The Sony Xperia Z3 is a very simple and user-friendly phone, thanks to its minimalistic UI that closely resembles vanilla Android. Now, this is not to say the phone doesn’t have some neat tricks up its sleeve. In fact, it has many.
We know many of you are loving this gorgeous device, which happens to be among our favorites (check out the full Xperia Z3 review for more details). We also know many of you are not taking advantage of everything it does have to offer, though.
We have put together a neat list of some tips and tricks that are not very known across Sony Xperia Z3 users. Let’s take a look at them! By the way, most of these features also work with the Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z3v.
Double-tap to wake
This feature was made popular by LG, with the launch of the G2. It proved to be a success, which is why so many manufacturers have adopted such capability. Did you know you can wake the screen by tapping on on the screen twice, consecutively?
Go try it! It works like a charm. Sadly, you can’t do the same to turn off the screen.
Gloves are no issue when using the Xperia Z3
Winter is here, and so are the annoyances of trying to use your smartphone while using gloves. You have to either take them off every time you use your phone, or go ahead and try to find some capacitive screen-compatible gloves. What gives?
Well, Sony’s flagship device doesn’t require you to do any of those. Just go to your Settings app and hit on Display. From there, you can check the Glove mode option. This will increase the sensitivity of your screen and allow you to use your phone with gloves on.
Play PlayStation 4 games on your phone
There is a benefit to having multiple Sony devices – these usually come inter-connected and work very well with each other. Such is the case with the latest Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets, which come with PlayStation 4 Remote Play.
This feature allows you to stream your PS4 games to your smartphone via your WiFi network. You can even game with your PS4 controller. It’s a great solution for when someone else is watching your TV, or you simply don’t want to be glued to your living room TV.
Noise canceling at its best
Sony has come up with a very ingenious way to do noise canceling, but it only works if you have the Sony MDR-NC31EM earbuds. Together, the smartphone and these headphones manage to block out about 98% of all ambient noise surrounding you. Impressive, right? How is it done?
In a nutshell, the headphones have some outward microphones that pick up all the noise around you. The phone processes these noises and creates a negative of it, if you will. This sound gets mixed in with your regular media, which results in most of the outside noise being muted.
If you have these headphones, just plug them in, go to Settings > Sound> Audio accessories and then make sure “Noise Canceling” is activated.
Beam content with just a tap
The Sony Xperia Z3 has NFC support, which means it can also take advantage of Android’s Beam feature. If you don’t know what Beam is, you should probably read Mobile Geeks more often. Oh well, it’s pretty much a feature that allows you to transfer files between Android handsets by taping each other’s phones.
To activate this feature, go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > More and activate NFC. Now go to the Android Beam section and activate it, as well.
Uninstall apps in bulk
While I am not a big fan of the menu Sony added to the app drawer (access it by swiping from left to right, within the app drawer), I can say there is one feature within it that I can no longer live without. That would be the uninstall option.
On other devices, one would usually have to uninstall apps one by one, something that is no longer the case with the Xperia Z3. Just tap on the uninstall button and start tapping applications away.
Take it for a swim (or not)
This is a pretty popular feature in the Sony Xperia portfolio, but we thought it would be important to mention it. You know, just in case. Did you know the Sony Xperia Z3 is water resistant?
It has an IP65/68 rating (for more details in what IP ratings mean, check out our guide). This means you can submerge the device down to 1.5 meters of depth for up to 30 minutes.
The reason I added the “or not” is because I would advice that you don’t risk it. It’s a nice feature to have during accidents, but don’t try to take showers with your phone on the daily. One of these days you may just leave one of the port doors open.
Charge your phone wirelessly
The Sony Xperia Z3 may not have wireless charging built in (the Verizon-exclusive Z3v does), but Sony did not forget about those of you who want to get rid of annoying cables. Sony sells an official case that adds in Qi wireless charging capabilities.
You can buy this case for about $50, and then you can look into getting a charger by checking out our best wireless chargers post. This happens to be a great tool, as it allows you to never have to open those port doors just for charging your smartphone.
If you are not a fan of the case, though, you can also get the official dock, which charges the device via the integrated pin connector in the phone. Links to these products are right below.