How to root Sony Xperia Tipo on Android 4.1.2 [Guide]

xperia tipoThe Sony Xperia Tipo isn’t a new device like many of the other devices we have covered of late, but it still deserves a rooting post nonetheless. As you probably know, Google and Android developers lock the operating system by default; they do that so your device is as secure as possible. Even hacking aficionado’s like us don’t argue that is the best thing for the devices when they originally come out of the factory. However, it does come with one giant problem: not all people prefer it that way. For all those people, there is a choice you can make. Anyone who wants to root Sony Xperia Tipo devices can do so by following the guide after the drop. Rooting is not frowned upon by Google and many Google employees choose to root their devices too.

Here is how to root Sony Xperia Tipo handsets running any firmware:


  • These are the steps to root the Sony Xperia Tipo smartphone running any firmware to date. You likely won’t find any future OTA updates coming the way of your Tipo again, so this guide should be reliable for the rest of the Tipo’s lifetime.


  • The following guide works for both Windows and Linux users. The only difference is when you get to step four, you need to notice the two different files. The file is for the Linux users. That’s the file the Linux users want to run later in the guide to get the root access to the Sony Xperia Tipo handset.
  • You should download the Sony drivers to the computer if you are using Windows. If you are finding problems with the guide working for your device, try installing the universal ADB drivers by Koush instead.


  1. Download the necessary files to root the Tipo from this link directly to your computer.
  2. Drag the file from the default download location over to the desktop of the computer.
  3. Right-click the mouse over the file and select the “extract here” option from the menu.
  4. Once the file is extracted, you should find three main files on your desktop: the RunMe.bat file, a ‘stuff’ folder and a for Linux users.
  5. Make sure you have the Developer Options unlocked and the USB Debugging Mode enabled before advancing to the next step. Unlocking: Menu > Settings > About Device > tap the build number until it calls you a developer. Enabling USB Debugging: Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging > Check the box so it’s now on and exit the Developer Options menu to finish.
  6. Connect the Xperia Tipo to the computer using the USB cable.
  7. Double-click the RunMe bat or sh file that is right for your computer, remember the bat is for Windows users and the sh file is for those with a Linux operating system.
  8. You should get a command prompt Windows opening on your desktop.
  9. Type ‘1’ on your keyboard and press the Enter/Return key.
  10. The file is now rooting your Sony Xperia Tipo and you should not touch any more buttons until the process is completed.

Now you can install a custom recovery on the Sony Xperia Tipo device so you can complete your customizing and start flashing new ROMs or taking complete backups.

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