How To Root Sony Xperia Ray With Android 4.0.3 In 5 Minutes

How To Root Sony Xperia Ray With Android 4.0.3 In 5 Minutes

Most devices running Android must be rooted in order to install custom versions of the Android system such as CyanogenMod. The stock configuration (unrooted), user-installed applications do not have direct access to the flash memory chip on the device and are not able to replace or modify the operating system itself. Rooting is also necessary for certain applications and widgets that require additional system and hardware rights such as rebooting the phone, certain backup utilities, and other access to other hardware such as status LEDs. Rooting is also needed to disable or remove manufacturer-installed applications such as City ID. Rooting the phone typically also includes installing an application called Superuser that supervises which applications are granted root rights.

How To Root Sony Xperia Ray?

Now I’m going to show you an easy method to root your Sony Xperia Ray Android 4.0.3 Smartphone. Yesterday, I have rooted my phone. So, it is tested and 100% working without any problems. Above I mentioned the advantages of rooting your smartphone. After rooted, now I can install a lot of apps(root needed), and a lot of features are unlocked. The happiest thing is, “All the extra settings in my ” Avast Mobile Security” are unlocked!! Now, my phone is 100% secured. So, what do you think? Wanna root your phone? If your answer is “Yes”. Just follow these simple steps.

Disclaimer: Neither NetMascots, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then i can help you in solving the same.


  • Sony Xperia Ray ST18i
  • Android 4.0.3
  • Sony Xperia Ray Rooting Package.You Can Get It From Here
  • Windows Operating System [Any Edition]

Steps Before Going To Root Your Root Sony Xperia Ray

  • Backup Your Device (Songs, Videos, Images, Contacts, Call log, Messages).In normal condition, you will never lose anything while rooting.But, I strongly recommending for taking a backup.
  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 70% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • ADB Should be installed in your computer without which it’s not possible to make use of this procedure.(Included in Sony Xperia Ray Rooting Package.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your Sony Xperia Ray from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.

Assuming that you have followed all the above-mentioned instructions, you can now proceed for rooting steps!


Connect your phone to the computer with the help of original USB cable and open the file “runme.bat” file from your computer.

How To Root Sony Xperia Ray With Android 4.0.3 In 5 Minutes


As soon as you connect your phone, press 1 and hit on Enter to start the process of rooting. Once the rooting process is done, superuser and busy box will be installed in the device and also once it’s done, it will mention on the screen that “All Done” which will mean that the rooting is successful.Your phone will be restart 2 times while rooting.

Note: In case if the phone doesn’t get rooted successfully, you need to repeat the whole process from the start to root your phone.

Well done! Your Sony Xperia Ray have now successfully rooted or we have done the Jailbreak Sony Ericsson Xperia! Enjoy and let me know your comments.Thanks!

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  1. thanks a lot.. i’ve already rooted my phone..

    1. Glad to know that!

      1. please how can i root my phone xperia ray ST18A after updating it to ICS

        1. Please tell me the ICS and software version.

          1. Well one question…i don’t need to download flashtool or anything like that to update my xperia ray from 2.3.4 to 4.0.3? i just need to do runme.bat file and then i’ll have ics 4.0.3 version? ohh and one more thing do the battery drain fast?

          2. No.The rooting toolkit or the mentioned runme.bat file is only for the rooting purpose. To update your xperia, you just install the “Sony PC Companion”.

          3. well i do have PC Companion and when I searched for a newer update for xperia ray ST18A it says that I have the newest update at the moment =/ and I don’t know how to update my version from 2.3.4 to 4.0.3

          4. Then here is the solution. Download Sony Update Service software,install it on your PC.Then, you will be able to update your xperia.

          5. i changed my xperia ray from st18a to st18i but i still can’t root my phone…i have 4.0.3 version but can’t root my phone…how do i install adb into my phone? how can i root my phone and install 4.1.2?

          6. adb is for computer. Not for our phone. Just find the adb driver in the drivers folder in the package i have given.

  2. hey ,i am confused between xperia pro and xperia ray,both are having the same specifications,which one is better ?

  3. been trying to root it and just can find anything on how to rooted my other phone but this must have a software update or something
    android 2.3.4
    build number 4.0.2.A.0.62

    1. For instructions on how to unlock the boot loader of your phone please visit

      Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone if you unlock the boot loader. Sony Ericsson can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your phone, and will not be responsible for any unsigned custom software being flashed to the phone after the boot loader is unlocked.

      You should only unlock the boot loader of your phone if you are an advanced user with good knowledge of the technology and risks involved. We strongly recommend that standard users NOT unlock the boot loader, as it is not needed. We are proud to deliver great phone experiences through our rigorously tested and official software releases.

  4. And please tell me xperia ray support usb on the go?

    1. Yes. Of course.

  5. i have rooted my xperia ray but busy box is not installed in my phone. Only su is installed…
    Shall I reroot it?
    Another question is that how can i switch my phone back to unrooted status?

    1. Don’t reroot! you can download busybox from play store:

  6. I have already rooted my phone. Thank you very much. 😀

  7. i’d rooted my phone a week ago, and yesterday i updated to 4.0.4…id notice that my super user app did’nt exist in my phone.. i tried to run my apps that need root access but it failed to run.. can u pls give a site where i can root again my phone?

    1. Wait for the next root software release.

      1. Does that mean we need to do rooting process again when we update/repair via sony companion?

        1. Hello Adam.

          Yes of course, we need to root again after the update/repair via sony companion..

  8. I just try to make those steps…this is the answer: how can I send you the screen shoot? can you give me your email address?

  9. do i need to unlockbootloader first before i start to root ??
    plese explain to me

    1. No.You can straight proceed to root. Please note. ICS 4.0.3 little bit buggy and consumes more battery and heating issues. I strongly recommend you to upgrade to ICS 4.0.4. For more detailed info, please read this article.


  10. ya i have update to ics iam using ics 4.0.4..but when i root my device its state permission denied…then superuser.apk failed…all failed..but the phone restart twice…any explanation on tis ??

  11. hi there! glad to check this site. i hope you can help me with my problem on my Xpera Ray.

    here’s the scenario…

    I have recently updated my phone’s software since PC Companion prompted there’s an update for 4.1.B.0.431. It took a while for me to do the process and just while the update was about to finish, my netbook restarted and the update wasn’t done successfully. When I tried to update again, it took a while and when I unplugged the USB and turned on the phone, I lost my contacts and apps. The worst thing is, I can’t access interenet even though data traffic is on.

    I would appeciate your response! Thank you! 🙂

    1. After update, you have to download the internet settings and need to restart your phone. If you can’t download or any error occurs during settings download, your data operator will help you to get the settings for xperia ray.

      1. thanks for the quick response..

        so you mean error occurred because I don’t have the internet settings and not because of the software update itself?

        alright, if that’s the case I’ll just manually grab the settings through my network provider. thanks!

  12. Please how can i root my phone xperia Neo V ? Please answer me sir.
    Can i use with the same software?

    1. No. This software is only for xperia ray. If you want to root, just upgrade to 4.0.4 and see the rooting instructions here

  13. Will this work on ST18a, build 4.1.B.0.431 (Telus)?

    1. May be! My phone is Xperia Ray ST18i. So, i tested only on my phone.

  14. I can not update to 4.1.B.0.431. it gets stuck a place for hours nd hours!!any sollution?please!!

    1. Ok, please use this software for the upgrade.

  15. Hello,
    Is your method work with the latest Xperia ray ICS 4.0.4 ?

    1. I have already told me the methods to root ICS 4.0.4. Please read the above comments..

  16. can I root my HCL ME U1 tablet with this tool?????

    1. Hello Farhan.Welcome to SparkyHub.

      Rooting your tablet involves a lot of risk.Please be careful.You require minimum knowledge of computers. Please follow this link to root your device..

      1. hv rooted my tab… thnx bro

  17. How can I update my xperia ray which is running on gb…built no 4. ..062
    Can I follow the abow steps…
    Any risks….
    Pls reply brother…
    My mail I’d …

    1. You can update your phone easily via “Sony PC Companion”…It’s safe and the fastest method to upgrade your phone from gingerbread to ICS!

      1. K.after updating to ics 4.03 if I follow the abow steps I can update to 4.04 ..if I root will I loose my warranty… ?
        Thnkx for quick response..

  18. I made the whole process, but I am not allowed root access

    1. Hello Leandro..

      Welcome to SparkyHub.

      Please check the below steps and try it one more time:

      1. Make sure that USB Debugging in your SONY Xperia Ray from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

      2. Open the rooting cmd program with full administrative privileges.(In windows 7, right click on the program and click on “Run as administrator”.

  19. sorry, my version is 4.0.4

  20. hello my ray version is 4.0.4 but it is slow and hanging i want to downgrade plz help me

  21. Works good with ST18i_4.1.A.0.587 🙂

    1. Glad to hear that…

  22. Good one, rooted by ur method !!! But how do I unroot my xperia ray ??

  23. is t work with 4.0.4 because i can;t clearly understand from the comments…..

    1. No. But, I’m going to write an article about “How to root ics 4.0.4”. So, please wait

  24. i cant root my xperia ray..

  25. The rooting went down, but I forgot to give ‘run as administrator’ privileges when started the .bat file. Obviously writing problems repatedly occured during the procedure and I have no superuser app, busybox has been succesfully installed, and ‘all done’ were written out. I am at a loss how to proceed. Luckily, everything works as mush as I can judge that. 4.1.B.0.587.

  26. Correction. However the script stated that the files have been written out, the root explorer revealed there’s no corresponding directory, consequently a big nothing have I done, hopefully. Then why were printed out ‘all done’? May or shall I give it another go?

  27. I connect my internet network throught mobile data instead of the wifi. After upgrade to 4.0.4 the application like FB, Twitter failed to connect through it. How do i solved this?

    1. Check your data is turned on:-) Or try to download the internet settings one more time!

  28. Can I route my Xperia Ray 4.0.4 ? If so, please let me know.

    How to downgrade phone software?

  29. I lost my contact after I updated my xperia ray to version 4.0.3
    Can you please tell me how to get it back if I forgot to backup it?

  30. Keep the phone after rooten the original language?

  31. Ref my message before this, in my case the dutch language.

    1. Sure. The language will remain as you set, after rooting!

      1. Thanks for your quick answer. I shall try it.

  32. My phone model is version no. 4.1.B.0.587(update Provided by sony).Will i be able to root my phone….I am planning to upgrade to jellybean..will it work as fine ?…If any error occured in between, Will i be able to downgrade to a previous version of android

    1. Jelly bean is not supported in our phone! If any error occurred, you can easily downgrade to the previous version of android by flashing!

  33. Hi, great article
    I would like to root my st18i with version 4.0.2.A.0.62, and flash some other rom mainly due to some wifi problems iam experiencing recently. Is this article suitable for my software? If not how can i do what i want?
    Thanks a lot dude!!

  34. I have tried to root my device.
    it was showing permission not granted in that cmd. but at the end it shows all done. But there is no change in my device. How can i know if it is rooted or not?

    1. Just install an app in your device and check whether your device is rooted or not, search in play store for “Root Checker”…

  35. how can i root xperia ray st18i adroid version 2.3.4?

    1. Hi Jiku.

      Did you tried this article?

      One Click Root For Sony Xperia Ray – Root Within 5sec

      Check whether it is working. If not, kindly update me.


      1. not yet sir if i do that,may xperia ray version 2.3.4 will become adroid version 4.0.4?
        thanks sir for the response…

        1. Hey Jiku.

          Welcome back. This article (One Click Root For Sony Xperia Ray – Root Within 5sec) will not upgrade your android version while rooting. You don’t need to worry about that.


          1. Hi Sir,

            I tried to install One click root for Sony Experia Ray…after i do that,once i click the superuser “there are currently no Superuser app policies” appear…What does it mean???


          2. Hello Jiku.

            Hope you are going well. This is a common issue. The solution is, we need to update the binary. Enable internet and Just go to super user app>> click on settings>>then click on su binary>> just update it>>reboot your device. This will fix your issue.


  36. Hello Akhil,

    I have run this tool on 4.0.4
    I did not hit enter 1 on command prompt as you suggested and it is showing *daemon started successfully* and since 30 min its showing a same window.

    so my question is:
    1> is it running in background?
    2> will it work? I did not run it on 4.0.3 as you mentioned
    3> how can cancel it if it will take so long ?

    please advice and reply me fast


    1. Please update me fast, anyone can help me? still I am stuck with same screen

      1. Hi Jitendra.

        Did your tried “One click root for sony xperia ray” ?


        1. I have tried “One click root for sony xperia ray” but its not working. 🙁

          1. That’s strange! Try manual rooting using flashtool. I have provided the tutorials here.


    2. Hi Jitendra..

      Go to task maneger in windows and kill the process called “adb.exe”. What is your android version?


      1. thanks for the update, I am going to do “One click root for sony xperia ray” today in a next 30 min

  37. while flashing is showing an error and the driver is not supported

    1. Hi.

      Did you installed all the drivers in the flashtool? In your PC, Go to C:>>Flashtool>>drivers>> install it and select xperia ray to install.


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