How To Unlock Bootloaders on your Xperia Arc, Play, Neo and Pro

UPDATE: Before you proceed, please visit this link to check if your phone’s boot loader can be unlocked or not?

NOTE: If the light above the USB port on your phone doesn’t turn blue when you connect your phone using the USB cable to your PC while holding the “MENU” button (on Xperia Arc. For Xperia Play – “SEARCH” button), then it means that you cannot connect to fastboot, and hence you cannot unlock the boot loader.

Here’s a Step by Step guide (w/ video) on how to unlock bootloaders on your Xperia Arc, Play, Neo & Pro.

[info]Although this guide is made using Xperia arc, I can assure that it would work perfectly with Xperia Play, Neo & Pro too.

NOTE: Xperia Play users should press the “Search” button instead of “Menu” button in Step 8th of this tutorial.[/info]

Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We wont be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Video

Instructions

For better understanding, I highly recommend you to watch the above video along with the instructions below:

  1. Download ‘Unlock Xperia Arc Bootloaders.zip’ file → here (link fixed)
  2. Extract the file you downloaded above on your PC. You’ll get the following three files:
    1. drivers.zip
    2. fastboot_with_Android_USB_file.zip
    3. unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com
  3. Click/DoubleClick on the internet shortcut file you got in Step 2.3 “unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com”.
    1. This will open a web page in your default browser. Scroll to the bottom of the Instructions on the page and you’ll see a link like “Continue”, click on it.
    2. In the pop-up window click “Yes, I’m sure” and then in the next window click on both the checkboxes, and then click “I accept”.
  4. Now insert the details as per the instructions:
    1. First 14 digits of your IMEI No. Do NOT enter the last digit (15th) in the box. To know your IMEI No. dial *#06# on your Xperia Arc.
    2. Your name.
    3. Your Email address.
    4. Then click on “Submit
  5. You’ll get a KEY to unlock boot loader. Write it down somewhere you can remember, it will be used later.
  6. Switch off your phone.
  7. Now extract the “fastboot_with_Android_USB_file.zip” file you got in Step 2.2.
  8. Pick up your phone (it must be switched off) and hold the “Menu” button (the key at the bottom right of your phone), now while holding the “Menu” button connect your phone to your PC with an USB cable.
  9. Once connected — the LED light near the phone’s USB plug will turn blue. If it doesn’t — repeat the Step 8.
  10. Now to install the drivers do the following:
    1. Extract the “drivers.zip” file you got in Step 2.1
    2. Open “Device Manager” on your PC and look for  “S1Boot Fastboot” under the head “Other devices
    3. Right-click on “S1Boot Fastboot” and select “Update Driver Software…
    4. Now select “Browse my computer for driver software” and select the folder where you’ve extracted all the three files you got in Step 2. Once done — click Ok.
    5. Now click Next (Make sure you’ve ticked the “Include subfolders” checkbox).
    6. If you see any Windows security warning box, don’t worry . Just select “Install this driver software anyway
    7. Wait for “Windows has successfully updated your driver software” message to appear on your screen. Now click Close.
  11. Open the “fastboot” folder from the file we extracted in Step 7.
  12. Now hold Shift and press mouse right click (Shift + Mouse Right Click) anywhere on the empty white space inside the “fastboot” folder. And then select “Open command window here” from the context menu.
  13. Now in the command prompt window type/paste the following:

    fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version

  14. It should return a value like “0.3”. This ensures that your device is correctly connected.
  15. Now type/paste the following line in the command prompt window:

    fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY

    IMPORTANT! Replace the word “KEY” from the above line with the KEY that you received in Step 5. Then hit Enter.

  16. Now wait for the process to complete. Command prompt will show a “Finished” message when it will be completed.
  17. Once it’s done, disconnect the USB cable from your phone and switch it ON.
  18. Your phone’s boot loader should now be unlocked.

This guide was made using the quick tutorial posted by XDA developer lollylost100. Please consider donating him for his efforts using the button below:

[button link=”https://http://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=_sUoJSkTXkACiGpATVV8shAxPTA5dI8MJvORyZkgCxF16PF7iwEwBKYNxIG&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d5863a909c4bb5aeebb52c6e1151bdaa9″ icon=”” style=””]Donate lollylost100[/button]

And to thank us for this guide you can leave us a comment 🙂

269 Comment

  1. mixterz says: Reply

    no matter what i do while holding the menu button while connecting via usb the led turns green and sony ericsson name pops up on the screen , ‘other devices’ doesnt appear in device manager. any idea why ?

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Make sure you’re holding the Menu button until the LED lights up. If you leave the Menu button just after connecting the USB cable, then it’ll only put your phone on charge.
      Hope it helps 🙂

      1. elloello says: Reply

        i have the same problem. i keep holding menu button and it doesnt turn blue just charges and goes amber

        1. javi says: Reply

          tego el mismo problema por mas que aga no se pone azul como se soluciona gracias 

  2. bewrong says: Reply

    thanks for the tutorial but just wanted to know before i continue in unlocking my phone, i noticed that after unlocking it it seems that the phone was resetted. so all apps, messages and contacts will be removed once it’s unlocked?

    1. Shivam Malani says: Reply

      Yes your phone will be factory reset after you unlock boot loader.

      Here are a few apps to backup your data [link below]
      http://www.theandroidsoul.com/best-android-apps-for-backup-and-restore/

  3. mixterz says: Reply

    well it still hasnt happened with the blue led. still going to charge.
    believe me i tried it every way at this stage.
    still network locked to vodafone at the moment could that be the problem ?

    1. Shivam Malani says: Reply

      Well maybe boot loader on your phone can’t be unlocked.

      What is your phone’s “Model number” and “Build number” (check in Settings –> About phone)

    2. virus002 says: Reply

      keep holding the left (back) button and then connect the usb, you will get the blue light. Enjoy

    3. Glen Barnes says: Reply

      That means fastboot is disabled. The only way to enable it is paid method

  4. Alex says: Reply

    I can’t “Include subfolders”. How do i do that?

  5. Crsebas says: Reply

    hi, works in xperia x10 from at&t?? thanks

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      No.

  6. caner says: Reply

    when i enter the key i got message :

    Failed remote : oem unlock failed

  7. caner says: Reply

    when i enter the key i got message :

    Failed remote : oem unlock failed

  8. Joe says: Reply

    When i try to update driver software im getting an error message. It says it cannot find specified file : Android ADB Interface
    Any suggestions very welcome
    BTW im trying this on a xperia play if this helps

  9. Brevo88heart says: Reply

    s1boot fastboot can not recognized plaaes what to do

  10. when i plug in no matter what i do, the blue light does not come on.

  11. Monty Rai says: Reply

    Hey my Osd menu does not have any option of running cmd  i m using windows xp can this e the problem…..monty.rai@hotmail.com

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Hello Monty, check out this page to know how to run CMD on Windows XP —
      http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chdos.htm

      You need to change the
      directory in cmd to where you’ve installed files. For that, use cd command
      (ex: cd d:downloadsArc — this is just an example, ok!).

      We hope it works out right for you.

  12. needls says: Reply

    my phone’s model and software version is exactly the same as in video. only thing is different i can get to fastboot with escape key. and my phone don’t reply to fastboot.exe. can you tell where is the problem? after i installed usb drivers and connected my phone via usb it seems that it’s not in fastboot.

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      The light above phone’s usb port turns blue when the phone is in fastboot
      mode, which color are you seeing?

  13. GrahamB says: Reply

    Hi, I got my Arc for use in Australia from Hong Kong and its got a english and chinese keyboard in the system which I need to kill so your pages were just what I need. I got everything done down to 16. then no finished message. It then wouldn’t root so I guess it isn’t unlocked. It “finished” on 15 though so I was connected.

    When I go to device manager it shows Android Phone now but I’m not sure what driver should be ther – it has  Android ADB Interface shown. I rechecked the unlock key too.

    Any thoughts?

    1. GrahamB says: Reply

      I found a solution – I don’t like being beaten by things. It was my mistake – in note 11 it says go into the fastboot folder that you extract earlier. This confused me as I opened the command window in the “fastboot_with_Android_USB_file” folder. You need to go into the subfolder “fastboot” and open the command window there. Obvious now but not as a newbie yesterday. Maybe you could just add those directions to clarify.

      But great news – bootloader unlocked, phone rooted and the annoying chinese keyboards wiped by using the global img file!

      Thanks your instructions, videos gave a newbie like me the courage to give it a go.

  14. Tanzid says: Reply

    BEST GUIDE I HAVE EVER SEEN!

  15. Rufin says: Reply

    Iv’e been repeating step 8 like 10 times now but no matter what I do the light wont go blue, it just ends up charging the phone… 

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      That means your phone doesn’t have fastboot enabled.

      From where you bought your phone??

  16. Hudson Michael says: Reply

    is my xperia play’s led supposed to turn blue? cuz i tried and it doesnt work when i hold the home button and plug in the usb it just turns on on its own and charges

    1. virus002 says: Reply

      keep the left (back) button pressed and then connect usb you will get blue led . enjoy

  17. virus002 says: Reply

    Hi
    I can not install the usb drivers…….. when i select the folder and press ok it give me a message “driver not found”. Anybody can help me?

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Have u seen the video attached in this post? If not, then please do. It
      might help.

  18. Geraldcwk says: Reply

    aFTER I TYPE THE KEY INTO THE COMMAND PROMPT IT JUST SAY WAITING FOR DEVICE!!!! soMEONE HELP!!!

  19. Geraldcwk says: Reply

    And it isnt loading. I do not dare to pluck out the phone as i fear it might get bricked

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Are sure the device got properly connected? I mean, do you see blue light
      above the charging point? If not, then device isn’t connected — and I think
      this is the reason for your problem.

    2. Kapil says: Reply

      You received this message because Kapil Malani shared it with

      “I hope all of you are getting the much-wanted much-of-a-teaser precious
      Google+ Invites from me and are ready to make a leap from the Mark
      Zuckerburg’s no-respect-for-privacy Facebook to privacy-respecting suddenly
      there social networking attempt — a mind-blowing one, mind you — the
      Google+ (by Google, of course). It’s new, and it’s rad — you’ll soon find
      out.

      Click the “Learn More about Google+” (with orange background) in the email
      you are receiving from me to get your much-deserved (since you’re in my
      list, :)) chance to try the Google+ social wave that has literally taken the
      Internet for the past few days — and I’m sure will continue to do so.

      So, see you soon in Google+ Keep in touch. Ta Ta!

      P.S. Those of you who are curious about it, hear it directly from the Google
      in the link I’ve attached — Google+ Project’s official announcement from
      googleblog itself!”

      Accept the invitation to view the full post:
      https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?&emid=COCrq9G_36kCFeO57Aodm1g_GA&path=%2F108100504619519002104%2Fposts%2Fi8Rh5MJd6mC%3Fgpinv%3DAGXbFGxq_TLlfs7aFK7ruO8A0-EyytTiY0jxhKcZNVoOYe9WYJ-5W0GcPA7kQerZCNydfoZFgA3fDLRA6OuFaxQlUT_ViCssHJ_LODjZJE3RslS8Rs8d0bA%26hl%3Den

      The Google+ project is currently working out all the kinks with a small
      group of testers. If you’re not able to access Google+, please check back
      again soon. Learn more:
      https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?&emid=COCrq9G_36kCFeO57Aodm1g_GA&path=%2Fwelcome%3Fgpinv%3DAGXbFGxq_TLlfs7aFK7ruO8A0-EyytTiY0jxhKcZNVoOYe9WYJ-5W0GcPA7kQerZCNydfoZFgA3fDLRA6OuFaxQlUT_ViCssHJ_LODjZJE3RslS8Rs8d0bA%26hl%3Den
      ————————
      You received this message because Kapil Malani shared it with
      Click here to unsubscribe from these
      emails:
      https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?&emid=COCrq9G_36kCFeO57Aodm1g_GA&path=%2Fnonplus%2Femailsettings%3Fgpinv%3DAGXbFGxq_TLlfs7aFK7ruO8A0-EyytTiY0jxhKcZNVoOYe9WYJ-5W0GcPA7kQerZCNydfoZFgA3fDLRA6OuFaxQlUT_ViCssHJ_LODjZJE3RslS8Rs8d0bA%26est%3DADH5u8WW4C9h0-t3smfLICfknUs31UxFG7s8H7zilGNSG2lDFop4wnojatSdRRHpdO5vU8DoOjKpfRin6Qqn9vUgCV2lqTn1Fbb4uydOJOnUkzsAoybosY74HIWWshlYMYCaIsRyZOUFua4YXqOD2HkWFyi0q4MOBQ%26hl%3Den

    3. Kapil says: Reply

      You received this message because Kapil Malani shared it with

      “I hope all of you are getting the much-wanted much-of-a-teaser precious
      Google+ Invites from me and are ready to make a leap from the Mark
      Zuckerburg’s no-respect-for-privacy Facebook to privacy-respecting suddenly
      there social networking attempt — a mind-blowing one, mind you — the
      Google+ (by Google, of course). It’s new, and it’s rad — you’ll soon find
      out.

      Click the “Learn More about Google+” (with orange background) in the email
      you are receiving from me to get your much-deserved (since you’re in my
      list, :)) chance to try the Google+ social wave that has literally taken the
      Internet for the past few days — and I’m sure will continue to do so.

      So, see you soon in Google+ Keep in touch. Ta Ta!

      P.S. Those of you who are curious about it, hear it directly from the Google
      in the link I’ve attached — Google+ Project’s official announcement from
      googleblog itself!”

      Accept the invitation to view the full post:
      https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?&emid=COCrq9G_36kCFeO57Aodm1g_GA&path=%2F108100504619519002104%2Fposts%2Fi8Rh5MJd6mC%3Fgpinv%3DAGXbFGxq_TLlfs7aFK7ruO8A0-EyytTiY0jxhKcZNVoOYe9WYJ-5W0GcPA7kQerZCNydfoZFgA3fDLRA6OuFaxQlUT_ViCssHJ_LODjZJE3RslS8Rs8d0bA%26hl%3Den

      The Google+ project is currently working out all the kinks with a small
      group of testers. If you’re not able to access Google+, please check back
      again soon. Learn more:
      https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?&emid=COCrq9G_36kCFeO57Aodm1g_GA&path=%2Fwelcome%3Fgpinv%3DAGXbFGxq_TLlfs7aFK7ruO8A0-EyytTiY0jxhKcZNVoOYe9WYJ-5W0GcPA7kQerZCNydfoZFgA3fDLRA6OuFaxQlUT_ViCssHJ_LODjZJE3RslS8Rs8d0bA%26hl%3Den
      ————————
      You received this message because Kapil Malani shared it with
      Click here to unsubscribe from these
      emails:
      https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?&emid=COCrq9G_36kCFeO57Aodm1g_GA&path=%2Fnonplus%2Femailsettings%3Fgpinv%3DAGXbFGxq_TLlfs7aFK7ruO8A0-EyytTiY0jxhKcZNVoOYe9WYJ-5W0GcPA7kQerZCNydfoZFgA3fDLRA6OuFaxQlUT_ViCssHJ_LODjZJE3RslS8Rs8d0bA%26est%3DADH5u8WW4C9h0-t3smfLICfknUs31UxFG7s8H7zilGNSG2lDFop4wnojatSdRRHpdO5vU8DoOjKpfRin6Qqn9vUgCV2lqTn1Fbb4uydOJOnUkzsAoybosY74HIWWshlYMYCaIsRyZOUFua4YXqOD2HkWFyi0q4MOBQ%26hl%3Den

  20. shiki700 says: Reply

    emm i have a little probleme the LED doesnt turn blue so did i already have fastboot or i just cant have it? i want to root it but if we realy need to have fastboot and i cant that suck xD

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Which phone do you have? Xperia Arc or Xperia Play?

      1. shiki700 says: Reply

        i have the Xperia Arc  LT15a with 2.3.3 Android vers.

        thanks alot

        1. shiki700 says: Reply

           but im in Canada with Rogers i dont know if it mean anything tough

  21. Alvaro says: Reply

    Help… My xperia play doesnt turn blue… This means that my phone cannot be unlocked at anyway??
    And other question: When I connect the phone (turned off) with usb cable and hold return key, the led turns green, what does this mean? 

    1. You hace to hold the right key not just the menu key

  22. Harry 0000 says: Reply

    does this work on windows xp?
    because i can’t open comand windows bay presing shift + mouse right,when i pres shift it’s marking “AdbWinApi.dll” and there is no option for open comand window here,can i fix this or i need to use windows vista or 7????

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Okay if you can’t get that trick to work, than do this:

      1) Open command prompt.
      2) type CD COMMAND
      NOTE: Replace COMMAND with the address to the directory where you have extracted the “AdbWinApi.dll” file.

      Then continue from Step 13. Hope it helps.

  23. Vmobilehouse says: Reply

    please help….it out waiting foe device ….why?

  24. Vmobilehouse says: Reply

    please help….it out waiting for device ….why?     

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Well, I’m assuming that you have already unlocked boot loader on your Arc, since you’re trying to flash a system img, which requires you to have unlocked boot loader.

      Anyway your problem seems to be of fastboot driver, so refer to the 10th Step in the post above, it clearly explains how to install fastboot driver on your PC.

      Hope it helps 🙂

  25. Gerar says: Reply

    ese paquete de datos zip funciona en el xperia neo

  26. Mls210855 says: Reply

    Gerar, ¿cómo se pone en  modo inico rápido?

  27. Simonlim says: Reply

    Hi, I got stuck at step 15. After keying my boot loader no, screen shows failed with .. anyone can help?

  28. Tanzeel says: Reply

    HI, Ive tried alot for step number 8, but the light isnt turning blue? what can be the problem? im in europe and the phone has t-mobile lock, can you please guide me? thanx

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Well you cannot connect to fastboot on a carrier locked device. Can’t help.

    2. Neofactor Is3 says: Reply

      Sim-locked phones can’t be unlocked

  29. Leblo says: Reply

    i have xperia play and i tried to get the blue light, i read 2 guides and i saw the video, its not turning blue, help please.

  30. Leblo says: Reply

    i did all the stuff but on the last step it says “FAILED!” what to do?

  31. Okay my problem is that i can’t find they“S1Boot Fastboot”  in my managers device.. my xpreia play is connected with a  blue light but i cant see this “S1Boot Fastboot”. I NEED HELP 😀 thank you for whoever does

    1. Coz says: Reply

      I’m a little bit late with this reply, but I had the same problem. An important thing, I think, was that I already updated the drivers, I was at the second attempt to root my phone. I realised that my phone was named instead of “S1Boot Fastboot” “Android ADB Interface” (at “Android device” category). That was a sign that my device was up to date.
      Sooo….. I jumped over this step 🙂
      Hope I helped someone here!

  32. Never mind This worked perfect for my r800x Xperia play Thank you so much!

    1. Zabdiel Marin says: Reply

      what did u do i have the same problem i see my phone as a drive e: and not as S1Boot Fastboot. thanks!

    2. Deathsdezire says: Reply

      How did you do this since we dont have a IMEI, but a MEID instead? and how did you get the drivers to install, windows says it cant find them, even after i point it right to the folder.

  33. Skolzkky says: Reply

    It’s works. Good job! Thanks! (xperia play; 2.3.3)

  34. Arifin243 says: Reply

    not return 0.3 value..why??

    Xperia Neo
    2.3.3

  35. Mikolajkozlowski says: Reply

    i have an `oem unlock failed` response what to do= its xperia neo with the latest update pls pls help 🙂

    1. Mudblood Pride says: Reply

      My ‘oem unlock failed’ error was due to a mistype IMEI number.

      My suggestion is to double check that.

      1. Mikolajkozlowski says: Reply

        ty im gone check it asap 🙂

  36. Patrick Stack says: Reply

    thanks

  37. Thi Anitelle says: Reply

    Thank you very much!!!

    Bootloadersfastboot_with_Android_USB_filefastboot>fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar versionversion: 0.3finished. total time: 0.001sC:UsersThiago_AnitelleDesktopUnlock Xperia Arc Bootloadersfastboot_with_Android_USB_filefastboot>fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xB1B5F1010724A38D…(bootloader) Unlock phone requested(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00000d00(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00000e00(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00000f00(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001000(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001100(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001200(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001300(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001400(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001500(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001600(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001700(bootloader) Erasing block 0x00001800OKAY [  4.208s]finished. total time: 4.208s

    A little detail:
    On the first atteptive, I had problems due to wrong KEY.
    And the key was wrong because I had entered a wrong IMEI in the SE website (unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com). 

    The right IMEI is the first 14 characters, not the last.

    Therefore, thank you a lot, Kapil! =)

    1. Ferdimafia says: Reply

      i have don this but my xperia play wont start up

  38. גבריאל מיכאלי says: Reply

    in step 8 the blue light dosent turn on for me.
    whay is this? what can i do?

  39. Gayannimasha says: Reply

    brilliant…thank u vry much mate..

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      thx 😉

  40. Fihthedon says: Reply

    awesomesauce, thank you 😀

  41. Sneakers says: Reply

    i cannot update driver “Adb android interface cannot find” what can i do whit this?

    1. Phoney Pete says: Reply

      I get the same problem with windows vista. Did you fix this?

  42. Anonymous says: Reply

    i feel like i just reset my phone without doing anything… what can i do now that its rooted?

  43. Anonymous says: Reply

    How can i find out if my bootloader is now unlocked?

  44. Koro says: Reply

    Worked great. Thanks!

  45. Hershitaly says: Reply

    fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0x96e95722b3a0cd6a not going

  46. Hershitaly says: Reply

    in step 8 not going

  47. Thanks so much!!! It work so good for me.. a really clear guide!

  48. Shaun says: Reply

    does not work on xperia play, is say portable device in device manager ??

  49. Jerwin Talusan says: Reply

    Excellent. Works like a charm.

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  50. Rhyan says: Reply

    perfect! it works with my xperia play! =) thanks a lot!

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      You’re welcome buddy 🙂

  51. Rameshgemini says: Reply

    driiver could not be located under device manager

  52. POKEGYM2 says: Reply

    I do this , but then fastboot.exe said after fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version :
    FAILED (remote : unrecognized command , bork ! please help

  53. Yan Walando says: Reply

    OH NO!! no warning about re-flashed device. I lost so many installed app and their data :S

  54. Salva-bsro says: Reply

    dude! u.u my LED light near to my phone usb doesn’t turn on blue,even if i hold “menu” for a while what should i do ?nu00a0

  55. filtermusic.net says: Reply

    thank you! works like a charm…

  56. Akshaydadamohite says: Reply

    will this work for xperia mini.can you post for xperia mini like drivers,i think procedure will be same only drivers will be different.it will be greatful for me if you help me…
     

  57. Giannistrat13 says: Reply

    Thank u very much. Worked on my xperia neo V (gingerbread 2.3.4) . I have beenu00a0 scanning the net for a long time to find this

    1. Talibaba777 says: Reply

      It hasn’t worked on mine what did you do thhat i didn’t? Did you use these drivers and did you get anything about oem unlock?

  58. waseem says: Reply

    my phone is going into charging mode in step 8 what can i do

  59. Talibaba777 says: Reply

    I’m on the xperia neo v and i followed these steps exactly, i get the rightu00a0 return value, however when i enter the second command it says n(bootloader) Unlock phone requestednFAILED (remote: oem unlock failed!)nfinished. total time: 0.003snWhat am i doing wrong?

  60. Deathsdezire says: Reply

    When i try to install the driver it says windows could not find drivers… i pointed it to the usb driver folder i extracted. Any advice??

  61. Deathsdezire says: Reply

    Even though i get ther blue light? And does the paper clip method unlock fastboot?

  62. Polivkazbynek87 says: Reply

    hello everyone!ni have done rooting the phone, but when i want to unlock the bootloader just like on the video, but it says “….INFOUnlock phone requested u00a0FAILED nnbut i dont have sim-lock or operator-lock(i think…)Can someone help?

    1. Talibaba777 says: Reply

      I got this too and so do s lot of other people on this forum, i wish someone would find an answer i researched it for like 2 days solid.

      1. Polivkazbynek87 says: Reply

        i dont know how exactly, but now i have the bootloader unlocked 🙂
        couple times restarted PC and phone, change USB port and than lucky attempt and its done 🙂
        but unfotunetly, CM7 doesent work, display in not working correctly, something is moving on it, but i can not open menu or unlock the screensaver, so i have to stay on stock ROM :-/
        and yes, i have checked for which model it is (LT15i), shame…

        1. Talibaba777 says: Reply

          do you have clock work recovery?

          1. Polivkazbynek87 says:

            not anymore…again the same error, when i want to unlock the bootloader, couple hours and still no progress  😀

            for Xperia CWM, use “SE Extreme Tweak” aplication 😉

  63. Gandhar says: Reply

    works with xperia mini!!
    thanks a lot man

  64. Anonymous says: Reply

    OK guys. For those who have the same error like me: Failed remote : oem unlock failedI have found a soulution that worked for me. Its simple, I just re-generate the unlock code again! It was different than previous one, but it WORKED! 

    1. Polivkazbynek87 says: Reply

       Really? I have done the code just one time and using it…it works normaly. But good to know it works for you!

      1. Anonymous says: Reply

        Really. As u can see, this error appears sometimes and people doesnt know the solution as well as me. But I tried re-generate a code again and it worked for me.

    2. Polivkazbynek87 says: Reply

       Really? I have done the code just one time and using it…it works normaly. But good to know it works for you!

  65. after i unlocked my bootloader i cant connect my xperia neo on my pc help me pls

  66. LoNi says: Reply

    hello, 
    the file Unlock Xperia Arc Bootloaders.zip is not working anymore, would be great with a new link 🙂

  67. David Lapaz Grau says: Reply

    I try it to do all put on the blog but my phone (once connected — the LED light near the phone’s USB plug will turn blue. If it doesn’t — repeat the Step 8.) will not turn blue it’s always red/orange! Please Help me. please. I would like and a video to do it THX – Something will be posible to do it, don’t you? THX

  68. Nigeltan92 says: Reply

    How to unroot the phone?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Flash a new firmware and then don’t root it.

      1. Nigeltan92 says: Reply

        Actually i successful root my phone according to the guidelines of this androidsoul, but after I upgrade my build number, my phone cannot start anymore. Can I still unroot my phone? What is the meaning of ‘flash a new firmware’? 

        1. Polivkazbynek87 says: Reply

          try this guide: http://www.theandroidsoul.com/tutorial-how-to-flash-a-firmware-using-flashtool-on-xperia-arc/

          you have to flash new (generic) firmware with a flashtool

  69. I’m on the xperia neo v and i followed these steps exactly, i get the right  return value, however when i enter the second command it says 
    (bootloader) Unlock phone requested
    FAILED (remote: oem unlock failed!)
    finished. total time: 0.003s
    What am i doing wrong?

    1. Polivkazbynek87 says: Reply

      I think, someone mentioned it here before…try to generate another unlock-code, maybe it will help. its a bit strange, but tho code is changing.

  70. Thanks for the help! works on my XPERIA ARC

  71. A2 says: Reply

    l’etape 8 ne fontctionne pas (xperia play) la lumiere ne s’allume qu’en vert et non en bleu merci de votre aide 

    1. Kais Ouasli says: Reply

      Salut ,a tu trouver une solution ? si oui comment dois je faire stp

  72. IT WORKS THANK YOU !

  73. William Nordquist says: Reply

    the link dosent work.

  74. Gesoskig says: Reply

    dead link

  75. Okky61 says: Reply

    please update the link

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      Okay, updated.

      1. Okky61 says: Reply

        thanks a lot.
        work on my xperia arc s.

        1. Supertramp says: Reply

          wont on mine bootloader unlock allowed: no gutted, now its time to pay lol unless theres still away round it?????? 

  76. thnx.. works on my xperia mini pro

  77. Bahy says: Reply

    Why do we have to crack unlock this, I bought this and it works just fine.

  78. Lordatto says: Reply

    thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx…..finally it worked with my neo v v2.3.4 !!! :0:)

  79. stefan says: Reply

    it works on my sony xperia s! thank you! 😀

  80. Ravid Maduni says: Reply

    i don’t find “s1 boot fastboot”

  81. cosmicho says: Reply

    bootloader unlock allowed: no!!! is there anyway to change that?

  82. Nickmitch2000 says: Reply

    Step 10.7 says error instead of successful. Any ideas?

  83. GlenBenton says: Reply

    thanks,worked perfect with xperia play

  84. Apple or Android says: Reply

    I only have an Imac which doesn’t recognize my Sony if I put the USB cable in it, I switched once from Apple to Android and the first phone I bought from Sony, they “forget” to put an installation method with it to connect to Apple users….lol….burning this plastic feeling device as we speak…. IF you are screaming Android is better than Apple, let’s give apple users the oppurtunity to test it decently, there is no way I can unlock my bootloader now.

  85. Ddefa says: Reply

    May I ask why do I not enter my entire IMEI code? Does this affect anything?

    1. bob says: Reply

      get the last one out, the no 15

  86. Tuan Suhaimi says: Reply

    why my emei no is 15 not 14

    1. NorClub says: Reply

      i have the same issue its 15 not 14 how come ?

  87. Russeltc says: Reply

    Thanks! My neo-v is now unlocked….

  88. Xszpranajit says: Reply

    i cant able to opent tje CMD in My Window xp to paste the comand file help ?
     

    1. rightclick and select paste 🙂

  89. oscar_c_92 says: Reply

    Does it work in Xperia ARC S  ???

  90. Inderpalr2020 says: Reply

    i cant connect my neo v to cmd and when i press back button and usb is connected it shows green light not blue help!!!!

    1. Inderpalr2020 says: Reply

      i got it right for neo v menu button is to be pressed!!

  91. Lars_rip says: Reply

    greeting, 
    i have a problem with step 13 , my command prompt says whenever i type in the following words fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version , the comand prompt say’s fastboot. exe is not recognized as an internal command or external command, operable program or batch file

    plaese help ? thanks in advance 

    1. Shreyas says: Reply

      i have the same problem!! did you try to figure it out???

      1. Afroz Khan says: Reply

        you have to go the folder where you have extracted fastboot.zip contents, press ‘SHIFT’ key and then right click in the background of the folder and select ‘Open command prompt here’ and then run the command. It should work fine now.

  92. Littleroaringlion says: Reply

    THANKS! Worked like a charm.

  93. Works !!! Thank you!

  94. Oscar Mark says: Reply

    Thank you! Making a All-in-one guide to unlocking bootloader, rooting, installing CWM and flashing a custom kernel and ROM! Will post it on XDA forums!

  95. kabo says: Reply

    Failed remote : oem unlock failed if you have this error you should double check your IMEI code

  96. how can i re-lock it on SE neo???????

  97. In my phone, tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says No
    i want to make unlock my phone what should i do please can you help me it’s lock my sim card and i cannot use my phone (my phone i bought it from japan arc is11s )i need your advice please i’m from egypt i have the same band gsm 900

  98. how can unlock Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro IS11S?

  99. step 10. 4. | I write Windows was unable to install your S1 Boot Download . Please help !

  100. YS says: Reply

    details guide for n00bee like me. TQVM

  101. arthur says: Reply

    i cant install s1 boot fastboot driver using windows xp..

  102. Sniper says: Reply

    Nice. Almost all Xperia phones named… except for mine: Xperia Ray. Now my question: is this tutor appliable also for Ray (since it is the member of same family)? Thanks.

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Yes, it’s applicable for your phone, Xperia Ray, too.

  103. Vlad says: Reply

    I have what you say, but when I must to connect phone with USB, I press and hold the Menu Button and insert the USB, but the phone aren’t detected, and the blue LED is ON. What can I do ?

  104. Joseph says: Reply

    Thnks works for me ! 🙂

  105. my xperia arc is already root…

    Q: if i perform this unlock bootloader.. is it i need to root my phone again? tq 🙂

  106. Gandhi says: Reply

    why you didn’t say that it deletes all the apps you have on your phone :@ i’m really disapointed

  107. will this work for an Arc S

  108. alex says: Reply

    is it work to my xperia arc ICS?

  109. Gaurav Koli says: Reply

    it states finished but i am getting message below

    failed

    Not sure whether my bootloader is unlocked.. how can i check?

  110. Gaurav Koli says: Reply

    By the way i am using xperia arc S with android 4.0.4

  111. Lee says: Reply

    my phone stops at the sony ericsson colors screen help?

  112. Feeroz Alam says: Reply

    Thanks a ton! Worked well on my Neo V. 🙂 Cheers !

  113. big ballocks says: Reply

    yes finally found somthing that actually works great stuff keep it up i gave up with the stupid sony ericsson website i was like dafuk is this THANKS M8 WORKS FINE ON XPERIA PLAY

  114. deedy says: Reply

    “Other devices” in
    “Device Manager” is disappear…….. what should i do? Plz help me

  115. deedy says: Reply

    “Other devices” in
    “Device Manager” is disappear…….. what should i do? Plz help me

  116. swarup says: Reply

    can i use unlock xperia arc bootloaders.zip for my xperia pro?

  117. chathura says: Reply

    WORKING FINE ,Xperia pro.

  118. chathura says: Reply

    WORKING FINE ,Xperia pro.

  119. chathura says: Reply

    WORKING FINE ,Xperia pro.

  120. abhilash pulimamidi says: Reply

    it would be much better if you uploada video howto root android by step by step process…….

  121. Wooooooooh.. this is just awesome. Guess what?? i have been trying this for months now. and it works exactly like its mentioned above. please do not modify this page. very simple english and easily understandble. You guys rocks!!! Keep it up…. wooooooooww

  122. Kenshin028 says: Reply

    Sir,pls help me!im always fail in step no.8 when i connect my phone to pc,its charging only not become a blue led light…what can i do 🙁 im newbie for android phone…my unit is Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc SO-01C… 🙁

  123. Kenshin028 says: Reply

    Sir,pls help me!im always fail in step no.8 when i connect my phone to pc,its charging only not become a blue led light…what can i do 🙁 im newbie for android phone…my unit is Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc SO-01C… 🙁

  124. Andrew says: Reply

    If in the service info, under configuration, i don`t have a rooting status menu at all does that mean i can`t unlock the bootloader?

  125. Idan says: Reply

    I see no LED light on my Xperia U…

  126. Idan – >> Its actually something like and also i mean like is an an na … lol 🙂

  127. Got stock at step 10.4
    after i Right-click on “S1Boot Fastboot” and select “Update Driver Software”
    ..window says “hardware update wizard” and not the “Browse my computer for driver software”

    what will i do??

  128. haha..finished! Awesome guide!

  129. kunal says: Reply

    there is no option of other devices in device manager..please help!

  130. brett tinniswood-hogarth says: Reply

    this didn’t work for me. after doing everything in the step by step guide, restarted the phone and it’s still on android version 2.3.4… any ideas?

  131. leandro says: Reply

    Pegue o telefone (que deve ser desligado) e segure o botão “Menu” (a chave na parte inferior direita do seu telefone), agora mantendo o ” menu “botão conectar o telefone ao PC com um cabo USB. pressionei e como ele esta desligado e conectado nao aconteceu nada me ajuda por favor

  132. when i do step 8 my phones l.e.d goes blue but nothing pops up on my computer. what do i do to fix it?

  133. i cant find the s1 boot fastboot, i dont even have other devices menu:(

  134. ScrEEcH says: Reply

    GREAT GUIDE !!! GREAT PACK OF FILES !!! UNLOCK DONE !! Thankx !!
    you are the best !!!! 😉
    Sony Xperia Arc S

  135. Cosmin says: Reply

    I can’t open fastboot ….

  136. Patty says: Reply

    thanx .. my xperia play r80i boot loader now is unlocked .. and formated ?? i never thought it will format my phone .. (not sd card) now, i need to reinstall all application

  137. Martin Müller-Lindenlauf says: Reply

    successfuly unlocked bootloader of xperia pro (MK16i) – thank you very much!

  138. Martin Müller-Lindenlauf says: Reply

    donation button doesn’t work – please fix 🙂

  139. Peter says: Reply

    Worked like a charm!! Thanks!

  140. Erwan says: Reply

    it doesn’t email me the key.. any help?

  141. prajurit osaka says: Reply

    experia acro so-01,, please

  142. prajurit osaka says: Reply

    if green light ????

  143. Rohit says: Reply

    Cant Update S1fastboot in device manager.

  144. Nuno Camelo says: Reply

    i dont get the blue light ????what chould i do ?????

  145. Kernel Debugged says: Reply

    Easy one! you are just awesome dude, Arc LT15i unlocked before i finished fart!…..GOD BLESS YOU!

  146. getting an oem unlock failed msg plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help………………………….

  147. karan says: Reply

    dude cant find S1Boot Fastboot …many r facing the same prob can u pls reply it will b really helpfull n one more thing does this work on arc s ? pls reply asap thank u 🙂

  148. badjaguar007 says: Reply

    Thanks a lot. Now my bootloader is unlocked. Now searching how to root and install CWM . Wish me luck 🙂

  149. Ewerton says: Reply

    Fail: http://i46.tinypic.com/snf0ba.png

    I’m not able to unlock, I’ve tried thousands of ways, but I could not, follow this tutorial step by step and not tbm resolved. I want to unlock my xperia neo v.

    Help me. Email: ewertonricardocorreia@gmail.com

  150. Divio says: Reply

    Awesome!!! Thanks Buddy! Couldnt install driver on Win 8 64x so went to Settings > Advanced > Start Panel > and disable force non signiture driver,,, Worked,,, ohhh yeahhhh! 🙂

  151. Worked !!! Thanks a lot.. Now i am on the next step of rooting 🙂

  152. Guest says: Reply

    in cmd it says..WAITING FOR DEVICE ..waht to do now??

  153. in cmd ..it says..WAITING FOR THE DEVICE..what to do now??

  154. when im installing the drivers it says “The third-party INF does not contain digital signature information” what should i do??

  155. It tells me that the “Third Party INF does not contain digital signature information”, what happens now?

  156. Shubham says: Reply

    how to know that this thing work and my bootloader is unlocked

    mine say-
    (bootloader) Unlock phone request

    OKEY [ 0.104s]
    finished. total time: 0.105s

    reply soon

    and Sorry for my bad English.

  157. sasa' says: Reply

    yessssss grazie per la guida

  158. sdsad says: Reply

    The download link doesn’t work. Is there any mirror link please?

  159. meghanath reddy says: Reply

    fastboot file link is failed

  160. Vinay Reddy says: Reply

    Thankyou very much
    Although it didn’t work in Windows 8 but its working perfectly fine in Win7.

  161. Sergiu says: Reply

    The download link is not valid anymore

  162. bilal fakhouri says: Reply

    fix the link please

  163. muiz says: Reply

    when I wanna update driver (step 10.4), it say error for installing Android ADB. what to do???

  164. Sobukanimazu says: Reply

    The key you provided for file download was invalid. This is usually caused because the file is no longer stored on MediaFire.

  165. sammy says: Reply

    Just search “Unlock Xperia Arc Bootloaders.zip’’ on google there should be download links from other websites.

  166. shekhar says: Reply

    Done, works like a charm..awesome

  167. Chis says: Reply

    I’ve had so much trouble with finding the correct drivers and have tried tonnes of XDA forum methods, but nothing has worked – until now! Thank you so much!!! (Xperia Arc lt15i on Windows 7 x64)

    1. Bernard says: Reply

      I feel you. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!

  168. Basti says: Reply

    The link is out of date… but i want to get Cyanogen Mod 10.1 on my Arc s… can you update the link please?

  169. Basti says: Reply

    10.2 my PC can’t find “other devices”, it just can find “Android device”… help pls

  170. Diju says: Reply

    Thanks a lot….worked perfectly

  171. Young says: Reply

    I cant download the files “Unlock Xperia Arc Bootloaders.zip’” is there any other site to download?

  172. Bakr_1999 says: Reply

    i need another link this link appear to me that the file is deleated

  173. Bakr_1999 says: Reply

    i cannot find other devcies in my pc’s device manager

  174. Bakr_1999 says: Reply

    also cannot find s1boot fastboot

  175. sanju kh says: Reply

    It worked!!!… Thank u 🙂

  176. Naeem Shaikh says: Reply

    Awesome man..Worked like Magic!!! Thanks a ton. Much appreciated.Respect!

  177. Blade48 says: Reply

    Worked perfect bro thanks a million!!

  178. nezsanz says: Reply

    I followed the tutorial for my Xperia Z and it goes perfectly until the point “fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY”
    CMD shows “Failed:
    Finished. total time: 0.035s”
    Can someone help me, please?

    1. Mike Rotch says: Reply

      I confirm it works. you got the part where you replace the letters KEY in the string with the bootloader unlock code right?

  179. Guest says: Reply

    You sir, are a life saver. Worked flawlessly.

  180. Akash says: Reply

    What arc s ll not be working if the bootloader is unlocked?

  181. sarmad ali says: Reply

    can somebody plz tell me how to relock bootloader…

  182. Нasham Αlam says: Reply

    does this work with xperia s ?

  183. Nash says: Reply

    Worked flawlessly!!! Awesome.

  184. Anis says: Reply

    awesome tutorial … worked perfectly

  185. newuser says: Reply

    works great!

  186. fakt says: Reply

    dziki

  187. Tamillys Pantuza says: Reply

    When I got to step 10, I just couldn’t find the “S1Boot Fastboot” at the device manager. My PC keeps showing an error when I plug the phone. What should I do?

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      I think the problem is with drivers. Install drivers again.

      1. Tamillys Pantuza says: Reply

        Which drivers?

  188. Rajan Love says: Reply

    i cant see anything in device manager

  189. Rajat says: Reply

    does this file Unlock Xperia Arc Bootloaders.zip will work with sony wt19i

  190. Philipp Braun says: Reply

    my device is apparently not connected, as cmd doesn’t respond, but the light is blue & drivers installed … help pls

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      That’s the drivers issue. Install drivers again if need be, and uninstall the currently drivers, if any, first.

  191. Dita Dammbe says: Reply

    Hi.
    Shows this error. What to do next?

  192. Nilmar says: Reply

    Is this working also with sony xperia ion lt28i ics 4.0.4 6.1.E.2.68?

  193. Kb says: Reply

    nice one ..worked fine in win8.. 🙂 … just keep your head cool .. that’s all

  194. Maron says: Reply

    can this unlock the BL of experia ray ICS???

    1. Shivam says: Reply

      This guide will be better — http://www.theandroidsoul.com/unlock-bootloader-on-all-sony-xperia-devices/
      The Flashtool method will easily work on your Xperia Ray, and the Method 2 (Sony’s official) will also work without doubt but booting into Fastboot mode will be different than mentioned on that page, for your phone. Below are the steps to boot Xperia Ray in Fastboot mode:

      1. Switch off your Ray
      2. Press and hold the “Menu” button (the key at the bottom right of your phone), and while holding the “Menu” button connect your phone to your PC with an USB cable.
      3. Once connected, the LED light near the phone’s USB plug will turn blue. If it doesn’t, repeat the Step 2.

      Hope this info helps.

  195. Preetpal singh says: Reply

    i tried to unlock the bootloader of my xperia s.Everything gone fine upto last step.After i do the 15th step i got a failed message. message is like this Unlock phone requested

    FAILED

    finished. total time:0.014s

    Please Help!!

  196. Dr.SMS says: Reply

    thanks man.. u r the best

  197. arul says: Reply

    hangs on step 13…with

  198. arul says: Reply

    please help!!

  199. Bubay says: Reply

    Thank you so much.
    My phone is back and alive

  200. sachin jangra says: Reply

    when i tried to install fastboot driver it shows error because the driver is not digitally signed

  201. sachin jangra says: Reply

    plzz help!!!!

  202. Hi,

    Does it works with Xperia S (Lt26i)?

Leave a Reply