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Get started with Windows Phone

Here's a quick rundown of the basics on your Windows Phone—things like making calls, sending texts, and getting apps.

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Sign in to your phone

Sign in with a Microsoft account to download apps, back stuff up, and more. You'll have a chance to sign in when you first set up your phone, but you can do it later, too.

Make a phone call

First and foremost, your phone is for making calls.

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Send a text

Here's how to start a new text. To reply to a message, just tap it.

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Add a contact

Add a brand-new contact like this, or import contacts from other places.

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Get apps

What's a smartphone without fun and useful apps?

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Find your apps

On Start , swipe over to the App list. Tap Search Asset not found to find a specific app, or tap a letter to jump to that section.

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Pin apps to Start

In the App list, tap and hold the app you want to pin, and then tap Pin to start.

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Set a lock screen password

A lock screen password can help keep your phone more secure.


Article ID: 10650 - Last Review: Mar 16, 2016 - Revision: 16

  • Windows Phone 8