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6 tips and tricks for your Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Two important features you need from hard-working smartphones are power and resilience, two qualities you’ll get from the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.

Sony’s latest flagship smartphones – Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are two of the hottest Android devices on the market right now offering up power packed performance wrapped up in a water and dust resistant package.

Get the most out of your Z3 with these six handy tips.

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compacts

1. Record screen in video form by holding down the power button

A killer hidden feature of the Z3 is the ability to record everything on screen including audio directly from the handset. Simply hold down the power button until you see a menu appear and select ‘Record screen’ option. A small widget will appear, now press the record button to start your screen recording session. By default, the video will be captured at 1080p and in landscape orientation but you can drop down the quality to lower resolutions or record in portrait by simply hitting the settings icon.

You can add commentary to the screen recording by simply speaking to the handset or you can take it a step further and do picture-in-picture where the front camera video feed is recorded simultaneously. The recorded footage is stored in the ‘ScreenRecords’ folder under the ‘Movies’ app where it can be edited and shared.

2. Locate your lost Z3 with My Xperia

With the ‘my Xperia’ setting enabled, you can pinpoint the location of your smartphone on a map and you can also remotely sound an alert to get someone’s attention. Additionally, you can prevent unwanted intruders from getting access to your personal information by remotely locking the handset or erasing all of the data. To enable, simply go to Settings > Security > select ‘my Xperia’ and turn on. Now if you ever lose your handset, simply go to myxperia.sonymobile.com from any device and login using your Google account to track down your smartphone.

3. Add weeks to your battery life with power saving modes

There are a number of useful power saving modes built right into the Z3 that can add weeks to your battery runtime. What’s handy is that you can set up the power saving modes to only kick in when the battery is below a preset level. For a quick but significant boost in battery life, ‘Stamina’ and ‘low-battery mode’ are worth exploring. These modes will give you the option to disable the usual battery draining suspects such as mobile data and Wi-Fi when the screen is off, Bluetooth, GPS and more.

You can even add exceptions within the settings so that apps that you regularly use will remain unaffected. If you plan on spending a few days or longer in an area where power outlets won’t be easy to come by then ‘Ultra Stamina mode’ is the one to enable. This mode will dramatically extend the battery life by restricting your phone to a few basic functions such as phone, messaging, contacts, Camera, FM Radio and Calendar. To access these power saving modes simply go to Settings > Power management.

4. Handle incoming calls without touching the screen

With smart call handling enabled, you can answer calls by bringing the device to your ear, reject a call by shaking the handset or turn the ringer off by placing the device face down.

Go to Settings > Personalisation > Motion > turn on ‘Smart Call Handling’.

5. Use the power button for calls

Two useful features that should immediately be enabled is the ability to use the power button to end a call and double tap to wake up the screen. Go to Settings > Accessibility and check ‘Power button ends call’. For waking up your Z3 with a double tap, go to Settings > Display > check ‘Tap to wake up’.

6. Automatically turn on location-based Wi-Fi

Another handy feature that should really be standard on all smartphones is location based Wi-Fi, which automatically turns Wi-Fi on only when you’re in range of a saved Wi-Fi network, as opposed to constantly pinging available Wi-Fi networks everywhere you go. Simply go to Settings > Power Management > turn on ‘Location-based Wi-Fi’.

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*In compliance with IP65 and IP68, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact are protected against the ingress of dust and are waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the devices are (i) dust tight and (ii) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP65; and/or (iii) can be kept under 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP68. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. For more information see www.sonymobile.com/durability

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