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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 your device and the computer are connected, you can choose if you want to charge your device or transfer files. Your computer will detect your device once you tap ALLOW .

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 Preferences

USB controlled by

You can choose which device controls the other, your device or the USB-connected device.

Use USB for

You can choose the purpose of the USB connection.

File Transfer

Manage files or update the device software. This option is used with Microsoft® Windows® computers. Charging is enabled by default.

USB tethering

Your device can function as a tethering device.


Your device can function as the MIDI input for musical instrument apps.

No data transfer

Just charge your device when USB controlled by is set to This device . When USB controlled by is set to Connected device , you can use your device as a power supply and charge the other connected device.

To change USB preferences

  1. Attach a USB Type-C connector to your device.
  2. Drag down the Status bar, then tap Android System next to USB icon.
  3. Tap Tap for more options, and then select an option.
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