Setting up a Sony Xperia XA

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In this guide we'll help you set up a new Xperia XA. It covers everything you need to get it working the way you want, from inserting the SIM, to keeping your information private with a lock screen.

 

Sony Xperia XA User manual

This is the official user manual for the Sony Xperia XA User manual

Download it here

Box contents

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Below is a list of the things you'll find in the box when you first open it:

  • Sony Xperia XA
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB media cable

 

Inserting your SIM & memory cards

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The steps below show you how to install your SIM card. The Xperia XA uses a NanoSIM card, and you can also increase the memory using a MicroSD card.

 
 
 
 
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1.

Remove the cover using your finger or thumbnail.

2.

The SIM card goes into the bottom tray, slide it out and put the NanoSIM into the tray with the metal contacts facing up.

3.

Slide the SIM tray back into the phone.

4.

To insert a memory card, pull out the top tray and put the MicroSD card into the tray with the metal contacts facing up.

5.

Push the MicroSD tray back into the phone.

6.

Replace the covers making sure they're pushed in properly to keep the phone watertight.

Completing the LG Setup Wizard

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When you turn the phone on, the first thing you'll see is the 'Setup Wizard', which takes you through getting the phone ready to work the way you want. At any point during set-up, a window might appear asking you to choose your service provider. If it does, just choose it from the list.

 
 
 
 
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1.

To turn the phone on, press the power button until you feel a vibration.

2.

Tap the language you'd like to use, then tap done.

3.

You can read the 'Important information' by tapping the link, then tap Get started to continue.

4.

To use the internet when you're out and about, you'll need to choose Mobile network and Wi-Fi. If you want to connect using Wi-Fi only, choose that option. Tap Next.

5.

Tap the name of the network you'd like to connect to, or tap Skip if you don't want to connect to Wi-Fi.

6.

If you're connecting to Wi-Fi, type the wireless password in the box, which is usually printed on your router. Tap connect.

 
 
 
 
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If you're upgrading from another Android phone you can choose to Copy Google accounts, apps and data from your other device. Or to set up as a new phone, choose No, thanks. Then tap Next.

8.

You'll need to either sign-in, or set up a new Google account. Without one, you won't be able to download apps or back-up your phone. If you already have a Google account, type your email address and tap Next.

9.

Type your password, then tap Next.

10.

If you don't have a Google account, you can set one up by tapping create a new account and filling in the onscreen form.

11.

You'll need to agree to Google's 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy Policy'. Click the links to read them and tap Accept.

 
 
 
 
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You'll have the option to opt out of the following 'Google services' by tapping the boxes to untick the ones you don't want to use:

  • Automatically 'Backup' your data using your google account.
  • Use 'Location' services to improve mapping and internet searches.
  • 'Feedback information' to help improve Android.
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When you've made your choices, tap Next to continue.

14.

You can add a 'payment method' if you want by tapping the billing option you want to use, or tap No, thanks to skip this. Then tap Next.

15.

If you've used Android in the past, you might be asked to restore your apps and data from an old phone. Tap the phone you'd like to restore apps and data from, and tap the right-arrow to continue.

 
 
 
 
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To set-up the Xperia XA as a new phone, scroll down and tap Don't restore.

17.

You'll be asked about protecting your phone with a screen lock. We cover this in a later chapter of this guide, so tap Skip, then confirm that you want to skip it for now.

18.

'Xperia services' are optional, to find out more tap various services. Tap Sign in with your Google account to use Xperia services, or tap Not now to skip. You'll need to confirm that you want to skip this on the next screen by tapping Skip again.

 
 
 
 
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Tap Finish to close the Setup Wizard.

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On the next screen, you'll be asked if you want to send anonymous data to Sony Mobile to help improve various services. You can opt out of this if you like by tapping the box to untick it. Tap OK to finish the Setup.

Connecting to the Internet

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While you'll have connected the phone to your home internet during the Setup, these steps show you how to connect to other networks.

Connecting the Xperia XA to a Wi-Fi network

 
 
 
 
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1.

From Home go to Apps > Settings > Wi-Fi. Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on (the switch should be green).

2.

Choose the name of the network you'd like to connect to by tapping it.

3.

Type the password in the box, which is usually printed on a sticker on your router.

4.

Check your typing by ticking the Show password box, then tap Connect.

5.

You'll see the word 'Connected' next to your network.

If you're having trouble getting your mobile data to connect, you might need to put the settings in manually. We've got a guide to help you with that here.

 

Setting up new email accounts

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Accounts from the most popular email providers, including Hotmail and Outlook, can be set up following these instructions:

 
 
 
 
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From your Home screen go to Apps > Settings > Add account.

2.

From the list, pick the type of account you'd like to add. For any personal account other than Gmail, choose 'POP3' or 'IMAP'. If you have an 'Exchange' account, usually provided by employers, tap Exchange Activesync.

3.

Type your email address, and tap Next. Or to set up a new account, tap create a new account and follow the onscreen steps.

4.

Type your password, and tap Next.

5.

Depending on the type of account you're adding, you might need to agree to the 'Terms of Service'. Tap the links to read these, then tap Ok.

 
 
 
 
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Tap Continue to finish setting up the email.

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You can add more email accounts from here if you like. Tap the Home icon to return to the Home screen.

If your having trouble getting your account to set up automatically, you might need to put some manual settings in. Don't worry, we've got a guide to help you with that here.

 

Setting up a lock screen

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If you didn’t set up a lock screen as part of the phone’s initial setup, you can follow these steps to add one:

 
 
 
 
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From the Home screen, go to Apps > Settings Lock screen & security.

2.

Tap Screen lock and choose the type of lock you want to add, by tapping PatternPIN, or Password.

3.

You can choose whether you want to enter your PIN or password when you turn your phone on. If you don't want to do this, tap No, thanks.

 
 
 
 
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Enter the code you want to use, then tap Continue. If you choose a pattern, you'll also need to set a PIN as a backup.

5.

Confirm the code by typing it again, and tap OK.

6.

When the screen is locked, you'll get notifications, and can choose Show all notification contentHide sensitive content (this tells you that you have a notification, but doesn't show the details), or Don't show notifications. Tap the one you want to set, then tap DONE.

7.

You can choose how quickly the lock screen is set by tapping Automatically lock and picking one of the options.

If you need any more help with your Xperia XA, you can contact a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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