Installing a custom ROM on Xperia 2011 devices

Here is a guide on how to flash any custom ROM to your Xperia Play with a unlocked bootloader.

Pre-Requisites

  • Download Any Custom Rom For Your Device From XDA.
  • Download Any Custom Kernel For Your Device.
  • Have a device with a unlocked bootloader.
  • Download this fastboot package.

We will refer to the downloaded custom kernel as CKernel and the Custom Rom as CRom.

Flashing the custom kernel and preparing the ROM

  • Copy the CKernel.zip file to your sd card
  • Extract the Fastboot package to a folder and copy the CKernel.img file to the same location.
  • Shift + Right Click the folder and press "Open Command Window Here".
  • Reboot your phone in to fastboot (Press search and connect USB cable , may be different for some 2011 devices).
  • Blue LED should be switched on. This means your in fastboot. Now you need to type.
fastboot flash boot FXP126.img
  • After a few seconds it should be done and say "Completed" or something similiar.

Installing the ROM

  1. Reboot your phone in to recovery (Keep Tapping Vol Down or Back or Another key when device is booting).
  2. Format the phone "Factory Reset".
  3. Next press "Install Any Zip From SD Card".
  4. Select the CRom.zip file that we copied over earlier and press yes/accept/apply.
  5. After a few minutes it should be done and say "Installed or Applied or Success".
  6. Now reboot your phone and wait patiently.
  7. If everything is done correctly then you should now be running your CRom e.g. AOKP, CM, MIUI, Etc.

Installing Google Apps (may not be needed depending on the ROM)

  1. Download the latest google apps that corresponds with your android version from goo.im/gapps.
  2. Copy the download zip to your SD Card.
  3. Reboot your phone in to recovery (Press the button you pressed earlier while phone is at the logo again).
  4. Next press "Install Any Zip From SD Card".
  5. Select the GoogleApps*.zip or GApps.*.zip file and press yes.
  6. After a few minutes it should be done and say "Installed or Applied or Success".
  7. Now reboot your phone and wait patiently.

You now should be running your custom kernel, custom rom and have the latest gapps installed.

 

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