Kit Guide: Sony Xperia XA1 - setting it up


It might seem like there's a lot to do to get your phone set up, but don't worry, this guide explains each step.


Sony Xperia XA1 User manual

This is the official user manual for the Sony Xperia XA1

Download it here

1. Box contents


This is what you'll get in the box:

  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Mains power adapter
  • USB-C media cable
  • USB-C to USB OTG adaptor
  • USB-C to microUSB adaptor
  • Information pack
  • Earphone pack


2. Inserting your SIM & memory cards


First of all, you need to put your SIM card in. Put the phone screen side down and look for a pinhole down the right-hand side. Get the SIM tool from your box and push the pointy end into the pinhole, and you'll feel the tray pop out.

The SIM card lines up with an indent on the tray. Make sure the gold contacts are facing you, then slide the tray back into the phone.

Inserting your SIM & memory cards

To put a memory card in, remove the tray and slide the memory card straight into the other slot in the phone. Again, you'll need to make sure that the gold contacts are facing you.

3. Completing the Xperia XA1 Setup Wizard


These steps will get you through the set up as quickly and smoothly as possible so that you can start using the phone.


Setting it up

Welcome screen
Important information
Connect to the internet
Restore options

To use a language other than 'English (United Kingdom)', tap it and pick the one you want. Press Get started.


There are some Terms and Conditions you need to agree to. Tap the links to read more about them, then tap Accept.


Choose how you want to connect to the internet, then press Next.


You can restore any information you've got backed up, or press Set up as new for a fresh set up.

Connecting to Wi-Fi
Connecting to Wi-Fi
Sign into Google
Sign into Google

Tap the name of your wireless network from the list.


Type in the wireless password, then press Connect. You'll find it on the back of your router if you don't know it.


Signing into Google is important so that you can download apps. Type in your Google email address, or tap Or create a new account to set one up. Tap Next.


Type in the password, and then press Next.

Google Terms and Conditions
Google Services
More Google Services
Set up a lock screen

To continue you have to agree to Googles 'Terms and Conditions'. Press Accept.


Read about the services Google have to offer, and choose whether you want them or not. Press the down arrow for more.


Choose the rest of the services, then press Next.


Protecting your phone is important, but it can be a pain to have to keep unlocking it while it's still being set up. Choose Not now, and we'll go through it later.

Skip warning
Xperia Services
Skip sign in warning
Final setup screen

You'll get a pop-up about skipping, just press Skip anyway.


There are some Xperia services you can use. Press the links to read about them, then choose to Sign in or press Not now.


If you chose to skip, you'll need to tap Skip again.


That's it - just tap Finish and you'll get to your Home screen.

Touchscreen buttons

Under the main screen are some touch buttons that you'll use to get around the phone. Here's how.

'Home' (house shape): takes you back to the Home screen from anywhere in the phone.

'Back' (triangle): goes back to the last screen.

'Recent apps' (square): shows recently used apps.


4. Connecting to the Internet


Lots of the apps and games you'll use will need an internet connection to work properly. These steps will keep you connected.

Connecting the Xperia XA1 to a Wi-Fi network

Connect to Wi-Fi 1
Connect to Wi-Fi 2
Connecting to Wi-Fi 4

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


Choose Wi-Fi from the top of the list.


Tap the name of your wireless network from the list.


Type in the wireless password, then tap Connect. You'll find it on the back of your router.

Turning mobile data on or off

Turning mobile data on/off
Turning mobile data on/off 2

Open the settings and choose Data usage from the list.


Next to Mobile data is a switch you can tap. This turns mobile data on and off.

If your mobile data isn't connecting automatically, you might need some manual settings. We've got a guide to help you with it here.


5. Setting up new email accounts


This is how you add new email accounts, so you can keep all your stuff in one place.

Adding a new email account
Adding a new email account 2
Adding a new email account 3

Open the settings, then choose Accounts & sync.


Tap Add account.


Choose what type of account it is. 'IMAP' is the most common, but work or education accounts will be 'Exchange'.


Type in the email address, then tap Next.

Adding a new email account 5
Adding a new email account 6
Adding a new email account 7
Adding a new email account 8

Type in the password and then press Next.


Choose your syncing options and press Next.


Choose your notifications options and press Next.


Name the account if you want, then tap Finish setup.

If your email account doesn't set up automatically, you might need some manual settings. We've got a guide to help you do it here.


6. Setting up a lock screen


A lock screen is a good way to protect your phone. This is how you set one up.

Setting a lock screen 1
Setting a lock screen 2
Setting a lock screen 3
Setting a lock screen 4

Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the settings cog in the top-right corner.


Choose Lock screen & security.


Tap Screen lock to set one up.


Choose which one you want to set. We recommend 'PIN' or 'Password' because they're the safest.

Setting a lock screen 5
Setting a lock screen 6
Setting a lock screen 7
Setting a lock screen 8

Choose whether you want a PIN at start-up as well.


Type in the screen lock PIN or Password, then press Continue.


Type it in again to confirm it, and then press OK.


Choose your notification options, then tap Done.

That's your phone all set up. If you'd like to have a chat with someone about it, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow Experts here.

You might like...

Need some more help?


Expert Support

If you've got an issue with any of your kit, our experts are on-call to help 24/7 - in-store, at home, or over the phone.

More info

Expert Repair

When your kit's fully broken, you need it fixed fast. Our accredited experts will get you back up and running in no time.

More info