How to install custom recovery in Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Xperia z1 compact custom recovery

Usually it takes quite some time for developers to release a custom recovery for newly released devices, however sometimes there are surprising circumstances and some devices get a working and stable custom recovery within weeks of their launch. Such is the case with the newly released Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. The devices was unveiled at this year’s CES (almost a week ago) but thanks to the hard work of XDA Developer’s Recognized developer Doomlord, the device a fully functional custom recovery. So if you do plan to get the Xperia Z1 Compact sometime in the future and want a custom recovery for your device, just follow the simple guide given below.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages that might be done to your device either during or after the process, so proceed at your own risk.

Prerequisites: You will require an unlocked bootloader (go here) along with the stock 4.3 ROM. You will also require Android SDK (namely fastboot and adb) installed on your computer as well. Oh and before you ask, no unlocking the bootloader of the Xperia Z1 Compact won’t mess with its camera.


  • Download the kernel image from here
  • Save the boot.img to the folder containing fastboot binary and open a CMD or terminal window in that folder
  • Boot into your phone’s fastboot mode by restarting the phone while pressing the fastboot buttons
  • Type “fastboot flash boot boot.img” to flash the kernel image you downloaded in the first step to your phone.
  • Reboot from fastboot by using the command “fastboot reboot
  • That’s about it, you now have a custom recovery with which you will be able to do just about anything you want with your newly acquired Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
  • Oh and to access the custom recovery just restart your phone by pressing and holding the vol. up key.

Happy flashing people.

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