Sony Ericsson’s Xperia lineup is definitely a huge hit among many consumers.  Xperia phones have been praised for their style, performance, and their fantastic cameras. Having a phone like the Xperia Arc S, for instance, is always a cause for pleasure and entertainment, especially with its neat features.  But, there is always the option of unleashing its full potential once you’ve got root privileges and ClockworkMod Recovery installed.

One of the most daunting tasks that every Xperia phone owner has to go through would probably be rooting and installing recovery software. For every neophyte who just had receive his or her first taste of the Android OS, technical terms such as those mentioned above can be quite difficult to comprehend.

With so many rooting and recovery guides literally flooding the Internet, first-time users of Android smartphones will eventually become curious and bold enough to take their shot at installing third-party modifications. Tragedies sometimes happen in the form of failed installations resulting in bricked devices and expensive paperweights.

Installing a custom recovery on your phone can range from very easy to extremely hard, depending on your type of device. In the case of Sony Ericsson Xperia handsets, installing ClockworkMod Recovery couldn’t get any more difficult.

Thanks to an application called Xperia CWM Auto-Installer, installing ClockworkMod Recovery on your Xperia phone will be like a walk in the park. The application itself is specifically designed for the 2011 Xperia line portfolio. The Xperia lineup includes a handful of devices that range from entry-level smartphones (such as the Xperia Mini) to beasts like the (Xperia Arc S). So, if you’ve got yourself an Xperia device from last year then this application will definitely be worth a try.

In order for the application to work you need to have a rooted phone. Bear in mind that Xperia CWM Auto-Installer is specifically designed only for Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, so anything other than that means a no-go.

Another requirement for the application to work is an updated Android 2.3 Gingerbread version.  Nothing to worry about, since most Xperia phones released in 2011 are already pre-bundled with Gingerbread software.

The application will present you with a neat checklist of information such as root access, phone model, CWM installed and other important options to choose from. With a simple selection of “Install CWM 5” and a reboot of your device, ClockworkMod Recovery will automatically install itself on your device.  Bye bye, command prompt.

Other options include the Auto-Magic Nandroid feature. Checking that option will basically reboot your phone and create a carbon copy of the device itself, backing-up important files, apps and data without your having to tinker around manually in ClockworkMod Recovery.

The application is reported to work on phones such as the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Active, Play, and Neo.  Some users have reported success with using the app on other Xperia devices not covered on the list.

The application is now currently in its 4th revision, so most bugs are probably addressed by now. You can download Xperia CWM Auto-Installer from the Android Market for free.

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.