How to root Sony Xperia M2 Aqua and install a custom recovery [Guide]

Sony Xperia M2 AquaThese are the guidelines to root Sony Xperia M2 Aqua smartphones and install a custom recovery.


  • Use this guide to root Sony Xperia M2 Aqua smartphones only. It is not made for any other device.
  • This guide is only made for the D2403 device.


  • Make a backup of all your Sony Xperia M2 data using the Sony PC Companion. You will lose all data and rely on restoring that data later to get it back. You can only do that by creating a backup of the data before you begin.


  1. Download the rooting exploit you need from this link.
  2. Extract the rooting package on the desktop of the computer.
  3. Copy the D2403_18.3.C.0.40_CE (1).ftf and D2303_18.0.C.1.13_Global Generic_Only kernel.ftf files to the Flashtool/firmware directory.
  4. Open up the Flash Tool.
  5. Flash the D2403_18.3.C.0.40_CE (1).ftf and wipe all.
  6. Wait for the flashing to complete, and then head over to the Menu > Settings > About Phone menu.
  7. Tap on the build number 7 or 8 times until it says you are now using the device as a developer.
  8. Enter the Developer Options menu by tapping the Menu > Settings > Developer Options and apply the Stay Awake, USB Debugging Mode and Allow Mock Locations.
  9. Now tap the Menu > Settings > Security > Enable the Unknown Sources option. Now you can install application from third-party sources outside the Google Play Store.
  10. From the same Security menu,  enter Device administrators and deactivate ‘Enterprise Service’ and the ‘Android Device Manager’.
  11. Connect the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua to the computer and allow the USB Debugging Mode every time on this computer if prompted on the display.
  12. Unplug the M2 from the computer and long-press the Power button to turn it off.
  13. Enter the Flash tool again and flash the D2303_18.0.C.1.13_Global Generic_Only kernel.ftf
  14. Disconnect your M2 and turn it on. Wait for the black screen after the Sony logo — don’t worry, this is normal.
  15. Open the EasyRootTool v12.4 install.bat file on the computer and run the same. If yours gets stuck the first time, run it a second time and it should work.
  16. Wait until it tells you that your M2 Aqua smartphone is rooted and then unplug it again.
  17. Look in the folder for the DSC_0001.jpg image and open it to see a button you must push to power off your device.
  18. Enter the Flash Tool again and flash the D2403_18.3.C.0.40_CE (1).ftf kernel only this time.
  19. Turn on the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua and it will reboot back in normal mode.
  20. Open the Google Play Store and download the SuperSU application by Chainfire. Do not open the app once you install it.
  21. Connect the Sony M2 device to the computer once again and run the SONY RIC Killer v2 install.bat.
  22. Once you have done that, open your SuperSU app from the app drawer and agree to update the SU binary if it prompts you to do so on the display.

That’s it; you have just rooted your Sony Xperia M2 Aqua handset. Many devices from the Sony Xperia range are an annoyance to root and the M2 Aqua has proved no different. Hopefully you got there in the end.

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  • Crazy for you

    Forget rooting the 5.1.1, I am currently running 7.1.2 Omnirom on my xperia m2 aqua and it’s blazing fast and beautiful at the same time. Unlock your bootloader, install twrp, flash rom and kernel and afterwards root if you need it by flashing supersu via twrp. There are guides for both the Omnirom and Lineage OS (made by pretty much the same people and both up to date) on the XDA forums, just have in mind all this may void warranty. Just google xperia m2 7.1.2 xda lineage or omnirom(single sim only).
    PLUS the developers are already working on an 8.0.0 rom! Update your phone, unleash it’s real power :D

  • Themis Spanopoulos

    same problem, help please

  • Xolani Mweli

    Hi Mathew i have checked my parcel it was only updated on the 5th of July today is the 17th of July
    please check where my parcel is track no.RN673435849CN

  • Mathew Diekhake

    Hi Xolani,

    If it’s not working, then it probably means a new software update that rolled out to the Xperia M2 Aqua is preventing it from working. If that’s the case, you’ll need another guide instead.

    If there is a working rooting method that you can use, it will be found by searching for how to root + device name + Android version (i.e. Android 6.0.1, etc.)

    Good luck with your admin rights!

  • Xolani Mweli

    Hi Guys,

    I have tried everything its not working. Final stage getting into the main screen doesnt work

  • Crazy for you

    The Flashtool firmwares directory is not created when you install Flashtool. To create it you just need to start the Flashtool and wait for it to prepare which will create the firmwares directory. It will be created in C:Users.flashToolfirmwares.

  • Crazy for you

    When I flash the D2303 Kernel the screen just keeps on blinking on while being black. I think I can’t move on to the next steps because when I try to root the cmd screen just shows it like an ongoing connect-disconnect cycle. I reflashed the kernel 3 times and still nothing.

  • Graeme

    Instruction 3 above…where is the Flashtool/firmware directory?