Sony Xperia Z1 Complete Guide

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Got a Sony Xperia Z1 but not sure how to do something on it? Not to worry, as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide for all the things your handset is capable of.
Navigate the various sections using the links below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for just leave a question in the comments and we’ll try our best to get you an answer.

Getting Started

What’s in the box?

In the Sony Xperia Z1 box you will find:

  • Sony Xperia Z1 handset.
  • Screen protector and cleaning cloth.
  • Quick Start Guide.
  • Charger plug connector.
  • USB lead.
  • Sony MH750 earphones.
  • Earbud attachments and clip.
  • Xperia Privilege booklet.

How to insert your microSIM

Click here to read our feature on how to insert your microSIM card.

How to charge your phone

To get your Sony Xperia Z1 set up and fully charged:

  • Unravel USB cable.
  • Take the plug adaptor and pull the top pin up until you feel a click.
  • Take large end of the USB cable and insert into plug connector.
  • Locate the flappy panel on left side of the handset near the top, housing the charging port. Insert the small end of the USB into the port.
  • Insert plug connector and plug into wall.
  • Switch on.

Alternatively you can charge your device using your laptop. To do this:

  • Take large end of the USB cable and slot it into USB port on laptop.
  • Take small end and insert into charging port as described above.

How to set up your phone

To set up your phone straight from the box:

  • Press the Power button to switch on the device.
  • Select your chosen Language and tap the arrow.
  • Select a Wi-Fi network by tapping the network name or tap the arrow to skip this section.
  • Set the time and date.
  • Search for a Wi-Fi network, or you can skip this step and come back to it later.
  • Sign into your social media accounts if you wish, or you can do this later.
  • Tap Finish to complete the setup.
  • Read the data disclaimer and when completed, tap Done.

Software

What’s the latest software available for my phone?

The Sony Xperia Z1 runs on Android Jelly Bean and this is currently the most recent version available.

How to update your phone’s software

  • Ensure that the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Press the Home button and swipe up the display to unlock the handset.
  • Swipe down the display
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap About Phone, right at the bottom of the list.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap Update to check for updates.
  • If one is available, read the terms and conditions and tick the box to accept if you agree.

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How to perform a factory reset

  • Press the home button and swipe up to unlock the handset.
  • Swipe down from the top of the display
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Backup & reset.
  • Tap Factory data reset.
  • Tap Reset phone.
  • Tap Erase everything.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any more questions about your phone’s software, head over to the Phones 4u forum and get in touch with the team, who will be more than happy to help you out.

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Accounts, Messaging and Applications

How to set up a Google account
Click here to read our guide on how to set up a Google account on your phone.

How to set up social network feeds
Click here to read our guide on how to set up a social network feed on your phone.

Does my phone have an app store?

Yes, the Sony Xperia Z1 is serviced by the Google Play Store. Click here to find out more about smartphone app stores.

How to download an app

  • Press the Home button and swipe up the screen to unlock.
  • Tap the Play Store icon at the bottom of the display.
  • If you don’t already have a Google Account, you can set one up now. You will need an internet connection for this.
  • Choose New or Existing
  • Enter your email address and create a password
  • Search for a specific app by tapping the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the app you want to install.
  • Tap Install.
  • Confirm by tapping Accept and Download.

How to delete an app

  • Press the home button and swipe up the display to unlock the handset.
  • Swipe down from the top of the display.
  • Tap the Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Select the app you wish to uninstall.
  • Tap uninstall.
  • Tap OK to confirm.

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Connectivity and Internet

How to set up Wi-Fi

  • Press the Home button and swipe up the screen to unlock.
  • Swipe down from the top of the display.
  • Tap settings
  • Move the Wi-Fi slider to the on position.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Select the network you wish to connect to.
  • Enter any required passwords and tap OK.

How to set up a Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • Press the Home button and swipe up to unlock the screen.
  • Swipe down from the top of the display
  • Tap the Settings.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap on Tethering and Portable Hotspot.
  • Tick Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
  • Tap OK to confirm.
  • Tap Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot settings to configure.

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Camera and Multimedia

How to take a picture or video on your phone

  • Press the Home button and swipe up the screen to unlock.
  • Press the shutter button on the side of the handset.
  • Compose your shot.
  • Press the same shutter button located on the side of the handset to capture your image or tap the red record symbol to capture video.
  • To stop recording, tap the red button.

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