All Sections

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: Best hidden features in Sony’s flagship phone

If you’ve just bought Sony’s Xperia XZ smartphone, the latest Sony Xperia flagship mobile for 2016, then you should check out our handy tips and tricks guide. Here’s the best Xperia XZ hidden features and shortcuts to get the most out of your Xperia handset.

The Sony Xperia XZ is a premium mobile phone, packing Sony’s latest and most awesome camera tech as well as loads of bonus features. In this tips and tricks guide we’ll help you get started with the Xperia XZ and also show you some of the coolest features that are hidden away in the settings.

Learn how to enjoy better battery life, make use of Sony’s shortcuts, get a performance boost and more.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: How to use the built-in Sony Xperia Tips feature

The good news is, if you’ve never used a Sony Xperia phone before, your new Xperia XZ will take you by the hand and show you the main functions. Sony’s built-in Xperia Tips feature is a helpful little tool which pops up from time to time, usually the first time you try and use an app. It’ll offer advice on how to proceed, as well as giving you long-term help to improve battery life and performance, once the phone gets to know you.

Head to the Xperia XZ’s settings menu and scroll down to ‘Introduction & Tips’ to see the ‘Introduction to Xperia’ feature. This is essentially an interactive manual which does the same as Xperia Tips, but you can check out each guide at any time and refer back if needed.

From here you can also turn off the Xperia Tips, if you’re a bit too advanced for them.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: Check for notifications with a double-tap wake-up gesture

If you often sit your smartphone on a desk at work or home, to quickly check for waiting messages, then you might be interested in Sony’s wake-up gesture. Basically this allows you to wake the phone with a quick double-tap of the screen. It’s a simple way of scanning for notifications, without fiddling about picking up the phone and fumbling for the power button.

To activate this feature, just head to the Xperia XZ’s settings and find the Display menu. In here, near the bottom, is a ‘Tap to wake up’ option. Just turn that on and you can power up the display with two swift pokes at any time.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: How to use the Xperia XZ with gloves

When the weather gets a bit nippy, you can thankfully use the Xperia XZ while rocking your woolly mittens. First, you’ll need to head to the phone’s settings menu and then tap on Display. Scroll to the very bottom and you’ll see the Glove Mode option, which is disabled by default. Just give this a poke to turn it on.

Glove mode makes the screen super-sensitive, so you might want to enable it only when wearing hand protectors. Otherwise it might send the phone a bit schizo.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: How to get super-long battery life on the Xperia XZ

The Xperia XZ is designed to learn your charging habits and prevent the battery from overcharging, which helps to keep it limber over the long-term. However, if you’re struggling to make it through a full 24 hours before the battery dies, here’s how to wring some extra life from the phone.

Head to Android’s settings menu and then tap on ‘Battery’. In here you’ll find the Stamina Mode and Ultra Stamina Mode. When activated, these handy features will extend your phone’s battery life by automatically culling some of the Xperia XZ’s most power-sapping features.

We’ve already covered these modes in our Xperia X battery feature, and the Xperia XZ’s battery settings are exactly the same. So head over there for more info.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: Keep your Xperia running smoothly by clearing the memory

Sony has added in its own ‘Smart Cleaner’ feature, which can clear all of the junk out of your phone’s memory as well as the built-in storage. That means a smoother-running, more efficient phone.

On your Xperia XZ, dive into the settings menu. In here you’ll find the ‘Storage and Memory’ section. Give that a tap and then you’ll notice the Smart Cleaner option. Just activate this whenever your phone shows any signs of slowdown or stutter (which hopefully won’t be until it’s getting on a bit) and you should notice an instant boost.

If you’re still seeing performance issues, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the Storage & memory screen. Then choose ‘Advanced’, and ‘Memory’. This shows you exactly how much RAM you have free. Tap the ‘Memory used by apps’ section and you can see which of your apps are the biggest memory hogs.

If any of those listed are apps that you’ve downloaded and can live without, it’s probably a good idea to ditch them. Just give any offenders a tap, then hit the ‘i’ icon and choose ‘uninstall’.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: How to use the Sony News Suite to stay in touch with the world

If you’re interested in current affairs, you could do far worse than checking out Sony’s own News Suite app. This comes pre-installed on your Xperia XZ and gives you quick access to the headlines that interest you.

Once you’ve opened the app, you’ll notice that you can flick left and right to zip through different types of news – sport, gaming and so on. To edit which topics appear, tap the dots in the top right corner of the app and hit ‘Settings’. The ‘Edit tabs’ section allows you to choose exactly what is displayed, as well as altering News Suite’s notifications settings.

As a bonus, you can even add your own news streams by tapping the ‘My Feeds’ section of the app. This allows you to add an RSS feed, or set up a stream based on a key search term.

Sony Xperia XZ tips and tricks: How to change the colour vibrancy of the screen

The Sony Xperia XZ pumps out some sharp, good-looking visuals, with realistic hues. However, if you prefer punchy, vibrant colours, then you can switch on Sony’s Super Vivid mode to really boost the phone’s colour palette.

To toggle this screen modes on or off, just head into the Xperia XZ’s settings and then scroll down to Display. Give this a tap and you’ll find the option to turn on Super Vivid mode in ‘Image enhancement’.

Stay tuned for more Xperia XZ tips and tricks. Got any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below. And here’s our full Xperia XZ unboxing and hands-on review.