Update Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman with Cyanogenmod 10.1 (Jelly Bean)

Sony Ericson devices are very famous for their unique looks and design. At the time when Android smartphones were not in market, Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series was very popular. Walkman series devices were music based phones and they were very popular for their sound quality between music lovers. Once Android based smartphones were out, they captured all the market.

In August 2011 Sony Ericsson presented an Android smartphone from Walkman series, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. In this device you get all the latest features of Android plus ultimate sound quality powered by Walkman. The device has amazing specs but unfortunately Sony declined to give further updates than Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to 2011 Xperias.

Thats when Android development comes in picture. You can go beyond official updates with the help of custom ROMs. There are various custom ROMs based on latest Android 4.2(Jelly Bean) are available for SE Live with Walkman. These ROMs provide you a unique Android experience.

A most popular custom ROM called Cyanogenmod 10.1 based on Android 4.2 is now available for Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. This ROM comes with latest features of Jelly Bean that is daydream, actionable notifications, magical widgets etc. plus you get boost in performance. Just keep in mind that you may face some bugs as the ROM is in development stage. Following article will guide you on how to install CM 10.1 on SE Live with Walkman.

Disclaimer: Risk is involved in the article written ahead and it can also cause damage to your mobile. It is recommended that you should not follow it if you are newbie in this Android world. Read article completely and implement all the steps at your own risk. If any damage is happened to your mobile after inculcating these steps, we will not be responsible for that.

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This procedure to install Cyanogenmod 10.1 is strictly applicable for Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman only bearing model number WT19i. Don’t try to flash it on any other mobile or variant otherwise permanent might cause to it.


  • Don’t forget to charge our mobile at least up to 70% so that installation will proceed uninterruptedly.
  • Since all the data on mobile gets wiped during the process, it is better to take a backup of important data like SMS, MMS, APN, contacts etc. to the external memory.
  • Make sure that you have already installed custom recovery like Clockworkmod recovery or TWRP recovery on mobile. Without this recovery you cannot flash ROM on the mobile.
  • USB debugging mode must be enabled.

Procedure to Install Cyanogenmod 10.1 on Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman:

  • Download latest Cyanogenmod build from the official ROM development page (link is given below):
  1. Cyanogenmod 10.1 for Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.
  • You have to separately download and flash Google Apps (Gmail, Maps, GTalk, Play Store etc.) because they are not present in ROM by default. Link to download Goggle Apps is given below
  1. Google Apps (Jelly Bean).
  • Connect your phone to computer using USB cable and copy zip files of ROM file & Google Apps to your device’s SD Card.
  • Download the fastboot files which we will need to flash the kernel image.
  1. Fastboot Files
  • Extract above zip package of fastboot files. You will find four files inside your extracted folder.
  1. adb.exe
  2. AdbWinApi.dll
  3. AdbWinUsbApi.dll
  4. fastboot.exe

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  • Open ROM package which you’ve just downloaded in your computer. Search for boot.img inside it (which is kernel file). Extract that kernel file using WinRAR & copy the same in fastboot folder so that you should have total five files inside it by now.
  • Disconnect your phone from computer and switch it off. Now to boot your device in fastboot mode do the things given below.
  1. Press & hold Volume Up key and at the same time connect your phone to computer via USB cable.
  2. You can see the LED at the top turning blue. If the installation of drivers start then wait until it gets completed.
  3. Make sure that PC companion or any other application is not running in the background.
  • Open the ‘Fastboot‘ folder in which you have extracted fastboot files.
  • 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 get opened pointing to the Fastboot directory).

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

fastboot flash boot boot.img

  • Now you will see progress of installing kernel. Once you get finished message restart your phone by typing command “fastboot reboot” (without quotes) in command prompt.
  • When you will see first boot logo and the top LED turns blue, press and release volume down keys for few times. By doing so you will boot into custom recovery.
  • Don’t forget to take Nandroid backup of ROM which you are currently using. In case if anything goes wrong you can go back to your previous ROM just by restoring this backup. To back up your current ROM, select Backup and Restore option from the recovery mode & on next screen, select backup. Now It will make a nandroid backup of your whole system (excluding SD card). Wait for the backup process to get finished.
  • After successfully backup, select wipe data/factory reset & wipe cache partition to wipe all the data & caches from the phone memory respectively.
  • Select “install zip from sdcard” & then “choose zip from sdcard“. Navigate the ROM file (which you’ve transferred earlier) Select it & press on ‘Yes‘ to continue. ROM installation process will start.
  • Wait for the ROM to get installed. After ROM gets successfully installed, your phone will land in the recovery mode.
  • Again select “install zip from sdcard” followed by “choose zip from sdcard” & this time navigate Google apps package file. Press on Yes to install Google Apps.
  • After flashing both the files, Select reboot system now to Restart the phone.
  • First start may take a bit long but don’t worry

There you go!! You’ve successfully updated your Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman to latest version of Android that is 4.2 (Jelly Bean) via custom ROM called Cyanogenmod 10.1. Do let us know how it is working for you and if you have any doubt regarding the procedure mentioned above. Feel free to comment below, we’ll come up with solution as soon as possible.

Tip: In case if you want to restore back your previous ROM , enter into recovery mode, select Backup and Restore option & on next screen, select restore & choose your latest backup to restore.

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  • RJL

    while i am entering the command “fastboot flash boot boot.img” on command window a message “waiting for device” is coming..nothing happened then…

  • RJL

    I had updated my device to 4.01 ics from official update…do i downgraded before doing this procedure?

  • Axel Daryl

    i would like to thanks, and it is working for my WT19i.
    i would also to share this link (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2218221) i think that will make ur life a bit easier (it worked fiiiiine for me)

  • vikram sinode

    but kernel not install,
    now what i do..??

    • Viraj SK

      What’s the error?

  • Zullyvan

    Well, here i leave you an interesting link

    Help to unlock the phone, if it shows “Waiting for device” , because present other commands that do it, the explanation on the current page.

    See you.

    • shariqure

      plzz ….help me….i followed the above mention procedure in command prompt it s showing waiting for device….how to overcome from dis problem…..plz help me

  • Narasimha

    Does every thing works fine after upgrade ? like bluetooth,wifi,front & back camera & walkman.

  • Cédric Dhaenens

    same problem here: installed ALL OF THE FASTBOOT DRIVERS ADB DRIVERS AND SONY PC COMPANION but it keeps saying “waiting for device”… :(
    does anyone have a solution for this?

  • zora singh

    bro need help i hv install usb drivers via how u tell but still stuck on waiting for device confirmed installed usb drivers

    • Viraj SK

      Can you share the link from which you’ve downloaded the drivers?

      • zora singh

        http://hexamob.com/devices/devices-de vices/android-rooting-methods-for-sony-ericsson-live-with-walkmanwt19i-with-android-version-2-3-gingerbread/
        i think the usb drivers are installed properly but the reason is i can’t able to boot my device so usb debugging is disabled . is this might be a reason for not detect the device… BUT OTHER FLASHTOOLS DETECT MY DEVICE AS FASTBOOT AND FLASH MODE ALSO

      • zora singh

        i downloaded and installed drivers from link u provide in comment s
        please post another link if this not properly work

        • Viraj SK

          Is it working now?

  • cyril

    hey! after flashing kernel im not able to get in cwm recovery mode. instead of blue led green led is started. help me what to do

  • asmit kumar

    I want to install android 4.2 in SE wt19i but can it will happen without pc.

    • Viraj SK


      • amit

        Thanks a lot, you are hero
        My phone was not booting after i tried rooting
        I followed steps given here and now i am able to start it as well running 4.1.

        Thanks a lot

  • ankit

    hey..after flashing the kernel i’m not able to go into cwm recovery..pls help..cwm recovery is installed but i am facing ths prblm..big trouble bro..

    • Viraj SK

      Flash recovery again & then try to enter into the same…

      • ankit

        still facing the same problem..led turns pink and then blue..i keep pressing vol rockers to get into recovery but nothing happens..what to do.??pls help

      • ankit

        now its saying waiting for device in command prompt..first help this out bro..give me right link to get the drivers for my lww..

  • KiNg AkHiL….

    hy can u tell me aapki koi video hai by doing all these step by step i not able to under stand on youtube pls send me ur link if any

  • mahesh kumar

    Hi, I am going to install cm10.1 for my wt19i. can anyone please tell me does all features works correctly with this ROM? . I heard that wifi,camera,bluetooth,volume button not working properly .. please i really need your help ………

  • Ajit jangid

    Facing the same problem …..need help developers….

  • Anu

    When running the command “fastboot flash boot boot.img” the window is showing waiting for device please advice what i need to do for go to next step.

    • Shreyas

      Check that you have installed device drivers perfectly. Or try reinstalling them

    • Ajit jangid

      same problem here…..while running “fastboot flash boot boot.img”….cmd show

  • vishal

    Trying this on Sony wt19i : Unable to load boot image, It shows for long time no further installation. I have installed every required drivers. Could you be kind to help me.

    Thanks in advance!!

  • lara

    hi i’m lara i’m type the command ‘”fastboot flash boot boot.img”but he show error:cannot load ‘boot.img’ plese help how can i fix that problam

    • Viraj SK

      Place boot.img file along with the 4 fastboot files. Now open the folder where you’ve kept these 5 files. Hold Shift button on your keyboard & simultaneously press right mouse click. You will get an option like- “Open Command Window here“. Click on that and follow the given procedure.

      This thing works with Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8 only…

  • Rahul Gajjar

    I have updated my sony wt19i to Cyanogenmod 10.1 yesterday. it working fine.. awesome. battry backup and speed are good. but i have facing one problem. Camera is not working properly. I love camera and Cyanogenmod 10.1 is nothing for me without good camera.
    i have flash fix camera zip. but it make camera function worst than it was before. please help me.

  • vijay

    i want to talk to you plz give me ur phn num. i m in trouble wid my wt19i
    it says proceess stpped suddenly and whole not working plz help me

  • jignesh

    i have to install custom rom for alcatel one touch 918n .thnk you

  • Kaustubh

    do we have to flash the phone before installing this rom

    • Viraj SK

      Did you mean flashing of an official firmware?

  • Anas Azeem

    The device enters into the fastboot mode (by turning the LED blue), but fastboot devices shows no devices and fastboot -i 0x0cfe getvar version gives up the message Waiting for devices
    Please Help

  • Vineeth

    After Pressing & holding Volume Up key and at the same time connecting phone to computer via USB cable I saw the LED at the top turning blue,but the screen is of there is no installation starts after connecting.Why it is like this???

  • rahul

    hi dude ,i already unlocked my bootloaders and presently using xperia z 3.5 custom rom in my ICS i want to upgrade my phone to Jellybean plz help me ,i am confused with many answer we have reflash phone for upgradation to jellybean ????

  • atul ranka

    when we flash the kernel we must be in ginger bread or in ics

    • Shreyas

      First flash the kernel then the ROM.

    • Viraj SK

      OS version doesn’t matter actually. But still ICS is recommended…

  • pritam

    when is the stable version releasing

  • Sujeet

    Heard Of:
    After Installing 10.1 to WT19i

    Bluetooth and GPS not working
    Also Screen freezes

    Does anybody facing this problem? pls suggest..

  • zora

    how to unlock bootloader pls. steps

  • zora

    and also pls. post steps to cwm recovery?

  • zora

    which file to download from the link of cm

  • jitendra

    when i apply this command
    f:fastbootfastboot flash boot boot.img

    it displays “waiting for devices”
    pls help me on mentioned e-mail id

    • Shreyas

      Have you installed drivers properly.
      Install drivers and then in command prompt put command “fastboot devices”. Random numbers should appear. Then go for this command.

  • junior

    can i use the above steps to install Cyanogenmod 9 in my SE live with walkman (WT19i). my phone is already rooted

    • Sanket

      Yes you can.

      • junior

        fastboot command prompt shows . when i enter “adb devices” command, it shows nothing. pls help

        • Sanket

          Have you installed mobile drivers.

  • http://duniagadget558.blogspot.com/ Pandu Dryad

    “First start may take a bit long but don’t worry”

    How long is it (normally)? I worrying about bootloop if my phone get booting too long..

    • Shreyas

      It depends on specifications of your device. But not more than 10 mins.
      If you think your device has gone in bootloop do wipe data and wipe cache from CWM and try again

      • Viraj SK

        Or flash the ROM again (remember to flash kernel before ROM)…

      • vijay

        my wt19i get stopped nd all process stopped sudenly plz hlpo me bro

  • SriDon

    Hi… I installed CM 10.1 on my Sony Ericsson LWW (WT19i) mobile.. installation was successful but the mobile is not getting ON even after an hour.. Please tell me what can i do now…???

  • حسن

    من ایرانی هستم. اگه توی نصب اندروید 4.1.2مشکل داشتین بهم ایمیل بدین این فوقالعادس
    ؟من یه گوشی سونی لایو با اندروید 4.1.2دارم محشر نیست؟؟؟؟؟؟

  • حسن

    helloسلام. من روی سونی اریکسون لایوم android 4.2.1و نصب کردم.
    its veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery good
    mee android 4.2.1 on live installed
    anything its full good work
    its butifull

    • hassan atashbahar

      با سلام لطفا اگر می توانید نحوه نصب آپدیت برای سونی لایف واکمن را ایمیل کنید

      • Viraj SK

        لطفا راهنمای داده شده در بالا مراجعه کنید (Google Translate)..

  • mace

    we loose the HD camera like in the cyanogen 10 ? i need my 720p :(

    • Sanket

      Use third party camera app.

  • chetan

    i want to update my phone(sony ericsson live with walkman) android to jelly beans give me guidance plz

  • sasi

    first i rooted my phone n cwm installed n then i unlocked the boot loader ….n proceeded to installed jb but after the fastboot reboot my phone not going into clock work recovery pls help me

  • Ammar

    There is no download link for FASTBOOT FILES on mediafire.
    Do something.

    • Viraj SK

      Link is fixed…

  • naren

    dude i have tried all of the above steps and also i upgraded my phone to 4.2 but now i am having a biiiiggggg problem
    my phone always force closes saying “COM.ANDROID.PHONE” has stopped unexpectedly so please help me

  • Ansh

    is there any way i can un root my device?

  • Harish

    My LWW keepon restarting aft updating to the ROM

  • Praveen Uduweriya

    Is there any performance enhancement after the update??

  • Erick

    im having the same “waiting for device” issue and after 10 minutes of wait nothing happens, help!

  • haziq

    my phone (live with Walkman) goes in safe mode when i turn on it and press volume down key several times. how to put my phone in recovery mode?

  • Kavit

    Can u pleas tell meh wat kinda bugs i’l b facing after updating mah se wt19i to CM 10.1..

    • Sanket

      Bluetooth and FM radio are not working properly….

  • manu

    when we type fastboot flash boot boot and press enter then it show waiting for device. we wait for 15 minutes but it shows the same..and did not show finished….help plz..

    • Viraj SK

      It’s fastboot flash boot boot.img (don’t remove the extension)..

      • hy

        I had key in fastboot flash boot boot.img but it still show up waiting for device.
        Please help

        • Viraj SK

          It means that your device is not getting detected. You need to install proper drivers for it to work.
          You can install the same by installing Sony’s PC Companion Tool in your PC..

        • hy

          After installing PC companion, still encounter with the same problem.
          When i check the device manager,it shows Android device, with sony ADB interface is connected.
          However, the command prompt there still showing waiting for device.

        • AgEv

          facing the same thing too

  • http://www.facebook.com/loki.odinson.1 Loki Odinson

    Do I need to unlock the boot loader?

    • Viraj SK

      Yes, bootloader must be unlocked..

  • ankit

    How did you root sony live with walkman