- Touring the Windows Phone Store
- Getting apps from Windows Phone Store
- Deleting or reinstalling apps
- Downloading apps and games FAQ
- How do I install apps from an SD card?
- Games on your Windows Phone
- Where's the App list?
- Solutions to Store issues
- What suggestions will I see on my Windows Phone 8?
- Getting suggestions in the Store FAQ
- How can I tell if an app has requirements?
- Which apps can I use to sync with my computer?
- Tips for using the Windows Phone app
- Setting up My Family for Windows Phone
- My Family FAQ
- Setting up the Facebook app
- Setting up a Twitter or LinkedIn account
- Using Speech on your phone
- Using Internet Explorer
- Changing privacy and other browser settings
- Office Hub
- Synchronising documents using your computer
- Synchronising documents with OneDrive
- Using OneNote Mobile
- Wallet FAQ
- Scanning codes and text
- Using maps
- Getting directions
- Sharing apps with Apps Corner
- Location awareness and your phone
Using Internet Explorer
With features like tabs and favourites that can sync across devices, InPrivate Browsing and built-in web page sharing, Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone makes it easy to surf the web on the go. (You'll need a mobile data connection or WiFi connection to browse the web. See Connecting: how and when and Connecting to a WiFi network for more information.)
To browse the web
On Start , tap Internet Explorer , then tap the address bar. (You can also press the Search button on your phone to search the web using Cortana or Bing.)
Type the web address (URL) of the site you want to visit. As you type, Internet Explorer will suggest possible matches. If you see the site you're looking for, tap it.
If you can't see the site, tap Go to search for it.
- Tap Reading mode in the address bar when you're reading a text-heavy page to make long articles easier on the eyes. (Reading mode isn’t available for all web pages.)
- Not seeing search suggestions? Tap More > Settings > Advanced settings, then select Get suggestions from Bing as I type.
- You can customise the address bar button to quickly get to tabs or favourites. Tap More > Settings, then make your selection under Use address bar button for.
- Share a link with one friend or many – tap More > Share page, then choose how you want to share it.
- Pin a site to Start to keep it handy. Tap More > Pin to start.
To navigate on a webpage
Once you've found the page you want, there are a few ways to navigate it. Try any of the following:
- To scroll through the page, pan up or down on the screen.
- To zoom in, spread your thumb and forefinger apart on the screen. Pinch them together to zoom out.
- To automatically centre and zoom in, double-tap the spot you want to zoom to. Double-tap again to zoom back out.
- To open a link, just tap it.
- To search for specific text on a page, tap More > Find on page.
- If you see a phone number or street address, you can often tap it to dial the number or map the address.
To return to a webpage you've visited
There are a couple of ways to quickly get back to a webpage you've looked at before. Try one of the following:
- If you're in Internet Explorer and you've been looking at several web pages, press your phone's Back button or swipe over to revisit them.
- If you've just opened Internet Explorer, you can go to your browsing history to quickly return to sites that you've visited in the past. Tap More > Recent, then tap the site that you want to see again.
To open multiple browser windows using tabs
You can open multiple browser windows, called tabs, all at once. That way you can easily jump between your favourite websites.
On Start , tap Internet Explorer , tap More , then tap Tabs. (Or, if you've set the address bar button for tabs, just tap that.)
Tap New to open a blank tab.
To switch between tabs, tap the image of the tab you want to see full screen.
To close a tab, tap Close .
You can also swipe over to Other to see a list of tabs you've left open on your other Windows devices. To open a web page, just tap the one you want to see full screen.
To add a site to your favourites list
In Internet Explorer , open the website you'd like to save.
Tap More > Add to favourites.
Internet Explorer automatically fills in the name and web address (URL) of the site.
If you need to make any changes, tap inside a text box. When you've finished, tap Done .
To open, edit or delete a favourite
In Internet Explorer , tap More > Favourites. (Or, if you've set the address bar button to favourites, just tap that.)
Pan up or down until you see the name of the favourite you want, then do one of the following:
- To open a site, tap it.
- To edit a site, tap and hold it, then tap Edit to type a new name or address.
- To remove a site from your list, tap and hold it, then tap Delete.
To sync tabs and favourites from another Windows device
Windows Phone 8.1 enables you to automatically sync your Internet Explorer tabs and favourites from other Windows devices like PCs, laptops and tablets.
On your Windows 8.1 or 8.1 RT device:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click OneDrive, then tap or click Sync settings.
Under Other settings, turn on Web Browser.
On your Windows Phone 8.1:
In the App list, tap Settings > Sync my settings.
Turn Internet Explorer On .
To view or delete your browsing history
In Internet Explorer , tap More > Recent to see the sites you've visited.
To delete your history, do one of the following:
- To delete your entire browsing history, tap Delete .
- To delete one recent site, tap and hold the site, then tap Delete .
- To select more than one recent site to delete, tap Select , select the checkboxes next to the sites you want to remove, then tap Delete .
- To select sites individually for deletion, your phone must be running Windows Phone software version 8.0.10211.204 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more information about how to update your phone.
- To delete temporary files, cookies and saved passwords along with your browsing history, tap More > Settings > Delete history.
To enable InPrivate Browsing
InPrivate Browsing helps prevent Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history and other data. To enable InPrivate Browsing in a tab, tap More > Tabs > More > New inprivate tab. InPrivate will appear in the address bar. Tap the address bar, and then type the web address (URL) of the site you want to visit.