sony Xperia Z. And the great news is that by the time you do exactly what the instructions say below in this tutorial, your Sony Xperia Z will have all the features of Sony Xperia Z5. Yes! You read that right.
This XOSP Rom is the latest unofficial update which is an open source project. The latest ROM converts your Xperia Z into Xperia Z5. It comes with all the apps, camera and other features of Sony Xperia Z5. The ROM is almost the latest version of Sony Xperia Z, which was released good few years ago. it makes the Xperia Z a lot more faster and smoother, and gives it the latest look with all its new Xperia Z5 wallpapers and themes. It also comes with one of the finest OEM Android UI, which is a pretty cool feature to have in an older smartphone.
Let’s get you started with installing the latest Android 7.1.2 XOSP Nougat Custom Firmware on you Sony Xperia Z. There are few pre-requisites you will need to keep in mind before you start the installation.
- 1- First off all you will have to fully backup you deceive.
- 2- Download Sony Xperia Z USB drivers.
- 3- Enable USB Debugging mode to help connecting your tablet to your computer.
- 4- Make sure you battery is charged up to at least 85-90 percent.
- 5- Your tablet should have ClockwrokMod recovery installed.
How to Update Xperia Z to Android 7.1.2 XOSP Nougat Custom Firmware:
Step 1- Download both files mentioned in essential downloads on to your personal computer.
Step 2- Connect your Sony Z with your personal computer using a USB cable.
Step 3- Copy the files you downloaded in step 1 on to your device’s SD card root. Remember not to save it in any folder of your device. It has to be saved in the SD card of your device.
Step 4- Disconnect the USB cable from your personal computer and turn your device off.
Step 5- Turn your Sony Z device on, pressing the power & volume up and down keys altogether. This will enable the device’s Bootloader mode. Click the bootloader option.
Step 6- Once you in Bootloader mode, look for recovery option and click on it. This click will take you in ClockworkMod recovery.
Step 7- Tap “wipe data/factory reset” from the options showing on your Sony Z screen by clicking the power button.
Step 8- Next Tap on “wipe cache partition”.
Step 9- You might as well do a dalvik wipe cache by tapping on Advance Menu and then selecting “Wipe Dalvik Cache” to save yourself from tiny errors or bootloops.
Step 10- Head back into recovery mode and select option “install zip from SD card” by tapping on it, use your volume keys to navigate the file to the downloaded zip file of Android 7.1.2 ROM zip file you copied on your device’s SD card and start the installation process by selecting it.
Step 11- Repeat the same step to install the GAPPS.
Step 12- Head back to “+++++Go Back+++++” option, tap on it and then select “reboot system now” option by tapping on it to reboot your Sony Z device.
It may take few minutes to reboot and when your phone turns back on your will have the Android 7.1.2 XOSP Nougat Custom Firmware installed on your Sony Xperia Z.
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