Support for Windows Phone 8.1 has ended Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 on July 11, 2017. This change has affected your software updates and security options.
Support for Windows Phone 8.1 has ended
Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 on July 11, 2017. This change has affected your software updates and security options.
Ready to do more? Try out these tips and tricks to make your Windows Phone the most productive, the most connected, and the most fun it can be. Go to a category to get started.
This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
Some apps and features won't work on phones with less than 1 GB of RAM. To see how much memory your phone has, check the manufacturer's website or your phone's documentation.
- Swipe to see your apps. Swipe over from Start to see your App list. Tap any letter to see the entire alphabet, and tap another letter to jump there—or tap Search to go straight to a specific app.
- Screen rotation lock. Read on the couch, in bed, or hanging upside down from a tree—it's all possible with the screen rotation lock. In the App list, go to Settings > Screen rotation to turn it on.
- Back it up. Save it all to the cloud—back up your App list, settings, texts, and photos. In the App list, go to Settings > Backup to turn it on.
- Notifications and quick actions. It's simple to check your notifications and quick actions on the fly. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open action center. Tap a notification to open the associated app (for example, email) or swipe over to dismiss the notification. Tap a quick action (such as rotation lock or brightness) to use it.
- Curb your data. In the App list, go to Data Sense to manage your phone's data usage. You can also use Wi-Fi Sense to have your phone automatically connect to open Wi-Fi hot spots. Just tap Settings> Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Sense to get started. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
- Restart your phone. If your phone is unresponsive, you can usually restart it to get back on track.