Sony Xperia XZ1 Tips, Tricks and Best Hidden Features

Our Sony Xperia XZ1 tips and tricks guide shows you how to setup and customise Sony’s new flagship phone and some of the best hidden features you might not know about.

Get the most from your shiny Xperia XZ1 smartphone with this tips and tricks guide, from streaming PS4 games with Remote Play to watching HDR content on Sony’s gorgeous screen.

Sony’s Xperia XZ1 flagship device is one of the first handsets that isn’t Google branded to come packing Android Oreo. Version 8.0 of Google’s mobile OS offers plenty of cool updates over Nougat, while Sony itself has tweaked the XZ1’s UI to add a selection of its own funky features. Here we’ll discuss some of the best features hidden away inside the Xperia XZ1 that you might not be aware of.

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35 Replies to “Sony Xperia XZ1 Tips, Tricks and Best Hidden Features”

  1. Amir Ullah

    I want to purchase Sony xperia xz1. anybody can tell Me its good phone or not.
    please share your experience with me about this phones…
    thank you

  2. Jonathan Stones

    I’m thinking of getting this phone and with me not exactly up to date with all this tech talk my question is can you make WiFi calls with it as I’m in a really bad signal area and the only way I can make calls from home is by WiFi.
    I’ve currently got an iPhone 5s and it’s served me well but I’m on a budget and not sure whether to go for an iPhone 6 or one of these or maybe huawei p20 lite but whichever it must be able to do WiFi calls.
    I’d be grateful for any advice.

  3. Farukh Ali

    I don't like the large fonts and icons in XZ1. After using Samsung phone I don't wanna go back to Sony for this one reason. Can you tell me after changing the settings does XZ1 fonts and icons becomes very small? I have no access to market to see it in person that's why asking. Do you think there is any black theme which can make icons, fonts and drop down menu small?

  4. Valeria

    I hoped this video will spill some tips on how to reduce battery drainage! When on flight mode with WiFi on it's very decent but when I'm on WiFi and connected to the mobile network battery drains faster. For example only WiFi on whole night idle 1-2%, wifi + mobile network 6-7% over night. And I also don't think it's a good idea to be on the flight mode when there's WiFi cause it's a TELEPHONE, there are lots of people who don't use apps like whatsup and other messengers so if I'm on flight mode they won't reach me. My previous smartphone had a stronger battery life and I'm a bit frustrated by my xz1 compact..all the reviews said the battery life is excellent! It is…but only on flight mode with WiFi on, LTE spoils everything

  5. Ellie Jones

    Does anyone know if I can turn on the option the make a notification sound when battery is fully changed? As on previous Sony phones, it's really helpful

  6. Maxacia A

    I guess i saw a blue icon named 'files' in the app drawer of XZ1 in another review of yours! Is that right!?
    has Sony included a file manager!? if so, cud u pls upload some screenshots!?

  7. Shahjahan Umrani

    Hey i am from Pakistan and you are the best i watch every review i have one request please do drop test of sony smartphones you are like sony official and i love sony

  8. Yort

    The Xperia flagship at MWC 2018 will likely feature a bezel less screen and OLED display, but still retaining the stereo front speakers.

    I can say it because Sony knows what they're doing and they DO listen to their customers' complaints.
    For instance, Xperias had very low volume speakers (in spite of high quality sound that they produce), and now the XZ1 has 50% more sound pressure and 40% louder than the predecessors – a hefty upgrade IMO.
    And the long-complained 4K video option as a separate app instead of being in the video recording section instead? It's now in the video recording mode and no longer a separate app.

    Like, they do take some time to adjust, but when they do, they always nail it every time.
    They removed burst shot before, but returned it immediately and now they even the AF keeps on triggering for moving subjects, as well as an upgraded slow motion that was taken on a whole new level.

    Give Sony some more time and you'll never be disappointed.

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