How to Unlock Bootloader on Sony Xperia XA via KingoRoot

Sony Xperia XA was released in February 2016. Powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 2300 battery, the smartphone runs Android V6.0.1 (Marshmallow) that can be undated to Android v7.0 (Nougat). The Xperia XA packs with 16GB of internal storage space that can be extended to 256 GB. With a small internal storage space, a Xperia XA user wants to make some tweaks to free up the sotrage space.

Users can uninstall the preinstalled apps which are called bloatwares to free up the internal storage space by rooting the Android devcie. The second method to free up the internal storage space is to move your media app to the MicroSD card. Users who often use a camera to take phones or a Pocast would create many media files. However, these apps can't be moved unless you root your phone or make some tweaks. Before rooting, the first thing you must do is to unlock your Sony Xperia XA.

Each Android phone has a bootloader that instructs the operating system kernel to boot normally. The bootloader is usually locked on an Android device because the manufacturers want you to stick their Android OS version specifically designed for the device.

Before Unlocking the Bootloader of Sony Xperia XA

  • Device is powered on.
  • Battery level should be at least 50%
  • USB data cable (the original one is recommended)

How to Unlock the Bootloader on Sony Xperia XA

Step 1: Backup Important Data

The unlocking process will sweep of all the data of Android. So it is important to backup your precious data. Backup everything you want to keep, then continue to the next step.

Step 2: Get an Unlock Key.

  1. Head to your manufacturer's bootloader unlocking page - Sony unlocking page, select your device.
  2. In your device, open the dialler and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service men.
  3. Tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then continue. If not, your device can't be unlock.
  4. Take down the IMEI on the device, then contitue.
  5. Enter a valid email adress to proceed the unlock task. You will receive a email with a unique link. Click the link to proceed.
  6. Enter the IMEI you have taken down. You will get the unlock code on the page.

Step 3: Free Download KingoRoot

KingoRoot is the best and easiest root tool for free. Here KingoRoot is not used for rooting but an alternative to Android SDK and USB driver. The KingoRoot includes the Android SDK and will download the LG USB driver automatically once connected to the PC.

  1. Free download the KingoRoot to the PC.
  2. Install the KingoRoot.
  3. Connect the device to the PC via an USB cable.
  4. Enable USB debugging. If you fail to connect you device to PC, please refer to Device Not Connected.
  5. Find the icon of KingoRoot and launch it. After launching the KingoRoot, the PC will download the USB driver of your device automatically. Always connect the computer.
  6. Find the folder of KingoRoot where you install it, double click to open the folder of "Kingo ROOT". Then open the folder of "tools" under the folder of "Kingo ROOT".
  7. Input the letters "cmd" in the "address bar", and enter.
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  9. The PC will pop-up a Command Prompt window, then run the command: adb devices
  10. If it shows a serial number, your device is recognized and you can continue with the process. Otherwise, ensure you’ve performed the above steps correctly.

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  11. Run the command: adb reboot bootloader in the Command Prompt window. The device will boot into fastboot mode. Always keep the connection.
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Step 4: Unlock your bootloader of your Android device.

Here comes to perform the unlocking process.

  1. Enter fastboot -i 0x0fce oem unlock DBBA2D6C6E6ED340 in DOS command window. “DBBA2D6C6E6ED340” is the bootloader unlock code you received in Step 2.
  2. Reboot your device by running command fastboot reboot or using the "Volume" buttons to reboot.

The device will show a message at boot stating that your bootloader is unlocked. With an unlocked bootloader you will be allowed to root your Android, flash a custom recovery or install a custom ROM.