How To Unlock Bootloader On Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc


29.05.2011

How To Unlock Bootloader On Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The¬†arched design of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc makes the device somehow unique: incredibly stable, nice to touch and with a¬†exuberant personality.¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is only 8.7 mm thick and features a 4.2-inch display, and the Android-powered device was specially designed to fit perfectly in your hand. The¬†?Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a display with Mobile Bravia Engine that assures an optimum visual experience, and the Sony Exmor R sensor will help you take the best pictures with the 8 MP camera, no mater the light conditions. As well, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc’s camera can capture HD videos. The terminal is equipped with a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, 512 MB of RAM, and a storage capacity of 320MB,¬†expendable to up to 32GB,via microSD memory card.

If you were able to get your hands on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and you want to unlock the bootloader of the device. Since Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the developers found some ways to unlock the bootloader, just like it happened with the Samsung and HTC devices. So, if you want to unlock the bootloader on your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc you came to the right place, as below is a tutorial about how to perform this unlock.

As you probably know, if you unlock the bootloader of your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, you will loose the warranty, and unlike the root where you were getting the warranty back by simply un rooting your device, by unlocking¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader you won’t be able to restore the warranty. But the great thing is that after you unlock your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader you will be able to install the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware on your device. So, if you want to upgrade your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and gain full access on your device, go ahead and unlock the bootloader.

If you want to unlock Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader, note that the procedure involves some risks and may damage your device. But if you closely follow the tutorial below, and if you prepare your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc properly for the bootloader unlock procedure, you should be able to unlock Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader without damaging the device. Even so, mobile-review.ws is not responsible if you damage or brick your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

But before proceeding to unlock¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader let’s see how to properly prepare your device for the bootloader unlock procedure. Since the bootloader unlock involves some risks, we recommend you to closely follow the instructions below, so you can safely unlock¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader:

  • First of all, ensure that you device is a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc as the following tutorial only works for the¬†earlier¬†mentioned device.

  • Sometimes after the booloader unlock procedure, all the data on the devices is wiped off, so we¬†recommend¬†you to backup all the data on your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc¬†like messages, music and video files, pictures, contacts and applications you downloaded and installed from Android Market. By doing that you will be able to easily restore the data after the¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader is unlocked.

  • Since the bootloader unlock process drains a lot of battery, we recommend you to make sure that the battery level of your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is at least 50%. Do this to ensure that bootloader unlock process is not interrupted. So, the higher the battery level of your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the less likely that the process to be interrupted by the any unwanted events.

  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc¬†bootloader unlock process will wipe off the APN and MMS settings of your device, so it’s best to note them down to be able to restore them after the bootloader unlock process is finished. If you don’t do so and you loose the APN or MMS settings, you will no¬†longer¬†be able to connect to the Internet or sent / receive MMS.

  • Also make sure that you have administrative rights on the computer you are performing the¬†?Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader unlock from, and that your computer runs on Windows XP / Vista or Windows 7.

Now that you are sure that¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is ready for the bootloader unlock procedure, please closely follow the below steps to safely unlock your device. ¬†Once more, by performing the¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader unlock, you will be vioding your phone’s warranty, without the possibility of restoring it. The below tutorial contains informations of how to unlock¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader:

  1. Download the fastbook package and the 32 / 64 bit drivers for your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which you can grab from here and here, respectively. Now you will have to go here and click the “Continue” button locate at the bottom of the webpage.

  2. After you click the “Continue” button you will informed that Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc¬†bootloader unlock procedure will void your device’s warranty, and you will be asked if you wish to continue. Click “Yes, I’m sure” to continue the bootloader unlock process. Now the “Legal Terms” window should appear on your PC’s screen. Check both boxes and click the “I accept” button.

  3. In the next window that appears on your¬†computer’s¬†screen, provide your name, email and your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc IMEI number. In order to get your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc IMEI number, type *#06# in the dialing pad of your device, then the IMEI number should appear on your phone’s screen.

  4. After you click the “Submit” button your IMEI number will be compiled and you will receive an email to the address you provided,¬†containing¬†an unique unlock code for your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

  5. After you receive the unique¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc unlock code, extract the “fastboot_with_Android_USB_file.zip” file you downloaded and extract the RAR file on your desktop. Now open the “fastboot” folder then hold “Shift” button and right-click¬†anywhere in the folder and select “Open Command window here” button.

  6. Now connect your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to the computer using the USB data cable you received in the phone’s package.

  7. Type in “fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version” in the cmd window (without the quotation marks) and press “Enter.” If you get a response back, then your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is properly¬†connected¬†to the PC and you can continue with the bootloader unlock process. If no response, reconnect the device and type in the command again.

  8. Now type in “fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0x[here_goes_the_unlock_key]” and replace the text between [...] with the unique¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc unlock code you received via email, and press “Enter.”

Congratulations you just unlocked your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader. Now you should be able to install any custom ROM you wish, and keep your device up to date with the latest firmwares on the market. I believe that the warranty of your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a small price to pay, and that your device gets a lot more cooler and easy to use after you perform this procedure. Anyway, feel free to share your opinions about unlocking Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader with us in the comments area below.

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