[TUTORIAL] How To Flash a Firmware Using Flashtool on Xperia Arc



Required files:

FlashtoolDownload link

Firmwares — Download the “.ftf” firmware file for your phone. Below are the links:

Android 2.3.4    [4.0.2.A.0.62]

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:

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  1. Switch off your phone and put it aside.
  2. Extract the “FlashTool_x.x.x.x.exe” file on your PC (you can just double click on it to extract)
  3. Few files and folders will be extracted — the two which we’ll be using are the ‘drivers‘ folder and the ‘firmwares‘ folder.
  4. Inside the ‘drivers‘ folder there’s a file named “ggsetup-”, double click on this file to install the proper driver on your PC.
  5. Now copy the “.ftf” firmware file that you downloaded for your phone, and paste it inside the “firmwares” folder.
  6. Double click the “X10FlashTool.exe” file.
  7. Once the program opens — click on the “Flash” button.
  8. You’ll see the firmware that you copied in Step 5 loaded on the screen — click “Ok”!
  9. Now it should ask you to connect your phone to the PC. So first plug the USB cable to PC, then pick up your phone and hold the “Back” key (key at the bottom left on your Arc), and then connect the USB cable to your phone. Remember you’ve to hold the “Back” key while connecting the USB cable to phone.
  10. Once the phone gets connected — Flashtool will automatically start the flashing process.
  11. Keep an eye on the Flashtool’s screen.
  12. And once the process gets finished, disconnect your phone from PC and switch it ON.
  13. Don’t freak if it takes longer to boot (that’s normal)  as the phone has to build the cache again after flashing.


Many thanks to the XDA Developer community for firmwares.

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94 Responses

  1. Dj-devastation says:

    hello will this unlock you mobile 

    • Shivam says:

      No it won’t.

      Follow this guide to unlock your phone — http://www.theandroidsoul.com/how-to-unlock-bootloader-xperia-arc-play-neo-pro/

  2. Le Jordan says:

    Hi, i flashed my arc but now i cant send / receive calls but full signal is shown. Any ideas? Cheers

  3. frendy says:

    okay it works! thankyou sooo much ! 😀

    but can sumone tellme the differences between the branded thing?

    im at Indonesia, which one shud i choose then??


    • Shivam says:

      I think you should choose the Global firmware..

      To confirm, do the following:Go to Settings → About phone → and check if your baseband version is this → 7X30A-AAABQMAZM-1290_21-22.
      If yes, then definitely go for the the Global firmware.

  4. Shivam says:

    I think you should choose the Global firmware..

    To confirm, do the following:
    Go to Settings → About phone → and check if your baseband version is this → 7X30A-AAABQMAZM-1290_21-22.If yes, then definitely go for the the Global firmware.

  5. muhammet says:

    hi ı have problem with my xperia arc. ı’m trying to flash using flashtool but when ı look the firmware content in the flashtool program there is only one file is simlock.ta file.and when ı look up in video ı’m seeing a lot of file in the firmware content.due to this ı cant flashh my phone tanks from now

  6. help me says:

    “Don’t freak if it takes longer to boot (that’s normal)  as the phone has to build the cache again after flashing.” 
    can i know how much time? hours??

  7. kk says:

    I tried many times but the same error message appeared on the while in the flashtool box – Please install or reinstall drivers.Please help. Thanks.

    • Shivam says:

      Open the “drivers” folder after you extract flashtool. There’ll be a setup file in there to install the drivers.

      Hope that helps :)

  8. tan says:

    can this use for xperia play?

  9. tan says:


  10. tan says:

    and one more question after i flash done i open my phone but just got light for 10sec then turn to black edi why?

    • Shivam says:

      Buddy these firmwares are for Xperia Arc only. So if you’ve flashed any of these firmwares onto your Xperia Play, it most certainly won’t boot.

  11. tan says:

    it most certainly won’t boot.mean what? my phone died?

  12. tan says:

    shivam what can i do now i cannot on my phone

  13. tan says:

    help my phone…i very scare and want cry edi my new phone T.T

  14. tan says:

    should that Xperia_Play_Release_Generic_UK.ftf can save me?

  15. tan says:

    R800i_4.0.A.2.368_World.rar is 2.3.3 android version?and can i have ur msn 

  16. tan says:

    anyware thx i fix the problem edi

    • Shivam says:

      Oh great you got it all fixed. Cheers.
      And sorry I don’t have MSN, but you can have my gtalk (if you still need it). Okay :)

      • Mustafa says:

        hello shivam i have a problem plz help i was updating my experia arc by phone and after it download my phone wouldn’t switch on and also when i connect it to the computer no light would show up plz help me

  17. tan says:

    haha…i face the other problem -.-…after root how to download free app…

  18. Moustafa Ghanem says:

    hi guys, I rooted my device accidently before flashing, and now it is not working just showing sony ericsson logo and never change, I tried to re-lock the bootloader, but nothing happened, what to do ?

  19. H_n_h93 says:

    THANK YOUUUUUUUUU SO MUCH!!! worked perfectly<3

  20. Aghnan says:

    could you help me please. I’d unlocked the bootloader. When I wanted to flash it, this things kept saying “Please install or reinstall device drivers from drivers folder” on my flash tool. What should I do?

  21. Jaccodevrij says:

    please help me, flashtool says flashing aborted, i’m slightly panicked right now, please help

  22. Jaccodevrij says:

    I’ll be clear, i have followed all the steps and when i started te flash the flashtool said :
    Flashing adsp.sin
    Error – Error flashing. Aborted

    and my phone does not boot right now, can someone pleease help me

    • Shivam says:

      This is for Xperia Arc only, so I hope you tried it on an Arc only.

      Anyway, you should try again because normally it doesn’t happen. And make sure your USB cable isn’t loose.

      • Jaccodevrij says:

        Yes, I do have an Xperia Arc. I’ve tried several times, first two times it  stopt after flashing fona1 and now it starts with flashing loader and than stops after flashing adsp. This is what it shows:

        • Shivam says:

          This is really strange, try updating your phone through the ‘Sony Ericsson PC Companion’ software. It may help.

          Remember PC Companion software might not be able to update your phone if your phone’s boot loader is unlocked, so you’ll have to re-lock the boot loader to get PC Companion to work on your phone.

          BTW, I’d suggest you to not play with your phone anymore and take it to Sony Ericsson service center.

          • Jaccodevrij says:

            Thank you, i’m going to try this, I did unlocked the bootloader indeed. So it won’t update through PC companion. When my phone lives again, i’ll never try anything anymore haha. I’ll let you know if it worked 😉

          • Jaccodevrij says:

            So i re-locked it but PC companion says i should reboot my phone and connect again !?

          • Shivam says:

            Try Flashtool 2.9.x and re-installing drivers, man this is getting nuts.

          • Jaccodevrij says:

            I did, first tried to flash tje firmware again. This didn’t work and after that i re-locked the bootloaders, which worked (!) But now PC Companion says the same as before, with unlocked bootloaders. Isn’t there something like a total reset? I don’t necessarily need a rooted phone, I just want one that works :(

          • mehran says:

            please share files again
            files isnot there

        • Shivam says:

          Hey wait. It might be possible that your firmware file is corrupted. I think you should download the firmware again. I’m providing you a different download link below, it’s a ‘.rar’ file so you’ll have to extract the file first to get the ‘.ftf’ firmware file that will be used with flashtool, alright.

          So below is the download link:


          While you can use any program to extract ‘.rar’ file, I’d recommend you to use ‘7-zip’. It’s free and works perfect.

          • Jaccodevrij says:

            I have tried this now, it’s not exactly what i was hoping for. I now says this:

          • Jaccodevrij says:

            BTW i’m using FlashTool 3.0.0

          • Shivam says:

            Try using the version of Flashtool that I’ve provided in this post. Also re-install the drivers, if it helps.

            And I’ve written a guide on how to re-lock the boot loader also, so try re-locking and then try updating through PC Companion. Search this site for “re-lock Xperia Arc boot loader” to find the guide.

          • Mr Ng says:

            may i know how to re install the driver? I tried several time but i cant get my reflash done

  23. nasser says:

    hey i dit evrything you said but when i try to start the phone after im dun installing the phone dosent start the green light just blinks

  24. nasser says:

    befoor i installd this my phone got bricked through OTA update and it died can you help me shivam

  25. trunghq says:

    it’s work thanks!

  26. Possession says:

    shivan i have the same problem like Jaccodevrij and i can’t solve it…there’s a way that you can help us? :(

  27. Possession says:

    always try to flahs the firmware and the error is the same..at the part of the system :( i’m getting no hope :(

  28. Dr. A. Rupasinghe says:

    I followed all the steps, got everything working fine, flashed and rooted. thanks . shivam. Thanks for helping sonyericsson out.

  29. Krystian S says:

    can someone post link to 2.3.4 UK version firmvare please

  30. Jonster222 says:

    hey guys. i have a problem using the flash tool…
    everytime i want to flash the prgram says that i should connect the phone in flash mode… i habe installed the driver program and the light at the site s blue… i use cyanogenmod and i can flash a boot image with fastboot… whats my problem??
    THX for answeres

    • Shivam says:

      I think you’re pressing the wrong key, press the ‘back’ key when you connect to flashtool. It will work.

      The blue light appears when you press the ‘Menu’ key and it gets the phone in bootloader mode, which we don’t want when working with flashtool.

      So press the ‘Back’ key :)

  31. Saleemkormath says:

    After flashing My Arc cannot connect to wifi (n). It does not even see any wifi signals. I hold the devise practically on top of the router but no signal on Arc. My other devises such as laptop and another mobile can see and connect to the router just fine !!!

  32. Lothario says:

    i can’t run x10flasher.exe, keeps giving me java error, though jre 7 is installed on my pc & i defined it’s path, please help, my phone is stuck on boot screen :(

  33. Jufz says:

    Special Thanks … It’s fine and perfect …

  34. krishnam says:

    hey i have a error in flashtool while am upgradeing my xperia x10…error loading file,i have alrdy rooted my mble…nw i want it to upgrade it to android 4.0…plz help me

  35. Asad Sial says:

    hey android soul team.
    i tried upgrading my arc to a newer firmware but it FAILED. i was using the rooted LT15i_4.0.1.A.0.283_Generic_Global as posted on this site. then i tried fixing it by using the SEUS. it downloaded and completed the update successfully but my phone still wont start. then i came by this thread. there were some problems in downloading the .ftf file link given in this thread (i could not find the .ftf file in the extracted files). i downloaded another firmware (4.0.A.2.368) from the XDA forums and tried to flash it as instructed here. the flash was completed successfully but my phone still doesnt start. when i press the power button the green light flashes for a second then goes off and this keeps on happening. nothing on the screen.. please help me out. tell me what to do. awaiting reply anxiously :(

  36. Ivan says:

    Ty for tutorial, you saved me :)

  37. Sharpz_4400 says:

    hey my xperia play was working fine after i rooted and flashed to us 2.3.3 generic fw so i can get the 2.3.4 update which worked fine until, like an idiot, i did factory data reset. after that the home button doesn’t work, can’t recieve incoming calls, when I hold down the power button i only get two options (power off and screenshot). I fixed this problem before but i can’t remember. PPPPPPPPPLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSS hellp

  38. Nick says:

    thnx a million…. you guys are really doing a good job.. it took some time for me to fix it.. but then finally got this website and my DEAD BRICKED SONY XPERIA ARC is back in business again.. Thanks again.

  39. Satish says:

    Hi Kapil, in the step 9 we need to hold and press Volume down button for xperia ray. u00a0please correct it.

  40. Goofy_ali says:

    does this unlock your phone as well?

  41. Mrabhijeetdesai says:

    i was falsing my phone and in the middle it asked me to unplug the phone and to turn onu00a0turn on Unknown Sources and n Debugging but i am not able to start my phone it is showing just sony eriscsson text and then it turn off………….plzzzz help me plzzzzu00a0nn

  42. Nigeltan92 says:

    I successfully rooted my xperia arc. Suddenly the phone come out with the upgrade “Build number 4.0.2.A.0.42” and I just upgrade it. But after I upgrade it and restart my phone, it does not on anymore. So what should I do?

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  45. Msutcugs says:

    firmware content  does not read content

  46. Maj00d 12 says:

    The downloading link doesn’t work!

  47. Adi The Hbk says:

    You are the best man i successfully flashed my Xperia neo and now the china restriction has been removed from it

  48. Sreejithtp53 says:

    it says flashing complete but no response from my xperia play 
    failed to update and cant even switch on some one please help immediately 

  49. cooper says:

    someone please help me, i flashed my sony ericsson xperia pro following these steps and it completed the flash but now it wont turn on. WHAT DO I DO? :O

  50. Bagus says:

    Shivam, can i know your GTalk…?

  51. raghav says:

    While flashing the flash tool says Bootloader status : NOT_ROOTABLE followed by WARNING that simlock.ta file is ignored. I have a Sony ericsson arco IS11S tied to AU KDDI Japan. Does it mean the sim lock cant be removed?

  52. please re up the file again thanks. can i use this to update to 4.0.4(ICS)?

  53. smith says:

    how to get files required for xperia mini???

  54. luis says:

    hi, i cant do the step 8 because the firmware doesn´t apear, what can i do?

  55. maneeshjay says:

    will this work for my sony xperia arc s as well ? pls reply soon

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