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Pin apps to Start

On Windows Phone, you can pin just about anything you want to your Start screen—apps, albums, map locations, favorite websites, OneNote notes, contacts, and a lot more. When you pin a contact to Start, you'll get all of that person's feed updates right from their Tile, and you can call them with just two taps. Tons of other apps and websites also come with Live Tile support, so you don't even have to open an app to see notifications or other real time info.

Pin apps to Start on Windows Phone
Pin apps to Start

To pin most things to Start

You can pin any of the following items to Start by tapping and holding, then tapping Pin to start.

  • Apps or games from the App list
  • Photo albums from the Photos Hub
  • Office files or places
  • OneNote notes
  • Email folders

Tips

  • If you'd like to move a Tile somewhere else on Start, tap and hold the Tile, and then move it wherever you'd like.
  • To remove a Tile, tap and hold it, and then tap Unpin Unpin icon.
  • To resize a Tile, tap and hold it, and then tap Resize Resize icon until the Tile changes to the size you want.
Start screen with pinned apps on WIndows Phone
Pin Bing Weather, Messaging, and other apps to Start

To pin a contact or Group

  1. On Start Start button, tap People People Tile, and then swipe over to Contacts for contacts, or Rooms and Groups for Groups.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Tap and hold the contact or Group you want to pin, and then tap Pin to start.
    • Tap the contact or Group you want to pin, and then tap Pin Pin icon.

To pin a website

  1. In Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Start icon, open the website you want to pin.

  2. Tap More More icon, and then tap Pin to start.

To pin a map location

  1. In the App list, tap Maps Maps icon.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Search Search icon, type the location you want to find, tap the flag that identifies the location, and then tap Pin Pin icon.
    • Tap More More icon, tap Favorite places, tap a location you've saved to your favorites, and then tap Pin Pin icon.

To pin your Favorites photo album

  1. On Start Start button, tap Photos Photos icon.

  2. Swipe over to Favorites, tap More More icon, and then tap Pin to start.

To pin a folder from an email inbox

  1. Open the account that has the folder you want to pin.

  2. Tap More More icon > Folders.

  3. Tap Show all folders, tap and hold a folder, and then tap Pin to start.

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