How to root Sony Xperia Z5 Dual E6683/E6633 and install custom recovery [Guide]

Sony Xperia Z5Some say rooting Android operating systems is becoming obsolete. And it’s true that a number of apps are meaningless for various devices now, like the SDFix application that was once a key app for people running Android KitKat and Android Lollipop — two operating systems that some of the flagship devices are no longer running, after since being updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But that’s not to say that rooting in general is coming to a close. From statistics on our end, it’s as healthy as ever.

There are many reasons why rooting is still popular. Think of all the great applications that are still useful: Servicely, ROM Toolbox, ROM Manager, BusyBox, SuperSU, Titanium Backup just to name a few. These are apps that are not dependent on any one platform of Android, and they will continue to thrive heading into the future as key apps that will never likely be incorporated into the stock Android operating system simply because they cannot without them creating additional risks for the average user Google developers will never compromise.

By rooting the Sony Xperia Z5 Dual handset, you are opening the floodgates to the aforesaid apps on the list, and still a great quantity more.


  • You must have the Sony Xperia Z5 Dual that has the E6683 model number, or the E6633 model number. No other model number is to be used with this guide or you risk bricking that device.
  • The guide will install a custom recovery for you. You do not need to have a custom recovery installed before you start this guide.


  • Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Developer Options menu by tapping on the Z5 Dual’s menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.


  1. Set up adb on your computer so you can flash the files with fastboot.
  2. Download your recovery and SuperSU from here.
  3. Copy the recovery file and have it in the same folder as your adb so they are within the same directory.
  4. Connect the Xperia Z5 Dual to the computer with the USB cable and copy the SuperSU over to the root of the internal storage SD card.
  5. Hold the Shift key and right-click the mouse where it shows the white background and choose to open a new command window here from the menu.
  6. Type the first command to reboot the device to bootloader mode: adb reboot bootloader
  7. Type the next command to flash your recovery: fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    – or change the name of recovery.img to the real name of your recovery file.
  8. Hold the button combination for recovery mode directly after you apply the last command: fastboot reboot

The Sony Xperia Z5 Dual is now booting to the recovery that you just flashed. Choose the ‘Install’ option from the recovery menu and browse the SD card for the SuperSU.

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  • Mathew

    You need to unlock it before using this guide. Unlock is available from here:

  • Hussain

    I had one question how do i chek that my mobiles boot loder is un locked and if it is locked how do i unlock it safely

  • Mathew

    Hi Hussain,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I’d personally rather die than be in a video in front of millions of people which is one of the reasons I usually write and don’t Vlog. If it’s videos you need I would recommend checking out YouTube.

    Which part are you struggling with exactly? is it the language barrier or the guide is just not really doing it for you?

  • Hussain

    Hii Mathew i want a video doing root for Sony xperia z5 dual e6633 please

  • Hussain

    I tried but i can’t understand

  • Hussain

    Please post a video on this

  • Hussain

    Do you have video on this

  • Mathew

    Hi Euniana,

    The part where it says to boot into the recovery mode is just to make sure that the stock recovery does not wipe TWRP. If you can boot into the custom recovery after the guide is complete, then it is complete. If not, then perhaps try waiting longer until the device is rebooting before you press the hardware buttons for the recovery mode. You have to time it right.

  • Euniana

    E6633 on Marshmallow here. Can’t enter recovery mode. When I try to boot into TWRP, it just starts regularly. Any ideas?