Maintenance Using a Computer
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
Browse files on your device.
To use Xperia™ Companion, you need an internet-connected computer running one of
the following operating systems:
7 or later
X 10.11 or later
Learn more and download Xperia™ Companion for Windows at
http://support.sonymobile.com/tools/xperia-companion/ or Xperia™ Companion for 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.
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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
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
computers. Charging is
enabled by default.
You can also use your device as a
Supply power, and charge the other connected
device. Make sure the other device supports USB charging.
Use device as MIDI mode, your device can function as a MIDI input for
musical instrument apps.
To Change USB Connection Mode
Attach a USB Type-C™ connector to your device.
Drag down the status bar, and then tap
Charge this device.
Transfer files, Supply power, or Use device as MIDI to enable the desired