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Recommended settings in phone setup

When you first set up your Windows Phone, you're asked to consider a few settings for your phone. If you choose the recommended settings, the following features will be enabled:

  • Windows Phone Feedback Program
  • Keyboard typing and user experience improvements
  • Cellular data

If you'd like to change any of those settings, you can tap Custom and choose only the ones you want. Here's a little more information about each one, so you can pick the settings that work best for you.

Allow cellular data usage on your phone

Whenever you do anything on your phone that requires a network connection, like send and receive email or text messages, get social networking feeds, visit websites, or download apps, your phone automatically connects to a cellular data network to transmit the information. You can also use Wi-Fi to do many of these things, but if no Wi-Fi signal is available, or if you don't have Wi-Fi turned on, your phone will use a cellular data connection.

When you do these sorts of things, you may incur data charges when your phone connects to the cellular data network if you exceed the data plan you have with your mobile operator. So you'll want to find a data plan that meets your needs.

To learn more about cellular data on your phone, see Cellular settings.

To change the settings for cellular data

  • On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon > Cellular.

Send information to help improve Windows Phones

By participating in the Windows Phone Feedback Program (Feedback), you can help Microsoft improve Windows Phones. Feedback collects information about how people use Windows Phones and about some of the issues that they encounter. Microsoft uses this information to improve the products and features that people use most often and to help create solutions to common issues.

Participation in the program is voluntary. When you choose to participate, we collect basic information about how you use your programs and your phone, and we note software operation errors. We also collect information about how your phone is set up, and how it's performing.

We do not use any information collected to identify or contact you.

We may collect the following categories of data in reports and send these reports to Microsoft periodically, using available data connections:

  • Phone configuration, such as the network connections in use, screen resolutions for the phone, memory use, battery life, domain settings for email accounts you've set up, and which version of Windows Phone software is running.
  • Performance and reliability, such as how quickly a feature responds when you click a button, how many problems you experience with a feature, and how quickly information is sent or received over a network connection.
  • Application use, including the apps you use most often, which apps you pin to Start, how often you navigate menus and Marketplace, how often you change settings, how often you update feeds and contact info, and how long you are using certain apps.
  • Software operation errors, such as problems that interrupt you while you use your phone and errors that occur behind the scenes. Reports might contain personal information, but Microsoft uses this information to diagnose errors, not to identify you or contact you. For example, a report that contains a snapshot of device memory might include your contact list, part of an email or SMS you were working on, or data that you recently submitted to a website.
  • Feedback and screen images you voluntarily submit to Microsoft.

To change the settings for Windows Phone Feedback

  • On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon > Feedback.

For more detailed information about data collection practices for all features of Windows Phone, see the full Privacy Statement.

Send keyboard touch information to improve typing and more

When you choose to participate in sending keyboard touch information, you can help Microsoft improve the keyboard on Windows Phone and to enhance or create new user experiences.

When you participate, keyboard touch information used by Windows Phone to recognize the characters you're trying to type (called "touchpoints") will be sent whenever you use the software or hardware keyboard on the phone, along with any typing corrections and automatic completions.

Because knowing what kind of words people type on a mobile phone improves the ability of the keyboard to correctly interpret your touchpoints, the recognized text will also be sent.

To protect your privacy, we do not collect keyboard touch information when the phone displays a login screen or password field. We also take measures that are designed to prevent us from collecting email addresses and numeric sequences such as phone numbers, credit card numbers, and so on. Because we aggregate text from many users and transform it into counts of character and word sequences, it is impossible to identify who typed any particular word. Furthermore, because the data is sent with a random ID, the data cannot be traced back to you.

Microsoft will use the data to improve keyboard typing and to develop new services and features.

To change the settings for keyboard touch information

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings Settings icon > Keyboard.

  2. Tap Typing settings, then select or clear the check box under Typing improvements.

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