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How Do I Connect My Sony ZV-1 To My Computer?

This post will briefly guide you through how to connect your Sony ZV-1 to your computer, whether it is a Windows or Mac device.

To summarise, you can connect your Sony ZV-1 to your Windows PC or Mac device by using a Micro USB cable.

How Do I Connect My Sony ZV-1 to My Windows Laptop?

  1. Make sure that you have a charged battery inside your Sony ZV-1.
  1. Turn on your camera and your Windows desktop/laptop.
  1. Go to your ‘SETUP’ menu on your Sony ZV-1. 
  1. Make sure that ‘USB CONNECTION’ is set as ‘MASS STORAGE’ if you want to transfer photo files.
  1. Now connect the camera to the computer using the Micro USB cable which should have come with the Sony ZV-1. *If you don’t have the original USB cable then use a replacement like this Micro USB cable.
  1. If this is your first time connecting the camera then the computer might start a process where it recognises the camera. Let this process complete.
  1. Your Sony ZV-1 is now connected to your laptop or computer and you can transfer photos between your Sony ZV-1 and your computer.

What USB Cable Do I Need For My Sony ZV-1?

The Sony ZV-1 uses a ‘Micro USB to USB’ cable and you can find plenty of replacements online like the one I’ve linked further below.

You’ll need to ensure that one side is ‘Micro USB’, this is the end that will go into your Sony ZV-1.

The other end of the cable will be going into your computer and this will be a standard USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. 

Here’s an example of a USB cable that should work for most people:

How Do I Connect My Sony ZV-1 To My MacBook ?

To connect your Sony ZV-1 to your Mac device you just need to follow the same instructions as above, but you might need an extra step.

If you use a Mac device, you might need an adaptor if you don’t have enough ports on your device.

There are plenty, like this USB C Hub Multiport Adapter.

*Please double check compatibility with the device you are using before making any purchases, as the port will depend on which Mac device you have and what year it is from.

Sony ZV-1 Is Not Connecting to My Computer

Sometimes the Sony ZV-1 won’t connect to the computer and there could be different reasons for this.

The main reason is that the Sony ZV-1 cannot recognize the USB cable. 

If this is the case then you are probably using the wrong USB cable.

Make sure you have a Micro USB to USB cable. You should have one that came with the Sony ZV-1 but if not just make sure you get a micro USB cable that has data transfer capabilities.

USB Connection is Greyed out on Sony ZV-1

If the USB connection on your Sony ZV-1 is greyed out then that means there is something interfering with it.

Here’s two things that can be causing the issue.

  • The control with smartphone setting [Ctrl W/ Smartphone]
  • The PC remote function setting

Control With Smartphone [Ctrl W/ Smartphone]

You need to turn this setting off to make sure the USB connection works properly on your Sony ZV-1. 

Here’s how to turn off the  [Ctrl w/ Smartphone] setting on the Sony ZV-1:

  1. Select ‘MENU’.
  2. Go to the ‘Network’ menu which has a globe icon
  3. Under the ‘Network’ menu find the [Ctrl w/Smartphone] setting and select this. 
  4. Set the  [Ctrl w/Smartphone] setting to ‘Off’.

Now the Ctrl w/ Smartphone setting shouldn’t mess with the Sony ZV-1 USB connection.

But there is one other setting that can still cause issues with your USB connection

PC Remote Function

This setting needs to be turned off too. 

Here’s how to turn off the [PC Remote Function] setting on the Sony ZV-1:

  1. Select your ‘MENU’.
  2. Go to the ‘Network’ menu which has a globe icon
  3. Under the ‘Network’ menu find the [PC Remote Function] setting and select this.
  4. Select  [PC Remote Cnct Method] and make sure it is set to [USB].
  5. Under the [PC Remote Function] menu you should also see an option for [PC Remote].
  6. Set the [PC Remote] setting to ‘Off’.

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