Root Xperia X8 / W8 & Install CyanogenMod 7 Custom ROM & X Recovery

Root Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 or W8 and Install custom ROM and X recovery

Xperia X8 W8People who have been using Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 or W8 must be aware that even though the interface is quite smart, some of the applications that run in the background are quite sluggish. If you wish to delete some of the applications or modify them then for that you will have to root Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 or W8.  Also, the other benefit of rooting this device is, you will be able to install custom roms when needed.


Disclaimer: While you root your Xperia X8 or W8 device, if any issue occurs after the phone update or rooting, the site should not be held responsible for this. If at all you face any issues, you can contact us and we will help you sort out the same. It is also vital to keep in mind that when rooting is done the device warranty gets void. Do it all at your own risk.

First How to root Xperia X8 and W8

Before rooting Xperia X8 or W8 you should first get the battery of the device charged to the extent of 70 percent at least. This will ensure that the rooting procedure won’t get hampered in the middle.

After that, Go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > Enable ‘USB Debugging’.

Now connect the phone with the data cable to your systems USB port. If you are doing this for the very first time you must go this way. Choose “Install PC companion on the USB mode menu”. Once you do this, your computer will recognize the usb device and download will start. This is how you can install the latest Sony Ericsson PC Companion software on your PC.

Once PC Companion software is installed properly, you can download the SuperOneClick v1.5 for Android 2.1. If you are using Sony X8 or W8 and v1.5 doesn’t work, try SuperOneClick v2.1.1 for new devices, and then unzip it. You can find the both the downloads below:


SuperOneClick V2.1.1

After this disconnect the usb. Now connect the X8 or W8 device with usb again. During this process, one important thing to keep in mind is to DO NOT select any options on the phone.

Now run the SuperOneClick tool. Click the big “Root” button. After that wait for sometime. Soon you will get the message that your W8 or X8 device is rooted successfully. Now you can disconnect the usb connection and reboot X8.

The steps as given above should be followed properly so as to get the apt result. Your X8 or W8 device is now rooted. Since both X8 and W8 have similar hardware, their process of rooting is also similar.Now since you have rooted the phone and made your device free you can surely ditch the official Android 2.1 Custom ROM.

Pre-requisites of Installing Custom ROM in Xperia X8

Since you are saying good-bye to the Android 2.1 Custom ROM, you are going to move to an entirely different space. But while doing so, there are chances that if you do not follow the exact instructions or the right method then either your phone may get bricked or you may lose the entire data. It is therefore vital to first take the back up of the sms, contacts and settings that are there in your device. You must also ensure that the battery level should above 60%.

Installing Custom ROM and XRecovery in Xperia X8

Now, moving further, you can install custom ROM and XRecovery with help of the following video. Since the procedure is quite complicated, you will get an exact idea when you view the video properly and follow the instructions as given.

P.S.: The credit for this excellent video on installation of custom ROM and XRecovery in Xperia X8 goes to XDA developers. Visit XDA forums for more details.


  1. OK in Xperia X8 E15a Android 2.1 thanks

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