- Get started with Windows Phone
- What's new in Windows Phone 8.1
- Windows Phone tips and tricks
- What's changed in Windows Phone 8.1
- Sync my Windows Phone
- Where's the App list?
- Copy and paste
- Gestures: swipe, pan, and stretch
- Places to try tapping and holding
- Set up Windows Phone for kids
- Tips to help keep my phone secure
- What is the cloud?
- How do I get Windows Phone 8.1?
- How do I update my phone software?
- Make room on my phone to update it
- Solutions to update issues
- Windows Phone 8 update history
- Which version of Windows Phone do I have?
- Switch between apps
- Use Driving Mode
- Moving from Android or iPhone to Windows Phone
- Moving from Android to Windows Phone
- Moving from iPhone to Windows Phone
- How-to videos
- Feature and service availability
- Privacy resources
Get started with Windows Phone
Here's a quick rundown of the basics on your Windows Phone—things like making calls, sending texts, and getting apps.
Looking for more? Check out What's new in Windows Phone 8.1 to see all the great new features.
On Start , tap Phone .
Tap Keypad , enter a phone number, and then tap Call.
- To call one of your contacts, tap Phone book , then tap Search to find the one you want.
- To call someone back, just tap a name or number in History. (Note: if you have a Windows Phone 8, tap Call next to the name or number.)
To learn more, see Make and receive phone calls.
On Start , tap Messaging , and then tap New .
Enter a phone number or contact, type your message in the text box, and then tap Send .
To reply to a text, just tap the thread with the message you want to answer.
To learn more, see Send a text.
Sign in with a Microsoft account to download apps, back stuff up, and more. You'll have a chance to sign in when you set up your phone, but you can do it later, too.
To sign in after you've already set up your phone
In the App list, tap Settings , and then tap Email + accounts.
Tap Add an account > Microsoft account.
If you already have a Microsoft account, tap Sign in. If you don't yet have a Microsoft account, tap Create one.
Follow the instructions to sign in with or create your account.
To learn more, see Sign in with a Microsoft account.
How you move your contacts onto your new phone depends on where you've been keeping them:
- If you've been storing contacts on a SIM card in your old phone, you can move the SIM over to your new phone and import the contacts. To learn how, see Import contacts from my old phone.
- If your contacts are in an online account, just set up the account on your phone. To learn how, see Set up or delete an email account.
- If your contacts are somewhere else (or you're not sure where they are), see Import contacts onto my new phone.
- If you want to create brand-new contacts on your phone, see Create and edit my contacts.
You can pin apps, contacts, and more to Start to keep them handy.
To pin an app
In the App list, tap and hold the app you want to pin, and then tap Pin to start.
To pin a contact
On Start , tap People , and then swipe over to Contacts.
If you have a Windows Phone 8, swipe over to All.
Tap and hold the contact you want to pin, and then tap Pin to start.
To learn what else you can pin, see Pin apps to Start.
A lock screen password can help keep your phone more secure. To learn how to set one up, see Lock screen FAQ.