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asked 2019-12-04 13:41:42 +0200

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updated 2019-12-04 13:41:42 +0200

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I wanted to try salfish x on my xperia and I'm wondering about upgrade from salfish x free to paid version. Can i install free version and then juts upgrade to commercial version or i need to reinstall OS? How it is solved?

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i suppose that you know that only the differents variation of the Xperia X, Xperia Xa2 and Xperia 10 are supported with the Xperia Sony phone.

kibatz ( 2019-12-04 13:46:35 +0200 )edit

Yes but what if i install free version on my xperia to try how this system works and if i will like it, i will want to have full version with supporting android apps? Will i need to reinstall salfish os then?

snikersx ( 2019-12-04 13:49:46 +0200 )edit

@snikersx, nope. The license is tied to your account and device. So all you need to do is install the free version and try it as long as you like. If you want to buy the full version, go to and login with the same account you use with your phone. Buy the correct license for your phone model and that's it. You may (or may not) need to turn your phone off and on after buying the full version.

No reflashing is needed in any case! :)

raketti ( 2019-12-04 13:53:27 +0200 )edit

i create a recent message about was is not working with XA2 : Loved Xperia X. Very disapointed by the XA2.

You should have a look before flashing your device. People say that the Xperia 10 is even less finalized then the XA2. Xperia X is almost perfect.

kibatz ( 2019-12-04 14:17:37 +0200 )edit

Hey @kibatz, a lot of guys here are satisfied with the XA2 including Me. Your Phone, your problems.

4carlos ( 2019-12-04 19:07:28 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-12-04 13:57:50 +0200

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The difference between the free and the commercial versions is limited to the status of your account and device associated with it. The flash images themselves are the exactly same.

So if you decide to switch to the full version :

  • make sure your Jolla account is registered in your smartphone (Settings -> scroll to the bottom -> Accounts)
  • buy the commercial Sailfish licence for the exact same hardware subtype as your phone
  • go to the Jolla Store and refresh
  • now you have the possibility to install Android support, T9 predictive typing and support for Microsoft Exchange servers.

(If you have developer mode activated, you can force the refresh with pkcon refresh command)

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answered 2019-12-04 13:51:25 +0200

Giacomo Di Giacomo gravatar image

updated 2019-12-04 13:51:50 +0200

There is no separate free Sailfish version. The paid additions will become available as downloadable apps on the Jolla Shop once you tie your license to your device.

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answered 2019-12-05 11:29:21 +0200

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Thanks everybody for quick answers :)
One thing to this: can somebody tell men what directly are differences between free and commercial version excluding android app and update support?

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All the info is in the nice blue table on this page:

Spark ( 2019-12-05 11:37:21 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-12-05 15:11:42 +0200

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Las question. It is easy to roll back from salfish os to android? On when i once install salfish x then it will be not possible to switch back to android?

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Just flash an android image on the phone. Done. You can either choose to flash your stock image or something like lineageos.

sailor_tholi ( 2019-12-05 16:38:11 +0200 )edit

Unlocking destroys the phone DRM keys, which cannot be restored in any way.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2019-12-05 17:04:38 +0200 )edit

I would recommend the opensource flashtool for rolling back/flashing.

The main drawback is that the unlocking process you need to do before flashing a custom non-Sony firmware such as Sailfish X or LinneageOS destroys the TA partition (which holds the DRM keys) and there is currently no known ways to back that up before unlocking the phone.

You might lose a couple of DRM functionnality, even if you try to restore an officially signed Sony firmware on the phone.

DrYak ( 2019-12-05 17:05:20 +0200 )edit

You could backup the TA partition, depending on what device you got.

sailor_tholi ( 2019-12-05 17:12:43 +0200 )edit

On the Xperia X if you roll back to a pre-release old firmware with Flashtools : yes.

On the XA2 and 10 : sorry not any known yet.

DrYak ( 2019-12-05 18:15:24 +0200 )edit

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