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Sony Xperia Z3 Tips, Tricks, FAQs and Useful Options



Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 is the second flagship smartphone that company has launched this year. Originally revealed during the IFA Expo in Berlin, the Xperia Z3 is not much of an upgrade in terms of the overall specs sheet, when you compare it with the Xperia Z2. Though, there are some notable changes and improvements that company have done in this flagship device. The device comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS shatter proof display, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with expansion support of up to 128GB via microSD card. It touts the same 20.7MP rear shooter, as well as 2.2MP front camera to take amazing selfies.

For the Sony Xperia Z3 users, we wanted to share how you can improve your experience by using the tiniest of the tricks that your smartphone is capable to do. Here are few FAQ, tips and tricks to get you started in improving the user experience on the device.

Check – Sony Xperia Z3 Review

How to insert a SIM card on your Xperia Z3

This might be the easiest thing that one shouldn’t be asking about it, but in the case of the Xperia Z3, it is quite confusing. For those confused Z3 users, we recommend you to carefully look for the SIM card slot just sideways to the microSD card, which can seen once you pop-out the dedicated microSD card door. Now slide-out the SIM tray and put your nano SIM on it, then, slide-in the tray as usual. There, you have successfully inserted the SIM card on your device.

How to use the Smart call handling feature on my Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 - Smart Call Handling

The gesture inputs are pretty amazing features that one likes to use on their smartphones. While Xperia Z3 being the flagship device, it gets to have some interesting sensors stuffed inside it. And one such feature of Z3 uses these sensors to smartly act whenever calls came in on your device. Here’s how you can use this feature. First, you need to make sure that Smart call handling feature is enabled. To do that, you need to go into settings area, and then in the personalization section. There you will find an option aptly named Motion, select it and enable the Smart call handling feature from inside the option.

Now that the feature is enabled it is very simple to operate it accordingly. Whenever the call comes on your Xperia Z3, you just need to bring device to your ear and it will be answered right away. Or you can reject the call by shaking the device.

How to stop your Xperia Z3 interrupting your meeting

Ever fumbled about with your phone in a panic until the caller hangs up? Well fumble no more. With Smart call handling activated, simply bringing Xperia Z3 to your ear answers the call, shaking it rejects and placing it face down turns the ringer off. Magical.

How to avoid late night wake up calls on my Xperia Z3

Use Smart Connect to put your Xperia Z3 on a timer for silent mode and keep it quiet when you’re trying to catch up on sleep. Say goodbye to those 3am calls from forgetful friends in a different time zone.

How to share your Data network via Tethering

Sony Xperia Z3 - Data Tethering

This is one of the most widely used features of the Android smartphone and is almost same on most of the Android-powered smartphones, except in few smartphones like Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, etc. Since, Sony has the same options settings, where it is mostly present in the Android stock OS, you can found this option in the same place.

To remind you that, go to settings area, and then tap on the more option in Wireless & Networks section, which will open all the available options. There you need to select Tethering & mobile hotspot option, where you can setup your Wi-Fi hotspot, and check the Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot option in order to share the data pack of your mobile device. Note that, your mobile data should be turned on, if you want to share the internet connection of your device.

How to take a screenshot on my Xperia Z3

It is another easiest and most widely used feature of the Android operating system, which is just easily the same on most Android-powered devices. You have to press the power button (found on the right side) and the volume down button to take the screenshot. And the saved screenshot can be directly viewed from the notification panel.

How to check for Android Updates on Xperia Z3

To do that, you need to go to the About phone section, which can be done by opening the settings area, and then scroll to the bottom, where you will find that section. Now go to the first option in the About phone, and tap on it, as it will start checking for any system update over-the-air. If there is any update, you will be notified right away about it.

How to Install external apps with apk files

It is fairly easy to bypass this feature on the new Xperia Z3. You just have to go to the security options, when you go to the settings area. Now search the option aptly named, “Unknown sources.” You need to check the box in front of that option. There you go, now you can simply install the apk files directly from your device. But do remember that, installing the apps form unknown sources might damage your new Xperia Z3.

How to use the Android Beam feature on my Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 - Android Beam

This feature was also present on the Xperia Z2 model, which is fairly useful feature as it allows users to beam the content to another NFC-enabled device. For instance, the two NFC-enabled device can beam contents like browser pages, youtube videos, as well as the contacts and much more contents. To use this feature on the Z3, first you need to go to settings area, and then to tap on the More in the Wireless & Networks section, which will open a list of options. From that list, you need to select make sure that the NFC is enabled by checking the box in front of it. Now open the Android Beam option by tapping on it, and turn on the function whenever you need to beam the contents on other NFC-enabled devices.

How to enable the feature to Turn on the screen with just two taps

This is now a widely demanded feature of high-end smartphones, and Xperia Z3 is not laging behind in this space too. To start using this feature, first you have to go to Xperia Z3’s settings area, and  then go to display section where you will see a “tap to wake up” option. You need to select the checkbox in front of that option and you are done. Now you can simply double-tap your Sony screen to wake it up. Convenient isn’t it.

How to edit Quick settings in Notification Panel

Sony Xperia Z3 - Quick Settings

For large screen high-end devices you will notice a quick setting panels, as there are tons of functionality available on those device. In short, the Xperia Z3 has a quick settings panel, which can be easily editable according to the needs. To do that, users need to go to notification panel and jump to quick settings, where they can notice edit option right in front of the time and date. Selecting that would open the new set of settings that you can drag to the quick settings area and then select done to go back. That’s all.

How to use my Xperia Z3 when wearing gloves

This feature is quite useful to the part of globe where people have to wear the gloves all over the winter or in some specific countries the winter is all over the year. The glove feature is mostly helpful to those consumers, as it allows the proper usage of touch screen interface. When you enable this feature, the smartphone increases the sensitivity of the screen as it becomes hard for screen to detect a touch while you are using your smartphone when wearing the gloves.

How to Manage App Drawer – Sort, Uninstall, Hide apps

Sony Xperia Z3 - App Drawer

There are many customized User interfaces out there in the Android smartphone ecosystem, as it allows full customization. While some companies like Samsung has not able to tap the best use of that because there TouchWiz UI is pretty much the slowest UX based on Android. Whereas Sony Xperia series has one of the interesting and smoothest interfaces among other Android UX. It is just easily be manageable right from a left swipe, as it will open the more options for managing the app drawer. Which includes the searching of apps, uninstalling, as well as sorting in alphabetical, most used and installed ordered. You can also directly go to the Sony’s own little market, which shows the recommended apps by the company.

How to push content from your Xperia Z3 to the TV

While there are dozens of uses of NFC, you can also use it to mirror video content on your TV. To do that, you need to go to settings, then Xperia section, where you will find Mirroring option. Now have the phone search for the suitably NFC-enabled device. Unfortunately, so far it only works with the Sony Bravia TV with NFC that the company demoed at CES. For any other device you need to go to settings and then tap on a feature aptly named Throw. It uses the widely supported DLNA tech and your Wi-Fi connection to push video and music to your TV or speakers. Or users can also push content to their chromecast via the newly added support of the companion app of Chromecast.

Will the Sony Xperia Z3 phone get Android L update

Yes, it will be getting the update of Android L. Google has committed to release the final version of its much awaited next version of the open source operating system, Android. Sony is known to keep updated their flagship devices as soon as the major Android versions releases. It seems like company is committed to maintain their trend with Xperia Z3 model. So, watch out for the Android L release as we head deeper into the fall.


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