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2016-06-03 10:00 AM
Hello! I have an Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile that has been incredible until recently.
I've been traveling in South Africa for the last seven months, and within the last weekend, I've had a significant issue come up either with the battery of the phone or something to do with the microUSB connection.
I usually charge my phone using a plug converter from ZA to US (and most nights, one with a surge protector and full current converter, but not on the given weekend), the charging base that came with the phone, and a random USB-microUSB cable I bought when I lost the original. I had also been charging the phone mostly using the USB connection to the radio on the VW Polo I was driving. A few nights ago, I charged the phone overnight on what I think was a Samsung two-prong South African charger. After that, the phone wouldn't respond to being connected by the cable to my car or using my converters. The phone died, and continued to not respond to any cables connected to any computers or wall chargers (both South African and American with converters). It only responded to a power bank and one other South Africa-specific two-prong Samsung charger. The phone won't connect to my laptop by any of the cables I try. It won't charge when connected to my Mac, and won't trigger a reaction by the Bridge. It also won't connect to native South African computers using local USB cables.
Now that the phone is charged, I'll try updating all the software, but all the things I've tried are making me think that there might be some damage within the battery or the microUSB connector slot that's only letting it respond to electronics using specific South African currents and/or voltages.
I've tried restarting the phone in all the ways listed, plugging in the chargers while pressing many combinations of buttons, and changed settings according to the troubleshooting page. I'll continue trying things, but do you have any ideas for what I might do to fix this or what might be wrong? I'll return to the US in mid-July and can send it for repairs then, if that's what the phone needs, but I'd like to back up the phone in case these problems get worse. Thank you!
2016-06-03 10:07 AM
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2016-06-03 12:04 PM
Sorry to hear that.
First of all, try pressing and holding the power and volume up buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds or until the phone vibrates or press and hold the OFF-button next to your SIM-card until the phone vibrates. Use a paperclip, pen or something else Then connect a charger again.
It might take about 30 minutes for the device to indicate that it is charging if it is completely discharged, during this period the display may remain black. Try charging your device for about 4 hours as it can take a while for a completely depleted battery to fully charge.
If possible, use a Sony original charger and USB-cable specifically intended for your device. Other chargers may be too weak or too strong as they may have a different electric current rating (mA).
Have you tried performing a software repair using Xperia Companion? If that doesn't work or didn't help then I suggest that your contact your Local support in order to have your device sent to an authorized service center.
Regarding backups, if you are not able to start the phone it will be difficult. I you can start the phone then a backup can be created using either Xperia Companion or by going to Settings > Backup and reset and create a backup to (for example) an SD-card.
2016-06-03 01:43 PM
2016-06-03 02:41 PM
The phone seems to only respond to native South African Samsung chargers (from the many I've tried, but I'll continue to try more), and it responds to it both in regular and safe mode and when turned off or on. When I plug it into those, it charges normally. (I assume this means there isn't debris blocking the contact points.) It does not respond to being plugged into my laptop (the most pressing concern), or to my charging set up at home (ZA-US converter, USB cable to phone).
Thanks for helping!
2016-06-03 03:07 PM
Oh, I must have not been clear, the phone is fully charged and does turn on and off and work normally. Right now it's only charging with a native South African Samsung charger. I did try the steps you mentioned--the power and volume up off function, the off button next to the SIM card--but the phone is still not responding to being plugged into my computer or regular US chargers, and I fear when I go back I'll be left to watch my phone burn through its battery and become a brick.
I tried running the 'Xperia Repair' within the 'Sony Bridge for Mac' (which is the same as the companion, yes?), and got past the step identifying the device, but even after waiting a very long time, the computer would not recognize the phone was plugged in and begin the automatic repair process. So I suppose I can't repair it this way.
Regarding your backup suggestions: I see only the option to backup to my Google account, is that what you meant? I don't see a specific place to back up to the SD card.
Thank you for helping!
2016-06-03 03:24 PM
You can select your Google account if you make a backup directly in the phone, yes. If you have an SD-card in your phone you should be able to select that as location for the backup.
If you were not able to perform the repair in Bridge for Mac then I suggest trying it in Xperia Companion instead.
2016-06-04 09:08 AM
2016-06-08 06:04 PM
Update after a few days. I did the factory reset, which did not fix the issue. It's still not connecting or recognizing my computer, so I'll just back it up to my SD card for now. I did go out and try a bunch of chargers, and found that only chargers that output at least 2 amps charged the phone, so I've bought an Energizer 2 amp ZA charger to last me until I return to the US, and I'm ordering a 2.4 amp charger from Amazon to be there when I get back.
A new question: how much does it charge to have a Sony repair center replace the battery in my Z3? I'm quite sure that's what's been messed up, and I'm wondering how much it'll cost to have that fixed (assuming nothing else is wrong with the phone, apart from maybe having a loose charger port cover). I'll also look into getting the battery replaced here in South Africa, which might be cheaper if they can do it.
Thanks for your help!
2016-06-09 08:30 AM
Hi again @LPerez,
In that case I would recommend that you send your device to an authorized service center. Regarding your query about costs you should contact your Local support.