I was tired of aggressive and annoying ads on my smartphone, especially Youtube
ads pissed me of most. To completely disable ads i decided to root my phone.
Basically «rooting» a phone gives you super privileges in Android OS.
You can modify any system files or install any apps that require root.
For me modifying
/etc/hosts and blacklisting ad servers there was most important.
My phone is Sony Xperia X model F5121 with one sim card. So Sony allows you to unlock bootloader and then you can flash any kernel/recovery you want there so that can unlock super privileges.
Get unlock key from Sony
First go to https://developer.sony.com/develop/open-devices/get-started/unlock-bootloader/ follow instructions and get your device unlock key.
Here i duplicate instructions just in case. To be able to unlock your Xperia X, prepare it by following these steps:
- Go into Settings > About phone and tap seven times on Build number to enable developer options.
- From Settings, go into Developer options and enable OEM unlocking.
- In your device, open the dialer and enter
*#*#7378423#*#*to access the service menu.
- Tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then you can continue with the next step. If it says No, or if the status is missing, your device cannot be unlocked.
Copy your unlock code and move on to the next steps.
Install and download dependencies
I run Debian/Ubuntu on my PCs so i decided to use that system for rooting phone and not go with any Windows tools. Install adb and fastboot. Optionally if you have microSD card with extfat formatting install exfat-fuse and exfat-utils.
sudo apt-get -y install android-tools-fastboot android-tools-adb
Ensure that you made full phone backup as following steps will delete your data.
As you have already unlocked developer options in previous step, enable there USB Debugging.
Connect your phone to PC, authorize PC in phone when asked and run commands below.
Ensure that you run all your commands as root. I usually use
sudo -Es to switch
to superprivileged mode.
to verify that your device is determined prperly. Once connected switch device
to Trasfer files mode and copy there to SD card or Internal Storage
Those files will be used later in recovery.
Now reboot your phone into bootloader mode, unlock bootloader and flash recovery and kernel.
Rebooting device into bootloader mode:
adb reboot bootloader
Phone screen should be dark and you should see blue led indicator.
Now check your phone with fastboot.
Your phone should appear in device list, let’s continue with OEM bootloader unlocking. Copy unlocking code from unlock step in the first part of article.
fastboot oem unlock 0x<your-unlock-code>
Now flash kernel and twrp recovery.
fastboot flash boot KERNEL_F5121_34.4.A.2.85_CLEAN.img fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.2.1-20180505-suzu.img
Once you flash and saw messages like
target reported max download size of 536870912 bytes sending 'recovery' (22400 KB)... OKAY [ 0.705s] writing 'recovery'... OKAY [ 0.279s] finished. total time: 0.984s
it means everything was written correctly and you can boot into recovery now.
If you see message like
FAILED (remote: Command not allowed)
it means that your bootloader was not unlocked, please check if you correctly completed all above steps.
Now boot phone into recovery mode. Unplug it from PC, poweroff,
hold down power button and volume down at the same moment. You should see
twrp screen. Use menus to install
DRM-Fix_System_Mode.zip and then
from SD card or internal storage. Order of installation matters, first install DRM
and then magisk.
Clear cache/delvik cache and and switch-off device. DO NOT PROMPT INSTALL TWRP.
After a while switch on device, first reboot may take a while and you may face bootloop.
magisk_5.X.apk. Now you have root.
To unblock ads I used AdAway APK. You can download it from F-Droid or use APK from archive downloaded from my website.
Enjoy ad free phone.