How to Hard Reset Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Using Buttons

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By using this method it will not delete your files, but it will force restart your Sony Xperia Z3.

Use this method if your device is frozen or unable to solve by Factory Reset.

Hard Reset by special button:

1. Sony made a special button, just by pressing it your device will reset to default or to its original state.

2. You can find the Hard Reset button under the flap cover of MicroSD card slot on your Xperia Z3 Compact.

3. Just use a thick or moderate pen, or any object that will fit to the hole to press it.


Hard Reset Using Buttons

- Turn off the Xperia Z3 Compact.

- Press and hold the Volume Up and Down buttons together.

- Simultaneously press and hold the Power key.

- Release the buttons, once you enter the recovery mode.

- Now navigate to the Recovery option with volume keys.

- Press Power key to confirm.


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How to Make Sony Xperia Z3 Compact a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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This is no longer new to today's smartphone devices, but it is very useful when you want to share your internet to your friends in need. To activate your Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot on your Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, follow these steps:

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings More... Tethering and portable hotspot.  

3. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings > Configure Wi-Fi hotspot.  

4. Enter the Network name (SSID) information.

5. To select a security type, tap the Security field. If required, enter a password.

6. Tap Save.

7. Tap  Back icon and mark the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot checkbox.

8. If prompted, tap OK to confirm.  The Wi-Fi icon appears in the status bar once the portable Wi-Fi® hotspot is active.

9. To stop sharing your data connection via Wi-Fi®, unmark the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot checkbox.


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How to Factory Reset Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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We have our own reasons why we factory reset our device. Maybe we want to delete all the files and restore the device to its original state. It could also be the device may be malfunctioning or so slow and it needs to be reset.

Restoring the default settings or factory reset your device will delete all your files. It is recommended to backup your important files on your computer before attempting to reset your device.

There are two ways on how to reset your Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. One is to erase everything, wiping your files and restoring the default settings. The other one is to reset the device without deleting your personal data.

To perform the data factory reset.

To avoid permanent damage to your device, do not restart your device while a reset procedure is underway.

1. Before you start, make sure to back up any important data that is saved on the internal memory of your device to a memory card or other non-internal memory.  

2. From your Home screen, tap "Apps icon".  

3. Find and tap Settings Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset.  

4. To delete information, such as music and pictures, from your internal storage, mark the relevant checkbox.  

5. Tap Reset phone.  

6. If required, draw your screen unlock pattern, or enter your screen unlock password or PIN to continue.  

7. To confirm, tap Erase everything.


Warning: To avoid permanent damage to your device, do not restart your device while a reset procedure is underway.


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How to Make Sony Xperia Z3 a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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This is no longer new to today's smartphone devices, but it is very useful when you want to share your internet to your friends in need. To activate your Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot on your Sony Xperia Z3, follow these steps:

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > More... > Tethering and portable hotspot.  

3. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings > Configure Wi-Fi hotspot.  

4. Enter the Network name (SSID) information.

5. To select a security type, tap the Security field. If required, enter a password.

6. Tap Save.

7. Tap  Back icon and mark the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot checkbox.

8. If prompted, tap OK to confirm.  The Wi-Fi icon appears in the status bar once the portable Wi-Fi® hotspot is active.

9. To stop sharing your data connection via Wi-Fi®, unmark the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot checkbox.


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How to Setup Lockscreen on Sony Xperia Z3 (Swipe, Bluetooth, Face, Patter, Pin, Password)

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There are several ways to lock the screen. This is very important to increase the security of your phone whenever it is lost or stolen. The stronger your password the better, because it would be difficult for them to access your important or private files on your Sony Xperia Z3.

The security level of each lock type is listed below in order of weakest to strongest:

Swipe – no protection, but you have quick access to the Home screen
Bluetooth Unlock – unlocks your device by using paired Bluetooth devices
Face Unlock – unlocks your device when you look at it
Unlock pattern – draw a simple pattern with your finger to unlock your device
Unlock PIN – enter a numeric PIN of at least four digits to unlock your device
Unlock password – enter an alpha-numeric password to unlock your device

Warning: It is very important that you remember your screen unlock pattern, PIN or password. If you forget this information, it may not be possible to restore important data such as contacts and messages.


To change screen lock type

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Security > Screen Lock.

3. Follow the instructions in your device and select another screen lock type.


To unlock the screen using the Bluetooth unlock feature

Warning: Make sure that your device and other Bluetooth® devices are paired before you use the Bluetooth® unlock feature. For more information about pairing, see To pair your device with another Bluetooth® device on page 110.

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon, then find and tap Settings > Security.

2. Tap Screen lock > Bluetooth unlock.

3. Tap Continue and select the device that you want to use to unlock the screen, then tap Continue.

4. Choose an option as the backup lock to unlock the screen when no Bluetooth® devices are connected.

5. In other Bluetooth® devices, find and tap the name of your device under Settings > Bluetooth > Paired devices. When Connected appears on the Bluetooth® devices, press the power key on your device immediately.

Warning: If your device is disconnected from other Bluetooth® devices, you need to unlock the screen using a PIN or a Pattern.


To Setup Face Unlock Features 

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon > Settings > Security > Screen lock.

2. Tap Face unlock, then follow the instructions in your device to capture a photo of your face.

3. After your face is successfully captured, tap &RQWLQXH.

4. Select a backup unlock method and follow the instructions in the device to complete the setup.

For best results, capture your face in an indoor area that is well lit but not too bright, and hold the device at eye level.


To unlock your screen using Face Unlock feature

1. Activate the screen.

2. Look at your device from the same angle you used to capture your Face Unlock photo.

Tips: If the Face Unlock feature fails to recognize your face, you must use the backup unlock method to unlock the screen.


To create a screen unlock pattern

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Security > Screen Lock > Pattern.

3. Then follow the instructions in your device.

If the unlock pattern you draw on the screen is rejected five times in a row, you can select to either wait 30 seconds and then try again, or, if you have a Google account set up on your device, enter your account information (password and username) to unlock the device.

To change the screen lock pattern

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Security > Screen Lock.

3. Draw your screen unlock pattern.

4. Tap Pattern and follow the instructions in your device.


To create a screen lock Pin

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon > Settings > Security > Screen Lock >  PIN.

2. Enter a numeric PIN.

3. If necessary, tap "arrow down" icon to minimize the keyboard.

4. Tap Continue.

5. Then re-enter and confirm your PIN.

6. Again, tap "arrow down" icon to minimise the keyboard.

7. Tap OK.


To create a screen unlock Password

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon > Settings > Security > Screen Lock > Password.

2. Enter a password you desired.

3. If necessary, tap  "arrow down" icon to minimize the keyboard.

4. Tap Continue.

5. Then re-enter and confirm your password.

6. Again, tap "arrow down" icon to minimize the keyboard.

7. Tap OK.


To view notifications from the screen lock

1. From the lock screen, drag the status bar downwards.

2. Tap the notification that you want to view.

You can only view notifications from the lock screen when you lock your screen with the Swipe mode.

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How to Setup Bluetooth Unlock Lockscreen on Sony Xperia Z3

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One of the Lockscreen features on Sony Xperia Z3 is Bluetooth Unlock. This is somewhat secure but if your device is disconnected from other Bluetooth® devices, then you need to unlock the screen using a PIN or a Pattern. So it doesn't really make a difference when you have a PIN or a Pattern unlock lockscreen. Anyway, below is the steps on how to setup the bluetooth unlock.

To change screen lock type

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Security > Screen Lock.

3. Follow the instructions in your device and select another screen lock type.


To unlock the screen using the Bluetooth unlock feature

Warning: Make sure that your device and other Bluetooth® devices are paired before you use the Bluetooth® unlock feature. For more information about pairing, see To pair your device with another Bluetooth® device on page 110.

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon, then find and tap Settings > Security.

2. Tap Screen lock > Bluetooth unlock.

3. Tap Continue and select the device that you want to use to unlock the screen, then tap Continue.

4. Choose an option as the backup lock to unlock the screen when no Bluetooth® devices are connected.

5. In other Bluetooth® devices, find and tap the name of your device under Settings > Bluetooth > Paired devices. When Connected appears on the Bluetooth® devices, press the power key on your device immediately.


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How to Share Content with DLNA Certified Devices on Sony Xperia Z3

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You can view or play media content saved to your device on other devices such as, for example, a TV, or a computer. Such devices must be DLNA Certified™ by the Digital Living Network Alliance and all devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi® network in order for content to be shared. You can also view or play content from other DLNA Certified™ devices on your device.

After you set up the sharing of content between devices, you can, for example, listen to music files stored on your home computer from your device, or view photos taken with your device's camera on a large-screen TV.

Playing files from DLNA Certified™ devices on your device

When you play files from another DLNA Certified™ device on your device, this other device acts as a server. In other words, it shares content over a network. The server device must have its content sharing function enabled and give access permission to your device. It also must be connected to the same Wi-Fi® network as your device.

To play a shared track on your device

1. Make sure the devices that you want to share files with are connected to the same Wi-Fi® network as your device.

2. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon, then find and tap WALKMAN.

3. Select a device from the list of connected devices.

4. Browse the folders of the connected device and select the track that you want to play. The track starts playing automatically.

To play a shared video on your device

1. Make sure the devices that you want to share files with are connected to the same Wi-Fi® network as your device.

2. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon, then find and tap Movies.

3. Select a device from the list of connected devices.

4. Browse the folders of the connected device and select the video that you want to play.

To view a shared photo on your device

1. Make sure the devices that you want to share files with are connected to the same Wi-Fi® network as your device.

2. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

3. Find and tap Album > My albums. All your available online albums and connected devices are displayed.

4. Select a device from the list of connected devices.

5. Browse the folders of the connected device and select a photo to view it.

Preparing to play content from your device on DLNA Certified™ devices

You must set up file sharing on your device first before you can view or play media files from other DLNA Certified devices. Your device works as a media server when it makes content available to client devices. When you set up file sharing on your device, you must also give access permission to client devices. After you do so, such devices appear as registered devices. Devices that are waiting for access permission are listed as pending devices.

To stop sharing files with other DLNA Certified™ devices

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Xperia™ Connectivity > Media server settings.


To set access permissions for a pending device

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Xperia™ Connectivity > Media server settings.

3. Select a device from the Pending devices list.

4. Select an access permission level.


To change the name of a registered device

1. From your Home screen, tap .

2. Find and tap Settings > Xperia™ Connectivity > Media server settings.

3. Select a device from the Registered devices list, then select Change name.

4. Enter a new name for the device.


To change the access level of a registered device

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Xperia™ Connectivity > Media server settings.

3. Select a device from the Registered devices list.

4. Tap Change access level and select an option.


To get help about sharing content with other DLNA Certified™ devices

1. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

2. Find and tap Settings > Xperia™ Connectivity > Media server settings.

3. Tap 'Question mark' icon.

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How to Use Car Infotainment System on Sony Xperia Z3

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Connect your device to a MirrorLink™ certified car infotainment system using a USB cable to, for example, use a navigation app or play music from your device while driving. The car infotainment system mirrors all features on your device and gives you access to all applications. When connected, you can navigate the apps using the car infotainment system controls.

Some applications may not be available in driving mode. Also, protected data, such as videos that are strictly protected under Digital Rights Management (DRM), is not made available via MirrorLink™.

To connect your device to a car infotainment system

• Connect your device and the car infotainment system using a USB cable. The screen of your device appears on the screen of the infotainment system.

Warning: You may need to start MirrorLink™ manually if the connection between your device and the infotainment system is not established automatically.

To start MirrorLink™ manually

1. Make sure that your device is connected to the car infotainment system using a USB cable.

2. From your Home screen, tap Apps icon.

3. Find and tap Settings > Xperia™ Connectivity > Start MirrorLink™.

4. Tap OK.

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How to Make Conference Calls on Sony Xperia Z3

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Easy to start a conference call. You can discus your business over the phone with your associates with just a few tap on its touchscreen. With a conference or multiparty call, you can have a joint conversation with two or more persons. For details about the number of participants that you can add to a conference call, contact your network operator.

To make a conference call

1. During an ongoing call, tap

2. Dial the number of the second participant and tap Call. After the second participant answers, the first participant is put on hold.

3. Tap to add the second participant to the conference call.

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to add more call participants.

To have a private conversation with a conference call participant

1. During an ongoing conference call, tap {0} participants.
2. Tap the telephone number of the participant with whom you want to talk privately.
3. To end the private conversation and return to the conference call, tap .

To release a participant from a conference call

1. During an ongoing conference call, tap the button showing the number of participants. For example, tap 3 participants if there are three participants.

2. Tap next to the participant you want to release.

To end a conference call

• During the conference call, tap End conference call.

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How to Add a Geotag on a Photo on Sony Xpeira Z3

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Adding a location to those photos somehow adds relevance and it gives you that flashback of memories when you view those nicely captured moments. Well, this feature is not new any longer since its been there online and you often use them on photo-filtered websites. But with Sony Xperia Z3, you can now add geotags on your photos right on your handset. Here's how you can add geotag on your photos.

To add a Geotag on a photo

- When you are viewing a photo, tap the screen to display the toolbars, then tap to set location to open the map screen.

- Find and tap the desired location to put the photo on the map.

- To adjust the location of the photo, tap the location on the map to where you want to move the photo.

- When you are finished, tap OK to save the geotag and return to the photo viewer.

To view geotagged photos on a map

- From your Home screen, tap .

- Find and tap Album.

- Drag the left edge of the Album home screen to the right, then tap Places.

- Tap the photo that you want to view on a map.

To view geotagged photos on a globe

- From your Home screen, tap .

- Find and tap Album.

- Drag the left edge of the Album home screen to the right, then tap Places > Earth icon. Tap the photo that you want to view on a globe.

To change the geotag of a photo

- When viewing a photo on the map in Album, touch and hold the photo until its frame turns blue, then tap the desired location on the map.

- Tap OK.


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