Kit Guide: The Sony Xperia XA - using it

This guide takes through some of the key features of your Xperia XA.

1. Making phone calls

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These steps take you through making phone calls on the Xperia XA:

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, tap the Phone icon.

2.

This is where you'll see your recent call history, you can view all of your contacts by tapping the Contacts icon at the top of the screen.

3.

If you want to dial a number manually, tap the green keypad icon, dial the the number, and tap the green button to make the call.

2. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)

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This section takes you through sending basic text messages along with how to add attachments like photos, documents, and videos.

 

Sending texts

 
 
 
 
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From your Home screen, tap the Messaging app. This is a white circle with a blue face on it.

2.

Tap the compose button, which looks like a white pen on a green circle.

3.

Choose who you want to send your text to by tapping Enter one or more recipients.

4.

Type the name or number of the contact you want to send your message to.

5.

Tap the contact you're sending your message to, and type your message by tapping into the Write message box.

6.

Tap the blue arrow to send your message.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

You can add attachments like pictures and videos to messages. This turns it into an MMS message, which might cost you more to send than a normal text.

 
 
 
 
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Tap one of the icons below the 'Write message' box to choose the type of attachment you want to send.

2.

Find the item you want to attach, and tap to select it.

3.

The item will be added to your message and you can add text if you like, then tap the blue arrow to send it.

3. Sending emails

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This part of the guide helps you with sending emails and adding attachments.

 

Sending a new email

 
 
 
 
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Tap the apps icon, then tap the Email icon.

2.

Tap the compose icon, this looks like a green circle with a white pen in it.

3.

Tap To and start to type the name of the person you're sending the email to, tap the contact you want to email.

4.

Type a subject for your email by tapping Subject.

5.

Type your message into blank area below the subject. To send your message tap the arrow icon at the top of the screen.

Adding an attachment to your email

 
 
 
 
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Tap the paperclip at the top of the email screen.

2.

Find the file you want to add and tap to select it. You can add multiple items if you like.

3.

You might be asked to resize images, this can be helpful if you're using mobile data because large images can use a lot of data.

4.

Type your message and tap the arrow to send your email.

4. Setting alarms

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Read the section below to find out how to set alarms and set them to ring on certain days.

 

Setting an alarm

 
 
 
 
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From your Home screen, go to Apps > Alarm & clock.

2.

Tap the alarm clock icon at the top of the screen, then tap the green circle with the +.

3.

Drag the blue dot to the hour you want to set, and tap OK. Then do the same for the minutes and tap OK.

 
 
 
 
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Tapping Repeat lets you to set an alarm to sound on different days.

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There are a few different things you can do from this menu, like change the name of an alarm, choose an alarm tone, set the volume and turn vibration on or off. When you're happy with the settings, tap Save.

6.

You can turn an alarm on or off by tapping the switch next to it.

7.

If you want to delete an alarm, touch and hold the one you want to delete, and tap Delete alarm.

5. Tips & tricks

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Your phone has a few other features that you might find helpful, this guide will take you through some of the more useful ones.

Connecting to other devices

You can display your phone's screen on your TV, as long as it supports 'Miracast' or 'Google-cast'. This lets you share photos with friends and family, without having to pass the phone around the room.

You can also set your phone up as a 'media server', which lets you play music and videos stored on your Xperia through other connected kit. There are a few other things you can do, like connect to a PC, or set up printing options.

The settings for these features can all be found by going to Apps > Settings > Device Connection.

Making the most of the battery

If your phone is running low on power, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of the remaining battery. Go to Settings > Battery > Stamina Mode. This will restrict some apps, stopping them from checking for updates or giving you notifications.

Choosing Ultra Stamina Mode will extend the battery life even further, but will also turn off some additional functions, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Tapping Show battery usage will let you see which apps are using the most power.

Checking your mobile data usage

The Xperia XA comes with a data monitor, that helps you to check how much data you're using. You can also set a data limit, stopping you from going over your allowance.

To set this up, go to Apps > Settings > Data usage. You'll need to set your billing date so the app knows when to measure your data usage from, and you can also tick the box so the app restricts your usage when you reach your data limit.

You should be ready to start using your Xperia XA now, but if you need any more help, you can contact a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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