How to Install Android 5.1.1 CarbonROM on Xperia Z3


You can now update Xperia Z3 to the latest Android OS version 5.1.1. It is expected that the company will release the 5.1.1 Lollipop update for these devices during the month of July but who can’t wait for the official release, can experience the latest lollipop via CarbonROM. Thanks to the recognized XDA developer, Myself5 for releasing the latest build of the CarbonROM, featuring Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.


CarbonROM is one of the most popular Android custom build which is based on the CyanogenMod and Android Open Source Project that comes with fast and stable performance as well as a lot of cool features. Like Resurrection Remix custom ROM, numerous customization has been added from other famous ROMs, like Slim ROM, AOKP, AICP and Omni ROM.

Overall this ROM is very stable, fast and smooth, so if you want to install Android 5.1.1 CarbonROM on your Xperia Z3 then follow the given step by step guide. As the CarbbonROM is in its development stage hence all features might not function properly. Remember that this is a custom ROM which is not officially released by Sony, thus you’ll be required to have a custom recovery like CWM or TWRP in order to flash the CarbonROM and Gapps zipped files on your Xperia Z3. Ready to get Android 5.1.1 CarbonROM? Go ahead and follow the given instructions to install Android 5.1.1 CarbonROM Lollipop ROM on Xperia Z3.


  • AudioFX Equalizer
  • AOSP & CM Audio features
  • Slim Extra features like: Camera Shutter sound, Screenshot Sound, Safe Headset Volume, Less frequent notification sounds, etc.
  • Volume steps,
  • Audio charge notification

Display options

  • Adaptive Brightness
  • Daydream
  • Ambient display
  • Wake Up on charge
  • Double tap to sleep
  • Omni screen recorder
  • Color calibration
  • Expanded desktop

CM Notification Manager

  • Slim Heads up notifications and its features


  • CM shortcuts
  • Slim shortcuts
  • Weather with custom style

CarbonFibers Features Menu

  • Status bar
  • Slim Clock & Date options
  • Weather
  • Battery options (Portrait, landscape, circle, dotted circle text or hidden)
  • Mobile & Wi-Fi Network activity icon options
  • Network traffic monitor
  • Brightness control
  • Notification count
  • Notification ticker
  • Custom carrier label options

CM custom Navigation Bar Tweaked

  • Custom Navigation ring


  • Toast animations
  • Listview animations
  • System animations
  • Gesture anywhere
  • App circle side bar


  • Clear all button tweaks
  • Hideable Google search bar

Slim PIE

  • Notification drawer
  • Tile options (Fully customisable)
  • SlimActions tile
  • Quick setting options
  • Quick & smart pulldown
  • Colorised tiles

Power Menu

  • Advanced reboot
  • Screenshot
  • Screen record
  • Profile switcher
  • Airplane mode
  • User switcher
  • Settings
  • Device lockdown
  • Sound panel


  • Fully CM customisation for hard buttons (tweaked)

Omni Wake lock blocker

  • SuperSU


These instructions and ROM can be used only with Xperia Z3. Do not try to install this ROM on any other device or incorrect variant. It is recommended to check the model number of your device first.

Warning: will not be held responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your Xperia Z3 during or after the installation of Android 5.1.1 CarbonROM. Proceed at your own risk.

Before Getting Started:

  • Create a proper backup of all important data of the phone using custom recovery like CWM or TWRP before proceeding to the installation guide.
  • Enable USB Debugging on the Xperia Z3 by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.
  • The batter level of your Z3 should be above 80% to prevent unexpected shut downs while installation.
  • Your Xperia Z3 should be rooted and the latest version of a recovery must be installed on it.
  • The bootloader of the phone should be unlocked.

Required Files:

Steps to Install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Xperia Z3 with CarbonROM:

Step No 1:- First, extract the downloaded CarbonROM and Google Apps Package on your PC and get the boot.img file separately.

Step No 2:- Now connect the Xperia Z3 with PC using its USB data cable and mount its USB memory.

Step No 3:- Transfer the CarbonROM which you’ve already downloaded from the above link, to the root folder of your SD card.

Step No 4:- Next, copy the boot.img file to android-sdk-windows/platform-tools directory on the PC.

Step No 5:- Turn OFF the Xperia Z3 in order to boot into bootloader mode.

Step No 6:- Press and hold Volume Up key while connecting it with USB cable. Once the the phone’s LED light turned blue, Z3 will be entered into bootloader mode.

Step No 7:- Navigate to android-sdk-windows/platform-tools directory and launch the command prompt.

Step No 8:- Type the following command and hit the Enter button:

fastboot flash boot boot.img

Step No 9:- Now give this command:

fastboot reboot

Step No 10:- Turn ON the phone while pressing Volume Up or Volume Down keys for a few times to enter into Recovery Mode.

Step No 11:- Perform wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition and navigate to advanced option to select wipe dalvik cache.

Step No 12:- Go back to the main menu of recovery and choose install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard. Then locate the CarbonROM (root folder of SD Card). Select it and confirm installation to begin.

Step No 13:- Finally, install the Google Apps package on the Xperia Z3 by repeating the same procedure given above.

Step No 14:- Reboot the phone once the installation is completed.

You’ve successfully installed the CarbonROM featuring Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on your Xperia Z3.

Let us know in the comments area below if you have any question or trouble while installing the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on your Xperia Z3.


If your Z3 gets stuck on booting animation or experiences boot loop after flashing the ROM, then perform wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache a few times before rebooting the device.



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