Manually Flash Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Official Firmware on Sony Xperia E

It seems that the Xperia E has started well enough to replace it’s lower sibling quite easily from the shelves as apart from the bump in screen size and processor speed, It seems to have caught the eyes at the forums. The Xperia E as well as it’s dual SIM counterpart has been rooted and apart from all the goodies that the root and unlocked Bootloader bags in for you, it also snatches off the option to get official support from the OEM. In such cases, the user should get depressed about the update not being available to him as he hasn’t committed any sorts of crime. The workaround is flashing the firmware ftf file using the Flashtool. Wanna be aboard? Hop in!

Pre-Installation Tasks:

  1. Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
  2. Back up all contacts to SD card.
  3. Backup SMS on Android.
  4. Backup call log on Android.
  5. Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
  6. Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
  7. Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.

Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.

Steps to Update Sony Xperia E to Official Jelly Bean Firmware

  1. I assume you have downloaded FlashTool from our device drivers page. Open the FlashTool folder (it might be in C:FlashTool) and find the drivers folder. Right click on it and select “Run as administrator” and install the drivers for your phone. Make sure you check the flashmode and fastboot drivers at the end of the list.
    FlashTool Drivers
  2. Download the required Official Android 4.1.2 firmware for Xperia E ftf file package. Extract all and place the ftf file in the firmwares folder found inside the FlashT0ol folder.
  3. Run FlashTool.exe file. FlashTool opens and it must say “Device disconnected” at the end.
  4. Turn off your phone and boot it into flash mode. To do this, press and hold the volume down button and inset the USB cable that is already connected to the PC running FlashTool. You must see a green LED light up on your phone.
  5. FlashTool now says “Device connected in Flashmode”.
  6. Click on the thunder icon at the top left in FlashTool, select Flash mode and then select the ftf file you placed in firmwares folder.
  7. Click on OK button and the ftf file will be flashed to your phone.
  8. Once the process is finished, FlashTool says “Finished!” at the end.
  9. Disconnect your device from PC and reboot it.

Once your phone is done with the reboot, you have successfully flashed the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware onto your device, Manually. Please make a note that this may void the root access as it is just the official firmware with all the bloatware removed from the ROM. For more on this, you can head over to the original thread. Feel free to leave your queries in the comments section or you can contact the author on Google Plus or you can head over to our Facebook page for some quick help either from us or the community members!