How to Unbrick Xperia Play using Flashtool [Step by Step Guide]

Previously I publish tutorial for Unlocking boot loader and rooting your xperia play , one of my friend accidently bricked his phone so I decided to post a solution here for it. We use a tool called FlashTool ,this tool is verified by XDA developers and you can flash generic FTF files to recover your original firmware back.

Flashtool can also perform these task as well -[ don’t care for crappie names below if you are newbie ,these are for advance users ]

  • Flashing Original Firmware Images
  • xRecovery and BusyBox Installation
  • Removing Bloatware From Custom or Generic ROMs
  • Deleting Dalvik Cache
  • Uninstall Apps
  • Esit Build.Prp File Of Your Device

Here is the step by step guide on flashing the original firmware image on your bricked Xperia Play:

  1. The first step ,Grab Flashtool version from here (register account on XDA to download) and install it on your computer.
  2. Now download the original image FTF file for Xperia Play from here OR you can go XDA thread here .
    As per XDA it will work on all regions ,see what XDA member NielDK said—– “(This seems like it is same as World generic from my tests)”


  3. After downloading the FTF file, open Flashtool and click on Flash.
  4. Now point to FTF file you downloaded in second step.
  5. Disconnect your phone from PC and Switch it off.
  6. Now press the power button and keep holding it while you plug it back in the pc.
  7. Now  Start Flashing message appears in Flashtool software .
  8. wait some time when process is complete,(please double check ,is it really completed ) now you can disconnect it from pc

NOTE : don’t disconnect from pc while flashing , I recommend you to use fully charged laptop to do this job

If you followed tutorial very carefully ,you will get your Xperia Play Unbricked , if you faced any problem leave comments below to get instant help , I will try to help you surely – if you facing any special error go to XDA thread and ask for it.

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  1. i’ve tried it … and this is my log

    25/057/2011 12:57:24 – INFO – Searching Xperia….
    25/057/2011 12:57:24 – INFO – Found at USBVID_0FCE&PID_ADDE5&21E739F&0&5
    25/057/2011 12:57:24 – INFO – Start Flashing
    25/057/2011 12:57:24 – INFO – VER=”R9A021″;DATE=”20110128″;TIME=”11:49:00″;
    25/057/2011 12:57:24 – INFO – Flashing loader
    25/057/2011 12:57:26 – INFO – Flashing adsp.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:29 – INFO – Flashing kernel.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:32 – INFO – Flashing amss_fs.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:32 – INFO – Flashing fota1.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:33 – INFO – Flashing fota0.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:33 – INFO – Flashing apps_log.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:33 – INFO – Flashing amss.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:44 – INFO – Flashing cache.sin
    25/057/2011 12:57:45 – INFO – Flashing system.sin
    25/059/2011 12:59:46 – INFO – Flashing userdata.sin
    25/059/2011 12:59:48 – INFO – Flashing finished.
    25/059/2011 12:59:48 – INFO – Now unplug the device and power it on
    25/059/2011 12:59:48 – INFO – Then go to application settings
    25/059/2011 12:59:48 – INFO – turn on Unknown Sources and Debugging

    but, my XP still don’t ON

  2. thanks really helped me
    my xperia play is not even a week old and it bricked
    worked all great

  3. THanks a million

  4. I’ve tried and it ended like this:
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO – Searching Xperia….
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO – Found at USBVID_0FCE&PID_ADDE5&36B1F8A7&0&2
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO – Start Flashing
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO –
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO – Now unplug the device and power it on
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO – Then go to application settings
    11/000/2011 00:00:19 – INFO – turn on Unknown Sources and Debugging
    And nothing changed.

    • I loaded backup and my Xperia Play is again in 2.3.2 Android but it doesn’t read sim card and everytime I boot my phone I have to choose language.

  5. Meow_eyez18 says:

    i cant flash it all it says is searching xperia.i hav also installed the drivres in drivers folder of flash tool

  6. Meow_eyez18 says:

    im using xperia x10 n i tried to root it half way through it n when switched on phone it got bricked now only thing shows up is erricson logo…tried flashtool bt the buttons dont become visible plz help me

  7. Thank you….you really save my day :).

  8. Zklgeorge56 says:


  9. Sergiugita says:

    i get this 21/017/2011 22:17:00 – INFO – Device connected with USB debugging off
    21/017/2011 22:17:10 – INFO – Selected R800i_4.0.2.A.0.42_Generic_UK.ftf
    21/017/2011 22:17:10 – INFO – Preparing files for flashing
    21/017/2011 22:17:10 – ERROR – Error preparing files
    and i`m stuck

  10. Shaik Fahaf says:

    hi kuldeep..
    i ve a xperia play R800i..,after updating it this lil stupid gadget got dead!!! i read ol ur solutions and did eveything u said….. but nothing is happening.!! phone is blinking with the green led light and vibraing for a sec and this process is going on when i trey to swith on my phone….plz help….

  11. bro ..great work …..thanx….i have never comment on any one work ..before …but i must say are great ..i got my r800i back ..which got many problems in rooting

  12. Chriscrompton says:

    worked, but when i insert sd card it says its ready to remove. i cant access it via phone or computer( through phone )

  13. Chriscrompton says:

    worked, but when i insert sd card it says its ready to remove. i cant access it via phone or computer( through phone )

  14. androidlover21 says:

    My Xperia Play is bricked and it isn’t booting anymore, it got stuck during the SE logo during the booting process. I downloaded the generic r800i 4.0.2.A.0.62 ftf from xda and tried to flash using the flash tool, but when I clicked on “flash” it asked me to choose between “flashmode” and “fastboot mode”, I tried both mode my play is still stck at the SE Logo. Any Solution?

    • androidlover21 says:

      My Play is running again! I gave another shot to the “flashmode” in flashtool, did completely what’s mentioned above & this time it worked! Thanks anyway..

  15. Magnushj says:

    Worked! 😀 broken links cuz of multiupload is down. so i had to find another FTF file

  16. What to do in case of the pc cannot see the device? Is there any “mode”? How to perform it? Thanks

  17. Santhubelief says:



  19. thank you very much… it worked
    another questions, i have unlock the bootloader and root my Xplay before it got bricked. unlocking and rooting was success. it bricked after i try to install ICS darkforest custom rom.. is my Xplay still unlocked and rooted?

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