Sony says that openness is important to them and this is why they have made it incredibly easy to unlock the bootloader of their Android smartphones. Today I will walk you through the short step by step process about how to unlock the bootloader of your brand new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone.
A little less than two months ago I showed you some of the first photos of Sony’s 2014 flagship smartphone. These were leaked before Sony even had a chance to announce the device at IFA 2014. We saw the Xperia Z3 from all sides and I was very impressed with how the design had evolved over the years. It was about a month ago that Sony was able to announce the Xperia Z3 and this is when we got the first official details of the device. It’s take them a month to start shipping the Z3 to retailers but now we’re starting to see the smartphone in customers’ hands. The first thing a lot of people do is unlock their smartphone to today I wanted to tell you how to unlock the Sony Xperia Z3.
[box type=”info”] Unlocking the bootloader for the Sony Xperia Z3 will degrade the quality of the camera. The bootloader for the Sony Xperia Z3 holds some important DRM security keys that are used in the 20.7MP rear-facing camera. I know that a lot of us what to root and install custom ROMs on the Xperia Z3 but you have to decide on whether or not this is acceptable to you. Unlocking the bootloader will wipe the DRM security keys from your device and the photos will come out exceptionally worse than they would if you had left the bootloader alone. Removing the security keys will not make your device susceptible to malware, it simply removes the algorithms that Sony uses to make the photos look so good.[/box]
Now that we have the warning out of the way, let’s get to unlocking that bootloader of the Xperia Z3. As I said earlier, Sony has made this process incredibly easy for us. We don’t even need to connect the device to a computer in order to run ADB commands(like we need to do on Nexus smartphones). All of this can be done quickly and easily, directly from a hidden menu on the Xperia Z3.
Xperia Z3 Unlock
- Open the Dialer Application
- Enter the Code Following Code
- Tap on Service Info
- Tap on Configuration
- Tap on Rooting Status
- Make Sure ‘Bootloader Unlock Allowed’ Says Yes
- Click Here to Receive Unlock Code
- Submit Your Email to Sony
- Click the Link Sony Emails You
- Submit Your IMEI Number
- Use the Unlock Code
That should be it. Sony says they will email you a unique link to your email address. Once you click the link that was sent to your email, you will be taken to a Sony web page with a form. You will be required to submit your IMEI number so that Sony can verify your device. One your IMEI number is verified then you will be given a special code with instructions on how to unlock your Xperia Z3. I wish I had an Xperia Z3 to continue this walk through with you, but it should be straight forward and very easy to do. If you have any questions or run into any issues then please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.
[box type=”info”]If this worked or didn’t work for you, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article to let me know. This will help me to keep these tutorials up to date so no one runs into any issues.[/box]