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’

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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 Md Hafiz

    #1

    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.

  2. By Leonardo Marques

    #3

    Please, themes for Xperia E1 dual

  3. By prats gurung

    #4

    Hey I downloaded the theme, but it says to download the GO launcher and it’s taking hours to get done. Help please

  4. By Thivya Pugal

    #5

    Hi team, no theme is compatible with Sony Xperia l. Even in play store we are not able to get any theme for sony Xperia l. please do the needful

  5. By David Vrla

    #6

    Xperia themes is just an amazing feature that makes me really like the Sony custom interface on top of Android.

  6. By Satya Medisetti

    #7

    How do I remove a downloaded theme from my xperia m2?

    • By pablo sc

      #8

      Go to google play, search the app and uninstall from there

  7. By Jarred Smith

    #9

    is there any program to make my own themes for Xperia Z2 I love the themes already available but making my own would be awesome p.s. I’m a complete android noob finally jumped from iPhone

  8. By Revo Emag

    #10

    Sería muy bueno que se creará está opción para teléfonos Xperia con Android 4.1 o 4.2 en adelante, tengo un Xperia L pero no es compatible, creo que sería justo que todos o al menos la mayoría de los poseedores de un Teléfono Xperia pudiera gozar del cambio de los temas básicos del teléfono.
    Pd: Lamento hacer el comentario en español, mi ingles es muy malo.

  9. By sushant mehta

    #11

    if u want these theme to work on xperia m 4.3
    # 1st of all u have to root ur xperia m 4.3
    # use towelroot to root ur phone from towelroot.com
    # move the app to ur phone install it and root ur phone
    # now get the setup of theme u want to install
    # just move the apk file of theme to ur device/system/app folder
    #it will work only on root and theme will be present in ur settings/personalisation
    worked for me:-)

  10. By Jarvan IV

    #12

    He said the themes work with android 4.3. Xperia m has that but still not working. Please help

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #13

      Hi,

      Thank you for commenting! However, for customer support, you need to contact Xperia Care. The support forum over at talk.sonymobile.com is a good place to start!

      Best regards,
      Anna from Developer World

  11. By Renier Schutte

    #14

    Please create a Cyanogemod theme

  12. By Agus Gunawan

    #15

    At beginning we received the phone, Xperia Z2 comes with a plain theme with a black background, but once we set a theme, how to get back to the original condition with the black background? Please help, thankyou.

  13. By raju thatisetti

    #16

    Plz Themes For E1

  14. By Donald Rosales

    #17

    There is no plus sign in my xperia L, tried to download via sony select but says device is incompatible

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