Finally, the Sony Xperia Z5 has been receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update officially from the manufacturer. The update comes with the latest build number 32.1.A.1.163 and has been live across all the variants of the Xperia Z5 series. The Xperia Z5 Compact and  the Z5 Premium have seen a similar update. Even though the update comes with the latest February 2016 security patches from Google, it still holds Android 6.0 Marshmallow and not the latest Android v6.0.1. It comes with all the Marshmallow goodies such as app permissions, doze mode,  as well as some Sony stability improvements for greater battery life, enhanced home launcher and much more.

Earlier last month we brought to you the new Marshmallow Sony Xperia Concept Software 3027 for the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact devices and the installation procedure as well. However, now, the final update is running and we have the FTF file for the update as well. XDA forum members have managed to capture the full FTF files for the ROM. The file comes with the name E6653_32.1.A.1.163_TH.ftf  and weighs a whopping 2.4 GB. As of now only E6653 FTF is available, we will update the links once available or you can download the firmware from XperiFirm and share the link here. Follow the instructions below to download and update.


Z5 E6653 Android 6.0 Marshmallow FTF File:

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Download FTF firmware files – Sony Xperia Z5 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) 

Download FTF firmware files – Sony Xperia Z5 Compact (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) 

Download FTF firmware files – Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) 

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How to Install Official Marshmallow Concept ROM on Sony Xperia Z3

Before you proceed, backup everything as this will perform a clean firmware installation. Follow the instructions below to flash the ROM. If you want the firmware for your Xperia device variant, the download the firmware with XperiFirm tool.

Step 1: Download and Install the Flashtool. Once installed, go to its location. For example, “C:\Flashtool\drivers” and install Flashmode and Fastboot drivers listed in the download section. (Note: On Windows OS 8/8.1/10, you will need to disable driver signature verification.).sony xperia z3 concept installation1

Step 2: Now download and move the E6653_32.1.A.1.163_TH.ftf to the location of Flashtool as shown – “C:\Users\username\.flashTool\firmwares”sony xperia z3 concept installation2

Step 3: Now open Flashtool and click on Flash device->Flashmode. The E6653_32.1.A.1.163_TH.ftf should now appear on the list. Check Wipe APPS_LOG and USERDATA if you want to perform a clean installIf you are just looking forward to upgrade, then do not check the two options. Now select Flash and follow the instructions. If it asks to use a script, select xperia z3 concept installation5

Step 4: Once installation completes, boot your phone normally and you should now be on the latest Marshmallow firmware. This process may take a while, so be patient.

That’s it. Enjoy your new Marshmallow firmware. Follow and share us on social media. If you need any help, then comment down below. Here is the file source.

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17 responses

  1. Danny Boy Avatar
    Danny Boy

    Thanks for this!

    My version of Flashtool has got more options under “wipe”:

    If I just want to update the firmware, which option(s) should I check? Only “APPS_LOG”?

    (Information I found for updating to Lollipop, APPSLOG & CACHE should be checked/ticked and DATA not.)

    1. Sarang Avatar

      Oh yes. Thanks.

  2. Bianca Del Carretto Avatar
    Bianca Del Carretto

    Thanks for this!

    Will this way to update keep root?

    Thank you!

    1. Sarang Avatar

      No you will lose root.

  3. rodrigo vilchis Avatar
    rodrigo vilchis

    I have done and everything was as you described, but when restarted the Google services are unable and Google play doesn’t work anymore, what can I do?

    Thank you!

    1. Sarang Avatar

      Go to Apps>All Apps and locate the Google Play Services. Uninstall updates and restart the phone. You can also manually update the Google play services to the latest one.

      1. rodrigo vilchis Avatar
        rodrigo vilchis

        Hello Sarang
        I did it, but when try to install the Google services the Google play store send a message saying that is stop and only Ok button is acceptable.
        What else did you think that I should try?

        Thank you!

    2. Sarang Avatar

      You can try removing your Google Account from Settings>Account and add it again. Alos try installing the latest version of Google Play servies or let it update automatically over WiFi. Also if you upgraded, then you can also factory reset from recovery. But that will remove all your apps and data.
      You can get the APK from here if you wish:

  4. zago84 Avatar

    Sorry for ignorance: I would know if I flash firmware with flashtool avoid warranty? And after flashing firmware with flashtool still receive official Sony OTA update?

    Thanks in advice

    1. Sarang Avatar

      No it won’t void warranty and you will still receive OTA updates.

  5. ullioo Avatar

    Are there any Problems to update without wiping APPS_LOG and USERDATA when the phone is encrypted?
    Best, Ulli

    1. Sarang Avatar

      If you are upgrading from Android 5.1 Lollipop then you can uncheck the options. Sometimes the apps may conflict with the upgrade. In that case you will have to perform a clean installation. You can take a Sony backup from settings or a PC companion first.

      1. ullioo Avatar

        Thanks Sarang, all steps went right and im on Marshmallow now. All apps and most settings are fine. I flashed a different region version which was no problem at all. Now I try to install the stock dialer from google. Are there non root ways?

        Best, Ulli

        1. Sarang Avatar

          There should be a root method available by now. I will let you know if i come across one.

  6. Eliécer Rojas Chévez Avatar
    Eliécer Rojas Chévez

    is 100% safe?

    1. Sarang Avatar

      Well this is not the official tool. It has been built upon several softwares available for Sony devices like PC companion etc. If you are worried, then you can use Sony’s PC companion.

  7. Mohamed Yousry Avatar
    Mohamed Yousry

    on the official update i received an error .. Sony update engine failure error 0x0000641…. plz advice
    xperia z5 dual preimum

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