Update Sony Xperia Sola MT27i to Official Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware [6.1.1.B.1.54]

Now days, smartphone manufactures are struggling hard to take a lead over each other. Everyone is trying hard to provide the best Android device in the smartphone market. It is tendency of normal human beings to get attracted towards the best design, specification & features of the smartphone. But wait! These things are not enough; operating system of that smartphone also matters equally. People often choose a smartphone that has faster processing speed & latest version of Android. Some of them choose a device which is planned to latest version of Android.

Android powered smartphone from Sony does possess quality, design, specifications & features but lags in firmware updates. Sony is often slow in rolling out Official firmware updates & upgrades. But though they are slow, they havent broken their promise like other manufacturers do. In fact, Sony is the only smartphone manufacturer that has given ICS update to low end devices like Xperia Tipo & Xperia Miro which runs on 800 MHz processor.

Anyways, Sony has rolled out Android 4.0.4 ICS 6.1.1.B.1.54 firmware update for Xperia Sola MT27i. In terms of UI, performance & features, Ice Cream Sandwich is much different than Gingerbread. One of the best feature you will observer in ICS is Glove Mode. Its an extension of Sony’s floating touch technology that makes it possible to use your Xperia Sola in the cold whilst wearing gloves in winter season. All these things seem interesting, right? I promise, youll definitely love ICS upgrade.

In the rest portion of this article, well checkout how you can upgrade your Xperia Sola ST22i to Android 4.0.4 ICS 6.1.1.B.1.54 firmware.

Disclaimer : Steps given in this article are risky & can cause damage to your device. You should not try to attempt these things if you are unaware of it. Please follow this guide completely at your own risk. We won’t be held liable if you damage your device while following this guide.

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This tutorial is compatible only with Sony Xperia Sola MT27i. Implementing it on Xperia P / Xperia U or on any other device can cause permanent damage to your device.

Pre-requisites:

  • Charge your phone at least up to 70% so that flashing process wont get interrupted.
  • It is highly recommended to backup all your data from internal memory (includes contacts, messages (SMS/MMS), call logs, Internet APNs etc.). Your phone data will get lost after installation of this firmware (excluding External storage).
  • Disable Antivirus solution on your PC.

Procedure to Upgrade Sony Xperia Sola MT27i to Official Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware (6.1.1.B.1.54):

  • Download Xperia Flashtool from here. Well be using it for flashing the firmware.
  • Download Xperia Sola MT27i Official Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware package (6.1.1.B.1.54) from here and save it any convenient location.
  • Install Flashtool that you’ve just downloaded in your computer. For the sake of convenience, install it in root directory of C: drive.
  • Navigate to C: –> Flashtool –> Firmwares and delete all the data over there if anything is present.
  • Now move MT27i_6.1.1.B.1.54_Global.ftf file in the above mentioned directory.
  • Open Xperia Flashtool. Select Flash option (Black Bolt icon) from the top left corner of the tool (Refer to image given below).
  • It will ask you to select either Flashmode or Fastboot mode. Select Flashmode & proceed further by hitting OK button.

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  • On next screen, Firmware selection window will appear. On left side, select MT27i (version 6.1.1.B.1.54).
  • In right side of the tool, tick following 4 options (Caution! Dont tick any other option than 4 mentioned below).
  1. Wipe data.
  2. Wipe cache.
  3. Wipe apps log.
  4. No final verification.

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  • Press OK. Wait for Flashtool to prepare firmware installation.
  • Now, it will ask you to connect your phone. Before you connect your phone to computer, enter into Flashmode on it. To do so, switch off the phone completely. By holding Volume down key, connect it to PC. If done correctly, you should see a green light on the power.
  • After establishing proper connection with the computer, flashing process will start. Firmware installation process may get stuck around 93%, which is normal. It stays there for 20-30 seconds and not more than that.
  • Once you get Flashing finished message in Flashtool, remove your phone from PC & wait for it to reboot (It may take more time than usual for booting the device, which is normal. So don’t get panic & be patient).

There you go! Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware is successfully installed on your Sony Xperia Sola MT27i. Do let us know how ICS & Glove mode are doing for you. And lastly, if you need any help, just drop a comment below & we’ll be there for you. Enjoy..

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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+.
  • Tushar Kalsara

    wat if i am on custom rom?? can i still use this method??

    • Viraj SK

      Yes you can.

  • Madhawa101

    Thanks!!! worked perfectly!!!

  • MT27i

    Hi all,

    How should i fix this error? ( I try to flash my device, sony xperia sola (mt27i) with flashtool. But unfortunately, i got this problem?

    24/020/2014 00:20:28 – INFO – <- This level is successfully initialized
    24/020/2014 00:20:28 – INFO – Flashtool Version 0.9.13.0 built on 2013-06-04 22:50:00
    24/020/2014 00:20:34 – INFO – Device disconnected
    24/021/2014 00:21:01 – INFO – Selected MT27i / 6.1.1.B.1.54 / Global
    24/021/2014 00:21:02 – INFO – Preparing files for flashing
    24/021/2014 00:21:09 – INFO – Device connected in fastboot mode
    24/021/2014 00:21:22 – INFO – Selected MT27i / 6.1.1.B.1.54 / Global
    24/021/2014 00:21:22 – INFO – Preparing files for flashing
    24/021/2014 00:21:22 – ERROR – Cannot delete C:Flashtool.firmwarespreparedsystem.sin
    24/021/2014 00:21:22 – INFO – Cannot open bundle. Flash operation canceled

  • Amrik

    flashtool-0.9.10.0-windows_63861 download link not working

    • Viraj SK

      Fixed..

  • Manuelll_X

    Pls. i just got an xperia sola mt27i and would love to upgrade it to ics but i am developing cold feet because of most of the negative comments on here.
    Pls. Advice

  • aa

    02/019/2013 02:19:58 – INFO – Device connected in flash mode
    02/020/2013 02:20:43 – INFO – Device disconnected
    02/024/2013 02:24:10 – INFO – Selected MT27i_6.1.1.B.1.54_Global.ftf
    02/024/2013 02:24:10 – INFO – Preparing files for flashing
    02/024/2013 02:24:38 – INFO – Please connect your device into flashmode.
    02/024/2013 02:24:40 – INFO – Device connected in flash mode
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Opening device for R/W
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Reading device information
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Unable to read from phone after having opened it.
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – trying to continue anyway
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Start Flashing
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Processing loader
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Checking header
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Ending flash session
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – ERROR – Error in processHeader : 1 : Fonction incorrecte.
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted
    02/024/2013 02:24:41 – INFO – Device connected in flash mode
    02/025/2013 02:25:24 – INFO – Device disconnected

    what i can do?

    • lol

      Change the usb cable

  • navin kumar

    i want to update my mobile to jeely been please help me how to boot or update

  • palanivelrajan

    hi.. i using xperia sola. i want to buy battery for my xperia sola.. i was not found battery any were .can you please help me were to buy battery for my xperia sola

  • karun jain

    i have completed the update ,but it is showing all checkpoints cleared and it is not going wht shud b don……?????????

  • Jasz

    Hi! I am trying this method but i cannot see green light on my phone. I did the method but end-up with red light. The phone just charging.

  • Khalid

    Thank you……. Its Working fine……….

  • Rohit Ramani

    Hey man can u plz mail me ur phone no.? My Xperia sola has stopped working and I am not able to fix it. I even went to the service centre but they also couldn’t help. Plz do reply. I really need ur help! Thanks.

    • Viraj SK

      Can you please tell the issue in detail?

  • Amey

    Hey hi Viraj,
    I want to root my Xperia Sola Gingerbread having firmware 6.0.B.3.184.

    I have already searched lot of material to root mentioned firmware of GB. But didn’t got proper links…. So could you please help me to root my Xperia Sola.

    ICS is very slow hence don’t wanna go for ICS (Sony Service center have downgraded my mobile from ICS to GB).

    Also want to know Using Flashtool can I install any custom ROMS?

  • madhu

    thank you sir

  • Sreekanth

    Helo viraj,, thank u so much for providing the ics version, I installed it on my sola and it is working perfectly,, and the only thing that I m worried abt is its RAM, total RAM in my phone is now 387 MB instead of 512 MB, and.it is almost ful at evry time, ,, plz help me to improve my RAM performance,, luking forward.to hear frm u,,, plz help me,, and plz suggest me some applications which may improve my device performance,,, thank u,,

  • Arsenios

    DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT UPDATE XPERIA SOLA WITH ICS.
    PHONE PERFORMANCE SUCKS.

  • Sahib Singh

    hi, ihve xperia sola , i want update latest version , but i dnt know how to update , so friends plz hepl me . 9041017517

  • jayson

    after upgrading my xperia sola I cant anymore turn on my phone it only appeared sony experia my phone not badly not functioning.Please help me for this problem I encountered

  • xperiasolaz

    Thanks for sharing this, my sola runs smoother on ics than gb, plus im not facing any problems! Iloveics!

  • posero

    HI! I’ve Finished updating to ics from gb.and it works…thanks a bunch..you’re so great man!!!

  • pratik

    hey i have mt27i so can u help me with the issue of flash mode ..? can u plzz tell me step wise i want each step* how to go in flash mode bcoz i tried it several times but was not done … plz reply fast …??

  • Adarsh

    Pls help me i have entered flash mode but when it conneects to computer it says driver software for this phone is unavialble check in driver folder of flashtool i updated the drivers yet the same error is comming what to do pls help !!!!!!!

  • adarsh

    Can u please give me detailed explanation of how to enter flash mode i have sola and when i press volume down button only volume decreases but it does not enter the flash mode tell me what to do.

    • Sanket

      First switch off mobile.

  • Adarsh

    “”Now, it will ask you to connect your phone. Before you connect your phone to computer, enter into Flashmode on it. To do so, switch off the phone completely. By holding Volume down key,”” not working so how do i enter flasmode?????pls help..i have xperia sola mt271

    • someone

      theres a period!

      it should be writtten like this
      (switch off the phone completely.)
      (By holding Volume down key, connect it to PC.)

      means once you connect the usb press volume down button immediately and hold it

      you understand?

  • Adarsh

    hey i cant find the ‘MT27i_6.1.1.B.1.54_Global.ftf’ file when i downloaded it only a zip file without this file !!!!

    • Viraj SK

      Change its extension from .zip to .ftf.

      It should work..

  • liewtf

    Hi! is there any way to add in chinese language to xepria sola?

  • Mohamed

    First I’d like to thank you very much, this update is awesome it makes my SOLA faster and useful.

    But there is a small problem that when i try to download new App from the play store or try to update one it give an error so if you have a solution please tell me, thank you.

  • Ars

    It works !!! Thank you very much for the instructions !!!

  • sreekanth

    And wht is via Cyanogenmod??? plz xplain,,,

    • Shreyas

      Cyanogenmod is a custom ROM based on stock Android.
      In Cyanogenmod you will have interface just like plain Android OS. No launcher or other company bloatware apps will be there.
      Plus it is fast, smooth and customizable.

  • sreekanth

    helo viraj, first of all i wud like to thank u for providing ics version,,, second thing, i m having a xperia sola with 2.3 version and m luking 4wrd to upgrade it to ics version.. but when i went through many sites and i cud see a lot of negative comments on ics version, tht it makes the phone very slow and drains the battery very fast like that and i need ur valuable suggestions in this matter, shud i really go with the upgradation or shudnt,,, plz reply me here or on my mail sreekanthqwerty@gmail.com,, with regards sreekanth..

    • Shreyas

      You should try the update.

  • Altaf

    Its awsome….. thank you so much viraj :)

  • harmik

    after i select flash mode in firmware selection win the new firmware doesnt show-up,although i copy the new firmware in the directory!!!???

    • Viraj SK

      Reboot your computer and try again…

  • Mikedaifas

    i did it in the first day but my phone laggs so so much now why?any idea?can i go back?

  • hawa

    help please .. Firmware selection window will NOT appear !!?

  • hawa

    where can I find ‘flash option’ !?

    • hawa

      sorry..I found that but can you answer obove question please ..

  • hawa

    hi…I live in Iraq,so..is it work in Iraq !?

    • Sanket

      Yes. It will.

  • kiran

    My update is getting stuck.
    this is what my log file reflects
    12/016/2013 15:16:38 – INFO – <- This level is successfully initialized
    12/016/2013 15:16:38 – INFO – Flashtool Version 0.9.11.0 built on 2013-06-04 22:50:00
    12/016/2013 15:16:42 – INFO – Device disconnected
    12/017/2013 15:17:07 – INFO – List of connected devices (Device Id) :
    12/017/2013 15:17:07 – INFO – List of ADB devices :
    12/017/2013 15:17:07 – INFO – – none
    12/017/2013 15:17:07 – INFO – List of fastboot devices :
    12/017/2013 15:17:07 – INFO – – none
    12/017/2013 15:17:38 – INFO – Canceled
    12/017/2013 15:17:48 – INFO – Please connect your device into flashmode.
    12/018/2013 15:18:08 – INFO – Bootloader unlock canceled
    12/018/2013 15:18:34 – INFO – Selected MT27i / 6.1.1.B.1.54 / Global
    12/018/2013 15:18:34 – INFO – Preparing files for flashing
    12/018/2013 15:18:57 – INFO – Please connect your device into flashmode.
    12/019/2013 15:19:56 – INFO – Device connected in flash mode
    12/019/2013 15:19:56 – INFO – Opening device for R/W
    12/019/2013 15:19:56 – INFO – Device connected in flash mode
    12/019/2013 15:19:56 – INFO – Reading device information

    No further operation.
    Any hint whats gone wrong?

  • Fahad Khan

    Hi,

    Is it possible to switch back to gingerbread from ICS?
    My phone is very seriously slow.

    Plz help.

    • Shreyas

      Yes, it’s possible…

      • Fahad Khan

        any proper working link of gingerbread would be appriciable.

        • Shreyas

          If you are getting ICS why do you want Gingerbread??

        • Fahad Khan

          ICS makes it dead slow. It hangs

  • Ale

    I Love you <3 <3 <3

  • nzejoe

    wow I just realize my mistakes,
    just upgraded my xperia sola to ics
    this look very sweet men!
    thanks very much Mr viraj
    Jah Bless Ya!

    • Viraj SK

      Welcome buddy!

  • nzejoe

    I’ve done or you’ve said but my.phone fails to enter flashmode when I hold the volume down key on plugin it my pc
    please help out. thank you!

  • Fahad Khan

    Thank you soooooo much viraj, i was looking for ICS update for my SOLA since ages. Sony mobile update service is not properly wroking in Pakistan so everytime i pluged my phone it says Up to date. But this is working properly on my SOLA. Thanks buddy

    • Viraj SK

      Welcome :)

  • mohnish

    does the xperia sola’s battery drain issue is there in the ICS upgrade. It happened when i upgraded from the sony’s website. will the same would not happen by following this procedure ?

  • Nishant

    Hey, Thanks for the lead Viraj But I’m facing the following errors while following the steps. I checked with my drivers and as far as I know, I’ve got them all.
    PLEASE HELP.

    23/041/2013 02:41:30 – ERROR -
    23/041/2013 02:41:30 – ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted
    23/041/2013 02:41:31 – ERROR – Drivers need to be installed for connected device.
    23/041/2013 02:41:31 – ERROR – You can find them in the drivers folder of Flashtool.
    23/041/2013 02:41:35 – INFO – Device disconnected

    • Ennoch

      I have the same problem while trying to update my phone too. Viraj, can you help me out on the ‘drivers’ error message I get on the flash tool?

  • FSDGSHDA

    Thanks friend for giving me a fresh and new Xperia Sola After this update ! :)

  • navpuneet

    21/008/2013 11:08:57 – ERROR – Error in processHeader : 6 : The handle is invalid.
    21/008/2013 11:08:57 – ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted

    now this is the error
    plz help

  • navpuneet

    “” Error flashing. Aborted
    ERROR – Drivers need to be installed for connected device.
    ERROR – You can find them in the drivers folder of Flashtool.””
    what to do now sir? thi is the error message. plz help

  • navpuneet

    bro, i dont know how to update my xperia sola
    i downloaded sony companion but it did not work through
    plz help me how can i update my phone to ics

  • Jeethu

    its worked Greatly nice to use!!!than gb

  • essam

    hi… i cannot download the files i got this “Oops! Google Chrome could not find d-h.st”

  • pupi

    ERROR – Error flashing. Aborted
    15/052/2013 01:52:02 – ERROR – Drivers need to be installed for connected device.
    15/052/2013 01:52:02 – ERROR – You can find them in the drivers folder of Flashtool.
    i have installed the drives but this message keeps on and on and my device its not on android 4 please help!!!

  • omar

    my device dont make any thing ??

  • Dinesh

    Thank you very much..soooo meny times…It works very well for me..Now i am ICS..Thanks again.:-)

    • Viraj SK

      Welcome Bro..!!

    • omar

      how you make it ??
      please i need answer
      even connect deppuding mode

      • Dinesh

        Didn’t do anything new..just followed the steps as it is…

  • FSDGSHDA

    Do we Need To unlock our bootloader ?

    • Sanket

      No.

  • FSDGSHDA

    Do this Update Support Persian Language (Farsi) ?
    With this kind of update warranty will be voided?

  • cadfael

    every time i try to install it this messg showing up please help!!!
    http://www.imagebanana.com/view/kb8k0iax/Untitled.png

  • Mohsin

    Do we need to use bootloader after the instalation??

  • joe bulls

    so is this the only way to upgrade my sola to ICS4.0?
    can i do it wirelessly? :)

    • Viraj SK

      No. This is the only method to upgrade…

      • navpuneet

        bro, i dont know how to update my xperia sola
        i downloaded sony companion but it did not work through
        plz help me how can i update my phone to ics

  • Mavis

    any firmware 6.1.1.B.1.75 or 6.1.1.B.1.89 update for sola?
    if yes how do we get it.
    thanks

  • ahsan

    love you man,this works amazing, it feels like i bought a new phone, also its not making my phone slow as i have already told my some douchebags that not to upgrade, thanks alot

  • Rajshekhar

    no flashtool setup file available at the given location. Please share downloadable link for flashtool setup file.

    • Viraj SK

      It’s there. Please re-check…

      • Fady

        after The Update My Mobile Will Be Slow?

        • Viraj SK

          No doubt it’s faster than GB..

  • Gasser

    It’s done well !! but when i try to open album i receive Memory unavailable message ” memory unmounted or unavailable. mount memory to continue” !? although the memory in working good in music and movies !!

  • Zahid

    Sir, while downloading via idm extension is .zip….where is ftf?

    • Viraj SK

      Don’t use IDM..

  • XYZ

    How to root Xperia Sola running 6.1.1.b.1.54

  • mavis

    to all those who managed to update through this method, pls and pls tell me how u got the ftf file ext.

    as amos said when you download n extract, you get META-INF and 12 other files with sin extension. No ftf ext.

    counting on you for help!!!!!!

    • Viraj SK

      The file which you’ve downloaded itself has .ftf extension. No need to extract it further. Use it directly in flashtool…

  • amos

    there is no ‘MT27i_6.1.1.B.1.54_Global.ftf’ file in the
    Sola MT27i Official Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware package (6.1.1.B.1.54) downloaded, how can we get it?

    • Amos

      Thanks very much Viraj. Finally done it following your guide.”DO NOT EXTRACT”.

      Like Oliva Twist asked for MORE, can you get us the ported / Unoficial JB stock rom for Xperia Sola?

      thanks again and God bless u for your good works

  • Metacent

    It worked, but would you tell us where we can find a stock 4.0.4 rom with Arabic language support for menus?

    Thank you

  • moon.lover

    Why did not open flashtool driver and set up driver?????
    does it work with out instal:
    1-fastboot drivers
    2-flashmode drivers
    3-xperia p,u,sola
    I would be grateful if you answered quickly
    thanks……

  • Ricky

    I have a custom ROM (CM9.1)
    the kernel has been changed to freeXperia.
    do the above method overwrite the kenerl with the original one?

    can i restore the phone to official firmware by the above method??

    • Ricky

      thank you very much.

    • Viraj SK

      Yes, it will restore back your phone to Official firmware and will change freexperia kernel too..

  • Ahmed

    thank u ver much i like it very much..thnx

  • Gerhard

    do i have to root my phone before doing this?

    • Sanket

      No.you need not.

  • Aash

    ive installed device drivers but flashtool still tells me to install drivers after i press down n plugin to pc…why??? heellppp

  • ahmed

    After downloading the firmware(MT27i_6.1.1.B.1.54_Global.ftf) it’s about a folder contains folder named META-INF and and other files and no ftf file extension what can i do ?? i need to transfer the file to flash it.

    • Viraj SK

      The file you’ve downloaded itself has .ftf extension..

      • ahmed

        Thanks for responding but i didn’t find any ftf extension but folder named META-INF and other files with sin extension.
        please help me i am still on GB. Waiting your response

  • kunu

    i am unable to download Xperia Flashtool.please suggest me another site

  • Mehran

    isnt there a proper upgrade without using flashtool ????

  • http://omilnx.ir omid

    Hi, i’m trying to flash my Sola with this method and i have errors when it asks to connect the device (i do it the way you described). after the green light, the flashtool says “Error flashing, Aborted” “Drivers need to be installed for connected device.”
    which i did install them from drivers/Flashtool-drivers.exe.
    anything else i should do?

    • hamid

      just go to flashtool folder after installing
      in drivers folder u can install drivers

  • sameer rane

    i have xperia sola and android version is 2.3.7, can i use this method for update ics 4.0.4

    pls ans me,
    and give ur contact number pls

    • Viraj SK

      Why do you required the contact number, when you can easily upgrade your phone just by following this guide..

      • sameer rane

        so i can use this method for upgrade android version GB to ICS ?

        • Viraj SK

          Yes, its meant for it..

        • sameer rane

          hats off boss…….thank u very much

        • Viraj SK

          Glad :D..

        • Sahib Singh

          I HAVE XPERIA SOLA I WANT UPDATE LATEST VERSION, BIUT I DNT KNOW HOW UPDATE , PLZ HEPL ME . 9041017517

  • Łukasz

    Thank You Lord! You are amazing! :) Move the walls all up nice! The only pity is that I’ve lost guarantees, but I think it was worth. I would add that I am a pole, and if not for the google translator I have handled. Once again, respect for the Lord! As google translate to translate something wrong I apologize. And once again, thank you! Good Bye! :) :) :)

  • anshuman bharadwaj

    hi..recently my xperia sola got bricked so i tried to instal the GB frimware of xperia sola using flash tool..but my flashing process got stuck halfway…the log area shows flashing in progress where as the status remains 0% even after more than 1hr…so what could be the prob…

    • http://www.androidlegend.com Viraj SK

      You should try with this firmware as well. If it works then there may be fault in your GB firmware or may be something else..

  • sachinmm

    do this method make Sony warranty void?

  • sachinmm

    do this method make void Sony warranty?

    • hamid

      no – never void warranty

  • MattTheSardinian

    @liewtf
    Chinese (in traditional, simplified and I think even Cantonese) is present in the basic Gingerbread Sony Xperia Sola/Pepper