Install Android 4.4 KitKat Based CM 11 ROM on Sony Xperia Go [Step-by-step Guide]

By | November 25, 2013

Xperia Go users rejoice!  you’re Xperia Go has finally been ported with CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM – you know what that means, right? You can now taste all the Android 4.4 KitKat goodies and features on Xperia Go. Though this CM 11 ROM for Xperia Go is unofficial (not deployed by CyanogenMod itself) as it has been cooked up by XDA recognized dev munjeni (credits to him), the KitKat 4.4 ROM still runs smooth and fast on the Xperia Go – plus, everything is as it is in the official CM 11 ROM. So if you want to install this KitKat 4.4 Based CM 11 ROM on your Xperia Go, you can do so by following our step-by-step Guide provided below.

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To install Android 4.4 KitKat CyanogenMod 11 ROM on your Xperia Go, the usual flashing protocol will be put to use – download the ROM and Gapps zip file we give you (listed in the ‘downloads’ section), move them to your Go’s storage and then install them, done, done and done. Along with the flashing procedure steps, we will also be giving you all the necessary backups and pre-requisites.

Let’s begin!

Things to Remember

  • Installing this Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on your Xperia Go will void it’s warranty
  • Do not flash this custom ROM on any device other than Xperia Go variant or you’re stuck with a bricked phone
  • This is not an official KitKat 4.4 firmware update for Sony Xperia Go is not official, therefore we will not be held liable for the damage caused.
  • You will be performing wipeouts during the procedure, so it’s recommended that you make all the recommended backups from here.

Backing up your Data

Preparatory Steps

  • Ensure that you have the original USB cable that came with your Xperia Go
  • Charge your device to at least 85% so it doesn’t turn off during the ROM installation
  • Enable USB debugging on your device by going to Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging
  • Make sure you have all the USB drivers installed on your computer to support your Xperia Go
  • After you’ve completed all the prepatory steps, make the following downloads

Downloads

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Steps to Install KitKat 4.4 on Sony Xperia Go via CM 11 Nightly

 (CWM Recovery method)

Step 1 - After you’ve downloaded the above listed zip files, connect your computer to your Xperia Go and move both the zip files to your phone’s root storage (in plain sight, not in any folder)

Step 2 - You may now disconnect your Xperia Go and boot it into recovery mode by first turning it off and then on again by pressing Power Button and constantly hitting Volume Up button – when you see the blue splash screen and feel the vibrations, you stop tapping it

Step 3 - Now that you’re in CWM recovery, select Data Wipeout / Factory reset option and wipe the data. Next, select the Wipe Cache and then Dalvik cache from the Advanced Option

Step 4 - Now go back to the recovery menu and select the Install Zip from SD Card option. Now choose the CM 11 Nightly build zip file and install it. After that completes, do the same for the GApps zip file and install it.

Step 5 - After that’s done, select the +++Go Back++++ option and click on Reboot system now 

Steps to Install KitKat 4.4 on Sony Xperia Go via CM 11 Nightly

 (TWRP Recovery method)

Step 1 - After you’ve downloaded the above listed zip files, connect your computer to your Galaxy S3 Mini and move both the zip files to your phone’s root storage (in plain sight, not in any folder)

Step 2 - You may now disconnect your Xperia Go and boot it into recovery mode by first turning it off and then on again by pressing Power Button and constantly hitting Volume Up button – when you see the blue splash screen and feel the vibrations, you stop tapping it

Step 3 - Now that you’re in CWM recovery, select Data Wipeout option and wipe the data. Next, select the Wipe Cache and then Dalvik cache from the Advanced Option

Step 4 - Now go back to the recovery menu and select the Install option. Now choose the KitKat 4.4 CM 11 ROM zip file and install it. After that completes, do the same for the GApps zip file and install it.

Step 5 - After that’s done, go back to the recovery menu and click on Reboot 

That’s it trooper – after you’re xperia Go has rebooted, you’re in for a whole lot of KitKAt 4.4 goodness on your phone.

Salar Hussain

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3 thoughts on “Install Android 4.4 KitKat Based CM 11 ROM on Sony Xperia Go [Step-by-step Guide]

  1. djsean

    First : On the Xperia Go do you first flash the boot.img and then go to the recovery or use the current recovery you have on your phone.

    Second : On the Xperia Go if I’m not mistaken to enter recovery you hit the volume down key and not the volume up key.

    Third : Can you tell me the working list and the not working list

    Reply
    1. salar hussain

      You must first install a custom recovery on it and root it before doing anything mentioned in the guide. DO NOT do it through stock recovery (the one you already have in your phone). To get the recovery, Google a little and you’ll find substantial results. IF you don’t, give us a comment and we’ll write you one.

      No, the button combinations are correct as given in the guide.

      The only problems we know of at the moment are possibly network problems and bluetooth problems – but that too, is a maybe.

      Reply
  2. David

    Thank you for this tutorial!

    Since it’s my first time trying to install a custom ROM I’ve a question.
    Do I need to have Bootloader unlocked? Or it will be unlocked in the process?

    Thank you!

    Reply

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