Wednesday, May 2, 2012

[Tutoria] Downgrade to Gingerbread from official ICS [Xperia Ray]

If you want to downgrade to the official Gingerbread rom from the ICS update here is a tutorial which will help you doing this:

      1 >> Download Flashtool and the official Gingerbread Rom for xperia ray from here:
                 Flashtool :
                 Xperia Ray Ginger bread Rom (ST18i)_4.0.2.A.0.42_CE : 402A042_CE.ftf   
       2>> Install flashtool on the default directory.

       3>> Install the Drivers for Xperia ray flashing, after installing flashtool you can find it on


              Double click on the Flashtool-drivers.exe and install the following drivers as shown in this pic               below:

       4>> Connect your Ray to the data cable by holding the volume down button. ( remember your phone must be turned off and flash tool is open). After you connect the phone flash tool will connect it in the flash mode. just like this pic:

       5>> After your ray is connected in flash mode just click on the flash icon, ( the big and first icon below file menu) on the flashtool window. Now check flashmode>OK and then browse to the folder where you have kept the gingerbread firmaware ftf file which you downloaded earlier.

      6>> After selecting the "Xperia Ray (ST18i)_4.0.2.A.0.42_CE.ftf" file click on ok leaving the default options as they are flashtool will begin its process.

     7 >> After flashtool finishes the flashing process you are done Downgrading to Gingerbread again.

Cheers mates, If you find any difficulties in this process feel free to comment and ask me your questions.


  1. Thanks for this article, i will try tommorow, im sick with the f*ckin ICS

  2. couldn't succeed. Following Error

    07/030/2012 14:30:43 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
    07/031/2012 14:31:11 - INFO - Selected Xperia Ray (ST18i)_4.0.2.A.0.42_CE.ftf
    07/031/2012 14:31:11 - INFO - Preparing files for flashing
    07/031/2012 14:31:13 - INFO - Please connect your device into flashmode.
    07/031/2012 14:31:13 - INFO - Opening device for R/W
    07/031/2012 14:31:16 - INFO - Reading device information
    07/031/2012 14:31:23 - INFO - Start Flashing
    07/031/2012 14:31:23 - INFO - Ending flash session
    07/031/2012 14:31:23 - ERROR -
    07/031/2012 14:31:23 - ERROR - Error flashing. Aborted
    07/031/2012 14:31:24 - INFO - Device disconnected
    07/031/2012 14:31:43 - INFO - Device connected with USB debugging off

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  4. @ Asad Ul-Islam Make sure u are connected in flashmode in the time of flashing. Try connecting your phone in flashmode after selecting the .ftf file. It should solve your error.

  5. Your mobile is not unlock bootloader! ( sorry, my English is not good )

    1. You dont need to have an unlocked boot loader for this process.

  6. Hi guys I have xperia ray with the gingerbeard os and I love it.....i sae on YouTube ics and it looked nice ...but I read that it slows down the phoneso from your experience which is better gb or ics ,?

    1. ICS upgrade broke the wireless tethering, I feel things are little slow as well. This is why I was on this site, searching ways to downgrade to gingerbread from ICS. So, stay with GB and monitor the Xperia user groups until - at least - the tethering problem is solved (by Sony - there are workarounds people say, but those workarounds did not work for me :(
      Hope this proves useful

  7. I'd like to install ics on my ray.... What problems does it have on my phone(xperia RAY)? Why woul I wat to comeback to gb?

    1. If you want to update do so. There is no problem on ics except hd video recording will come to 20 fps and all the hd games will not run perfectly.

    2. tethering is broken in ICS (workarounds are not working ;)

    3. There are a lot of issues which made ICS not a good choice for updating the xperia ray. 1st is the the battery life: in ICS, battery life only last for 6 hours. Also, some has troubles connecting to wifi.
      I have tried upgrading GB to ICS, but was not satisfied with it that's why I downgraded it again to GB.

  8. Thanks u very much for this!
    Now i can get back to my GTA 3 !!
    But please keep us informed if later ICS versions fix this problem with HD games.

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  10. I have problem with me Xperia ST18i Ray
    the screen hang after update and I try all things what I doing please help me also see this video u know my problem

  11. 1. Do I need to backup all apps?
    2. Is there any risk of bricking?

  12. Yes you need to backup your apps.
    Also there is no risk of bricking your phone if the process is done properly according to the tutorial.

  13. the flashtool can't detect the firmware..
    please help..

  14. I want to unlock bootloader.. How to unlock it.. help me !!

  15. 17/047/2012 17:47:42 - INFO - Flashtool Version built on 2012-10-01 19:35:32
    17/047/2012 17:47:42 - INFO - You can drag and drop ftf files here to start flashing them
    17/047/2012 17:47:47 - INFO - Device disconnected
    17/047/2012 17:47:49 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
    17/048/2012 17:48:04 - INFO - Selected Xperia Ray (ST18i)_4.0.2.A.0.42_CE.ftf
    17/048/2012 17:48:04 - INFO - Preparing files for flashing
    17/048/2012 17:48:27 - INFO - Please connect your device into flashmode.
    17/048/2012 17:48:27 - INFO - Opening device for R/W
    17/048/2012 17:48:27 - INFO - Reading device information
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - INFO - Start Flashing
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - INFO - Processing loader
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - INFO - Checking header
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - INFO - Ending flash session
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - ERROR -
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - ERROR - Error flashing. Aborted
    17/048/2012 17:48:29 - INFO - Device disconnected

    got this error..landlord, please give me a guide..i hate ics..i want my gingerbread back..

    1. you must select the firmware first and after you do that,you must connect your phone in flashmode. don't connect your phone first otherwise the error will appear :)

    2. make sure your USB debugging mode is enabled....

  16. hello guys... i upgrade my ray from gingerbrade to ics..and i saw my ray gets literally take time to open any application...! please help me to downgrade from ics to gingerbrade,.,,!

  17. Dear
    Could you please help me to get Arabic Language in this nice GB rom.

  18. which all drivers do I have to instal before flashing my Xperia RAY ?? The picture is not visible......

  19. flashtool ask to install the driver of the device again & again... but I already installed it... what is the problem....?

  20. it keeps on saying
    pls install driver for device over and over again after i already install the flashtool driver.
    what should i do?

  21. thanks Ray is u

  22. I cant view the images you have posted , please post it. It is important , as I am already sick with this ICS and dont want to get it worser due to any mistakes

  23. thanks man good work
    i follow the links its realy work

    ics is just waste its stucks lots

  24. Hurray..... it worked.... Thank you so much......

  25. 10/046/2013 10:46:50 - INFO - Selected Xperia Ray (ST18i)_4.0.2.A.0.42_CE.ftf
    10/046/2013 10:46:50 - INFO - Preparing files for flashing
    10/046/2013 10:46:52 - INFO - Please connect your device into flashmode.
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Opening device for R/W
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Reading device information
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Phone ready for flashmode operations.
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Current device : ST18i - CB511W4ZFV - 1252-5860_R1I - 1248-9545_4.1.B.0.587 - WORLD-i_4.1.B.0.587
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Start Flashing
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Processing loader
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Using an unofficial loader
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Ending flash session
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - ERROR - C:\Flashtool\devices\ST18\loader_unlocked.sin (The system cannot find the file specified)
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - ERROR - Error flashing. Aborted
    10/047/2013 10:47:12 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
    10/047/2013 10:47:14 - INFO - Device disconnected
    10/047/2013 10:47:16 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
    10/047/2013 10:47:56 - INFO - Device disconnected
    10/048/2013 10:48:15 - INFO - Device connected with USB debugging off
    10/048/2013 10:48:15 - INFO - For 2011 devices line, be sure you are not in MTP mode

    what can i do pls cause i hate ics

  26. Salut,
    j'ai un problème. Quand je flash le téléphone, il m'indique qu'il faut cocher "debbuging" et "unknown sources". Je le fais, j’éteins le téléphone , et je flash, mais quand je le démarre, ça a juste réinitialisé le téléphone.
    Pouvez vous m'aider ?

  27. Hey there guys, I'm gonna try this tomorrow, I was wondering if it was worth to overclock and root the phone, performance wise. Does it improve a lot, if so, how can I do it? I've no idea! Thnx

  28. I have flahsed my Xperia Neo but then it worked great. The only problem I had was with the whats app download and with Skype also, just don't know how but I solved it.