Throw in use

Play your mobile content on any device with the new Throw feature

Yesterday we announced the Xperia Z, which includes the new feature Throw. This feature lets you seamlessly play your music, and share videos and photos on your smartphone on another device.  With only a few clicks, you can easily connect your phone to a TV or a speaker by using screen mirroring, DLNA or Bluetooth®. To enable this seamless wireless content sharing, we have developed the Throw software engine which helps optimise and streamline your experience.  Read on for more details about how Throw works!

The Throw feature is integrated in the WALKMAN®, Album and Movies apps on recent Xperia™ smartphones, including Xperia™ T as well as the just announced Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL (in other models, such as Xperia™ S, the feature is called Play on device.) With Throw, you’ll find that both the user interface, as well as the software, have been improved compared to previous versions. Now when you enjoy a music track, photo or movie on your phone, the Throw feature lets you pair your devices and play your content on a TV or speaker directly from the WALKMAN®, Album and Movies apps. This means you don’t have to go to the Settings menu to pair the devices.

The Throw icon – simply touch it to play your content on another device.

The Throw feature supports a range of different carrier technologies, to always be able to play your content in an optimised way:

  • TV – DLNA, screen mirroring.
  • Speaker – DLNA, Bluetooth®.

Use Throw to easily play your content on another device

Screenshots from the WALKMAN® app showing how you can access the Throw feature from the menu.

So how does it work then? Well, when you’re watching a video or photo, or when you’re playing your favourite music in one of Sony’s media applications – WALKMAN®, Album and Movies – you can “throw” your content to another device simply by choosing Throw  in the user interface. Then a list of all available devices appears and you can easily select the one you want to play your content on. In addition, the throw icon will appear in the Sony media applications as soon as a DLNA device or a paired Bluetooth® or screen mirroring device is within range.

Screenshot from the Throw UI showing a list of available devices.

If a connected device supports more than one way to connect, the Throw feature automatically selects the most suitable technology for your content. The connection methods are prioritised in the following way:

  1. Screen mirroring
  2. DLNA
  3. Bluetooth®

However, if you want all possible ways to connect to be shown in the list, you can easily define this in the Throw settings.

So, are you eager to check out the Xperia™ Z or the Xperia™ ZL with the improved Throw feature? Drop us a comment below and let us know what you think!

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  1. By Gary Willis


    I have a Sony BDP-S790 Bluray Player and an Experia Z2. Is it currently (or perhaps in the future with firmware updates) possible for me to use Throw between these devices? Thanks

  2. By Laura Mackay


    Can I connect Xperia the to a Samsung tv?

  3. By Salman Faris


    I couldnt able o connect my xperia z with the freebox.
    I shows the available devices, after selecting the device, it just says loading and the loading never ends.
    Please fix this issue.
    And also there should be an option to throw the videos from youtube app, or the chrome browser.

  4. By Jaffar Al-herz


    funny thing is my samsung note 2 can send media to my sony TV but the xperia z2 mobile isnt working with same tv

  5. By James Nolan


    Can I connect from my SP to my laptop (acer emachines)? I probably need to install a bluetooth driver yes? :) thanks in advance!

  6. By Daniel Demjen


    when i want to connect to a home teather speaker it connects, but if wifi and bluetooth are both turned on than its not playing music continuosly and if i turn wifi off its working fine but still it has a little late reaction (i tap to play a song and it starts after 2-3 seconds, and the menu sounds are late too :) what should be the problem ?

  7. By Dan S.


    Doesn’t throw to Samsung Smart Tv, says not compatible. Soooo depressing

  8. By ankit jain


    Can we play same music on two devices like group
    Play i m having xperia z1 and sp

  9. By Chris Fellows


    Why can’t I get any sound? It says it connected and see that it’s on my tv, but won’t play? Anyone help?

  10. By Robert Dale


    Why is there no sound coming from my LG TV when I use throw for a movie on my xperia z1 yet I get perfectly good picture?

    • By Daniel Stewart


      I get the most amazing HD picture when i mirror to my Samsung smart tv, but i get no sound what so ever. No matter how i go about it when i mirror or throw any movie or video from my Xperia Z1s it does NOT transfer sound. Any help would be great. or a forum ?

  11. By Edward Chapman


    I can throw in walkman tablet xperia Z to BDV n590 but only ONE TRACK AT A TIME; I just posted this elsewhere BDP-S390 and walkman/dnla threads) and hope for a fix. “The file is corrupted or the music file is not supported”. This is closely followed by another message: “Disconnected from renderer compatible device.” Very disappointing SONY, can I not play an album or playlist throwing from tablet to other Sony stuff…

  12. By Milad Oshaghi


    Throw possibilty of sony is of no use cause you cannot stay connected to the wifi(internet) while you want mirror your screen ! I can do that with my Nexus 4 cellphone but not with my Tablet xperia z !

  13. By Rhi Blake


    Can someone please please help me this is really stressing me out I have the sp and everytime I try to watch my videos on my phone it loads for ages and the throw sign is ble and finally says cannot view video, iv turned my Bluetooth and WiFi off and still I cannot view my videos on my phone like a normal phone should!!!

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