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2016-08-31 09:30 AM
Android is a GNU/Linux OS.
So why can't I find the Companion application for my Linux PC?
2016-08-31 10:00 AM - edited 2016-08-31 10:00 AM
Currently we only offer Xperia Companion for Windows and Mac operative systems. Even though Android is based on the Linux Kernel, please note that Xperia Companion is meant for home computers and is not related to the operative system our handsets run.
2017-07-13 09:12 AM - edited 2017-07-13 09:37 AM
Sad... Sony doesn t "support" freedom. And... "companion"... it doesn t "mean" for home PC... it is "mean" to be a extra tool for phone. Only reason to use "companion" it is to take full advantage from you phone. There are millions of peoples who use Linux.... so... Sony don t care about those customers?
2017-07-13 04:11 PM
I understand what you mean, but I am sorry to say that we currently do not have an alternative of Xperia Companion available for Linux. However, I will make sure to forward this internally as user feedback on your behalf!
2017-09-15 02:27 PM
Hi @Kwaka! I am sorry to say that we at this time do not offer an Linux variant. What I can do is that I can forward this internally as user feedback on your behalf, though!
2017-09-23 10:44 AM
Not ideal, but if you run Windows in a virtual machine, for example using Virtual Box, you can use the Sony Companion that way.
2017-09-23 11:20 AM
Again not ideal, but another option I have been using is to get a Dual USB-drive (USB 3.0 one end, micro-USB at the other) and transfer the files to the drive and then onto to somewhere else.
This is a handy trick for copying files to/from someone else's machine (that doesn't have the Companion installed) and there is no WiFi available.
2017-09-29 04:31 PM
Thank you for giving advice @paulc4! It may be worth a try if you do not have access to a Windows or Mac based computer, but please note that I can't guarantee that it will work.
2017-11-26 08:59 PM
I think that in terms of file transfer you can just plug in your phone to a PC running Linux and it will work just fine treating the phone like external storage. There is no need for any tricks or special software.
Xperia Companion is however useful for other things such as software repair and back up.