How to root Sony Xperia Z5c Compact on Android 5.1.1 [Guide]

sony-xperia-z5-compactWe have all deleted something from our smartphones at one point in time and wished we had the same kind of recycling bin that our computer running Windows operating systems has pre-installed. Sadly, that isn’t the case with the Android operating system when it comes with a locked operating system straight out of the box. There is a way you can have a recycling bin and restore any of your old deleted pictures, videos and music files, and it’s done with the Dumpster application for rooted users.

Anyone can install the Dumpster application on the Sony Xperia Z5c and restore those deleted files you wish were still around. The only thing you need to do is root your device first by using the guide after the break.


  • The steps in this guide are made for the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact only (Z5c) running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. They will not necessarily work if your device gets updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in the future.
  • You must have a custom recovery installed on the Sony Xperia Z5c device before you can root it using this guide.


  • Unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery and rooting the Sony Xperia Z5c device will all void the warranty. You will need to unroot, have the stock recovery and lock the bootloader before your warranty can work again. Check forums like XDA developers and Google for more details on how all that is done for your device.
  • Never accept your OTA’s after you root the device. For those who do not know, OTA stands for over the air update and they can brick your device with root access. You want to be searching for your stock ROM and flash tool to flash your stock ROM on the device manually with the help of a computer. Get familiar with flashing your stock ROMs if you are planning on rooting and installing a custom recovery in the future. The flash tool will often stay the same if you are using a device from the same manufacturer; it’s just the stock ROM file you will need to keep changing.


  1. Download the SuperSU by Chainfire you need to root the Z5c from here.
  2. Drag the SuperSU from your default downloads folder over to the desktop.
  3. Connect the Sony Xperia Z5c device to the computer with the USB cable and copy the SuperSU file over to the root of the internal storage SD card.
  4. Unplug your device from the computer and reboot it into recovery mode.
  5. Tap on the ‘Backup’ button from the main recovery menu and continue to take the NANDRoid backup of your data.
  6. Tap on the ‘Install’ option from the recovery menu and follow the instructions to browse the SD card and upload your SuperSU. Follow the prompts to complete the installation of that file on your device.
  7. Choose the ‘Reboot System’ option from the main recovery menu and your device will reboot back in normal mode.

In conclusion, that’s how to root Sony Xperia Z5c smartphones running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. You can do pretty much anything you want now that you have a custom recovery and root access to your internal file system.

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