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Maintenance Using a Computer

Xperia Companion

Xperia Companion is a software service which provides a collection of tools and applications you can use when you connect your device to a computer. With Xperia Companion, you can:

  • Update or repair your device’s software.
  • Transfer your content from an old device using Xperia Transfer.
  • Back up and restore content on your computer.
  • Sync multimedia content—photos, videos, music, and playlists—between your device and computer.
  • Browse files on your device.

To use Xperia Companion, you need an internet-connected computer running one of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later
  • Mac OS® X 10.11 or later

Learn more and download Xperia Companion for Windows or Mac.

Managing files using a computer

Use a USB Type-C cable connection between a Windows computer and your device to transfer and manage your files.

Once the two devices are connected, you can choose if you want to charge your device, transfer files, use it as a power supply, or use it for MIDI input. Your computer will detect your device when you select the Transfer files connection mode. The default connection mode is set to Charge this device.

With Xperia Companion, you can access the file system of your device. If you do not have Xperia Companion installed, you are requested to install it when you connect your device to the computer.

Always use a USB cable intended for your specific Xperia model and make sure it is completely dry.

Managing files

USB Connection Mode

You can use the Transfer files connection mode for managing files and updating device software. This USB mode is used with Microsoft® Windows® computers. Charging is enabled by default.

Using the Use device as MIDI mode, your device can function as a MIDI input for musical instrument apps.

To change USB connection mode

  1. Attach a USB Type-C connector to your device.
  2. Drag down the Status bar, and then tap USB charging this device under Android System.
  3. Tap Transfer files, Supply power or Use device as MIDI to enable the desired mode.
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