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How to Root Sony Xperia Neo L MT25i

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Sony Xperia Neo L Android smartphone is now root with this guide. After rooting your Sony Xperia Neo L mt25i you can install Custom ROM, Custom Recovery and some other apps that need a root access to work. You can also install some other android version ROMs like Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) custom ROM’s too. If you don’t know about the meaning for rooting, here is it. It allows other files or data from third party to access system files. This will give the function to do customization of user interface, some apps which also comes in Custom ROM. You can root your phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) by flashing kernel method.

The Sony Xperia Neo L has comes with Android 4.0 ICS as a default operating system. The mobile have 5 Mega Pixel Primary camera with LED Flash. And also having a 0.3 Mega Pixel secondary camera. The phone has 4 inch TFT capacitve touch screen which helps for HD viewing. The device has 301 MB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM. The phone is the one of the best android phone compared with other mobiles in its price range and also which comes with 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion.

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Warning before Rooting Sony Xperia Neo L:

  • We are not responsible for any damages that may happened due to using this guide to root your phone. If any problem that related to rooting instructions, we will help you to solve it.
  • Rooting is void your warranty of your phone.
  • Use this guide at your own risk. We shall not have any liability or responsibility for whatever happens to you and your device by using the instructions in this guide.
  • The instructions provided in this tutorial for educational purpose only. There is no guarantee that these steps will work for your device.
  • The steps given in this tutorial is only to use with Sony Xperia Neo L and the model number is MT25i. Applying this guide to any other device or any other model may produce many problems.
  • Read and Understand the whole tutorial first, before going to perform the steps.

Pre Requirements to Root Sony xperia Neo L MT25i:

  • We recommend you to take a backup of your data in the mobile using PC suite or any other method. After rooting, the data won’t be deleted. In case if you miss some data you can restore it from the backup file.
  • SMS – How to Backup Messages
  • Contacts – Sync with Gmail App
  • Videos, Images, Songs and Other Files – Copy to internal / External SD card or System
  • APN Settings – Take Manual Note from “Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
  • Then maintain minimum 60% charge in your mobile’s battery. This will help your device to don’t get switched off.
  • And Enable USB Debugging – “Settings > Developer Settings> USB Debugging”
  • Then Disable all antiviruses and firewalls in your PC or Laptop. Because these tools may interrupts the process during the rooting.

How to Root Sony Xperia Neo L:

  • First make your phone to msc mode by Settings > Xperia > Connectivity > USB connection mode > msc mode
  • Then enable unknown source by Settings > Security > Unknown source
  • You need to install the drivers for your phone to connect to PC. Download the drivers or Install the Sony Mobile PC suite. It will install the drivers on your Computer.
  • Download the Flash Tool – flashtool- (106.73 MB) – Here
  • Download the Sony Xperia Neo V kernel – MT11i_4.1.A.0.562_kernel.ftf (4.54 MB) – Here
  • Then download Sony Xperia Neo L kernel – MT25i_4.1.B.0.626_KERNEL ONLY_bywewenk.ftf (4.47 MB) – Here
  • Download the Doomlord’s Rooting toolkit – Here
  • First install the Flash tool in C drive.
  • Then copy the neo v kernel – MT11i_4.1.A.0.562_kernel.ftf- to C:/FlashTool/Firmwares
  • Run the “flash tool” as an administrator.
  • Now click on the “flash mode” icon on the top left (thunder icon) and choose “flash mode”.
  • And then select the kernel.
  • Then it will ask you to connect the phone to PC or Laptop.
  • Switch off your phone and Press and hold the back button and connect the original USB cable. Because, using other data cable’s may produce not detecting problems.
  • Once the tool completes the flashing, disconnect the phone from the Computer and reboot it.
  • Your mobile will vibrate, but you don’t see anything while switch on the phone.
  • Now connect the phone to computer with usb cable.
  • Now open the downloaded doomlord folder.
  • Then you can find “runme.bat” file. Just open with Administrator.
  • At this process your phone will reboots many times. And finally the command prompt will say that, your phone is rooted.
  • Now flash the latest Neo L kernel that downloaded earlier by flash tool as mentioned above.
  • Also replace the neo v kernel with neo l kernel in C:/FlashTool/Firmwares
  • If your phone has stuck on the welcome screen or boot screen, just remove the battery and re insert it and do the above steps again.
  • If you want to check whether your phone has rooted or not, search Root Checker app in Google Play store and install it. Then open it and you can find it your phone rooted or not rooted. Or check your mobile’s app list. Super User app has been installed on your phone. If the Super User app is not there in your phone your mobile doesn’t rooted successfully.

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Do share in comment section in case if you face any errors or met any problems in firmware update process. In future, we will update installing Custom ROM’s on your Sony xperia Neo L. So, stay updated. Now you have successfully learned how to root Sony Xperia Neo L mt25i.

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  1. S@gor Sur

    January 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

    After flashing my device with Neo V karnel I just tried to complete the doomloader part. But it’s stucks & the flashtool says that I needs to install driver which I can get from driver folder included with flashtool.
    So I download the letest PC Companion and install it, but the problem dose not solved! I also tryed driver tools, included with flashtool & installed flashtool and flash mood drivers. But it dosen’t change anything! My phone screen is blanked till now. Whatever I don’t care about my phone. Just tell me… What to do now? …
    Waiting for your reply…… 🙂

    • vishnupreet

      February 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      install the driver provided in the ‘drivers’ folder from the flashtool folder…

      • Maher Mahmoud

        February 19, 2013 at 6:17 am

        me too…what should i do ???

        • bobo

          September 11, 2014 at 10:16 am

          how to direct install to google play store apps in sd card ???? plz help mee

    • dinesh vyas

      March 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      open task manager and kill any process named adb then from your android sdk launch adb.exe hope it works

      or if you want to bring your phone back to normal just flash the mt25i kernel

  2. Chacille Tan

    March 19, 2013 at 2:29 am

    My xperia neo l was not successfully rooted superuser is installed but when I try to used apps that needs rooted phone.I am getting an error message that Phone is not rooted.pls help

    • Perth Surti

      August 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

      my Xperia is not rooted at all

      can’t do anything

      stuck at runme.bat

  3. RobertFabian

    March 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    My phone won’t turn on, and won’t connect to the computer by usb. I don’t know what to do. Can anyone help me ?

    • MoNy

      August 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      copy the kernel mt25i in firmware folder……..then run the flashtool again…..flash the kernel…and connect ur phone with pc by using usb cable by long pressing the back button……u will find the green light on ur phn….after the complete flashing……disconnect ur phn and switch it on….it will wrk…… MoNy

  4. reza

    April 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    The driver of sony xperia neo L is not found in driver Folder of flash Tools:-(
    Where Can I find driver? I cannot find sony Mobile pc suite too, so Flash Tools has Not Reconized My Device.
    What Shoul I do?

  5. Nilotpal Majumdar

    April 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    “adb server out of date” ????? means ??/

    • Mohit Yadav

      May 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      I’m facing the same issue. Do tell me how to get rid of it

  6. arch_duke_mcville

    April 5, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I did not turn the debugging on. Now I can’t use the root. Please advice on what to do.
    I cant use the phone and it’s all black screen.

  7. arch_duke_mcville

    April 5, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I’m stuck at this instruction part:

    (Now connect the phone to computer with usb cable.
    Now open the downloaded doomlord folder.
    Then you can find “runme.bat” file. Just open with Administrator.
    At this process your phone will reboots many times. And finally the command prompt will say that, your phone is rooted.)

  8. josin

    April 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    is this process working with xperia neo l?? any successful rooted phones?? comment me plz….

    • Mohan Moni

      June 25, 2013 at 12:20 am


  9. Danish

    April 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    reading all of this comment…… i finally change my mind to keep my phone unroot =.= its hard for me…….im scared it will brick my phone………..

    • Hussanal Faroke

      April 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      me too

      • sushant

        August 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

        me too

  10. renz ocon

    May 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    this suck. im stuck. cant open my phone. please help. im almost finished it. i dont get it. im trying to flash the neo L kernel, but i cant.

  11. Sudipto

    May 8, 2013 at 1:44 am

    do i need to have sony pc companionship in my pc for doing it???

  12. Sudipto

    May 8, 2013 at 8:49 am

    In the flashtool it is showing in the end that….
    Device connected with USB
    debugging off
    does it mean i forgot to switch on USB debugging???

  13. Ediz Akatlar

    May 9, 2013 at 12:41 am



  14. Pabitra Padhy

    May 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    This is bullshit… dont try this… these bastards try to fool us…. no single root access did…. infact its just a toy story… every other videos in internet just stops just before showing the superuser app….


  15. Anirudh

    July 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    It works for me Thanks..

  16. richard

    July 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Helo. can you help me. my problem is ERROR FLASHING . i FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTION BUT it is STILL ERROR FLASHING ..

  17. ram prasanth

    August 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Error in install of drivers for connected device..for Sony neo l..what wanna install for Sony neo l in drivers..

  18. aswini

    September 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Please help,

    dear friend,

    i completed the whole process, my sony xperia neo l was flashed. but at
    last when i checked with root checker it showed my device doesn’t have
    root access. so i tried to download another app. but to my
    disappointment internet symbol near sim signal strength is permanently
    gone even though data traffic is enabled and on.

    So now I am unable to access internet also. . So for the time being what I did was factory reset.. and I am back to square one with all my apps and data gone.

    I really hoped this post was true.

    BUT please if there is any way to root my device please let me know.

    and YES one thing I noticed during running runme.bat every alternate
    line showed path not found..also I tried another time(second run) with
    run as administrator but in vain…tell me if I was wrong somewhere.

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