My device freezes or applications suddenly shut down
- Downloaded applications can cause your device to behave unexpectedly or affect its performance. Use safe mode to check if any downloaded applications are causing the problem. In safe mode, your device only starts with software and applications that were already installed when you purchased your device. If the device’s performance improves in safe mode, it’s likely that one or more of your post-purchase downloaded applications are affecting the device negatively. You can exit safe mode and restart the device to uninstall the application or applications that you suspect are causing the problem. If the problem is recent and you're not sure which application is causing the problem, you can start by uninstalling the most recently downloaded application.
To start your device in safe mode
- Turn off your device.
- Press and hold down the power key .
- When the Xperia™ logotype appears, release the power key, then press and hold the volume down key until Safe mode appears on the screen.
To exit safe mode, restart the device.
- To open the Application screen menu, drag the left edge of the Application screen to the right.
- Tap Uninstall . All uninstallable applications are indicated by .
- Tap the application that you want to uninstall, then tap Uninstall .
- Update your device to ensure that you have optimal performance and the latest enhancements. Read more about how to update and find latest software version.
- Perform a factory data reset. This is sometimes the best solution if your device stops functioning properly, but note that it will delete all personal content saved on the internal memory of your device. Make sure to back up data that you want to keep.
To back up your data using a computer
- Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable.
- Computer: Open the Xperia™ Companion software. After a few moments, the computer detects your device.
- Select Backup on the main screen.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to back up data from your device.
To avoid permanent damage to your device, do not restart your device while a reset procedure is underway.
- Before you start, make sure to back up any important data that is saved on the internal memory of your device to a memory card or other non-internal memory.
- From your Home screen, tap .
- Find and tap Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset .
- To delete information, such as pictures and music, from your internal storage, mark the Erase internal storage checkbox.
- Tap Reset phone .
- If required, draw your screen unlock pattern, or enter your screen unlock password or PIN to continue.
- To confirm, tap Erase everything .
Your device does not revert to an earlier software version of Android™ when you perform a factory data reset.
If you forget your screen unlock password, PIN or pattern, you can use the device repair feature in Xperia™ Companion to erase the security layer. You need to provide your Google account login details to perform this operation. By running the repair feature, you reinstall software for your device and you may lose some personal data in the process.