New flash tool from Sony for unlocked Xperia™ smartphones [video + beta download]

Today, we release a beta version of our new flash tool for Xperia devices, which enables you to put on standard Sony software* on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked. This functionality has often been requested by the open Android™ community, and now we’re glad to support it. Please note that the phone still stays unlocked, and that the warranty may still be voided. As this is a beta version, only a limited number of phone models are supported to begin with. Read on for instructions and more information, and to find out how provide us feedback – we are really eager to hear what you think!

At Sony, we have been supporting the custom ROM community for a long time, and our unlock boot loader service is very popular. We know that many of you are advanced users, who like to try out different ROMs on your Xperia™ smartphones. But until now, there has been no way to go from a custom ROM to Sony software.

We are proud to provide high quality, stable software for our phones, and with this new flash tool, you can now flash standard Sony software on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked. However, please note that the boot loader of your phone still stays unlocked.

To start with, you can use this flash tool with Xperia™ S, Xperia™ arc and Xperia™ arc S, but we plan to add support for more models going forward. UPDATE: Support for Xperia™ T added. At the moment, one software version is available for each supported phone, but our ambition is to offer a selection of software versions released for each phone. For example, this could mean that you can choose between GB and ICS releases.

This flash tool is available for most markets globally**, with a few exceptions*** due to distribution restrictions.

How to install and use the flash tool for Xperia™
To get started, you download and install the flash tool on your Windows computer. When you use it, the tool connects to a server to access the software for your phone. To download the flash tool, go to the Xperia flash tool installation page. On that page, you will also find all instructions you need to install the tool.

Screenshot showing the flash tool when a phone is connected.

When you have installed the flash tool, it’s easy to flash software onto your unlocked Xperia™ smartphone. Once you have connected the phone to the computer, the tool automatically identifies the phone model and displays the available software. For more information on how to use the flash tool, go to using the flash tool for Xperia.

Note! When you flash software onto your phone with the flash tool, your user data and content will be erased. Make sure to properly back up all information.

Let us know what you think
So now you’re welcome to try the flash tool for yourself! Since it is a beta version, we are eager to find out what you think about it. Is this a useful service? And what phone models and software would you like to see support for in the future? Please share your opinion on the XDA forum, where we’ve started a thread for this flash tool. And as always, you can drop us a comment below to let us know what you think!

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* Only a limited number of phones and software versions will be available.

** The flash tool for Xperia™ devices is intended for the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo (Republic of the), Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe), French Guiana, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherland Antilles, Netherlands (including Bonaire), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

*** China, North Korea, Iran, Burma, Cuba, Sudan and Syria.

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  1. By Bhuvanesh Karna

    #1

    Hello Developers,

    I am trying to connect my Xperia U using Emma. I get “No available services matches the connected device” . Does this mean Emma does not support Xperia U?? If so what tool to use?

  2. By Danilo Blancisfortez Adame

    #2

    no puedo registrarme me dice que es usuario no valido y ya lo he intentado varias veces que hago?

  3. By Melwyn Manjuran

    #3

    Please help… when i connect my Xperia Z it says “no matching services” below it read “no available services matched the connected device”

  4. By Kuganathan Rajashekar

    #4

    Please help… when i connect my Xperia Z it says “no matching services” below it read “no available services matched the connected device”

  5. By JONATHAN AVENDAÑO PEREZ

    #5

    My Xperia ZL C6506 is not recognized for EMMA! Error. “No available services match the connected device”. Device is properly unlocked. can anyone help me?

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #6

      Hi,

      Thank you for commenting! Unfortunately, the Xperia ZL C6506 is not supported by the flash tool. Have a look at the list of all supported devices.

      Best regards,
      Anna from Developer World

  6. By Vladimir Stavrinov

    #7

    With customization.ini in place it doesn’t ask to login, but terminates with error “Unable to login”. Reinstall doesn’t help.

    • By Carl Johansson

      #8

      Hi Vladimir,

      Unfortunately the service was down for a little while, but is back to normal operation now. Very sorry for any inconvenience.

      Best regards
      Carl from Developer World

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #9

      Hi Vladimir,

      I have sent your feedback to our developer support engineers,and they will look into what the problem may be. I will get back to you again as soon as I have an answer from them!

      Best regards,
      Anna from Developer World

  7. By Mahesh Kaduskar

    #10

    its support sony xperia sl LT26ii

  8. By Mahesh Kaduskar

    #11

    how to register
    i had try lots of time to register

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #12

      Hi,

      You don’t need to register to use the flash tool, just make sure you have the Customization.ini file in the right place according to step 4 and 5 on the installation page.

      Br,
      Anna from Developer World

  9. By Mun Gyeong Bin

    #13

    does it support xperia M???

  10. By Paniz Vatankhah

    #14

    is this option supported by xperia arc s? cause i can’t find personalisation option in my settings,there’s only theme setting that offers 5 default themes,no more options.

  11. By Swarup Sengupta

    #15

    I have a sony live with walkman wt19i. on using the emma flash tool, it gave an error message “No available services matched the connected device.”.where did i go wrong? do i need a different flastool?

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #16

      Hi Swarup,

      The Live with Walkman (wt19) is not supported by the flash tool for Xperia devices. Check out the list of supported devices to see all supported devices. Also, note that this flash tool is for devices unlocked with our unlock boot loader service. If you didn’t unlock your phone, you can find updates for it through Xperia Care.

      Best regards,
      Anna from Developer World

  12. By Diwakar Jaiswal

    #17

    When services for Xperia M dual will be added in Emma

  13. By Mu'meen Ishak

    #18

    Hmmm… I still didn’t receive any verification email… why?

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #19

      Hello,
      You don’t need to register to use the flash tool, just make sure you have the Customization.ini file in the right place according to step 4 and 5 on the installation page.

      Br,
      Anna from Developer World

    • By Joe Padre

      #21

      Hi Hq,
      You don’t need a password to use the flash tool.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  14. By Venkatesh Manoharan

    #22

    i am unable to login to emma flash tool downloaded thru sony website using venkat4uin. get any activation mail as well.pls help.

    • By Prince Kingsley Juschkat junior

      #23

      Hi Venkatesh
      Hope this helps, after installing the Emma Flash tool, copy the customization.ini file from the unzipped folder (its a notepad and contains “developerworld/enable = true” when opened)
      After that copied follow this steps, Computer >Local disk C > Program Files >Sony Mobile >Emma> “Paste the copied customization.ini file here” authorise the changes with “Yes” when requested. Now close the folder.

      Now start Emma by clicking Start > All programs > Sony Mobile > Emma > Emma. It should open without prompting log.

      • By Swarup Mandal

        #24

        help me out, the customisation thing isnt working out for me.

        • By Anna Aleryd

          #25

          Hi Swarup,

          Can you try to uninstall Emma and remove all related files, then re-install the tool from the beginning? Make sure to follow the steps on the installation page in detail. If it still doesn’t work out for you, please let me know and I’ll try to find out what goes wrong.

          Best regards,
          Anna from Developer World

      • By Anna Aleryd

        #26

        Hi,

        Thanks a lot for helping out!

        Br,
        Anna from Developer World

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