Install XZDualRecovery on Xperia Devices With Android 5.0 Lollipop

XZDualRecovery is one of the most popular and useful mods for the majority of Sony Xperia devices. XZDualRecovery is a package that installs two of the most popular recoveries at the same time, PhilZ and TWRP. It is the same as dual booting ROMs. You choose which recovery to use when the phone boots up.

XZDualRecovery has been used by thousands of Sony Xperia Z users on Android 4.4 KitKat. But as every other program, XZDualRecovery stopped working on Android 5.0 Lollipop thanks to the new ART runtime system and under-the-hood changes which conflicted with the mod.

Luckily, member “zxz0O0” was the first one to notice that XZDualRecovery didn’t work on Android 5.0 Lollipop. After a little inspection, he was able to create a mod which bypasses the SELinux enforcement, allowing the double recovery package to work again.

Follow the detailed guide below to learn how to install XZDualRecovery on your Sony Xperia device and make it work correctly on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

How To Install XZDualRecovery on Sony Xperia With Android 5.0 Lollipop

The process itself is not difficult if you have previously installed the mod at least once. If not, do not worry. We have covered every step that you need to follow below.

This guide works for all supported devices including the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Tablet Z2, ZR, T, TX, TL, S, SP, T2, Z3, Z3 Compact and Tablet Z3.

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For this to work, you need two files. The first file is the original XZDualRecovery zip file that will install TWRP and PhilZ. The second one is the patch that makes the dual recovery mod work on Lollipop.


Installation Process

  1. Move both of the files to your phone.
  2. Turn the phone off and boot into custom recovery.
  3. Firstly, flash the patched mod that you downloaded on the second link.
  4. Then flash the XZDualRecovery zip file.

Now your phone will be rocking two recoveries at the same time, PhilZ and TWRP. Press the volume up for PhilZ and volume down for TWRP while the phone is booting.



    • This is a mod which installs two recoveries at the same time. You need to install a custom recovery prior flashing the mod.

  1. Hi there, thank you for this tutorial. Nutz’s dual recovery flashed fine in my Xperia ZU, but what I don’t understand is that it always defaults to the TWRP recovery, and I cannot access Philz recovery, whether I press the volume + or – keys – I’m confused, what am I doing wrong? Also, when I try and back up the recovery partition with Online nandroid backup the app cannot find it….??? David

  2. This is a great post! I have been looking for a way to install XZDualRecovery on my Xperia devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Thanks for the guide!


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