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.
Here's a quick rundown of the basics on your Windows Phone—things like making calls, sending texts, and getting apps.
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.
Send a text
Here's how to start a new text. To reply to a message, just tap it.
Add a contact
Add a brand-new contact like this, or import contacts from other places.
What's a smartphone without fun and useful apps?
On Start , tap Store
Find your apps
On Start , swipe over to the App list. Tap Search
If you have a Windows Phone 8, to find your games, go to the App list and then tap Games.
Pin apps to Start
In the App list, tap and hold the app you want to pin, and then tap Pin to start.
Set a lock screen password
A lock screen password can help keep your phone more secure.
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.
Article ID: 10650 - Last Review: Jul 27, 2017 - Revision: 26