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Sony Xperia Phones – Backup Contacts, Messages Songs Videos Call Log Tutorial

Sony logoIn the recent past, Sony has released half a dozen of Android smart phone in the Xperia series of line up. The Sony Xperia models which you see in the market are Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia Ion, Xperia Z and lot more still to come. Just like what we have Samsung KIES for the Samsung phone, PC Companion is for the Sony Xperia phones. PC Companion is a computer application for the Sony Xperia range of handsets allows you to do backup contacts, software updates, managing your contacts, calendar and other media management. PC Companion is supported for all the Xperia powered smart phone.

You can download Sony PC Companion tool available for free download at the official Sony Site.

Back up & Restore Sony Xperia Phones

Using the PC Companion tool you can easily backup your Xperia phone.

  • Connect your phone using the USB cable to the PC and Open the Sony PC Companion tool as well.
  • As soon as the drivers are been installed automatically on Windows 7 PC, your phone would be seen listed once that is done.
  • Now among the various options listed below you need to click on on Start in the Backup & Restore pan.Sony Backup procedure
  • To Backup : You would be in the Backup and restore page where in you see various things like Settings, Backup phone & Restore phone.Sony Backup procedure
  • Click on Backup phone and it would then ask you which data you want to backup. This includes contacts, call log, text messages, bookmarks, settings, music, videos, photos and images. The videos, photos and images stored on the internal memory can be unselected as it would stay intact in your memory card. Now click on Next.Sony Backup procedure
  • In the next tab you need to name your backup and provide the location where you want to save the backup.Sony Backup Procedure
  • The backup would be saved in the .dbk file.Backup Wizard
  • To Restore : To restore your phone with the already taken backup, you need to go back to the Backup & Restore pan.Sony Xperia Restore
  • When you select Restore phone just below backup phone as done early, you would see earlier backup with dates on when taken.
  • When selected the desired backup, you need to hit the Restore phone option.Restore Sony Backup
  • Your Sony Xperia phone would be restored.

The video tutorial for backing up & restore your Xperia phones is here

Sync & Restore Data Sony Xperia Phones

Using the PC Companion tool you can easily synchronize the date present on your Xperia handset to the PC. And if data on your phone is lost or you hit the reset button then if there is a backup created on your PC using the PC Companion tool you can restore the same. Check the procedure below on how you can sync and restore your data easily -

  • Connect your Xperia phone using the USB cable to the PC
  • Open the Sony PC Companion tool.
  • Your phone would be seen listed on the PC Companion tool once it’s identified.
  • Now among the various options listed below you need to click on Sync Zone.Sony PC tool Sync Zone
  • Following this component required for synchronization would be installed. So your synchronization application would be started.
  • Tap on Next.
  • You would be taken through the synchronization guide.Windows Contacts
  • It will further ask for the contacts location where you will like to save them.
  • It will further ask you to login into your Google Account. This is your Google Account with which you login at your Phone Account tab. So go to Settings > Account & Sync and check whether the account is the correct one or not and Sync is enabled as well.Google Account Login
  • Now click on Start Sync and the synchronizing process will start.Start Sync

So that is the simple procedure on how you can sync your phone on to your PCThis is clearly explained using the video here.

Check for New Firmware Update

We all know that we receive the firmware upgrade via two processor, one is the Over the Air so called OTA update and another one is via the PC tool of your phone manufacturer. Here the Sony PC Companion can be used to upgrade your phone to the higher version if any available. Many times it has happened that Sony has released the update via PC Companion tool and users who want to apply this updates have to follow the procedure mentioned below here.

  • In the PC Companion tool, once when you have connected your phone.
  • So just below the device name on the Companion tool, you find the option of ‘Check for update‘. Click on that and the Companion tool will verify whether or not any updates are available.Check for Sony Updates
  •  If updates are available it would return a pop up message saying updates are available and then follow the on screen instructions. If no updates are available then you will get message saying ‘No updates are available.Your phone is up to date’. Check in the screen shot that my Sony Xperia S phone was update just a little while ago and there are no updates right now available to Xperia S and so the pop-up message will say.Xperia S update
  • If updates are available follow the on screen instructions which are very simple to upgrade your phone to the newly available updates.

So that is the procedure on how you can update your phone using the PC Companion tool. The method is quite easy. We have gone through the video tutorial of the same here.


2 comments

  1. Dear Mr.Amit,
    I am using sony Xperia LT26i,my problem is that i have repaired my phone software, its prompted me to take back up i did it at my laptop .dbk file, now i am trying to restore at my phone through pc companion suit but it gets hang (PC comp suit) saying not “PC companion not responding” .
    Please help me how to restore my contact & important things on phone.
    Thanks & regards

  2. My xperia s is updated to 4.0.4 version. When I back up contacts only( I have 400 contacts) to my PC file size is only 12 kb. backup file shows (when unzipped )only the following information :

    Version=4.2
    DeviceManufacturer=Sony
    DeviceModel=LT26i
    HeartBeat=HB-EDREAM-01
    IMEI=352966651867492
    PhoneName=Sony Xperia™ S (LT26)

    Why is not backing up contacts? Can anybody help me?

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