How to Use the Sony Camera App PlayMemories

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You have a shiny Sony camera and want to get more out of it but have no idea where to turn. Fortunately, Sony has a wide variety of apps and filters that can be downloaded to your camera via their PlayMemories app. Many are free to use while some have a modest price tag.

Camera Models Supported by PlayMemories

If you don’t have any of the cameras below, you can't use the PlayMemories app, though Sony does occasionally add new models. For non-Sony cameras, you’ll have to check with your camera manufacturer for a comparable product.

Supported cameras include:

ILCE-6500, ILCE-6300, ILCE-7SM2, ILCE-7RM2, ILCE-7M2, ILCE-5100, ILCE-7S, ILCE-6000, ILCE-5000, ILCE-7R, ILCE-7, NEX-5T, NEX-5R, NEX-6, DSC-RX100M5, DSC-RX10M3, DSC-HX80, DSC-RX1RM2, DSC-RX100M4, DSC-RX10M2, DSC-HX90V, DSC-WX500, DSC-RX100M3, DSC-HX400V, DSC-HX60V

How to Download Sony Camera App PlayMemories

  1. To utilize the downloads available for your Sony camera, go to the PlayMemories Portal.

    Chrome browser showing the Sony Playmemories website.
  2. Either sign up or sign into your account.

    The sign in page for Sony PlayMemories website.
  3. Select Agree and continue on the User agreement screen.

    User agreement for the Sony PlayMemories app.
  4. Next, you’ll need to download the Camera Apps Downloader. Select Next to continue.

    Downloading the app download tool for Sony PlayMemories.

    Installation must occur in the Google Chrome browser. The installation will otherwise fail if using a different browser.

  5. Select Go to the Chrome Web Store to download the app downloader.

    Dialog box prompting to go to the Google web store.
  6. Select Add to Chrome. You should get a notification when it's installed.

    The Chrome web store with the PlayMemories apps downloader extension.
  7. Part two of the installation will have automatically downloaded. Run the downloader labeled PMCADownloader.

    Google Chrome awaiting the download and installation of the PlayMemories app.
  8. Select Next.

    The PlayMemories Camera Apps Downloader begins installation.
  9. Select Install. If asked if you want to install, select Yes.

    The installation to the PlayMemories app is ready for installation.
  10. Select Finish.

    Installation has completed for the PlayMemories Camear Apps Downloader.
  11. You’ll be prompted to reload your browser. Select Reload and continue.

    The installation is prompting to reload the Chrome browser to enable the app.
  12. The app downloader will begin verifying your connection to the camera.

    The app is verifying the connection to the camera.
  13. If it’s not detected, it will prompt you to connect your Sony camera via USB. Do so, then select Verify Connection.

    The PlayMemories Camera Apps Downloader is now checking for a connection from the Sony camera to the PC.
  14. Once installation is complete, you should be taken back to the PlayMemories portal. Depending on your model of Sony camera, you should see a list of apps and filters to install.

    Sony PlayMemories website showing all the apps and filters available for download.

Not all filters and apps can be used on all Sony cameras.

How to Download a PlayMemories App or Filter

  1. Select your desired filter/app.

  2. Select Install or Proceed to Purchase if your app/filter isn’t free.

    My Best Portrait app for Sony cameras download page.
  3. The app downloader may prompt you to verify the connection again. Make sure your camera is connected to your PC via USB cable, then select Verify Connection.

    It will also ask to verify the connection if you're trying to download an app/filter not designed for your camera.

  4. Installation will complete and show on your camera screen of its completion.

How to Use a Filter or App on Your Sony Camera

Exact steps will vary with each model.

  1. Select Menu.

  2. Select Application, then move to your downloaded app or select PlayMemories Camera Apps.

  3. Select your app or filter and start using it.

Other Versions of Sony PlayMemories

Sony has different variations of Sony PlayMemories, include PlayMemories Home, PlayMemories Mobile, and PlayMemories Online.

PlayMemories Home

What We Like
  • App is free.

  • Can be used with any camera.

  • Available for both Windows and Mac OS.

  • Easy to organize photos. Can change the properties of photos and videos easily.

What We Don't Like
  • Editing tools are somewhat limited.

  • Hard to control where it imports pictures from.

PlayMemories Home allows you to import your photos and videos to your PC or Mac, no matter what camera took the pictures or video. It provides a way to easily organize all your images and even do some very basic editing.

Some of the key features with PlayMemories Home is the ability to organize your pictures easily. You can add labels, sort by file type, sort by camera used, and even add a rating to each photo. 

Sony PlayMemories Home app with photos imported ready to be edited or sorted.

For editing videos, PlayMemories allows for some basic trimming and can also save individual frames from videos. If you’re needing just a few trims of start and stop frames, this app can do the trick.

You can download the PlayMemories Home app on the Sony website for free. It’s available for Windows and Mac.

PlayMemories Online

What We Like
  • Can easily upload photos from your PC, Mac, or smartphone.

  • Cross platforms keep your photos close at hand no matter what device.

  • It’s free.

  • Can share photo collections with friends and family.

  • Works with any camera manufacturer and model.

What We Don't Like
  • Have to select each photo individually to upload.

  • Only 5GB online storage.

PlayMemories Online is Sony’s photo and video cloud storage and organization solution. It comes built-in with the Home version. There are both Android and iOS versions available for download, but it’s important to note the iOS version is called "Photo cloud by Sony: PlayMemories Online."

Sony PlayMemories Mobile for Android.

The Android version is simply titled PlayMemories Online and works identically to the iOS version. Just tap which photos you want to upload. You can then log into the PlayMemories Online website or any other device that has the app to see your photo and video collection.

PlayMemories Mobile

What We Like
  • Can remotely control your camera from your phone.

  • Easy to use interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Works on Sony cameras only.

  • Cameras must have Wi-Fi to work with app.

  • Last few versions of app have been buggy.

PlayMemories Mobile for Android and iOS may sound like an extension of the Online version, but it's an entirely different animal. If you have a Sony camera, this handy app allows you to control your camera right from your smartphone. For those who love to be part of the action, this app allows you to easily take photos with yourself in the picture.

Sony PlayMemories Remote app.