Kit Guide: Sony Xperia Z5 - using it

We've written this guide to show you how to use your Sony Xperia Z5.

1. Making phone calls

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These steps show you how to make calls from the Xperia Z5.

 
 
 
 
Sony Z5 Calls
1.

Tap the Phone icon on the Home screen.

2.

Either search through your contacts by pressing the search bar at the top of the screen, or enter a phone number by pressing the green icon at the bottom.

3.

Press the name of the contact or the green phone button to start the call.

Recently called numbers and contacts appear below the search bar to make it easy to call people back or ring regular contacts.

2. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)

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This part of the guide takes you through sending normal and multimedia text messages from your Xperia Z5.

Sending texts

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, open the Messaging app - it's the white speech bubble with a smiley face.

2.

Tap Get started to close the introduction message (this only shows the first time you open the app).

3.

Press the green circle in the bottom right-hand corner to start a new message.

4.

Choose who to send the message to by tapping Enter one or more recipients

5.

Either enter a number, or start typing a contact's name and tap them when they appear.

6.

Tap the Write message box to type your message.

7.

To send the message, press the green arrow to the right of the text box.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

 
 
 
 
Sony Z5 Messages 1
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To send a message with an attachment, follow the steps above to number six (don't send the message yet).

2.

Tap the paperclip to the left of the text box to open the attachments menu.

3.

Choose the type of file you want to attach by tapping the corresponding icon.

4.

Tap the file to add it to your message, then press the green arrow to send the message.

Deleting a message thread

To permanently remove a message thread from your phone, open the message app and touch and hold the name of the person whose messages you want to delete. When the tick-box appears next to their name, tap the bin icon in the top-right.

3. Sending emails

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To send emails from the Xperia Z5 you need to have already set up your accounts on the phone. If you haven't done this yet, you can find out how to in our setup guide.

Sending an email

 
 
 
 
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Open your email app (either the Gmail or the email app, depending on your choice when you set the account up), then tap the red circle in the bottom right-hand corner to open a new email.

2.

If you have more than one account, tap the down arrow next to the 'From' line to choose which account to send the email from.

3.

Tap into the To line to choose who to send the email to. Type their email address, or the name of a contact and select them when their info pops up.

4.

Type your message and press the right-facing arrow in the bar at the top of the screen to send it.

Adding an attachment

 
 
 
 
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To send an email with files attached to it, follow the steps above to number five (don't send the email yet). Then tap the paper clip.

2.

Choose the location of the file you want to send.

3.

Find the file and tap it to attach it to your email.

4.

Add any other attachments or more text and tap the right-facing arrow to send the email.

4. Setting alarms

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You can use the Xperia Z5 to wake you up in the morning using its Alarm function.

 
 
 
 
Sony Z5 Alarm
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Open the Clock app. You can do this by tapping the big clock on the Home screen if it's still there, or by opening the apps list and selecting the Clock icon

2.

The tabs across the top of the app open the Alarms, World Clock, Stopwatch, and Timer functions respectively. Alarms should be open by default, but if it's not, just tap the alarm icon on the left.

3.

To set a new alarm, tap the green circle in the bottom-right corner.

4.

Set the time, what days the alarms goes off on, the alarm tone, volume, and snooze duration using the menus.

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Tap Save. Active alarms have a green switch next to them in the list on the Alarms menu. You can quickly check if you've got an active alarm by looking for a little alarm clock in the panel at the very top of the screen.

5. Tips

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The tips below explain a couple of handy features that can help you increase the phone's battery life and reduce data usage on the go.

Improving the battery life

While the Xperia Z5 has a pretty good battery life, you can increase it in the 'Power Management' menu.

To find it, open the phone settings (the app icon is shaped like a cog) and click Power Management. This menu has a few features that you can activate to reduce battery consumption:

Stamina Mode stops apps running in the background from accessing the internet. You can still get on the internet in this mode, you just won't receive notifications from web-based apps until you open them. It also lowers the backlight amount and doesn't automatically play videos on websites.
Ultra Stamina Mode turns off mobile data, Wi-Fi, and stops widgets from running on the Home screen. It effectively turns off the 'smart' part of the phone, and only enables calls and text messages.

Monitor your data usage

The Xperia Z5 has a data usage monitor, which allows you to check how much mobile data you've used and automatically turn it off if you go over your allowance.

To set it up, open Apps > Settings > Data usage.

Set the time that your data is valid for each month and drag the bar up and down to set the warning notification. If you turn the 'Set mobile data limit' switch on, you can select a limit that when hit, turns off your mobile internet connection until your allowance is refreshed.

Below the chart is a breakdown of how much data each function and app uses, so you can see which ones are using the most data and make adjustments to your usage.

If you need a hand with anything to do with your Xperia Z5, you can contact us here.