Xperia Themes: how it works and where to get it

Xperia Themes provide extensive options for you to personalise your Sony Xperia device. Several hundred interchangeable graphic elements are available for skinning, from icons and buttons, to different backgrounds and accent colours. Although the changes can be extensive with Xperia Themes, all the familiar controls and paths of the user interface are retained. Read on to learn more about Xperia Themes, and how we are taking this feature even further.

What items can be changed through a theme?
Xperia Themes work on top of Sony’s skin and apps in Xperia devices, and has the power to change the appearance of basically any part of the Android software. You can say that a theme tells the operating system to fetch resources, such as icons and values, from an external package – a skin. The mechanism can work on basically any resource in the phone, built into the system or even into an app. Xperia Themes are applied in runtime, which means that there is no need to restart the device to apply a new theme. This way, you can see the changes instantly.

Xperia Themes UI elements

Example of elements that can be changed with Xperia Themes: (1) Homescreen indicators, (2) Volume bars, (3) Navigation bars, (4) Switches.

Today, there are hundreds of graphical elements that can be skinned in Xperia Themes. Starting from the most obvious UI elements like the wallpaper for the home screen and lock screen, down to the smallest components like navigation bar icons, checkboxes, switches, sliders and buttons. In the future, we plan to increase the number of elements and apps that can be skinned with Xperia Themes, so stay tuned for more!

Xperia Themes examples

Xperia Themes, from left: ‘Rock On’, ‘Sci-Fi’, and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (coming soon).

More than 20 Xperia Themes available, more being added
There are currently more than 20 high quality Xperia Themes to choose and personalise your Xperia device. The selection offers a variety of distinctive styles, with themes like Rock On, Sci-Fi, Woody, African Leopard, PROBOT, Tri Flat, or Steampunk.

Xperia Theme ‘Woody' on Tablet Z

The Xperia Theme called ‘Woody’, running on Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Find Xperia Themes on your Xperia smartphone
If you have a Sony Xperia smartphone or tablet running Android 4.3 or later, you can discover and download all Xperia Themes via the Sony Select recommendation service. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go into the Theme Picker via Settings > Personalisation > Theme (as shown below). You can reach Settings from the menu listing all apps.

    The Xperia Theme ‘Tri Flat’

  2. Click the (+) plus sign in the top right corner of the screen to launch Sony Select. You can now browse all Xperia Themes. Remember to check back once in a while, since more themes are being added all the time.

    The Xperia Theme ‘Tri Flat’


We would love to hear your thoughts on the Xperia Themes feature, so please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. By Ricky Bozzi


    Hey, I’ve bought, downloaded and triied many themes,but can someone please please tell me why I can’t change the Sony main colour?

    I mean in the settings page, etc. It’s always, always white. And I’m getting fed up of white. Especially at night, it hurts my eyes. No matter which themes I’ve downloaded, all they do is change the backround, and sometimes the bottom bar. But Sony won’t let me change the main colour, and it’s annoying. Even with the themes that are supposed to do just that (according the screenshots on the app page) and reading the comments, it seems to work for everyone else.

    I’m using a Sony Xperia SP.

    It seems that rooting the phone is the only way to change the eyehurting black writing on white background to white writing on black background.

    • By shahzeb mughal


      Hi i also tried many themes but wasn’t able to get rid of the whitish thingy.
      Now i finally found a theme that doesn’t completely change white to black but actually changes it to dark grey which look closer to black.
      Theme name is “kara theme” i downloaded it from play store
      Try it, might help u.

  2. By charlie muscat


    Why does it have featured themes ads at the top of my themes? Can i get rid of this? It looks like a spyware advert!

  3. By Cyril Levallois


    Jamais ils (Sony) ne nous proposeront un “Xperia theme creator”, car ils ne pourront plus “vendre” les thèmes à 1€32 l’unité !

    Si vous voulez faire vôtre propre thème, dézipez l’Apk du theme, et modifiez vous-même les différentes images !

    Un propriétaire d’un Xperia Z3C.
    – – – – – –
    Never Sony will offer to us an “Xperia Theme Creator”, because Sony will not sell the themes more than 1$ the unit !

    So if you want to create your own, unzip the APK theme. and modify yourself the differents pictures ! it’s easy.

    An Xperia Z3C owner.

  4. By Veerappan Soubramanien


    How to create my own Xperia Themes ? Is there any tool / SDK available for doing so ?

  5. By Jason Booth


    I want to be able to change the layout of my navigation bar.. I want the back button on the right as I’m right handed. How can I do this?

  6. By Chun-pong Wat


    Can someone explain why none of the themes changes the navigation bar or system ui elements on my Z3 compact?

  7. By Edward Coffey


    Like a number of other commenters here, I’d really like a stock-Android, Nexus-style theme.

  8. By Ian Adam


    As a user with poor eyesight I would really like a theme without patterns etc and colour schemes that are always high contrast. Pale text on pale backgound or dark text on a dark ground just don’t work.

  9. By Mahdi Majidzadeh


    how i can develop theme for xperia device??

  10. By Leonardo Marques


    Pleas let us add black background for the system colours. It’s really thought to look at the phone when you wake up with that bright white, and the battery drains faster!!!!

    • By Leonardo Monday


      I also hate white configuration screens , they are so bad for people with light sensitivity, this should be customizable : P

  11. By Brian Miller


    Back in the Day…. I had a Sony Ericsson C902a and I was able to download a theme creator… the tool was simple to use and allowed me to go in and program each area and color code the fonts and on screen button colors and menu colors… I loved it… I would love to know if there is such a tool for the Xperia Z2/Z3

  12. By Paurav Rana


    Please, themes for Xperia l c2104

  13. By Paurav Rana


    I have xperia l c2104 and no theme is compatible with my phone and when 4.3 is coming for xperia l c2104

  14. By Boris Bullseye


    Hello, i cant change any colours or Icons. Only the themes and the included settings are loaded. The option for the System settings and icons are Grey. Sony Xperia Z3 compact

  15. By Md Hafiz


    I have xperia e1 and no theme is compatible with my phone. Also, there is no plus sign when I go to themes in settings.

    • By Gyula Török


      Did you update your device? Because most Xperia themes are only compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat. If you have Android 4.3 Jellybean try to update your device. It may help.

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