Posted on Oct 17 2013 - 6:27pm by Anurag Kumar

Sony has officially rolled out Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 firmware update two days ago and it is a major update over previous 14.1.G.1.534 firmware. 14.1.G.2.257 firmware brings noticeable changes to camera, white balance calibration of displays screen, Wi-Fi range, power management and improves performance overall.

Though Sony has listed 14.1.G.2.257 firmware on its different region website but many users still have not got it yet, may be because 14.1.G.2.257 firmware is still seeding and may roll out in different regions not at the same time.

Xperia Z1 C6902 users in India are asking us about the update, so at present there is one commercial and journalist band Xperia Z1 C6902  14.1.G.2.257 firmware ftf is available for manual flashing so is the case with Xperia Z1 C6903 ftf ( specific region’s ftf also available ).

We have created below a tutorial for newbie’s to let them teach how to flash Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf using Flash Tool Manually ?

[ UPDATE 18 Oct ] 14.1.G.2.257 firmware CONFIRMED in India on C6902.

Changelog of  Update

Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 firmware major update rolled out – Improves Camera, Display and Power Consumption.

How to flash Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf using Flash Tool Manually ?

Flashing doesn’t need Root and it doesn’t voids your warranty.

Make a backup of data via PC Companion before proceeding.

Step 1 - Download FlashTool

Download FlashTool version 0.9.13.0 in which Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra has been added.

Download flashtool-0.9.13.0-windows.exe

After downloading above FlashTool, install it.

Step 2 – Download Firmware Ftf file

Download the Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf from below links.

Download Xperia Z1 C6903 14.1.G.2.257 firmware ftf

Brand Commercial & Journalist

Download C6903_14.1.G.2.257_GLOBAL-LTE (1277-1398).ftf

Download Xperia Z1 C6902 14.1.G.2.257 firmware ftf 

Below file extracted from :- [ For INDIA Xperia Z1 C6902 users specifically ]

  • Phone Software Version – 1272-6084_14.1.G.2.257
  • File System Version – GLOBAL_HSPA_14.1.G.2.257
  • Country – India

Download C6902_14.1.G.2.257_Generic_IN.ftf
[ via XDA user chenthil ]

Brand Commercial & Journalist

Download C6902_14.1.G.2.257_Global.ftf

or

Download C6902_14.1.G.2.257_Global.ftf

Step 3 

After downloading ftf file, Go to location where FlashTool is installed and create a folder named “Source Files” and put the above Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf  file in it.

Additional Step :- Install Drivers

Install Drivers from the folder named “FlashTool Drivers” in the location where FlashTool is installed.

Step 4 – Open FlashTool

Now Open FlashTool. See the “Black Lightning icon” at the top left corner. Click on it.

Flash Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf using Flash Tool Manually

Step 5 – Choose Flashmode from Bootmode chooser

Now choose flashmode from given two options.

Choose Flashmode from Bootmode chooser

Step 6

Now browse to “Source Files” location and select it. You will see the  Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf file listed below in left hand side of window under the “firmware section tag”.

Put files in FlashTool

Put files in FlashTool

Step 7 – Wipe data if you wish

See the right hand side of window under the “Wipe” tag, all three options are checked if, will delete all user data. So if you don’t want to delete all user user data and don’t want a factory reset then you should uncheck them.

Click on “Flash” button.

 Wipe data if you wish

Step 8 – Preparing files for flashing

After clicking on “Flash” Button in above step, now FlashTool will prepare file “C6902 / 14.1.G.2.257 / Global for flashing.”

Preparing files for flashing

Step 9 – Connecting phone in FlashMode.

Now enable USB Debugging on your phone and enable unknown sources option in your Xperia Z1 and switch it off. When prompted the notification of connecting your phone, connect it in flashmode.

Connecting phone in FlashMode.

Press Volume down button and then insert usb in phone, you will see red and green light blink once, it means phone is connected in flashmode now.

As soon as phone is detected by FlashTool, flashing beings and wait till it is finished.

Connecting phone in FlashMode.

How to flash Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf using Flash Tool Manually ?

Step – 10 Disconnect phone

Disconnect phone as soon as flashing is finished. Now reboot your phone. You must have Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 firmware on your phone :)

v10

Now go to about phone settings and check whether you have 14.1.G.2.257 firmware read, if yes you have successfully updated your Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 to 14.1.G.2.257 firmware, Cheers :)

Xperia Z1 C6902 14.1.G.2.257 firmware

Perform each step carefully and it’s very easy to flash firmware ftf files on your phone.

Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 firmware Changelog – As what Sony says…

Sony has officially acknowledged the 14.1.G.2.257 firmware update info on their blog and listed the changelog very carefully as Xperia Z1 users are facing many issues on present unstable firmware.

Below changelog is based on what Sony has updated. We will soon update our changelog as soon as we get hands on this firmware.

  1. Camera Algorithm Tweaked – Batter Camera Pics now as per Sony’s statement.
  2. Xperia Camera app runs more smoothly. New camera app actually, new settings seen.
  3. Display is calibrated, need to see whether yellow hue tint issue on Xperia Z1 is resolved or not.
  4. Batter power consumption now.
  5. Exchange sync more better now.

Our Changelog on 14.1.G.2.257 firmware

  • Automatic power-off issue Still there. Got 3 times.
  • Wi-Fi range improved.
  • Touch sensitivity is better from previous firmware.
  • Optimized backlight option is gone now, and is permanently ON now.
  • Display not improved seems same to us. It many have been improved but not for as. It’s still same as it was before.
  • Battery draining at same rate, no improvement.

BUGS in Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 firmware

  • NFC icon now shown while it is activated.

If you face any difficulty in updating your Xperia Z1 to 14.1.G.2.257 firmware, drop your comments we will help you out. If you have got notification for 14.1.G.2.257 firmware in India on PC Companion, let us know in comments below :)

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93 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tom Jones October 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    One step that may be missing, if you can’t get the phone into FlashMode then you may need to install drivers for it. These can be found in a folder under the flashtool directory;

    C:\Flashtool\drivers\Flashtool-drivers.exe

    • Anurag Kumar October 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Adding it :) but i expected every xz1 user will be having drivers already installed.
      Still for assurance they must install drivers.
      Thanks,

      • Bob March 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        Does not work.
        I cant install drivers

  2. Tom Jones October 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Cool.

    Only reason I mention it is that I didn’t have these drivers instaled (not sure why else you would have them or even where t oget them other than this tool?).

    Windows just gave me “driver failed to install’ errors when I tried to enter flashmode or fastboot and I spent ages trying to figure out what the problem was.

    • Anurag Kumar October 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      well as far as i see, in version 0.9.12.1 of flashtool, Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra drivers are already added and when user first connected his phone to PC, Z1 drivers were automatically installed.

      No issues of drivers ever here :)

  3. Aditya October 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Flashtool not downloading showing error code 6

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

      ok, try downloading directly from flashtool.net website.

  4. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 12:05 am - Reply

    thanks but not able to download ftf files from both the links!

  5. Migs October 18, 2013 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Have you checked if this removes the yellow hue issue? Will be doing this once I get home. Thanks for the guide.

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

      i don’t have the issue as i got may yellow tint Xperia Z1 replaced from Sony. Sony says the display is brighter in this update.

      But let me tell you my true words :- i don’t find any change rather i think display is even more dim in this new update and it still has yellow hue tint on screen as told to me by many users.

      Camera has improved a lot :)

      • Migs October 18, 2013 at 1:17 am - Reply

        Damn, problem is I got the yellow hue when I updated to .534. Was hoping this was gonna fix this.

  6. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

    not able to download ftf files. need help

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 1:24 am - Reply

      what’s the issue, use dropbox link, it works fine.

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 1:29 am - Reply

      well then please try after some time, may be link is shut down temporarily bcoz of heavy traffic, Tried another link also ?

  7. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 1:27 am - Reply

    no it says error 509. temporarily shutdown due to network traffic

  8. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 1:30 am - Reply

    yea tried tat chinese link. when i click on download button nothin happens!!

  9. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Ok atleast someone let us know if the official update is rolling out in India. Thanks

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Not yet available, not seen a single Indian user getting this update including mine :(

  10. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Only c6903 ppl r getting now I guess. Our turn is next

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      [ UPDATE 18 Oct ] 14.1.G.2.257 firmware CONFIRMED in India on C6902. Just got it on PCC as well as SUS

  11. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Can u please tel me the difference between official version and this journalists version of software?

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      i have just updated the links for indian version.

      Well on journalist version, NFC bug was there. Some preloaded apps difference nothing more, same kernel, same firmware.
      It’s just the after flashing a certain region firmware then you will get future updates as per it only.

  12. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks. I was about to download this version. Cheers ppl

    • Anurag Kumar October 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      you didn’t get update yet. Almost every Indian user which were in my circle got the update. Still if you haven’t got it yet. You can download the Indian version ftf, it’s live now :)

  13. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks bro

  14. Aditya October 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Actually I got the update. Awesome

  15. ckchan October 21, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

    hi, may i know if there is any root method available after this 2.257 update?

  16. Aditya October 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Camera performance not improved. Can someone tel the best settings for camera?

  17. Ashish October 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Generic India update is not getting downloaded. only 1 kb md5 file downloads every time.
    File property also shows its size only 172 Bytes.
    Please provide another link.

    has it been removed from skydrive?

    • Anurag Kumar October 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      yes i think so, 2nd file removed…let me get another ftf link. In case you can visit your sony service center and ask them to update your phone.

  18. Steven October 30, 2013 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Hi, the phone can’t boot anymore.
    I tried flashing again but it didn’t work.
    The sony logo appears and disappears. Please help met out

  19. Frank October 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Is this really the only thing to do, i read something about backup TA on Xda is this also neccesary? TY in advance.

    • Anurag Kumar October 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      backing up TA needed while unlocking the bootloader of your phone not while flashing :)

  20. Frank October 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    TY Anurag Kumar, for now you made my day.
    One more i am from the netherland ( dutch ) and i downloaded the version C6903 14.1.G.2.257 firmware ftf. is this the correct one.

    • Anurag Kumar October 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      yes check in your about phone if it says C6903 ( LTE version ) then you downloaded the right file.

  21. Frank October 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    hmmm having a bootloop right now

    • Anurag Kumar October 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      while flashing finished, was there any warning in blue letters like “sim partition file not flashed” ?

      If not then try again.

      While phone boot loops and you see sony logo, then press volume down button and connect it to PC, try connecting like that to get out of boot loops and then again re flashing via SUS or flash tool.

  22. Frank October 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Anurag, got the phone working again but only after flashing whit the sony update service. All is well now, was worried for a while.

  23. Frank October 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    btw do you know a way to get the playstation mobile store working in my region?

  24. Bryan October 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Hi i have tried to do this installation on my sony xperia L . But When flash starts I get this message and it

    31/037/2013 15:37:25 – ERROR – ERR_SEVERITY=”MINOR”;ERR_CODE=”0017″;ERR_DYNAMIC=”0×80060011 “;

    31/037/2013 15:37:25 – ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted

    Whats going on?

  25. Frank November 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Morning Brian, can it be the firmware isn’t compatible with the Xperia L.

  26. jeremy November 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Does Phone need to have unlocked boot loader, as i keep getting error flashing aborted

  27. jeremy November 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    forget my last comment i did it

  28. Camilo Uribe November 17, 2013 at 12:12 am - Reply

    The “C6903 14.1.G.2.257 firmware ftf” works with C6906 ?
    Thanks !

  29. Camilo Uribe November 17, 2013 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Now in my C6906 in number model says “C6903″ WTF ?

  30. Hayklooo December 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    pliz put video somone!!!!

  31. Quame December 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Please will i be able to flash Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 ftf manually onto Xperia S phone?

    • Anurag Kumar December 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      No you can’t , if done it will brick your device.

  32. Frostyd December 14, 2013 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Is there a kernel alone flash that will allow one to make use of the root exploit and then flash the new.257 kernel?

  33. Matt Sugiarto December 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    How about my Z Ultra?

    • Anurag Kumar December 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      same method goes for every Xperia handset buddy :)

  34. nauman saleem December 17, 2013 at 3:57 am - Reply

    When I start flashtool. It shows z1 is connected even if not connected and something related to busybox and Android version 4.0.4.. Help me out. If you ask I will send screenshot. Please help

  35. xperia z December 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I use your way to flash my xperia z

    thank you

  36. jane December 30, 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

    in flastools driver… no XZL driver…how?

  37. Thanu January 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    which ftf file to download? Please let me know

  38. lary January 7, 2014 at 2:51 am - Reply

    May J flash this ftf firmware my xperia z 4,4(beanstalk rom) ?

  39. satinder negi February 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    can i flash xperia sp to 4.3 without internet connection after downloading flash tool and ftf file?

    • Anurag Kumar February 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Yes you can flash without internet connection…

  40. Tanmay February 19, 2014 at 12:06 am - Reply

    19/004/2014 00:04:06 – INFO – <- This level is successfully initialized
    19/004/2014 00:04:06 – INFO – Flashtool Version 0.9.13.0 built on 2013-06-04 22:50:00
    19/004/2014 00:04:11 – INFO – Device disconnected
    19/004/2014 00:04:21 – INFO – Selected C5302 / 12.1.A.0.266 / 1272-3116_R2B
    19/004/2014 00:04:21 – INFO – Preparing files for flashing
    19/004/2014 00:04:26 – ERROR – invalid block type
    19/004/2014 00:04:26 – INFO – Cannot open bundle. Flash operation canceled

    hi having this error while flashing please help

  41. sai March 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Can you please give me the correct ftf file for sony xperia SP (C5302) , after downloading the complete file im getting “Failed- Network error”.

    “https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B91NfT5kQEMFc0otMXFHWHQ1Uzg/edit?pli=1 “

  42. dhruv March 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    cant download the ftf file from the given link. please help me as I want to root the phone. my present build no. is 14.2.A.1.136

  43. Yusuf March 5, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Yar it is giving error 1, error flashing.aborted. kindly help me out on this.

  44. saul March 12, 2014 at 2:15 am - Reply

    wich drivers for zl c6502?

  45. Adhi March 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    My Z1 Keep restarting after flashed ….WHAT SHOULD I DO ???? :-(

    • Adhi March 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Sorry finally I can made UP
      Try to re flahs and DO NOT Un check any “Wipe” items
      Then It can reboot properly

  46. lowh March 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Bro..can i used your firmware to flash my phone (malaysia)

  47. sam March 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    i want to root and im on 4.4..so I have to downgrade to 4.2.2..i have c6902 indian version..so shud I flash this file C6902 14.1.G.1.534 Generic IN available on xda : http:// forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2469191…reply asap

  48. arun tayal May 9, 2014 at 7:17 am - Reply

    my xperia m is not giong in debugg mode please help me.

    • arun tayal May 9, 2014 at 7:23 am - Reply

      09/020/2014 07:20:57 – ERROR – Processing of loader.sin finished with errors.
      09/020/2014 07:20:57 – INFO – Ending flash session
      09/020/2014 07:20:57 – ERROR –
      09/020/2014 07:20:57 – ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted
      09/020/2014 07:20:57 – ERROR – Drivers need to be installed for connected device.
      09/020/2014 07:20:57 – ERROR – You can find them in the drivers folder of Flashtool.
      09/021/2014 07:21:54 – INFO – Decrypt canceled

  49. Sachin June 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Hi, Anurag Kumar,

    First of all Thanks a lot for this step by step guide.
    I really appreciate your knowledge sharing idea.
    Salute to you brother.

    Only one small help. I am not able to setup exchange mail after I downgraded to 4.2.2 . It says “could not connect to server “. Also I used to use same settings before when I was using 4.3 and 4.4. But some how the same settings are not working with 4.2.2.

    Could you help?

    • Anurag Kumar June 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Are you able to add email accounts in stock email app of Sony with same settings ?

  50. Fad July 7, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Hi Anurag Kumar, I’ve done exactly everything you instruct here. But, after successfully flashing my phone, it wont start. It just show sony logo and then nothing, just a black screen with back lighting.

    I’ve read this is a bootstall problem. Do u know what is actually causing this issue?

    Thanks

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