Sony Xperia Z1 Tutorials, How Tos and Tips Part 1

Hello dear Sony Xperia Z1 users! Welcome to our very first tutorial for Z1! We plan on adding additional tutorials about this device in the near future so keep visiting our site for more.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

We cover 4 topics in this post. Please check them below:


How to set-up an email account on a Sony Xperia Z1

Whether you are using your internet server provider’s email or from a third party , you can always easily configure one so you can check your messages on the go.

Before you enter your email information though, you need to ensure that your phone is set-up for internet. To do so, simply follow the steps below:

  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Tap More.
  • Tap Mobile networks.
  • Tap Access Point Names.
  • Tap Menu icon.
  • Tap New APN.
  • Enter your data connection name by tapping Name. You have to contact your internet service provider for this information. If you are using a third party email like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc, just Google it.
  • Tap APN then tap OK after entering the correct APN.
  • Tap MCC and enter your correct country code. Hit OK once done.
  • Tap MNC and enter the correct network code. Hit OK once done.
  • Tap Authentication type.
  • Tap PAP.
  • Select APN type by tapping APN type. Enter default then hit OK.
  • Save and activate data connection by tapping the Menu icon.
  • Tap Save.
  • Tap the field beside the data connection to enter information for it.

After ensuring that your device has been configured for internet, follow the steps below to finally set-up your email.

  • Go to the Menu screen and tap Email icon.
  • Enter your email address.
  • Enter your email’s password.
  • Tap Next.
  • Select the correct server type by tapping on the following: POP3, IMAP, Exchange Active Sync.
  • Enter the username for your email account.
  • Enter the correct incoming field server. This depends on your server type so make sure you have enough information about your email account type before proceeding. If you have no idea, just search it in Google.
  • Enter the incoming port by tapping the field below Port.
  • You want to turn off encryption of incoming email by tapping the drop down list below Security type and selecting None.
  • Turn off deletion of email on server by tapping the drop down list below Delete email from server.
  • Tap Never or When I delete from Inbox.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter the outgoing server information.
  • Enter the outgoing port by tapping the field below Port.
  • Turn off encryption of outgoing email by tapping the drop down list below Security type.
  • Tap None.
  • Turn off SMTP authentication by tapping Require sign-in.
  • Tap Next.
  • Tap the drop down list below Inbox check frequency and select either Manual or the required period.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter the account name
  • Enter the sender name.
  • Finish the setup by tapping Next.
  • Wait until your phone is done fetching all your emails.


How to reset your Sony Xperia Z1 back to its factory defaults

Sometimes, the only remaining solution left for users is to restore their device back to its original state due to a software bug or chronic problems like freezing or performance issues. Also known as master reset, a  factory reset, is an effective step because it deletes all data stored on the phone or tablet. It basically works like reformatting a hard drive on a computer although pre-installed apps in an Android device still becomes available after the process. Performing a master reset will permanently delete personal data so make sure to create a backup copy of your information before doing it. Here are the steps on how to perform a factory reset on your Sony Xperia Z1:

  • Go to the Home screen and tap Applications.
  • Scroll to and tap Backup & reset.
  • Tap Factory data reset.
  • Tap Reset phone.
  • Tap Erase everything.
  • Wait for the phone to reboot and finish the reset.


How to clear an app’s cache or clear data on Sony Xperia Z1

Today’s mobile apps are amazing. Depending on their purpose, apps help countless people do jobs more efficiently, maximizes their enjoyment, among others. But apps are not perfect and can work erratically. While performing a factory reset can be a quick fix in most software-related issues, deleting an erratic app’s cache or clearing its data can become a real time saver. A master reset deletes everything on your phone including all the apps you have installed so it can be a pain to do it when you can surgically fix an app problem by clearing the cache or its data.

Deleting an app’s cache is normally performed if you encounter chronic app issues. If you keep experiencing performance issues when using a particular app, chances are that specific app’s cache is corrupt. Here are the steps on how to clear cache and data of a Sony Xperia Z1 app.

  • Go to the Home screen.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Applications.
  • Go to Manage applications.
  • Select your preferred app.
  • Tap on Clear cache.
  • Tap on Clear data.

Selecting Clear data is like reinstalling the app so don’t be surprised if the next time you will use it, you may have to sign back in or re-customize it.


How to perform Safe Mode on Sony Xperia Z1

One of the solutions in fixing persistent software problems on your Sony Xperia Z1 device is by booting it into safe mode. It is the foremost troubleshooting step that we recommend to identify if a third party app on the device is to blame. This step forces the phone to run only the pre-installed apps on the device so if your Z1 works without any problems for some time, this means that you either (a) have to individually remove third party apps (starting from the most recently installed), or (b), simply remove them all from your phone by doing a factory reset. Either way, you can be assured that your phone should go back to normal. To boot your Sony Xperia Z1 into Safe Mode, just follow the steps below:

  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Tap and hold the Power off key.
  • Tap OK.
  • You will know if you have successfully performed Safe Mode procedure because you will see the test Safe mode in the bottom left side of the screen.

Another method of performing Safe Mode is by using the phone’s hardware buttons. Here’s how:

  • Turn off the phone the wait for a few seconds.
  • Once the phone has been fully powered off, press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys, then release them when the phone has been booted completely.
  • You will know if you have successfully performed Safe Mode procedure because you will see the test Safe mode in the bottom left side of the screen.


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