Windows Phone 8 How-to

Getting started

See our Quick Start Guide to learn how to bring your shiny new phone to life. You'll be up and running in no time.

  • New phone?

    Start here to get your phone set up just the way you want.

  • Basics

    Find out how to update your phone, back up your stuff and do other basic tasks.

  • People + email

    Keep in touch by email, text, Facebook and more.

  • Photos

    Snap a photo and share it with the people you care about most.

  • Browsing + maps

    It's a big world. Internet Explorer and Bing help you find your way.

  • Music + videos

    Your favourite music, videos and podcasts are just a tap away.

  • Apps + games

    All the apps and games to keep you (and your kids) busy.

  • Office Mobile

    View, edit and share Office files whenever and wherever you want. It's built in.


  • Support info
    Support and troubleshooting

    Try our support forums, tutorials and troubleshooting tools.

  • Update central

    Find out how to update your phone to get all the newest features and fixes.

  • Windows Phone 7.5
    New in Windows Phone 8

    It just keeps getting better and better. See what's new and improved in our latest release.

  • Getting started
    Getting started

    All you need to know to get started with Windows Phone 8.

  • Sync your phone
    Sync your phone

    Get the sync apps to move or sync files between your phone and your computer.

  • Moving to Windows Phone
    Moving to Windows Phone?

    Some quick tips if you're switching from another type of phone.

  • Windows Phone support wizards
    Support wizards

    Which Microsoft account should you use? How do you get your music on your phone? Our wizards can help you down the right path.

  • Tips + tricks

    Our insider's guide to discovering cool features and getting stuff done more quickly.

  • How-to videos
    How-to videos

    Take a tour through Windows Phone 8 with our step-by-step videos.