Sony Ericsson: How To Solve Bootloop Problem For Stock ROMs
If you are one of the many users of Sony Ericsson Android smartphones, most particularly the Sony Xperia Mini (ST15I), and is experiencing this bootloop problem (or boot loop) for your stock ROMs then this procedure is definitely yours to try. A friend of mine shared this on his Android forum site called Pinoy Droid Alliance. According Mikko a.k.a. komiks0916, a bootloop problem can be considered as “softbrick”. And it will be so unfortunate for those users who experienced especially if their mobile smartphone is on stock ROM and the bootloader is still locked. Here’s a simple guide on how to solve an Android bootloop problem. But before we start with the steps, here’s a quick video to give you an idea what’s an Android bootloop problem.
Basically, the most basic definition of an Android bootloop (boot looping) problem is whenever you restart your smartphone it keeps on showing you your smartphone’s logo infinitely and it won’t go to your home screen.
The author will not be held liable for whatever happens onto your smartphone during or after you followed the procedure from this article. The steps has been tested and had been proven working following the stated procedures below. You may either, (1) try this and restore your smartphone; (2) try it and brick again your smartphone; (3) or don’t do anything at all and let your smartphone be kept on your drawer – dead set forever. The choice is entirely up to you.
How To Fix Android Bootloop Problem On Sony Xperia Mini (ST15I)
First, you need to download the latest Sony PC Companion Software onto your computer. You can get and download the latest PC Companion here.
The main gist of this procedure is that you will be able to restore your smartphone and get rid off that Android bootloop problem. You will be able to use your Android smartphone afterwards but the only catch (not really a drawback for me) is that you will lose all of your stored data and information except for those that are saved in your SD card. Another thing that you have to consider before taking the plunge is that with this procedure, your Android smartphone will have to accept and use the latest firmware.
The author from the source also said that it will be much appropriate if you restore or install the stock ROM from the PC Companion tool.
1. Go to the “Support Zone” on your PC Companion;
2. Click “Start”, but don’t connect your smartphone yet;
3. An overlay pop-up window will open, click the “Repair phone” link from there;
4. Click on “Continue”;
Somewhere along the succeeding steps from your screen, you will be asked to choose your handset. Then that’s the only time where you will be asked to connect your smartphone into your computer then you will be asked to press the “Back” button.
5. A notification overlay window will pop-up to notify the user that ALL data will be lost and you need to confirm this by ticking the check box and click on “Next”;
6. You’re almost close to the finish line. This is the last step but the most crucial one because you need to have a very stable Internet connection and as much as possible it should be fast enough. The last stage of this whole procedure is that with your PC Companion, it will download the latest firmware or stock ROM from the server and install it on your handset. This might take a while depending on the speed of your Internet. So you’d better be patient.
VIOLA! That’s it. You may now remove your Sony Xperia Mini (ST15I) from your computer and customize it again.
For more information or if you bumped into something unexpected, you can visit Pinoy Driod Alliance thread.