So you took the plunge and decided to try a whole new kind of smartphone—well done! We designed Windows Phone so it's easy to dive right in, but some things might seem pretty different at first. We'll cover some basics here, and if you need more, the guide to getting started is a good place to begin. For more in-depth tips, check out Windows Phone tips and tricks.
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.
What can I bring along?
You should be able to transfer most of your important stuff—contacts, calendars, music, docs, and photos—to your Windows Phone.
What's so different?
The Start screen. You can pin just about anything to your Windows Phone Start screen and customize the color, size, and location of your Live Tiles so the information you care about is fresh and right where you need it. A quick swipe over to the right takes you to a view of all your apps.
Sense and save. Fine-tune your phone experience with the built-in Sense and Saver apps: Data Sense, for monitoring your data usage; Wi-Fi Sense, to stay connected to free wireless internet and save time entering Wi-Fi passwords; Battery Saver, so you'll never be surprised by a dead battery; and Storage Sense, to see what's taking up space on your phone.
Built-in goodness. Windows Phone has many of the same apps you used on your old phone. But it's also got a lot of great things built right in. To name just a few: your action center keeps your vital settings and notifications just a swipe away, no matter what you're doing on your phone; Kid's Corner is a place on your phone where your child can play with the stuff you choose; and Microsoft Office Mobile is your office on the go.
Article ID: 10651 - Last Review: May 17, 2016 - Revision: 14