Custom Rom Xperia Z5 E6653

Here’s the thing. Installing a custom rom on a Sony phone is painful. Really painful. Especially the Z5 is badly supported. I intend to only provide an overview here. The Internet will give you all the details. You just need to google the right key words.

Here’s how to go about it:

On your phone:

  1. Under Settings>Security set Unknown Sources to true.
  2. Enable USB Debugging under Developer Options. If you are not a developer, then click on the build number several times to enable Developer Options.

On your computer(Windows):

  1. Download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot. The other variant is to have android studio installed. What does all this mean? ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge. You can push (“flash”) software from your computer into the phone, when you have ADB and Fastboot installed.
  2. Check if this works – How? Open the cmd line application and then type “adb devices”. You should see a alphanumeric number with the word device.
  3. You need to also download a driver, called a fastboot driver “S1 Fastboot Driver” or “ADB Interface Driver” and install it. Now how do you install it? This isn’t really a piece of cake. On the cmd prompt type “adb reboot-bootloader”. You will enter into the fastboot mode on the phone, with the blue led light. On your computer under “Device Manager” you will see that you have a new device (under “Other Devices”) with an exclamation mark. You need to then chose to install the driver. Select the driver “ADB Interface”.
  4. Once the driver is installed, when you type “fastboot devices” you will see the same thing, when you typed “adb devices” when the device was on.

Now you need to download certain softwares: We need a way to break into the kernel and install TWRP Recovery. When you have recovery installed you can then install the custom roms.

So download:

  1. E6653 Kernel boot image. –> Save on Minimal ADB Fastboot folder
  2. TWRP for E6653 ( I use 3.1.1) –> Save on Minimal ADB Fastboot folder
  3. Lineage OS –> Save on phone SD Card
  4. Gapps (arm 64) –> Save on phone SD Card


Now we have to load through fastboot the kernel and recovery:

  1. Go to command line. (Your phone is in fastboot mode -> switched off with blue light on)
  2. type in “fastboot flash boot boot.img” so that you can install the kernel/boot
  3. type in “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img” so that you can install twrp
  4. then type “fastboot reboot”
  5. When the led turns yellow, press the volume up button. You will then enter TWRP.
  6. If you are unable to enter TWRP then its mostly because of a shitty version of the kernel or twrp that you flashed. Since there are so many places, where you could possible download this stuff.. and several versions..its hard to say ( at least I am not technically capable of pinpointing the error)
  7. In TWRP install the two zip files – first lineageos then gapps.
  8. That’s it. Reboot.

If you want to now Root your LineageOS Sony Xperia z5 E6653, then you need to save file (v2.79 is compatible with LineageOS 14.1) on SD Card. Then you can go into TWRP.

How to get into recovery mode? In Developer Options, set “Advanced Restart” to true. Then when you press the power button and select restart, you will get options to go into Recovery or Bootloader etc. Then you can go into recovery.

Once in recovery, we just need to install the file. The phone might boot a couple of times before it finally loads. Download the apps SuperSU and Rootchecker from playstore and run them.

If you are unable to go to recovery, then its again a problem with your TWRP version/Compatibility. So go back to fastboot and flash another version and try your luck.

That’s about it. It’s been a nerve wracking two days to get this far.

Please note, that Sony’s camera and audio quality are LOST when you install Lineage OS. Your Speakers will shrill loudly and your camera might be taking too bright photos. But now you have your freedom. Is the choice worthwhile? Only time will tell.