In order to root a Sony Xperia XA phone I followed the steps described here, until the step to reboot the device in recovery mode. Using an Ubuntu computer and the phone connected by USB, I ran the following command:

sudo adb reboot recovery

after I copied the recovery image to the phone as described on the page linked above.

However, the phone rebooted normally and not in recovery mode. There was no option to load the root file to flash the device.

Is there any other way to reboot the device in recovery mode?

  • The site you linked to looks to be another one that just fits devices into a "generic" guide, which won't always work. Go look around in XDA instead. – Andy Yan Sep 2 '17 at 16:30
  • Many Sony Xperia don't have a recovery. You need to unlock the bootloader first then you'll be able to root. – esQmo_ Sep 2 '17 at 17:48
  • Which Android version is your device? – esQmo_ Sep 2 '17 at 19:00
  • Follow this guide: forum.xda-developers.com/xperia-xa/how-to/… – esQmo_ Sep 2 '17 at 19:05
  • @esQmo_ Following this guide creates an error Unable to mount storage. See here: android.stackexchange.com/questions/182543/… – Alex Sep 3 '17 at 8:39

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