Flash Sony Xperia Z Home Launcher to Galaxy Note, Note 2, S2 or S3

For today we prepared a tutorial which will work for the following smartphones: Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2 and S3. All of them will feature, by the end of this post, Sony Xperia Z Home Launcher.


To get the most out of this tool, some pre-requisites are in order beforehand. They are only two: each of these handsets needs to feature Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean and they also should have been flashed with a version of a custom recovery file, like ClockWorkMod Recovery.

For Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, you can use these guides. For Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 you should get back soon for two new tutorials.

The steps you need to follow to flash the Sony Xperia Z Home Launcher to one of the models above are all under this paragraph.

Important instructions

  1. The first one to introduce us to this tutorial sounds like this: the Z Launcher file, then copy the archive to the internal memory card of the phone you opt for.
  2. Step number 2 needs you to switch the handset off and restart into ClockWorkMod Recovery using these three buttons: Home, Volume Up and Power pressed at the same time for about 5 seconds. Make a NANDroid backup using our guide or using the Backup&Restore option, followed by the selection of Backup.
  3. The third step to follow the previous one asks you to find Install zip from SD card and opt for Choose zip from SD card.Xperia-Z-Home-Launcher
  4. Use the menu and select the necessary zip archive from the phone’s memory card. After you do that, tap on Yes and return to the CWM Recovery menu.
  5. Restart the entire system.
  6. After the smartphone turns on, the sixth step needs you to opt for Xperia Home.

If you have problems

Should the phone you use refuse to come to life after step number five, the solution is to use that NANDroid backup in order to help the phone return to the default stock ROM. To do that, follow these steps.

  1. The first one tells you to take the battery out, wait about 60 seconds, then put the battery back at its place.
  2. [sc name=”banner-jos”]Step number two instructs you to restart the smartphone into CWM Recovery and then locate an option called Backup&Restore.
  3. For the third step you are prompted to opt for Restore when you’re in that option.
  4. Step four: select the backup file, generated at the step 2 of the first guide and see whether your Samsung handset works or not.

Here’s a little something on how to perform a certain operation on your phone after the flashing of the Xperia Z Home Launcher is done. The operation we refer to is how to move an application or a widget. The way to do this is very easy: simply select the top left corner of the widget and keep your finger pressed in that location then drag it afterwards.