Cyanogenmod 10 Jelly Bean ROM for Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S [Android 4.1.1]

Android 4.1 is already out there. Now its time for you to upgrade your Xperia Arc/Arc S to all new Jelly Bean firmware. But as per the Sony, they are not going to roll out any further updates for 2011 Xperia devices. Therefore its clear now that there wont be any official Jelly Bean support for Xperia Arc S, though it is capable of running the same. Now you must be wondering that how one can upgrade to Android 4.1 without having official firmware support. Well, here the game begins.

Since Android is an open source OS, it can be customize the way you want it to be. This is the way how custom ROMs are built. Though there are several custom ROMs but amongst all, Cyanogenmod is one of the famous mod which gives you variety of customizations, so that you can modify all the parameters of your system as per your requirements.

Cyanogenmod 10 is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean & hence it includes all the features found in the same, such as buttery smooth interface (project butter), actionable notifications, smarter keyboard, Google Now, offline voice typing etc.

Impressed huh? Then read on further to know more about detailed installation guide & instructions provided to install Jelly Bean on your Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S

Disclaimer: The Procedure described in this article are risky & can cause damage to your device. You should not try to attempt this if you are unaware of these things. Please follow this guide completely at your own risk. If any damage happened to your device while following this tutorial, neither we nor developer should be held responsible for it.

cyanogenmod 10 jelly bean rom for sony xperia arcarc s android 4 1 10(Attention!) This guide is meant only for Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S (LT15i/LT18i). DON’T try it on any other device or it may result in undesired outcomes.


  • Your device must be charged up to minimum 75% battery level.
  • This procedure involves wiping data therefore for the safe side, it is recommended to backup all your essential data such as Contacts, SMS/MMS, Apps, APNs, Memos etc.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your phone.
  • Ensure that you have unlocked the bootloader of your device.
  • Custom recovery like Clockworkmod is required to flash the Custom ROM. Follow this guide to install CWM on your phone using RecoverX tool (If youve already installed CWM then you can skip this step & go ahead).

Procedure to Update Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S with Cyanogenmod 10 Custom ROM:

Note: Sony Xperia Arc is code named as Anzu , therefore while downloading the ROM package from a list of Xperias, lookout for the name “Anzu” & download that file.

  • Since Google Apps are not there in the ROM by default, you have to flash them manually. Download GApps from the link given below.
  1. GApps for Jelly Bean
  • Connect your device to the Computer using a USB cable. Enable mass storage mode & copy/transfer ROM package & Google Apps file to the external memory slot on your device.
  • Now switch off the phone & boot into the Clockworkmod Recovery. For doing the same, press Volume rockers few times while the phone restarts.
  • After getting into the recovery, make a nandroid backup of your current ROM so that it can be restored in case of failure. To do so, Highlight backup and restore option in the recovery menu, select it & then choose backup to start the backup process.
  • Select wipe data/factory reset & subsequently wipe cache partition to wipe the data & caches respectively from the phone memory.
  • Now select install zip from sdcard & then on next screen select, choose zip from sdcard. It will show you the files & folders located on the SD card of your device. Navigate to the ROM file, select it using power button (unless youre using touch CWM) & confirm the installation by pressing on Yes. This should start installing the ROM.
  • As soon as ROM installation finishes, again select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. This time search for the & install it.
  • Select +++++Go Back+++++ to land into the main menu of recovery. There, select “power off“.
  • Up next, you need to flash kernel image required to boot CM10. For that, follow the steps mentioned in further article.
  • Download the fastboot files
  1. Fastboot Files
  • Extract the zip file, you will find four files inside the fastboot folder.
  • Open Cyanogenmod 10 ROM package, extract boot.img file (which is nothing but a kernel) to any convenient location.
  • Now move that kernel file in the fastboot folder so that now it will contain total 5 files inside.
  • On the phone (while switched off), enter into the fastboot mode. To do so,
  1. Press & hold Menu Button while connecting your phone to the PC.
  2. Open the Fastboot‘ folder where the fastboot files are located.
  3. Now Open command prompt & Point its directory to the fastboot folder (OR You can do the same as: open Fastboot folder, Press & hold shift key and then right click on the free space in the same folder.When right clicked (holding shift), you’ll see Open Command window here‘ option. Click it & Command prompt will be open pointing to the Fastboot directory).

cyanogenmod 10 jelly bean rom for sony xperia arcarc s android 4 1 11

  • Type the following command in command prompt to flash the kernel file:

fastboot flash boot boot.img

  • Restart the phone by typing “fastboot reboot” (without quotes) in command prompt.
  • Your phone may take some time to boot than the usual. This is normal & happens only for the first time after installing a new ROM. So be patient.

Tip: If you want to restore back your previous ROM, you can do this easily using restore feature available in the Clockworkmod recovery. For restoring back your previous ROM, enter into recovery mode (mentioned above). From the main menu, select Backup and Restore option & on next screen, select restore & choose the backup you would like to restore.

There you go! You have successfully updated your Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S to Jelly Bean via Cyanogenmod 10 custom ROM. Do let us know if you face any difficulties while installing the ROM, we will be glad by helping you out.

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Viraj Kshatriya

Hello everyone, I'm Viraj, the chief editor at Android Legend. When I'm not checking out the latest stuff happening in Android, I mostly spend my time flashing different ROMs, testing Android apps & games. Feel free to join me on Google+.
  • dilawar

    Dude I am stuck at waiting for device at fastboot

    • Viraj SK

      Instead of entering ‘fastboot flash boot boot.img’, type this ‘fastboot -i 0xfce flash boot boot.img’ (without quotes).

  • Vijay

    Hey viraj I have one query so plz give me the u r cell number I want talk to u plz

  • Nishant

    Thank you for this amazing rom!!!
    keep it up dude….

  • Gaurav

    Can u give a video tutorial…..on how to install cyanogenmod 10 on xperia arc s..

  • amt

    doest HDMI work well? or where could I find the working 3party ROM

  • Basit

    heY viraj can u give me the xperia arc s 4.1.2 ftf file..!! i want update my cell phone thr0ugh flashtool plz rply..??

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  • Muntasir rahman

    After installing this Rom my waiting system is not working. Though I make the call waiting on, when I call a person when he is talking with someone my phone does not show me call waiting at other party. Just showing me dialing..
    how can I solve this problem?

  • Tushar

    Hi Viraj,

    I read your tutorial & want to go ahead with the Custom ROM. However, your blog does not mention about the overall performance of Cyanogenmod for Arc S which has just 512 MB RAM. Is there any slowness when using games like Temple Run, Brothers in arms etc

  • Leonel Serra

    Hi Viraj. Evrything was working great until the point after the fastboot.
    I can go into recovery mode, and CWM loads ok. I can go up and down the options but I can’t select none of them. The camera button can’t select it and so the Home, Menu and Power button.
    Do you have any ideia, of what is happening and how can I continue with this process?

    • Leonel Serra

      If it helps I had the CWM After the fastboot with the boot.img from the Cyanogen 10 ROM package, the CMW is now version, which probably is not the most suitable for this phone… but I didn’t put it there.

      One thing I tried was to continuously press the Volume Down while booting and the previous version came out, with some strange screen flicks and I couldn’t continue with the process of installing the ZIP from the SD card. So I tried restore.

      The restore was made but I get a black screen after the FreeXperia screen. Booting in fastboot gets me the version again.
      Any ideas?

  • Michael Emir

    FastBoot File, not found link:

    • Shreyas

      Link is updated now

  • nino

    im getting some wierd error while installing cm can anyone help me please

    • Viraj SK

      Flashing kernel before you flash the ROM..

      • aditya

        how to do that bro?tell me asap stuck

  • Prathap Singh

    Hi Viraj. Tried all your steps but in vain..

    Also tried following advice from “af123456″. Flashed the kernel image before installing ROM. At a first glance, everything looked ok because i did not face any status 7 error.

    But when i re-booted, the phone is bootlooping at the CyanogenMod screen..

    Help please!!

    • Viraj SK

      Did you wipe the data from recovery?

      • Prathap Singh

        Hi Viraj.. sorry for this late reply.. I tried all your steps for one last time.. and it worked perfectly..
        using CM10 for the past some days..
        Thanks for your awesome tutorial!

        • Viraj SK

          Glad to hear that.. :)

  • steven

    ese error no se erregla borrando lo que dice en el foro de xda el error persiste

    • af123456

      Thank you for this Tutorial.

      I also got the Status-7-Error.
      Try flash the kernal-image before installing the ROM.
      Don´t forget to wipe before installing the ROM

  • gori

    hi the
    i followed every step like you sad an i got stuck on the same error E:Error in /sdcard/ 7)Installing aborted

    please explain

    i’m in recovery mod en it gets suck i cant get into the zip file on that moment i cant restart my phone and i cant reinstall stock rom or another rom because my phone is stuck on the sony logo cant get into my sd card and cant boot into recovery for my backup.

    please help need phone for work in about 1 day how can i fix this

  • Ranjan

    Hi firstly thank u for provideing the guide to install cm10 for xperia arc.

    I have installed CM10 in my xperia arc (LT15I) from ur gouide. the pblm now i hve is my device reboots very often ( every 2 mins) i have wipe all factory settings/cache/dalvik..

    how can i fix this pblm?. please help..

  • Alejandro

    does this tutorial require your phone to be rooted?

    • Viraj SK

      Yes it requires root access & CWM installed…

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  • godless

    i get a “waiting for device” after typing ” fastboot flash boot boot.img” in command prompt?? what am i doing wrong?

    • silender

      same here

  • José Antonio Gil

    i triedto do it but when i want to do the fastboot, my computer dont recognised my phone and it sais and do nothing. please i need my phone. i think i problem of the drivers, how can i get them?

  • Amandeep Philips05

    i want to install jelly bean 4.1 on my xperia arc s…………what to di first ??/

  • Srivathsa K

    Hi, I’m getting installation aborted status 7 error when trying to install the CM10 rom. What am I doing wrong?

    • Viraj SK

      Just go through the comments. I’ve just given the solution for status 7 error..

  • Vikraman

    Hi Viraj,
    I have choosen the file to install the ROM but unfortunately i received an error like below

    E:Error in /sdcard/ 7)Installing aborted

    Help in time would be appreciated most. Thanks in advance.

  • Karan Mehta

    this rom s nt workin on arc s tried  2 times :( 

  • Karan Mehta

    i installed sony update software n fixed my phone .. dude i had problem wit flashin the kernel thing oly it showed many errors ie drivers wer nt found etc can u pls make a video for tht particular step it will b very helpfull n are u sure this rom is for arc s ?

  • Karan Mehta

    dude my phone is stuck in sony logo n restarin again and again cwm s also n workin please help

    • Viraj SK

      Did you flash the kernal ? It’s required to boot the ROM..

  • Karan Mehta

    dude m damn confused on tht fastboot step can u pls post a tutorial (video) on how to copy the kernel n all tht cmd promt thing ..pls reply asap

  • mark

    Hello, i followed the instruction but now i cant find CM 10 for Xperia Arc or Arc S or Anzu.
    Where can i get it?

  • Viraj SK

    Yes, it should work..

  • dain

    it says installation aborted, when i start the installation fron the sdcard

    • Viraj SK

      Which build are you trying to install ?

  • Optimus Lime

    I don’t see the Ayame files anywhere for Xperia Arc S?