Sony Mobile recently launched “Xperia Companion”, which is a new program for your PC to help manage your Sony Xperia device. The Windows program allows you to browse your phone, install new software or to clean reset your handset. If you’re wondering how this any different to Sony’s existing “PC Companion”, we’re not sure we can help.
It appears to offer the same functionality as PC Companion with a different user interface. So far, not every Sony Xperia device is compatible with Xperia Companion, but we imagine will over time move this new program completely. For now, we found most of the recent models to be compatible including the Z5 series, Z3+/Z4 Tablet and Z3 series. If you want to give it a try, the download link can be found below.
Xperia Companion – New PC software from Sony
Xperia Companion software can be downloaded here. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10. If you are still running Windows XP you will need to keep using PC Companion. The installation process is straightforward, allowing you to choose from a variety of languages.
In terms of functionality, Xperia Companion does three main things: 1) It will let you know if there is a software update for your Sony Xperia device. 2) You can also browse your device by clicking “Browse Xperia”. This will open File Explorer showing the storage content of your device and lastly 3) There is a “Software repair” function allowing you to wipe your phone to do a clean install.
The Settings menu includes a variety of proxy settings and includes an option to start the program automatically once your Sony Xperia device is connected via USB.
The software repair feature will erase all data on your device and reinstall the system software. You should choose this option if you are having problems with your handset, or if, for example, you are gifting your device to someone else.
Before carrying out the software repair, Sony asks you to ensure the handset has at least 80% battery charge. This is to make sure that the phone does not switch off during the repair.
Sony also reminds you to note your Google account details, as you may not be able to log into the phone afterwards. We imagine this mainly applies if you have MXTP (My Xperia Theft Protection) activated.
Lastly, Sony reminds you that everything on the phone will be wiped including photos/videos, so if you need to back-up the handset now is the time to do it.
You can then initiate the repair process.
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