Sony Xperia Z5 TWRP Recovery & Root

This TWRP flash and Root tutorial is only for Sony Xperia Z5 devices running Lollipop or Marshmallow.
Compatible Xperia Z5 models are listed below:

  • E6603
  • E6633
  • E6653
  • E6683

Before you start, please check if your Note 5 is supported by going to Settings/About Phone.

Warning: All the data stored in internal memory won’t be deleted, but for safety reasons it’s still recommended to make a backup to device microSD card or PC before starting the tutorial below.
• Xperia Z5 bootloader must be unlocked. This tutorial shows how to do it.
• Device should have at least 60% charge left on the battery.
• USB Debugging and OEM unlock must be enabled. Go to Settings/About/Software Information/More and keep tapping on Build number until you see that Developer options was enabled. Then go to Settings/Developer Options and check both, USB Debugging and OEM unlock.
• Skip driver installation if you have completed our bootloader unlock tutorial and/or if you have PC Companion installed on PC. If not, then go ahead and install adb drivers. It’s recommended to restart your PC after installation is complete.
  1. Connect Xperia Z5 to PC via USB cable.
  2. Using PC download:
    twrp-3.0.2-0-E6653-20160417.img recovery file.
    z5_stock_32.0.A.4.11_R8B_fixed.7z kernel file and extract it, so you’ll get z5_stock_fixed.img file. file, just do not extract this one.
  3. Place all files in ADB and Fastboot drivers folder.
  4. On PC open cmd window: holding shift key, right click on empty space in ADB and Fastboot drivers folder and choose Open command window here.
  5. On cmd window type fastboot devices then press enter. fastboot devices
  6. You should get a serial number approving that device is properly connected into fastboot mode. If not, try to connect cable to another PC USB port or reinstall the drivers.
  7. Now boot Xperia Z5 into fastboot mode by typing:
    adb reboot bootloader

    If your device asks for permission to Allow USB debugging, tap OK.

  8. When device boots up into fastboot mode, flash kernel using the following command:
    fastboot flash boot z5_stock_fixed.img
  9. Now boot your Xperia Z5 with the recovery.img file using the following command:
    fastboot boot recovery.img

    Phone will boot into TWRP recovery but you may see it on a black screen, it’s ok.

  10. Next, mount system and userdata partitions by typing:
    adb shell mount /dev/block/platform/soc.0/by-name/system /system
    adb shell mount /dev/block/platform/soc.0/by-name/userdata /data

    In case the above commands ends with the following error given below, just wait for couple of minutes and try again.
    mount: mounting /dev/block/platform/soc.0/by-name/system on /system failed: No such file or directory

  11. Once you have the system and userdata partitions mounted,type the following commands to push to Xperia Z5 and install it:
    adb push /data/media/0/
    adb shell twrp install /data/media/0/
    adb shell rm /data/media/0/
  12. After it’s done, reboot device by typing:
    adb reboot
Congratulation! Your Sony Xperia Z5 is now rooted.

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