How to Unlock Bootloader on Xperia Play

In this article we will tell you how to unlock bootloader on xperia play. Here are the complete details.

Sony Xperia Play is one of the best phones launched by Sony. It Contains 1 GHz Scorpion processor with 512 MB RAM, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, 5 MP Rear and VGA Front camera, and many more exciting features.

Android Bootloader

Bootloader is a sort of programming code that must be executed just before any OS begin to run. Every Android-based smartphone has its own kind of Bootloader that orders and instructs its OS kernel to boot routinely or we can say ‘Normal Booting’.

But it should be noted here that since an Android is an open source operating system and is bundled on an array of different hardware, therefore we find different classes of bootloader on different kinds of hardware.

Although android is an open source operating system, still you will find a locked bootloader on the device. This is due to the reason that the device manufacturers want to keep the user on their particular Android OS version exclusively designed for that device.

They would not like to see the user playing around with their OS’s security. When someone desires to flash the Custom ROM of his device for installing another Custom ROM, then his first step is to unlock the bootloader of the device.


This tutorial will definitely work when unlocking the bootloader of Sony Xperia Play only. While working of it for latest android versions is not yet confirmed. On applying this update to another model or device may give an unwanted result.

Due to unlocking of Bootloader, your Android device may lose its official Warranty and while applying this update we will not be responsible if anything occurs to your device, so continue at your own risk. Just follow the simple steps given below

Unlock Bootloader on Xperia Play


  1. For successful completion of this rooting process charge your phone up to a minimum of 75% battery.

  2. You must take a back-up of all your personnel items and other important data.

  3. Please ensure that all your security suites, like firewall and antivirus, on you Sony Xperia Play as well as on computer must be disabled.

  4. You must enable USB Debugging mode on your Sony Xperia Play. Just follow, Settings–>Applications–>Development–>USB debugging. There select the USB Debugging icon.

Steps to be followed to unlock bootloader of Sony Xperia Play:

Step 1:

First you must ensure that the bootloader can be unlocked on your device or not. Open up the Dialer of your Sony Xperia Play and type *#*#7378423#*#* to open up the service menu.

Step 2:

Now go to Service Info then to Configuration and at last to Rooting Status. Now if the bootloader unlocking is allowed then you can unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia Play otherwise not.

Step 3:

Download the Fastboot and ADB package and extract it.

Step 4:

Now install the drivers of your Sony Xperia Play manually.

Step 5:

Open the Sony Ericsson’s unlock bootloader site and then click on continue.

Step 6:

Now, click on “Yes I’m sure”.

Step 7:

Now, click on both checkboxes and click on “I accept”.

Step 8:

Create an unlock request by filling the Name, IMEI No. and Email id. IMEI no. can be found using dialer of your Sony Xperia Play. Just type *#06# and you’ll get the IMEI no.

Step 9:

Now click on Submit and you’ll get an Unlock Key.

Step 10:

Now open up the run_me.bat file. Inside the CMD you’ll see some code. Like:

fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY

Step 11:

Replace the word “KEY” with the unlock key you received earlier. And your Sony Xperia Play will be unlocked. For Example:

fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0x726802F75671552D

So you’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader of your Sony Xperia Play.

Hope this article about how to unlock bootloader on Xperia Play helped you.


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