This guide takes you through setting up a new Sony Xperia Z5, from taking it out of the box to keeping it secure with a lock screen.
The first step to getting the phone set up is to install the SIM card. The Xperia Z5 takes a Nano-SIM card - if yours is larger, you can carefully cut it down, just be careful you don't clip the metal contacts.
If you're going to install a MicroSD card to increase the phone's memory, it's worth doing it at the same time as the SIM card, as they both go in the same place.
To get to the SIM and memory card slots, lift the panel on the top-left side of the phone by placing your thumbnail under it a popping it off. Press the top of the plastic tray under the flap to release it from the phone. Place the SIM and MicroSD cards into the tray (with the gold contacts facing away from the screen) and slide it back into the phone until it clicks. Replace the cover, making sure that it's properly clipped in, as it keeps the inside of the phone from getting wet.
The first time you turn the phone on you need to complete the 'Setup Wizard', which takes you through adding accounts, choosing settings, and getting it ready to use. The steps below follow each step and explain anything that might not make sense.
At some point during the Setup, a screen might pop-up asking you to select your service provider. If it does, just tap the name to move on - if it doesn't, don't worry, the phone will have sorted it out for itself.
Turn the phone on by holding the Power button on the right-hand side.
When the phone loads, choose your language from the list.
Agree to the important information by ticking the box, then tap Next. You can read the documents, which include the 'End User Agreement and warranty information', by tapping the link.
Select Mobile network and Wi-Fi followed by Next. This allows your phone to connect to the internet using your mobile data when Wi-Fi isn't available. You can choose 'Wi-Fi only' if you don't want to enable mobile internet.
Check the time and date. If they're correct, press Next. If not, tap Change.
Tap Search for networks to search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. The phone needs to connect to the internet to complete the Setup and using Wi-Fi won't use any of your data allowance, but you can use your mobile internet to complete the setup if Wi-Fi isn't available by tapping Skip.
Select your network's name (the name and password can be found on a sticker on the router).
Enter the password and tap Connect.
'Connect' will appear under the name of your network. Tap Next.
Tap Next on the 'Wi-Fi connection' screen.
Press Get started to log into or create a Google Account.
'Tap & Go' lets you move data from your old phone to your new one using 'NFC'. If your old phone has NFC, press Learn more and follow the instructions. If not, press skip to carry on.
If you have a Google Account, enter your username and password and press Next. If you don't, tap create a new account.
Untick the boxes next to anything you don't want to use (press More to show the features below 'Back up').
Tap Next on the account confirmation screen.
If you want to use any of the Xperia services tap Sign in with your Google account. If not, tap Skip.
If you skipped the last screen you'll see a disclaimer about securing your phone. Tap Skip, as we explain how to add a lock screen to the phone later in this guide.
Tap Finish to complete the Setup Wizard.
Read the disclaimer and press Next.
Untick the box if you don't want to send anonymous user data to Sony, then tap OK to go to the Home screen.
The icons at the bottom of the screen are always available and do the same thing in any app or menu.
'Home' (middle): returns you to the Home screen.
'Back' (left): takes you back one screen.
'Menu' (right): shows recently used apps.
You need to connect the Xperia Z5 to the internet to use many if its features, including downloading apps, checking social media, and streaming music. When you completed the Setup Wizard you probably connected to your home Wi-Fi - these steps take you through connecting to other Wi-Fi networks. When Wi-Fi isn't available, the phone will automatically connect to the internet using your mobile data.
From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon (it's the square with dots in, just above the Home icon).
Tap the Settings icon (it looks like a cog), then tap Wi-Fi.
Choose the name of the network you want to connect to. Then enter the password and tap Connect.
'Connected' will appear under the name of the network and a Wi-Fi icon will be displayed in the status bar at the very top of the screen.
Although you setup your Google account as part of the Setup Wizard, you might have other email accounts you want to add to the Xperia Z5. The steps below show you how to add Hotmail, Yahoo!, and email accounts from other providers.
Tap the Apps icon, then Settings > Accounts > Add account.
If you're adding a work or education address, choose Microsoft Exchange Activesync. If you're setting up a personal account, tap Email to use the separate email app, or Personal IMAP to use the Gmail app.
Type in your email address and tap Next.
Add your password, and tap Next.
If prompted, select Agree to give the phone permission to set up the account.
Change the sync frequency (how often the phone searches for new emails), whether to sync old emails, and whether you want to download attachments automatically. Tap Next.
Enter your name (this is displayed on all your outgoing emails), then tap Next.
You can add more accounts if you like, or return to the Home screen by pressing the Home button.
If your account won't sync, you might need to manually add your email details. You can find out how with our guide to email server settings.
We always recommend using a lock screen on your phone, as without one, anyone can access your apps and information if they get hold of your phone.
From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
Open the Settings menu.
Open the Settings menu.
The Xperia Z5 has a fingerprint scanner, which you can use alongside a normal lockscreen. Tap Fingerprint Manager.
Tap Get started.
You need to setup a PIN or password in case the scanner can't register your fingerprint. Choose the one you want to use, then tap Next.
Enter the PIN or password, then tap Continue.
Confirm it then tap OK.
Choose what type of notifications to display on the screen when it's locked:
Find the location of the fingerprint scanner and tap Got it.
Place your thumb on the Power button/fingerprint scanner. Hold it still until it vibrates, then move it slightly to a different position. You'll do this a few times until the whole fingerprint is captured. When it's finished, press Done.
You can add more fingerprints by pressing Register fingerprint.
The next time you come to unlock your phone, you can use either the PIN/password, or the fingerprint scanner.
Now that you've got your phone set up, you can start using it.
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