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 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 (MTP) connection mode. The default
connection mode is set to
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 Modes
There are two USB connection modes available for you to use:
Use MTP for managing files, updating device software, and connecting via Wi-Fi. This
USB mode is used with Microsoft
computers. MTP is enabled by default.
Mass storage mode
Use MSC for managing files using MAC OS
and Linux computers that don't have
To Change USB Connection Mode
Attach a USB connector to your device.
Drag down the Status bar, and then tap
Transfer files (MTP) or MIDI as desired.