How to use Flashtool v0.8.6.0. 22 to flash firmware on Sony Xperia devices
Flashtool is a software tool that allows you to flash firmware files on Sony Xperia devices. It can be used to upgrade, downgrade, or restore your device to its original state. Flashtool is compatible with most Windows computers, except for Windows Vista[^2^]. It supports most markets globally, except for some countries with distribution restrictions[^2^].
In this article, we will show you how to use Flashtool v0.8.6.0. 22 to flash firmware on your Sony Xperia device. You will need the following items:
A Sony Xperia device with an unlocked bootloader.
A USB cable to connect your device to your computer.
A firmware file for your device model and region. You can download it from XperiFirm or other sources.
The Flashtool v0.8.6.0. 22 software. You can download it from Android File Host or other sources[^3^].
Before you proceed, make sure you backup your data and charge your device to at least 50%. Flashing firmware will erase all your data and may void your warranty.
Step 1: Install Flashtool v0.8.6.0. 22 on your computer
Download the Flashtool v0.8.6.0. 22 executable file from the link above and run it as administrator on your computer. Follow the instructions on the screen to install Flashtool on your computer. You may need to install some drivers for your device during the installation process.
Step 2: Download and prepare the firmware file for your device
Download the firmware file for your device model and region from XperiFirm or other sources. The firmware file should have a .ftf extension and should be compatible with your device's bootloader status (locked or unlocked). If you download a .zip or .rar file, extract it to get the .ftf file.
Copy the .ftf file to the following folder on your computer: C:\Users\YourUsername\.flashTool\firmwares\
Step 3: Connect your device to your computer and launch Flashtool
Turn off your device and connect it to your computer using a USB cable while holding the volume down button. This will put your device in flash mode.
Launch Flashtool as administrator on your computer and wait for it to detect your device.
Step 4: Select and flash the firmware file on your device
In Flashtool, click on the lightning bolt icon on the top left corner and select Flashmode.
A new window will open with a list of available firmware files in the C:\Users\YourUsername\.flashTool\firmwares\ folder. Select the .ftf file that matches your device model and region and click on Flash.
A pop-up message will ask you if you want to exclude some files from the flashing process, such as system apps or user data. You can choose to exclude them or not according to your preference.
Click on OK and wait for Flashtool to flash the firmware file on your device. Do not disconnect your device or interrupt the process until it is finished.
When the flashing process is completed, Flashtool will show a green message saying "Flashing finished". You can disconnect your device and reboot it normally.
Congratulations! You have successfully flashed firmware on your Sony Xperia device using Flashtool v0.8.6.0. 22. 061ffe29dd