- Using Internet Explorer
- Searching the web
- Scanning codes, tags and text
- How do I get suggestions on my phone?
- What suggestions will I see?
- Changing your privacy and other Internet Explorer settings
- Location awareness and your phone
- Using maps
- Downloading maps
- Getting directions
- Local Scout
- Browsing for news
- What song is this?
- Stopping your screen from rotating
Using Internet Explorer
With features like tabs, favourites and built-in webpage sharing, Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone 8 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 hardware Search button on your phone to search the web using 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.
- 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 and favourites, or to stop and refresh web pages. 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 get around it. Try any of the following:
- To scroll around the page, flick your finger across the screen in any direction.
- To zoom in, spread your thumb and forefinger apart to zoom. 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 have been looking at several web pages, press your phone's Back button 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 six separate browser windows, called "tabs", all at once. That way you can jump easily between multiple 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 thumbnail of the tab you want to see full screen.
To close a tab, tap Close on the tab you no longer need.
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.
At this time, you can't import favourites from your computer to your phone.
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.)
Flick 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 view or erase your browsing history
In Internet Explorer , tap More > Recent to see the sites you've visited.
To erase 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 to be deleted individually, 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 Settings > Delete history.