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Rooting the Sony Xperia Go on Linux

This is for Gingerbread. My phone is still on stock software, fresh out of the box.

  •  Get Bootloader unlock code as per
  •  Download „SDK Tools“ from
  •  Extract SDK Tool, run tools/android to start the SDK Manager
  •  Install „Android SDK Platform Tools“ in SDK Manager
  •  You now have platform-tools/fastboot – I had a very old version I downloaded from HTC and it did not support the -i option
  • Shut down phone, unplug phone from computer, hold Volume+ button, plug phone back in. LED should be violet.
  • Run platform-tools/fastboot -i 0x0fce getvar version to verify the whole thing is working
  • platform-tools/fastboot -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xYOURKEY

laga@moar:~/download/android-sdk-linux$ sudo platform-tools/fastboot -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0x7B6F8ECE8CFF162E

(bootloader) Unlock phone requested
OKAY [  0.089s]
finished. total time: 0.089s

You might need to obtain root privileges to be able to talk to the device node. Or fiddle with chown in /dev/bus/usb/ – YMMV.

Your bootloader is now unlocked. Congrats. Your user datas has been wiped as well.

Now on to the rooting part:

* Go to

  • Download and unzip
  • Make sure your phone is running the right firmware version!
  • Bring phone back to fastboot mode (violet LED) by shutting down, holding VOL+ and plugging in USB
  • platform-tools/fastboot -i 0x0fce flash boot kernel.sin
  • Download root_tools.rar and unrar
  • Unplug phone from USB, replug and start it
  • If necessary, enable debug mode on the phone
  • Execute shell commands listed on XDA page

You will probably notice that there is a v6 version of the download. That one did not have the kernel.sin file, so I used the v5 file.


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