Upgrade Sony Xperia Sola MT27i to ICS 4.0.4 via Cyanogenmod 9.3

Whenever Google rolls out any new update / upgrade for Android smartphones, developers over the world quickly get their hands on its source code to customize it as the way they want. And that modified OS is then called as a Custom ROM. There are many custom ROMs available for Xperia Sola but Cyanogenmod is the one which offers you lot of customization features too. Just like CM7 (which was based on Gingerbread 2.3.x), Cyanogenmod has incremented its version to 9.3 (which is based on Android 4.0.4 ICS).

Those who were eagerly waiting for the fastest and stable custom ROM for their Sony Xperia Sola MT27i, now have the best choice to select. All thanks goes to FreeXperiaProject team because they are maintaining CM builds for all the Xperia smartphones.

Now well discuss about the features of this ROM. Cyanogenmod 9.3 includes all the features from ICS 4.0.4 (except Sony specific features). Besides that Cyanogenmod adds its own customization panel, with which you can change all the parameters as per the requirement.

Let us move further to know how you can install CM 9.3 Custom ROM on your Sony Xperia Sola MT27i.

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 FreeXperia team should be held responsible for the same.

upgrade sony xperia sola to ics 4 0 4 via cyanogenmod 9 3 custom rom0Compatibility! This is compatible only with Xperia Sola bearing model number MT27i. Don’t try it on any other device, it can cause damage to your phone..


  • 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 ROM (excluding External storage).
  • Before proceeding to the actual installation procedure, ensure that you have unlocked the bootloader of your device. If you’ve not done it already, follow this guide.
  • Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod must be installed in order flash this ROM. If you’ve not installed it yet, follow this guide.
  • Please note that the above two steps are very much essential to install Cyanogenmod 9.3 on Xperia Sola.

Procedure to Install Cyanogenmod 9.3 on Sony Xperia Sola MT27i:

  • Download latest Cyanogenmod 9.3 package from the link mentioned below.
  1. CM9.3 for Xperia Sola. Filename:FXP216-cm-9-20130419-UNOFFICIAL-pepper.zip
  • (Optional) Download Google Add-on Apps (Gmail, Maps, GTalk, Play Store etc.) which are not present in ROM by default.
  1. Google Apps
  • After downloading CM9.3 package, connect your device to PC. Enable mass storage mode on it. Now transfer ROM package & Google Apps to your device’s internal SD card.
  • Now disconnect the phone from computer. Boot in recovery mode on your phone. To do so, switch off the phone, switch it on again, when phone is restarting (during boot logo & LED turns blue), press Volume up button. Your phone will land in recovery mode.
  • Take a nandroid backup of your current ROM so that it can be restored back (in case if anything goes wrong). To backup your current ROM, select Backupand 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.
  • Now 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.
  • (Optional) The same procedure you have to do for installation of Google Apps. (Just don’t do the above step i.e, wiping data after installation of Gapps). After you finished installation of Gapps, press back button to go to main menu of CWM.
  • Select wipe data/factory reset & wipe cache partition to wipe all the data & caches from the phone memory respectively.
  • Select reboot system now from the recovery mode to Restart the phone. Switch off it again (since the procedure is not completed yet). Just keep the phone aside.
  • Now download the ADB & fastboot files which we will need to flash the kernel image.
  1. ADB & Fastboot Files
  • Extract above rar file to a convenient location/folder (Fastboot Folder).
  • Open Cyanogenmod 9.3 ROM package using WinRAR or 7-zip, extract boot.img file (which is nothing but a kernel) to any convenient location. (It is located in the root directory of the ROM).
  • Now move the kernel file (boot.img) where ADB & fastboot files are located.
  • On the phone (while switched off), enter into the fastboot mode. To do so, Connect your phone to the computer. While connecting press Volume up button to trigger fastboot mode.
  • Open the folder which contains ADB & Fastboot files.
  • Runcommandprompt.bat file to open command prompt pointing to the ADB & Fastboot folder.
  • 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.

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

Congratulations !! Android 4.0.4 ICS is successfully installed on your Xperia Sola MT27i in the form of Cyanogenmod 9.3 Custom ROM. Do let us know how the ROM is working for you. In case if you need any help, feel free to comment it below, we will try our best to sort out the same.

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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+.
  • Xperia solaics

    hey viraj sorry for my past question about bootloader, can i backup my phone after installing this custom rom? i think pc companion is unable to recognize cm9

  • thejas

    …buddy cm9.3 fxp204 link not working …and no mirror! pleas hlp me

    • Viraj SK

      Link updated..

  • Selva Kumar


    I am try to update my device,
    connet my phone( in boot Mode) its automaticaly system surching new device and phone disconnecting automaticaly and going to charging mode,
    Kindly help me.

  • srinivas

    I installed cm 10 (NOT 9.3) using the same procedure. Everything worked like a charm and cm was successfully installed. However the real trouble started after reboot:
    sim card – NOT recognized
    wi-fi – NOT recognized
    external memory card – NOT recognized
    internal storage – NOT available
    bluetooth – CANNOT be turned on
    camera – CANNOT be used
    Basically nothing works

    I have not installed gapps yet.

    Kindly suggest what is to be done here

  • Siddharta

    Hi, i have my xperia Sola with the ICS oficial update, i have a big problem, the in-call earphone volume is very very low. I can’t hear the other person when i call. I need to fix that, the cyanogenmod rom can do that? Someone solved this?

  • http://www iliya


  • http://www.fb.com/RohitRamani2312 Rohit Ramani

    I tried three diferent zip files to install CM9. But all installation ended up saying installation aborted. Please help.

  • Cardoso

    I can’t go to recovery mode on my Sola. I’m use the official ICS 4.0.4. What I have to do?!

  • Ali Mohammadi

    In my Sola, I must FIRST flashed kernel!
    Then install the .zip file from recovery mode.
    Because if I wanted to install the .zip file first, an error occured and the installation failed!
    I’m sorry for my bad english :D

  • Ali Mohammadi

    My xperia sola (MT27i) goes to recovery mode by touching (tapping) the screen when the SONY logo appears at the booting time.
    For more confidence, tap the screen consecutive until recovery mode get active.

  • Tonny

    Install Fxp 204 for sola will error???

    • Viraj SK


  • Anshul Aggarwal

    I have a Sony Xperia Sola. I’ve unlocked the bootloader of the device. I’ve installed the CWM Recovery through RecoverX. At the end of the process it showed that ‘The installation is complete but the recovery might be misconfigured’. I’m trying to boot the phone in recovery mode by powering it up while holding the Volume Up key but it isn’t. What’s the problem?

    • Anshul Aggarwal

      My device is running Official Android 2.3.7 currently.
      Also when I am powering up the device, there is no blue LED to be seen.

      • Viraj SK

        Forget Blue LED then. Restart your phone, when SONY logo appears, hold Volume up button. This will do the job..

        • sandra

          hi sir It doesnt work Ive tried it for several times.Iwas actually updating my phone while doing that an eror was observed then I cancel it and I wanted to turn it on but I cant and just the logo comes up.

  • anonymous

    Sola is M27i, not MT22i.

    • xiao ming

      i had facing the same problem before.but it may solve,upon reset/switch on your phone,try to tap couple time on sony logo untill its vibrate and it will enter recovery mode.