- Getting 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
- Synchronising your Windows Phone
- Where's the App list?
- Copying and pasting
- Gestures: swipe, pan and stretch
- Places to try tapping and holding
- Setting up Windows Phone for kids
- Tips to help keep your phone secure
- What is the cloud?
- How do I get Windows Phone 8.1?
- How do I update my phone software?
- Making room on your phone to update it
- Solutions to update issues
- Windows Phone 8 update history
- Which version of Windows Phone do I have?
- Switching between apps
- Using 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
Getting 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? Have a look at 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, 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 Making and receiving phone calls.
On Start , tap Messaging , then tap New .
Enter a phone number or contact, type your message in the text box, then tap Send .
To reply to a text, just tap the thread with the message that you want to answer.
To learn more, see Sending 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 , then tap Email + accounts.
Tap Add an account > Microsoft account.
If you already have a Microsoft account, tap Sign in. If you don't have a Microsoft account yet, tap Create one.
Follow the instructions to sign in with or create your account.
To learn more, see Signing 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 Importing contacts from your old phone.
- If your contacts are in an online account, just set up the account on your phone. To learn how, see Setting up or deleting an email account.
- If your contacts are somewhere else (or you aren't sure where they are), see Importing contacts onto your new phone.
- If you want to create brand new contacts on your phone, see Creating and editing 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, then tap Pin to start.
To pin a contact
On Start , tap People , 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, then tap Pin to start.
To learn what else you can pin, see Pinning 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.