Kit Guide: Sony Xperia X Compact - setting it up


A new phone needs to be set up before you can start to use it. This guide will help you with that, from putting the SIM card in, to setting up a lock screen.

Sony Xperia X Compact User Manual

If you need to download a copy of the user manual for your phone, you can get it here


1. Box contents


This is everything you'll find in your box:

  • Sony Xperia X Compact
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB media cable
  • Screen protector
  • Information pack

2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards


To start with, you'll need to put your SIM card in. With the screen facing away from you, look down the right-hand edge of the phone and you'll find a cover. Open it with your fingernail, and take out the tray inside the slot.

There's a space for your SIM card, and for your memory card. Line the SIM card up on the bottom of the tray, making sure you can see the gold contacts. When it's in place, you can slide the tray back into the phone.

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If you've got a memory card to put in as well, line it up at the top of the tray, again with the gold contacts facing you. When it's in, you can put the tray back.

3. Completing the Xperia X Compact Setup Wizard


This section will help you get through the steps you need to complete to set your phone up.

Setting it up

Turn on the Xperia X Compact by pressing and holding the power button on the right-hand side of the phone. You can let it go when you feel the phone vibrate.

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You might see a message about updating the software. Have a read through it and then press OK when you're ready.


Press the down arrow if you want to pick a different language, then press Get started.


There's some 'Important information' you need to be aware of. Tap the links to read more about each, then press Accept when you're done.


Choose how you want to connect to the internet and press Next (we recommend choosing 'Mobile network and WiFi').

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Connect to a Wi-Fi network now so that any updates can be downloaded. Tap the name of your network.


Type in the wireless password (if you're not sur what it is, it'll be on your router), then press Connect.


If you've used an android phone before, you can copy information over from it. If you'd rather set up a new phone, press No, thanks and then Next.


You'll need a Google account if you want to download things like apps and games. If you've already got one, type in your Google email address, then tap Next. If you don't have one, press Or create a new one to set one up.

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Type in your Google password then tap Next.


Signing in means you agree to the Terms of Service. Tap the links if you want to read more about them, then press Accept.


Google has some other services that it runs in the background. Read about them, and tap any ticks you want to get rid of. Press the down arrow for more.


Read the rest of the services and choose the ones you want to use, then press Next.

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Payment information is asked for because some apps aren't free. Choose an option, or press No, thanks and you'll be asked to pay each time. Press Continue when you've chosen.


You can set up a lock screen now, but we cover this later in the guide, so we recommend presing No, thank you and then Skip to come back to it later.


You'll be warned that your phone isn't protected at the moment. Press Skip anyway.


You'll get some information about 'Google Now'. Press the down arrow for the rest of it.

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If Google Now is something you're interested in, choose Yes, I'm in, but if it's not for you, choose Skip. Press Next when you've picked.


Sony has its own services that you can use. You can sign in with your Google account, so you don't need a separate one. Either Sign in or press Not now.


If you didn't sign in, you'll be asked if you're sure. Just tap Skip.


That's it, you've done all the steps. Just press Finish to get to your Home screen.

Touchscreen buttons

Under the main screen are some touch buttons that help you get around the phone. This is what they do.

'Home' (house shape): takes you back to the Home screen from any app.

'Back' (triangle): go back one screen.

'Recent apps' (square): shows a list of apps you've been recently using.

4. Connecting to the Internet


Lots of your apps (especially social media apps) need an internet connection to work properly. These steps will help you get connected.

Connecting the Xperia X Compact to a Wi-Fi network

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Swipe the Home screen down from the top, then tap the settings cog in the top-right corner.


Press Wi-Fi.


Make sure the switch is 'On', then tap your network name.


Type in your wireless password (it's on the router if you don't know it) then press Connect.

Turning mobile data on or off

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Open the settings, then tap Data Usage.


There's a switch next to 'Mobile data' that you can tap to turn it on and off.


The first time you do it, you'll get a warning message. Tap the box next to 'Don't show this again' and then press OK.

You should be able to stay online now, but if you're struggling with mobile data, you might need to add some manual settings. We've got a guide to help you with that here.

5. Setting up new email accounts


You can keep all your accounts in one place on the Xperia X Compact. These steps will show you how to set up a new one.

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Open the settings, and then press Accounts & sync.


Tap Add account.


Choose the type of account you're adding (usually email or IMAP, but work and education accounts will be Exchange).


Type in the email address of the account you're adding, then press Next.

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Type in the password for the account, then press Next.


Choose your syncing options. We recommend Automatically (Push). Press Next when you've picked.


Choose the options about notifications, then press Next.


Give the account a name if you want, then press Finish setup.

If your account isn't setting up automatically, you might need to put some settings in manually. Our guide to email server settings will help you out.

6. Setting up a lock screen


You can keep your information safe from prying eyes by setting up a lock screen. These steps will help you do it.

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In the settings list, tap Lock screen & security.


Press Screen lock.


Choose a type of screen lock. We recommend 'PIN' or 'Password' because they're the most secure.

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You'll be offered to set up a PIN for starting the device. Choose an option and then tap Continue.


Type in the PIN or Password you're going to use, then press Continue.


Type it in again to confirm it, then press Done, and your new screen lock will be set.

That's it, you're all ready to start using your new phone. If you wanted to chat to a Team Knowhow Expert instead, contact us here.

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