- Where's the App list?
- Which version of Windows Phone do I have?
- Lock screen
- Setting alarms on your phone
- Copying and pasting
- Finding a lost phone
- Setting up Kid's Corner
- Setting up Windows Phone for kids
- Backup and storage
- Sharing things on your phone
- How do I update my phone software?
- Windows Phone 8 update history
- Using Speech on your phone
- Using your phone for work
- Tips to help keep your Windows Phone secure
- Switching between apps
- Accessibility on your phone
- Resetting your phone
- Making the most of your battery and data usage
- What do the icons on my phone mean?
- Privacy resources
- Feature and service availability
Switching between apps
Becoming a master multitasker is as easy as pressing and holding the Back button on your Windows Phone. Whatever you're doing on the phone, that brings up the App switcher, which shows you the apps you've used most recently. Flick between them and tap one to resume progress where you left off. Your Windows Phone remembers it all for you.
If you want to take a break from playing a game to browse the web and check your emails, press the Start button to change gears and go back to Start. When you're ready, the App switcher lets you snap right back to what you were doing.
- There's a limit to how many apps your phone can remember at one time, which depends on your phone model and memory. When you reach the limit, apps that you haven't used for a while will no longer appear in the App switcher, so be careful not to stray too far from an app if you want to switch back to it.
- Recently used apps won't appear in the App switcher after you've shut off the phone or backed out of an app using the Back button.
- Finished with an app and ready to close it? Press and hold the Back button, then flick through your open apps and screens and tap Close to close any you aren't using. (To close apps, your phone needs to have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info on updating your phone.)