The trouble with smart phones, as they become ever more advanced and similar to computers, is keeping them up to date. The software that runs your phone or tablet can need updating as often as twice a month (more when updates go wrong, or when there are security concerns floating around). There’s always a little trepidation about updating, but if you have a Sony Xperia device, then Xperia Companion is on hand to make life easier.
Get more control of your phone
This software handles backups for you and gives easy access to your phone, plus, it’s totally free. Simply put, Xperia Companion runs on your PC and lets you have better access to a connected Xperia device. In this regard it performs a similar function to iTunes, letting you access the phone with Windows and a mouse, which is great for spring cleaning. Using touchscreen to do everything can be a pain, plus when you update, you want to know that your information is safely backed up. This is the primary function of this software, as it can safely update your phone, create backups and restore them. This lets you update without any fear of things going wrong or compatibility hiccups. You can even reset your device if you want to go back to scratch. Multimedia access is secondary but just as useful, letting you manage, sync and transfer files to and from your phone with ease.
Simple stuff but very handy
Xperia Companion is an updated version of an old program called PC Companion. Though it doesn’t add much that’s new, it does seem to support newer systems and handsets. Installing is nice and easy, with various languages on offer and a simple install wizard. The software is very easy to use, starting with screen showing your handset, device storage space and three big icons for browsing your phone content, updating software and performing a reset. Resetting is useful if you have serious issues with your phone or if you intend to sell it, cleaning away your own settings and data. You’ll need at least 80% battery for this. There are a few simple usability options that help things along, such as the option to have the companion start as soon as you plug in your phone. Another example is that during a reset, the software clearly explains each stage and reminds you to save your google login details. The browser function is nice and easy to use, with a layout similar to Windows explorer. There can be some lag in transfers but it largely depends on device and cable.
A useful companion
Any Xperia user will probably end up installing Xperia Companion sooner or later, because it’s free and very useful. While it may not do a lot, it’s an essential bit of software kit for your collection. Whenever things go wrong with your device or you want to back it up, this is your first port of call. Most users will find it easy to use, if not very pretty or interesting. Functionality is the watchword here.