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How to Root Sony Xperia 1 V via Magisk Patched Init Boot

In this guide, we will show you the steps to root your Sony Xperia 1 V via Magisk Patched Init_Boot. Sony is churning out one impressive device after another, however, for some reason, it always tends to be left behind in the hype mill. The latest one to make its way is the fifth iteration of the Xperia 1 series which beholds a slew of intriguing goodies. However, for tech enthusiasts, it is giving out quite a tough time especially those who are looking to gain admin privileges.

While it is no hidden secret that devices launched with Android 13 out of the box require a patched init_boot instead of boot.img for rooting, however, even check-marking that prerequisite didn’t manage to root the Sony Xperia 1 V for many tech enthusiasts. This is because there is one additional tweak that needs your attention, which at the time of writing, is a first for any Android device. So without any further ado, let’s reveal the secret!

Benefits and Risks of Rooting Sony Xperia 1 V

Once you root your device, you will be in a position to flash a plethora of mods. These include the likes of Magisk ModulesXposed FrameworkSubstratum Themes, and Viper4Android among others. Along the same lines, you could also flash a custom kernel and implement your desired CPU profile. However, such tweaks do come in with a few risks as well.

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To begin with, it will wipe off all the data and could nullify the device’s warranty as well. Along the same lines, it will degrade the Widevine L1 certification to L3, thereby preventing you from streaming content in HD [FIXED]. The SafetyNet will be triggered [FIXED], thereby preventing you from using banking apps [FIXED]. So if that’s well and good then let’s get started with the steps to root your Sony Xperia 1 V.

How to Root Sony Xperia 1 V via Magisk Patched Init_Boot.img

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The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow the same sequence as mentioned. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

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First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

Next up, you will also have to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. The former will make your device recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. This will then allow you to boot your device to Fastboot Mode. On the other hand, OEM Unlocking is required to carry out the bootloader unlocking process.

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So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.

STEP 3: Unlock Bootloader on Sony Xperia 1 V

Next up, you will also have to unlock the device’s bootloader. Do keep in mind that doing so will wipe off all the data from your device and could nullify its warranty as well. So if that’s all well and good, then please refer to our detailed guide on How to Unlock Bootloader on any Sony Xperia Device.

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STEP 4: Extract Init_boot from Firmware

  1. To begin with, download the stock firmware for your device using XperiFirm.

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  2. Make sure to download the same firmware version that is currently installed on your device.
  3. Then extract the firmware and you will get the partition files,including the init_boot.imgRoot Sony Xperia 1 V
  4. If the init_boot file is in SIN format, then you will have to convert it to IMG.
  5. For that, please check out the guide on How to Extract Sony Boot.sin and get the Stock Boot.img File.Root Sony Xperia 1 V
  6. Once you have got the stock init_boot.img file, transfer it to your device.

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STEP 5: Patch Sony Xperia 1 V Init_Boot.img via Magisk

  1. Download and install the Magisk App on your device.
  2. Then launch it and tap on the Install button next to Magisk.
  3. After that, choose ‘Select and Patch a File’, and navigate to the stock init_boot.img file, and select it.
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  4. Then tap on the Let’s Go button situated at the top right.
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  5. The init_boot.img file will now be patched and placed under the Downloads folder on your device.
  6. You should transfer this file to the platform-tools folder and rename it to magisk_patched_init_boot.img
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STEP 6: Boot Sony Xperia 1 V FastbootD Mode

This is where things begin to get a little bit tricky. Up until now, we have rooted numerous Android devices and you would have flashed the patched boot or even the patched init_boot in the Fastboot Mode. However, with this device you now have to flash the patched init_boot in the FastbootD Mode. Here’s how:

  1. Now connect your device to the PC via a USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  2. Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to FastbootD Mode
    adb reboot fastboot
  4. If that doesn’t work out, then use the below two commands to boot to Fastboot Mode and from there to FastbootD Modes:
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot reboot fastboot

STEP 7: Root Sony Xperia 1 V using Magisk Patched Init_Boot.img

Now type in the below command to flash the patched init_boot.img to the init_boot partition

fastboot flash init_boot magisk_patched_init_boot.img

So with this, we round off the guide on how you could root your Sony Xperia 1 V via Magisk patched init_boot.img. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.