- Everything goes back to Start
- Personalize my Start screen and theme color
- Move or unpin a Tile on Start
- Pin apps to Start
- Where's the App list?
- Create folders on my Start screen
- Ringtones, sounds, and volume
- Add ringtones to my phone
- Set alarms on my phone
- Change date and time
- Personalize my lock screen
- Locked phone: things it can still do
- Lock screen FAQ
- Typing shortcuts
- Keyboard tips
- Change keyboard language
- Back up my stuff
- Restore a backup to my phone
- Storage on my phone
- "Other" phone storage FAQ
- Accessibility on my phone
- Use my phone with a TTY
- Use Narrator on my phone
- My Phone FAQ
- Find a lost phone
- Reset my phone
- Notifications and quick actions
- Use quick actions on my phone
- Change notification settings
- View or dismiss notification banners
- Sync my Windows Phone settings
- Recommended settings in phone setup
- Stop my screen from rotating
Sync my Windows Phone settings
When you sync your Windows Phone settings to and from your other PCs and tablets running Windows 8 or later, you won't have to reenter Wi-Fi passwords, purchase your in-app content again, or hunt down your favorite websites anymore. And you can surround yourself with your favorite color—synced devices can all share the theme you choose.
To turn on settings sync
When you first set up your Windows Phone and sign in to your Microsoft account, syncing settings is on by default (except for Theme syncing). You can choose what gets synced at any time.
In the App list, tap Settings > Sync my settings.
Turn on syncing for the settings you want synced between this phone and your other Windows devices.
You can set your PCs and tablets to sync settings, too. Then, the next time you change a synced setting on any synced device, that most recent change will be applied across your other devices syncing that setting, including your phone.
Love it when everything matches? Turn on Theme syncing to apply the accent color and background you choose for your Windows Phone to other synced Windows devices, including additional phones.
App settings syncing
Save your game progress, high scores, and purchases (for participating apps) for the next time you get a new phone, laptop, or tablet by turning on App settings syncing. More advantages: you won't lose your place in magazine apps or e-reader apps, and you can access in-game paid content purchased on other synced Windows devices.
Internet Explorer syncing
No need to lose your Internet preferences when you move from your PC to your phone. Turn on Internet Explorer syncing to take your typed URLs, favorites, history, and open tabs everywhere you go.
With Passwords syncing, you only have to type your friend's 24-character Wi-Fi password once. Quickly connect to the same Wi-Fi networks—whether you're on your computer, phone, or tablet—without needing to enter the password on each device. If you've saved passwords for participating apps and websites in Internet Explorer, those will come with you, too. Passwords syncing is on by default for new phones running Windows Phone 8.1.
- Passwords syncing requires a two-step verification process to keep your information safe. If you didn't go through the two-step verification when you first set up your phone, you'll be asked to go through it when you turn on passwords syncing.
- When you turn on passwords syncing, your password is sent over a secured connection and is stored in an encrypted file on a Microsoft server.
- Wi-Fi connections added from devices other than your Windows Phone may not appear in the list of synced networks until your phone has connected to them for the first time. Your phone will still connect to these networks automatically, and then you'll see them in under Known networks —to get there, tap Settings > Wi-Fi > Manage.
- Passwords syncing only works for secured Wi-Fi networks that you enter a password for. It doesn't work for enterprise networks that use 802.1X authentication, or for open networks, which aren't secured with a password.