Windows Phone 8 How-to

Windows Phone 8.1 Start screen

Get started

See our Quick Start Guide to learn the basics—everything from making a phone call to downloading apps.

  • Connectivity

    Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Find the best way to stay connected.

  • Cortana

    Everything you want to know about your personal assistant.

  • Email + calendar

    Check email and keep up with your day—all from your phone.

  • Music + videos

    Bring your favorite music, videos, and podcasts everywhere you go.

  • People

    Keep track of the people you care about most.

  • Personalization

    Add ringtones, pin apps to Start, and make your phone yours.

  • Phones + hardware

    Extend your battery and increase your storage.

  • Photos + camera

    Snap a photo and share it with your contacts and social networks.


  • Update Windows Phone icon
    Update central

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

  • Support icon
    Contact us

    Try our community forums and support sites, or get help from Microsoft, your mobile operator, or your phone manufacturer.

  • Windows Phone 8.1
    New in Windows Phone 8.1

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

  • Sync your Windows Phone icon
    Sync your phone

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

  • Meet Cortana
    Meet Cortana

    Set up reminders and track traffic conditions. Cortana can do this and more as your new personal assistant.

  • Moving to Windows Phone icon
    Moving to Windows Phone?

    Switching from another type of phone? Check out these tips.

  • Microsoft logo
    Support for Lumias

    If you have a Nokia or Microsoft Lumia phone, the Microsoft Mobile Devices support site has more helpful info.