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Flash Official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J Stock Firmware with FlashTool



Official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J (Docomo Japan) Stock Rom .ftf for FlashTool




If you own a Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J smartphone, you might be wondering how to flash the official stock ROM on your device. Maybe you want to restore your phone to its original state, fix some software problems, or upgrade or downgrade your firmware. Whatever your reason, flashing the stock ROM can be a useful and easy way to achieve your goal.




Official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J (Docomo Japan) Stock Rom .ftf for FlashTool



But before you proceed, you need to know some important things about the stock ROM, the .ftf file format, and the FlashTool software. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about these topics, as well as provide you with a detailed guide on how to download and flash the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool. We will also discuss the benefits and risks of flashing the stock ROM, and give you some tips and recommendations for a successful flashing process.


Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J specifications and features




The Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J is a flagship smartphone that was released in October 2016 by Sony Mobile Communications. It is also known as Sony Xperia XZ Dual F8332 with dual-SIM card slots. It is a variant of the Sony Xperia XZ that is exclusive to Docomo Japan. It has some differences in terms of network bands, software features, and color options.


Here are some of the main specifications and features of the Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J:



Display


Design


Dimensions


5.2 inches IPS LCD1080 x 1920 pixels424 ppi densityCorning Gorilla Glass 4Triluminos displayX-Reality Engine


Glass frontAluminum backAluminum frameIP68 dust/water resistantFingerprint sensor (side-mounted)


146 x 72 x 8.1 mm161 g


Processor


Memory


Storage


x1.6 GHz Kryo)Adreno 530 GPU


3 GB RAM


32 GB internalMicroSDXC slot (up to 256 GB)


Camera


Battery


Connectivity


Rear: 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/2.3", PDAF, Laser AFLED flash, HDR, panorama4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps videoFront: 13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), 1/3", AF1080p@30fps video


Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh batteryFast charging 18W (Quick Charge 3.0)USB Power Delivery


GSM / HSPA / LTEWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspotBluetooth 4.2, A2DP, aptX, LENFCGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSUSB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB On-The-Go


Software


Sensors


Extras


Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)Xperia UIDocomo Japan exclusive features and apps


AccelerometerGyroscopeProximityBarometerCompassColor spectrum


Stereo speakers3.5 mm headphone jackDual-SIM model available (F8332)


The Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J is available in four color options: Forest Blue, Mineral Black, Platinum, and Deep Pink.


How to download the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file




If you want to flash the official stock ROM on your Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J, you need to download the .ftf file that contains the firmware for your device. A .ftf file is a flashable file that is compatible with FlashTool, a software that allows you to flash Sony devices easily.


A .ftf file differs from other formats such as .zip or .img files that are used for flashing other devices. A .ftf file is specific to Sony devices and contains all the necessary files and partitions for flashing the stock ROM. You cannot flash a .ftf file using other tools such as Odin or SP Flash Tool.


To download the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file, you need to follow these steps:


Requirements and precautions





  • A Windows PC with internet connection.



  • A USB cable to connect your device to your PC.



  • A backup of your personal data on your device, as flashing the stock ROM will erase everything on your device.



  • A fully charged battery on your device, or at least 50% of battery level.



  • A working knowledge of flashing and rooting Android devices.



  • A disclaimer that flashing the stock ROM is at your own risk and we are not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur to your device or data.



Steps to download the .ftf file from XperiFirm





  • Download and install XperiFirm, a software that allows you to download official firmware files for Sony devices from Sony servers.



  • Launch XperiFirm and select your device model from the list. In this case, select Xperia XZ (F8331/F8332/SO-01J/SOV34/601SO).



  • Select the region and firmware version that you want to download. In this case, select Docomo Japan and the latest firmware version available.



  • Click on Download and choose a folder where you want to save the firmware files.



  • Wait for the download to complete. You will see a message saying "Download finished" when it is done.



  • You will now have a folder with several files inside it. These are the firmware files that you need to create the .ftf file.



Alternative sources for the .ftf file




If you don't want to use XperiFirm to download the firmware files and create the .ftf file yourself, you can also look for alternative sources that provide the .ftf file ready to flash. However, you need to be careful and make sure that the .ftf file is compatible with your device model and region, and that it is from a trusted and reliable source.


Some of the alternative sources that you can check are:



  • XDA Developers, a popular forum for Android enthusiasts and developers. You can find various threads and posts related to Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file, as well as other custom ROMs, mods, and tips.



  • Android File Host, a website that hosts various Android files such as ROMs, kernels, recoveries, and more. You can search for Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file and download it from there.



  • Google Drive, a cloud storage service that allows users to upload and share files. You can find some links to Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file on Google Drive, but you need to verify the authenticity and integrity of the file before downloading it.



Once you have downloaded the .ftf file from any of these sources, you can proceed to flash it using FlashTool.


How to flash the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool




Now that you have the .ftf file for your Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J, you need to flash it using FlashTool, a software that allows you to flash Sony devices easily. FlashTool is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, and supports various Sony devices such as Xperia XZ, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z, Xperia M5, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia M2, Xperia E4, Xperia E3, Xperia E1, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia C4, Xperia C3, Xperia C5 Ultra, and more.


To flash the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool, you need to follow these steps:


Requirements and precautions





  • A Windows PC with internet connection.



  • A USB cable to connect your device to your PC.



  • A backup of your personal data on your device, as flashing the stock ROM will erase everything on your device.



  • A fully charged battery on your device, or at least 50% of battery level.



  • A working knowledge of flashing and rooting Android devices.



  • A disclaimer that flashing the stock ROM is at your own risk and we are not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur to your device or data.



Steps to install FlashTool on your computer





  • Download and install FlashTool, a software that allows you to flash Sony devices easily.



  • Launch FlashTool and click on Tools > Bundles > Create. This will open a new window where you can create a .ftf file from the firmware files that you downloaded from XperiFirm. If you already have the .ftf file ready to flash, you can skip this step.



  • In the new window, click on the ... button next to Device and select your device model from the list. In this case, select F8331/F8332/SO-01J/SOV34/601SO.



  • Click on the ... button next to Source folder and select the folder where you saved the firmware files from XperiFirm.



  • Click on Create and wait for the process to complete. You will see a message saying "Bundle creation finished" when it is done.



  • You will now have a .ftf file in the same folder as the firmware files. You can rename it or move it to another location if you want.



Steps to flash the .ftf file using FlashTool





  • Launch FlashTool and click on the lightning bolt icon in the top left corner. This will open a new window where you can select the flash mode.



  • Select Flashmode and click on OK. This will open another window where you can select the firmware to flash.



select the folder where you saved the .ftf file. You can also drag and drop the .ftf file to the window.


  • Select the firmware that you want to flash from the list. You can also check or uncheck the options below the list, such as Wipe data, Wipe cache, Wipe apps log, Exclude system, and Exclude baseband.



  • Click on Flash and wait for the process to start. You will see a message saying "Preparing files for flashing" when it is ready.



  • Turn off your device and connect it to your PC using a USB cable while holding the volume down button. This will put your device in flash mode.



  • Wait for FlashTool to detect your device and start flashing the firmware. You will see a progress bar and a log window showing the flashing process.



  • When the flashing is done, you will see a message saying "Flashing finished" and a green tick mark. You can now disconnect your device from your PC and turn it on normally.



  • Congratulations, you have successfully flashed the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool.



Benefits and risks of flashing the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file




Flashing the official stock ROM on your Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J can have some benefits and risks that you need to be aware of before you proceed. Here are some of them:


Benefits of flashing the stock ROM





  • Restore your device to factory settings. If you want to reset your device to its original state, flashing the stock ROM can help you do that. This can be useful if you want to sell your device, give it to someone else, or just start fresh.



  • Fix software issues and bugs. If you are experiencing some problems with your device, such as lagging, crashing, freezing, or rebooting, flashing the stock ROM can help you fix them. This can also help you resolve any compatibility issues with apps or games.



  • Upgrade or downgrade your firmware version. If you want to change your firmware version, either to get the latest features and security updates, or to go back to a previous version that worked better for you, flashing the stock ROM can help you do that. This can also help you bypass any carrier or region restrictions that prevent you from updating or downgrading your firmware.



  • Remove bloatware and customizations. If you want to get rid of any unwanted apps or settings that came pre-installed on your device, or that you added yourself by rooting or installing a custom ROM, flashing the stock ROM can help you do that. This can also help you free up some storage space and improve your device's performance and battery life.



  • Unroot your device and restore warranty. If you want to unroot your device and remove any traces of rooting or customizing your device, flashing the stock ROM can help you do that. This can also help you restore your warranty if it was voided by rooting or installing a custom ROM.



Risks of flashing the stock ROM





  • Data loss and backup issues. Flashing the stock ROM will erase everything on your device, including your personal data, apps, settings, contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, and more. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have a backup of everything that you want to keep before you flash the stock ROM. However, sometimes backups can fail or get corrupted, so you need to be prepared for the possibility of losing some or all of your data.



  • Bricking your device or bootloop issues. Flashing the stock ROM can sometimes go wrong and cause your device to become unusable or stuck in a bootloop. This can happen due to various reasons, such as using an incompatible or corrupted .ftf file, interrupting the flashing process, having a low battery level, or having a faulty USB cable or port. Therefore, you need to follow the instructions carefully and make sure that everything is working properly before you flash the stock ROM.



or apps. Therefore, you need to make sure that you flash the correct .ftf file for your device model and region.


  • Voiding your warranty or losing root access. Flashing the stock ROM can sometimes void your warranty or lose your root access. This can happen if you flash a .ftf file that is not official or authorized by Sony or Docomo Japan, or if you flash a .ftf file that changes your device's bootloader status. Therefore, you need to check the source and the content of the .ftf file before you flash it, and be aware of the consequences of flashing it.



Conclusion




In this article, we have explained everything you need to know about flashing the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool. We have covered the following topics:



  • What is a stock ROM and why you might need it



  • What is a .ftf file and how it differs from other formats



  • What is FlashTool and how it works with .ftf files



  • Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J specifications and features



  • How to download the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file



  • How to flash the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool



  • Benefits and risks of flashing the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file



We hope that this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you want to flash the official stock ROM on your Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J, you can follow our guide and enjoy the benefits of having a fresh and stable firmware on your device.


However, if you are not confident or experienced in flashing and rooting Android devices, we recommend that you seek professional help or advice before you proceed. Flashing the stock ROM can be a risky and complex process that can cause damage or loss to your device or data if done incorrectly.


If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about this article or flashing the stock ROM, please feel free to leave them below. We would love to hear from you and help you out.


Frequently Asked Questions




Here are some of the frequently asked questions about flashing the official Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J stock ROM .ftf file using FlashTool:


Q: Can I flash the stock ROM without a PC?




A: No, you cannot flash the stock ROM without a PC. You need a PC to download and install FlashTool, as well as to connect your device to your PC in flash mode. You also need a PC to download and create the .ftf file from XperiFirm or other sources.


Q: Can I flash the stock ROM without unlocking the bootloader?




A: Yes, you can flash the stock ROM without unlocking the bootloader. Flashing the stock ROM does not require unlocking the bootloader, as long as you flash an official or authorized .ftf file that matches your device model and region. However, if you want to flash a custom ROM or kernel, you might need to unlock the bootloader first.


Q: Can I flash the stock ROM without losing data?




A: No, you cannot flash the stock ROM without losing data. Flashing the stock ROM will erase everything on your device, including your personal data, apps, settings, contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, and more. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have a backup of everything that you want to keep before you flash the stock ROM.


Q: Can I flash any .ftf file on my device?




A: No, you cannot flash any .ftf file on your device. You need to flash a .ftf file that is compatible with your device model and region. For example, if you have a Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J from Docomo Japan, you need to flash a .ftf file that is for Sony Xperia XZ SO-01J from Docomo Japan. If you flash a wrong or incompatible .ftf file on your device, you might face some problems such as bricking your device, bootloop issues, compatibility issues, or region issues.


Q: How long does it take to flash the stock ROM?




A: The time it takes to flash the stock ROM depends on various factors such as your internet speed, your PC performance, your USB cable and port, and the size and content of the .ftf file. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to flash the stock ROM. You need to be patient and wait for the flashing process to complete without interrupting it or disconnecting your device. dcd2dc6462


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