The Complete Xperia S From Sony Guide

Sony Xperia S

Not sure how to do something on your Xperia S from Sony? Not to worry as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide to all the basics you can do on your shiny new smartphone.

Navigate using the links below or hit the PDF button to download the full guide. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then ask a question in the comments and we’ll try our best to get you an answer.

Getting Started

What’s in the box?

Inside the Xperia S From Sony box you will find:

  • Xperia S From Sony handset.
  • SAR information booklet.
  • Start up guide.
  • Important information booklet.
  • USB charger cable.
  • Earphones.
  • USB charger plug connector.

How do I insert my microSIM card?

  • Slide the back cover up until it clicks.
  • Remove the back cover.
  • Pick up microSIM and line up with microSIM slot.
  • Slide in until it secures in place.
  • Line up back cover with device.
  • Secure until it clicks into place.

How do I charge my phone?

  • Take USB charger plug connector and flick top connector point into upright position.
  • Insert large end of USB charger cable into USB port on side of the plug connector.
  • Pull down protective flap covering the USB port on side of the handset.
  • Insert small end of USB charger cable until it clicks.
  • Insert charger into plug socket.
  • Turn socket on.

Or

  • Take large end of USB charger cable and insert into USB port on laptop.
  • Insert small end of USB charger cable and insert into USB port on handset.

How do I set up my phone?

  • Hold down power button until device powers up.
  • Slide lock symbol to the right to unlock device.
  • Select preferred language.
  • Tap Done.
  • Tap the “>” symbol to progress to the next step.
  • Read how to use the touch sensitive buttons on the device.
  • Tap the “>” symbol to progress to the next step.
  • Tap you preferred internet connection method.
  • Tap the “>” symbol to progress to the next step.
  • Tap “Yes please” to download internet settings.
  • Tap the “>” symbol to progress to the next step.
  • Tap “Synchronise automatically” to update your information.
  • Tap the “>” symbol to progress to the next step.
  • Tap Finish.
  • Read Usage information.
  • If you agree, tap Agree.

Software

What’s the latest software available for my phone?

The Xperia S from Sony runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, although Android Jelly Bean has just become available. Read on to find out how to update your software or check to see if another update is available.

How do I update my software?

The latest version of Android tends to be rolled out every six months, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on the P4u News and Community to find out if an update has been released or not. If you don’t keep up-to-date with the latest Android happenings, the quickest way to check if a software update is available for your phone is by going to the official Sony website and heading over to the support area. Then, just choose Xperia S from the phone menu and click Xperia S Software Updates. This will tell you if new software is available for your phone and if so, how to update it. You can also check for updates directly on your phone:

  • Tap the Settings button on the bottom right of the handset.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Scroll down the Settings menu.
  • Tap About Phone.
  • Tap Software Update.
  • If an update is available, tap it.
  • Read the Software Update information.
  • Tap Download.
  • Tap update again to begin Install.
  • Tap Install.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any more questions about your phone’s software, head over to the P4u Forum and get in touch with the team, who will be more than happy to help you out.

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Accounts and Applications

How do I set up my email account?

  • Tap the Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Email from the Applications menu.
  • Enter your email address and password.
  • Tap Next.
  • Configure email syncing frequency.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter account name.
  • Tap Next.

How do I send an email?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Email from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Compose.
  • Enter the recipient’s email address and the subject.
  • Tap Compose Message to write your email.
  • Tap Send when you’re done.

How do I send an attachment in an email?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Email from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Compose.
  • Enter the recipient’s email address and the subject.
  • Tap Compose Message to write email.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Add Attachment.
  • Select your attachement.
  • Tap Send.

How do I set up Social Network feeds?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Swipe Home screen to the left.
  • Tap on Timescape.
  • Select your chosen Social Network.
  • Read Terms Of Use.
  • If you accept, tap Accept.
  • Enter your account User Name/Email Address.
  • Enter your account Password.
  • Tap Authorize App.
  • Tap Done.

Does my phone have an App Store?

Yes, the Xperia S From Sony is service by the Google Play app store. Here you will find all the latest content available for Android devices available for download at varying prices. You can also use Google Play to see which apps you already have downloaded and have installed.

How do I set up a Google Account?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Scroll down the Settings menu and tap Accounts & Sync.
  • Tap Add Account.
  • Tap Google.
  • Tap New.
  • Enter your first and last name.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter your desired email address.
  • Tap Next.
  • If that address it taken, tap Suggestions and tap a different address.
  • Tap Try Again.
  • Enter your chosen password.
  • Re-enter it below.
  • Tap Next.
  • Choose a security question.
  • Tap the answer below.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter a recovery email address to serve your Google Mail account.
  • Tap Next.
  • Read the Terms and Conditions.
  • If you accept, tap I Accept.
  • Enter the authentication code shown in the image.
  • Tap Create.
  • Read the Terms and Conditions.
  • If you accept, tap I Accept.

How do I send a picture message?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Messaging from the Applications menu.
  • Tap New Message icon (the pencil with the plus sign above it).
  • Tap the “+” sign in the top right corner.
  • Enter your recipient’s number or select a contact.
  • Tap Done.
  • Write your message in the Write Message box.
  • Tap the Attachment icon to the right of your message box (this looks like a square with two mountains in it and a + icon).
  • Tap Attach.
  • Choose the type file you want to send.
  • Select the file from your folder.
  • Tap Send.

How do I save an attachment?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Messaging from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the conversation where the file you want to save is attached.
  • Tap Download to download the message.
  • Tap and hold on the file you want to save and choose your desired option.
  • Tap Save.

How do I download an app?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Google Play from the Applications menu.
  • To use an existing account, tap Existing.
  • Enter the Email Address associated with your account.
  • Enter your Password.
  • Tap Sign In.
  • Tap Not Now to put off joining Google+.
  • Tap Skip to postpone enter your card details.
  • Tap Next.
  • Read the Terms and Conditions.
  • If you accept, tap Accept.
  • Browse around the app store.
  • Tap an app you want to download.
  • Tap Download.
  • Tap Install.
  • Tap Accept and Download.
  • Once the app has downloaded tap Install.

How do I close an app?

  • Press and hold the Home button.
  • Swipe the apps you wish to close to the left.
  • Tap the Home button to finish.

How do I uninstall an app?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Scroll to the app you wish to delete.
  • Tap the Uninstall button in the top right corner.
  • Tap the app you wish to delete.
  • Tap OK.

How do I change the language on my phone?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Scroll down the menu.
  • Tap Language.
  • Tap your preferred Language.
  • Tap Done.

How do I perform a Factory Reset?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Tap Factory Data Reset.
  • Tick Erase Internal Storage for comprehensive rest.
  • Tap Reset Phone.
  • Tap Erase Everything.

 

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Connectivity and Internet

How do I change my phone’s Bluetooth name?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Device Name.
  • Enter your chosen name.
  • Tap OK.

How do I pair my phone with another Bluetooth phone/headset?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Move the Bluetooth slider to the On position.
  • Tick the box next to your device name to make it Visible.
  • Tap Scan For Devices.
  • Tap the device you wish to pair with.
  • Tap Accept on the Bluetooth Pairing Request.

How do I turn Bluetooth off?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Move the Bluetooth slide to the Off position.

How do I stop people sending me stuff over Bluetooth?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Setting from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Un-tick the Discoverable box next to your device’s name.

How do I remove a device from my Bluetooth pairing list?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap the device you wish to unpair with.
  • Tap Unpair.

How do I connect my phone to my computer?

  • Insert the USB cable into your laptop USB port.
  • Insert the small end into the USB port on the side of your handset.

To disconnect:

  • Follow the instructions on your PC to safely remove hardware so you don’t lose any information stored on your microSD card or phone’s memory.
  • Remove the USB cable.

How do I connect my phone to my TV?

If your TV has a HDMI port, you can use it to connect your phone to a big screen to show off your pics and videos:

  • Insert the HDMI cable (there should be one in the box) into the HDMI port at the top of your handset.
  •  Connect the other end to your TV’s HDMI port.
  • Follow the on screen instructions.

How do I set up Wi-Fi?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Move the Wi-Fi slider to the On position.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Tap the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to.
  • If a password is required, enter the network password.
  • Tap Connect.

How do I set up a Wi-Fi Hotspot?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap Tethering & Portable Hotspot.
  • Tick the box next to Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
  • Tap Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot.
  • Enter your chosen network name.
  • Configure your preferred security type.
  • If password selected, enter chosen password.
  • Tap Save.

How do I open a web page?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Web Browser from the Applications menu.
  • Enter the website address in the search bar.
  • Tap Go.

How do I open multiple windows on the web browser?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Web Browser from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap New Window.

How do I switch between different browser windows?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Web Browser from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Windows.
  • Tap the window you want to switch to.

How do I bookmark a web page?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Web Browser from the Applications menu.
  • Enter the website address in the search bar.
  • Tap Go.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Bookmarks.
  • Tap Add.
  • Tap OK.

How do I close a web page?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Web Browser from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Windows.
  • Tap the red”-“ icon in the top corner of the page you wish to close.

How do I monitor my Data Usage?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Data Usage.
  • To set a data limit, tick the box next to Set Data Limit.
  • Tap OK.
  • Set your Data Parameters by moving the bars.

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Camera and Multimedia

How do I take a picture?

  • Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  • Tap Camera from the Settings menu.
  • Line up your shot using the viewfinder.
  • Tap the Camera key on the device side/screen to capture.

How do I capture a video?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Camera from the Applications menu.
  • Move the rocker from Camera mode to Video mode.
  • Press the dedicated camera button on the device’s side/tap the screen to begin capture.
  • Tap/press again to stop.

How do I record HD video?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Camera from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Video Size.
  • Tap Full HD.

How do I turn flash on and off?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Camera from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Photo Light.
  • Set Flash to your preferred mode.
  • Tap Done.

Where can I see the pictures/videos I have taken?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Gallery from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Camera to view the videos and pictures you’ve taken on your handset.

OR

  • Tap Camera from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the image icon in the bottom corner to view images.

How do I delete a photo/video?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Find the photo/video that you want to delete.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Delete.
  • Tap Delete to confirm.

How many photos can I take?

The number of pictures that you can all depends on how much memory you have left. Your phone has 32GB memory to make loads of rooms for photos and stuff. As a rough guide, 4GB of memory can hold about 1,600 photos depending on the resolution, so 32GB will hold a lot more!

What’s the longest video clip I can record?

Unlimited. It all depends on how much memory you have left.

How do I put music onto my phone?

  • Follow the instructions in the Connectivity section to connect your phone to your computer.
  • Drag and drop the music files from your computer onto the memory card.
  • Safely disconnect your phone from your computer when you’re finished or the files may not save to your memory card.

How do I create a music playlist?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Music Player from the Applications menu.
  • Locate a track you would like to add to a Playlist.
  • Press and hold on the track and tap Add to Playlist.
  • Tap Create New Playlist.
  • Enter a name for the Playlist.
  • Tap Save.

How do I delete a song?

  • Tap Applications from the Home Screen.
  • Tap Music Player from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Playlists.
  • Tap the Playlists that holds the song.
  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Remove.
  • Tap the song you wish to remove.

How do I delete a playlist?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Music Player from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Playlists.
  • Touch and hold the playlist you want to delete.
  • Tap Delete.
  • Confirm by tapping Delete.

How do I use a music track as a ringtone?

  • Tap Applications from the Home screen.
  • Tap Music Player from the Applications menu.
  • Tap and hold on the name of the track you want to use as a ringtone.
  • Tap Set As Ringtone.

How do I use TrackID?

TrackID is a music recognition system that tells you the name of any song just by taking a snippet of it. All you need to do to use it is:

  • Open up TrackID from the Applications menu.
  • Put your phone near to the source of the music you want to identify.
  • Press the CD icon to Record.

What’s this Mobile Bravia Engine thing?

The Mobile Bravia Engine comes into play as soon as you view any pictures or videos to make them look super crisp and colourful. To turn it on and off go to:

  • Tap Applications from the Home Screen
  • Tap Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Display.
  • Tick the box next to Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

What type of media files does my phone support?

The Xperia S supports:

  • MP3, eAAC+, WMA and WAV audio files
  • MP4, H.263, H.264 and WMV video files

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