Monday, January 7, 2013

how to upgrade Live with walkman to ICS 4.0.4 and Root it

In this post i want to show you how to upgrade live with walkman (wt19i) firmware to newest android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 (4.1.B.0.431) via offline update method. This june, live with walkwan receive an update for renewing the firmware to ICS via PC Companion (OTA). But some users reported negative issues after upgrading their phone via pc companion (e.g:lag, not smooth, face unlock setting not appear, etc).

You can resolve those problem (e.g: lag, face unlock dissappear, etc) with flash the firmware/update the firmware via offline method. I have tested this new ICS for a week. I feel this new firmware is very smooth, even more smoother than gingerbread stockrom. thanks for SONY for optimizing this rom.

For offline flashing you will need:
- Download newest Flashtool
- Download 4.1.B.0.431 ICS (official stockRom)
1. Install downloaded flashtool. extract downloaded firmware-->> .ftf file and place it to C:\Flashtool\firmwares.

2. Open flashtool.exe. Connect live with walkman to PC via usb cable. don't forget to connect device with USB DEBUGGING ON(go to settings and tap Application-->development).

3. Click FLASH and choose flashhmode on mode selector:

4. now choose the firmware then click ok:
5. Enter the flashmode. unplug the usb cable, turn off your phone. press and hold volume down button and plug the usb cable. then release the vol down button.
6. wait until the device rebooted. Now you have ICS instaled on live with walkman.


The rooting methods splits into 2: for unlocked bootloader and locked bootloader. But, i can't share these root tutorial now because my laptop's screen is broken. i will share tomorrow.

*LOCKED bootloader rooting method:
Your phone on 4.0.2.A.0.58 firmware (gingerbread) and rooted. If you are on higher firmware, versionYou can downgrade to 0.58 fw by flashing offline via flashtool. Download the 4.0.2.A.0.58 firmware first. Then root with easy rooting toolkit by doomlord. See my previous post about how to root 0.58 firmware= this and this. (if you already on 0.58 firmware and rooted skip this step)

Download the XperiaRoot.rev3,
Extract the file and connect live with walkman to pc. then click the file "01-local-prop". follow the instruction.

 Now flash your device to ICS 4.0.4 with flashtool like flashing tutorial above. but we make little change on setting, uncheck the WIPE USER DATA. (see step 4 when choose firmware)

after that, root the 4.0.4 From the file you downloaded earlier, open the file 02-push-root-files.cmd. then follow the instruction.
(thanks to dragonclawsaresharp for sharing this method)

*UNLOCKED bootloader rooting method
if you had unlocked bootloader is easy to root th device.
after flashhing ICS 4.0.4, install the custom kernel, use kamarush kernel lite V3 for live with walkman (download) . Or..
you can use rage kernel v3.2 custom kernel.
 install the kernel, how to install kernel?? see this post.
after kernel installed download "". copy to SDcard. enter the CWM recovery mode (reboot device and press volume down button several time). install zip from sdcard and choose "".


  1. order to flash ics..... Do I need a rooted live with walkman

  2. guys i got rooted my phone very easily by downloading a software and just clicking root button ..dats all all the above steps will be performed by the software.. i got that from this site. :


  4. pls help..can i use this rage kernel 3.2 on my lww ver 4.0.4 ics Build number 4.1.B.0.587?

  5. abe ...what u putted for not working