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Windows Phone 8: 12 Tips for Getting Started

Whether you’re switching from Android, iOS, or BlackBerry to a Windows Phone, you need to know the ins and outs. Here’s some essential tips on getting started with your Windows Phone running the latest mobile OS from Microsoft.

Create a Password and Customize Lock Screen

One of the first things you’ll want to do is secure your phone by creating a password to lock it. In the same settings you can customize the lock screen with different types of images, choose app data you want to see at a glance and more.

Customize Lock Screen

Set Up Email and Social Accounts

After making sure your phone is secure, you’ll want to set up your email and other online accounts. It’s actually straight-forward and easy to do. Go to Settings >  System > email+accounts. This section allows you to set up your email accounts as well as your social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

Add Account Windows Phone 8

Change Default Email Signature

After setting up your email account(s) you’ll want to make sure your important contact information is available as your signature. Default email signatures on mobile devices are boring, this article will show you how to create a custom email signature for each account.

Signature-Settings

Set Up Kid’s Corner

Part of keeping your phone secure is setting up Kid’s Corner. This allows you to create a profile for your children who like to play with your phone. When creating it, you choose specifically the apps and games, videos and music they have access to. The best part of this feature is that your kid can’t mess with your profile’s data or screw up any of your settings.

Kids Corner

Transfer and Sync Data Between Windows Phone and PC

You’ll definitely want to connect your phone to your PC at times to sync and transfer files, and there’s a few ways to do it. If you’re using Windows 8 / RT you’ll get the option to install the new and easy to use modern Windows Phone app.

wp 8 app

Or if you’re on Windows 7 or 8 you can install the desktop program. In fact, there’s also a desktop program for OS X that allows you to sync and transfer and sync files between Mac and Windows Phone.

Windows Phone App for Desktop

You can also browse your phone’s file system – like you can on Android – and simply drag and drop files between the devices.

file system WP8

Multitasking the Easy Way

Windows Phone 8 has an easy to use task manager. It allows you to move between different open apps in a smooth and fluid fashion. I find it much easier to switch between apps this way than all of the extra button pressing you have to do on iOS.

switch tasks

Copy and Paste Text

If you find yourself working in Office Mobile a lot on your phone, one feature that was a glaring omission in early versions of Windows Phone is the ability to copy and paste text. It’s easy to do just like on other mobile platforms, and is an invaluable feature when trying to get things done.

copy and paste

Reset Windows Phone to Factory Settings

If something goes wrong with your phone and it starts acting unstable, you’re selling it, or just want to start over, set it back to factory settings.

Reset Windows Phone 8

Even More Tips:

These are just a few tips to get you started with Windows Phone 8. If you’re curious about Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but don’t want to completely invest in it, check out my article on the Nokia Lumia 520. At $99 without contract, it’s a perfect way to test the waters without spending a fortune or having to completely change your current mobile platform.

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