How To – Root the Sony Xperia Tipo ST21i

Sony_Xperia_Tipo_11.jpgd120dc74-f5ae-46b6-9f00-3bb664ccd455LargeThe Xperia Tipo is an entry level Android smartphone released by Sony in 2012. The device was released globally in August 2012, and a dual-SIM capable version called the Xperia Tipo Dual, was also released in select markets. The Tipo was intended as a device which delivered the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience to users on a tight budget. It was an appropriate device to users who didn’t want to spend too much, and whose mobile needs were relatively modest. Its small size was ideal for users with small hands, and the inclusion of Android 4.0 ICS was a good touch at that time, when most other budget Android devices came running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Specs wise, the Xperia Tipo sports a  3.2″ HVGA (320 x 480) display, a modest 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2.5GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card slot should you feel the need to add more memory for your media, a 3.15 MP camera and Android 4.0.4 ICS out of the box.

If you own one of these, and are looking for an easy, quick method to root it, look no further. Rooting the Xperia Tipo is quite simple, if you have the right tool/s at hand. As always, we strive to get you the best, safest and simplest root methods for Android devices, and have put together this step by step guide which will help you gain superuser access on the Tipo within minutes. This guide is based on Recognized XDA Developer Bin4ry’s Universal Root Tool, which is known to be compatible with several Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. The tool uses an exploit which takes advantage of a specific element in the ICS/JB OS to gain root access. It is simple and quick, and most importantly, works without a hitch and does not involve tinkering with complex ADB commands and the ilk.

How To Root the Sony Xperia Tipo

  1. Download and install the Sony USB drivers to your PC
  2. Download the Bin4ry root package and extract the zip file to get a folder named Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_vxx
  3. On your phone, go to Menu > Settings > Developer Options and Enable USB Debugging
  4. Connect the phone to the PC, and let Windows configure the drivers automatically
  5. Now open the Bin4ry Root folder you got in Step 2, and double-click the RunMe.bat file in the folder to launch the tool
  6. You will now see a DOS window open up.
  7. In the DOS Window Type 1 for Normal Mode and press Enter to intitate the rooting process
  8. After a couple of minutes, the tool will prompt you to tap Restore My Data on your device screen. Tap it without entering any password
  9. Just follow the onscreen instructions from here onwards to finish rooting your device.
  10. Once your device has rebooted, look for the Superuser app in you app drawer, launch it, and update the binaries if required.

Congratulations on your rooted Xperia Tipo. You can now install root-only applications like Titanium Backup and Root Explorer.

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Madhav is passionate about all things Android and his current gadgets include a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7, both rooted and chugging along happily on Android 4.2.2
  • D.Gar

    Didn’t work >=(

    • Waleed Khalid

      What seems to be the problem mate?

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