How to root Sony Xperia Z3 on Android 6.0 [Guide]

sony-xperia-z3These are the instructions to root Sony Xperia Z3 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. The guide uses two methods: one for a locked bootloader and one for an unlocked bootloader. Both those methods are labelled clearly, so make sure you follow the right one for your device.


  • The following guide is made for the Sony Xperia Z3 only. Sony root methods are never easy, and they are generally device-specific, meaning you will brick your device attempting to use this guide on any other device.
  • You must have a custom recovery installed on your Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone if you are using the unlocked bootload bootloader.


  • Make sure you backup your Z3’s data like call logs, text messages, pictures, video files, music files, and all other data you do not want to risk losing. Rooting doesn’t usually wipe the data, but sometimes people want to restore the data after performing a hard reset.
  • Enable the USb Debugging Mode on the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
  • Anyone who needs to unlock the Developer Options menu on the SOny Xperia Z3 so it is no longer a hidde menu can do that now by tapping on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Build Number 7 times or more. It will let you know on the display when you have unlcoked the developer options by calling you a developer.


The locked bootloader method:

  1. Flash the Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone.
  2. Flash the from here.
  3. Flash the from here.
  4. Flash the from here.

The unlocked bootloader method:

  1. Download the new boot image file that is able to be rooted from here.
  2. Rename the file to “boot.img” and flash it with adb and fastboot on your computer.
  3. Enter the custom recovery mode and then flash the Systemless SuperSU from here.
  4. Reboot the Sony Xperia Z3 back in normal mode by tapping on the option to reboot the system from the main recovery menu.

In conclusion, that’s how to root Sony Xperia Z3 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates for both a locked and unlocked bootloader.

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  • Mathew

    My mistake, I had briefly lost my mind. I’m not a Xperia guy, but I will now make a note to hone my skills. I know that you can install a dual recovery on and then the ES File Explorer app (or any root explorer) and mount the /system to RW from the options inside the root explorer to do it on a locked bootloader in the old days. But I don’t know that is required for this because the SuperSU for Marshmallow is a systemless root and by the looks of the name “system zip,” this will definitely be the systemless version. The systemless version of SuperSU no longer needs to modify the /system partition. I’m not the original creator of the guide; I just share the news and unfortunately they didn’t go into more detail. Perhaps just try the unlocked bootloader method if you cannot work it out with the locked bootloader.

  • libyanmk

    Not the xperia phone’s, you have to install modified recovery, but first you need to rooted in order to install recovery ?

  • Mathew

    All devices running Android have recovery mode.

  • libyanmk

    xperia devises doesn’t have recovery mode

  • Joel Collicott

    Can someone please help me with this. I am brand new to rooting and have a z3 with a locked bootloader. A video would be appreciated but any help is appreciated.

  • Frigyes Kemény

    De ne bazd már meg az anyádat.. hogy a faszomba lenne Recovery Sony telefonon? gyökér csicska buzi kamu szar bazd szájba a retkes anyádat.

  • Mathew

    Try recovery mode.

  • syafi arif

    how to flash the zip file in locked bootloader ?