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Root Your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – How To

Posted by techhackz-admin Friday, May 20, 2011


The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first PlayStation certified smartphone, it does come with a slide out gamepad and a PlayStation marketplace where you can download PS1 games. The initial sales seem to have been disappointing but this device is rather interesting as it is the first of its kind to try to merge phones with portable consoles. As you can imagine the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play can be rooted quite easily. Let’s have a look.

Disclaimer: Please note that we will not be responsible if you end up bricking your device. Rooting or customizing your device can be risky, if you follow the instructions you should be fine!

All the credits go to Bin4ry for providing the play_modded.img file!

The first step towards rooting / jailbreaking your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is to unlock its bootloader, fortunately Sony made it easy and even provide a website with instructions on how to do it. See the instructions etc. @

Once its bootloader is unlocked you can follow these instructions to root / jailbreak your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play:

  1. Download the play_modded.img file @
  2. Open up a command prompt on your computer (Start Menu > Run > cmd.exe on Windows or a Terminal on Linux)
  3. Navigate to where you have installed the Android SDK (
  4. Copy the play_modded.img file to the root of this directory
  5. Type the following command:
  6. Reboot your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Now you can overclock your Xperia Play using SetCPU, enable wireless tethering etc.

Check out the Xperia Play in the YouTube video below:

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