Getting started

Moving from Android or iPhone to Windows Phone

Switching to Windows Phone

So you've taken the plunge and decided to try a completely new kind of smartphone – well done! We've designed Windows Phone so that it's easy to dive straight in, but some things might seem a bit different at first. We'll cover some basics here, and if you need more, the guide to getting started is a good place to begin. For more in-depth tips, have a look at Windows Phone tips and tricks.


This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.

What can I bring along?

You should be able to transfer most of your important stuff (contacts, calendars, music, docs and photos) to your Windows Phone.

Have a look at one of these topics on how to get your stuff from your old phone:

What's so different?

The Start screen. You can pin just about anything to your Windows Phone Start screen and customise the colour, size and location of your Live Tiles, so the information you care about is up to date and right where you need it. A quick swipe to the left takes you to a view of all your apps.

Start screen

Sense and save. Fine-tune your phone experience with the built-in Sense and Saver apps: Data Sense, for monitoring your data usage; WiFi Sense, to stay connected to free wireless Internet and save time entering WiFi passwords; Battery Saver, so you'll never be surprised by a dead battery; and Storage Sense, to see what's taking up space on your phone.

Senses and Savers

Built-in goodness. Windows Phone has many of the same apps you used on your old phone. But it's also got a lot of great things built in. To name just a few: your action centre keeps your vital settings and notifications just a swipe away, no matter what you're doing on your phone; Kid's Corner is a place on your phone where your child can play with the stuff you choose; and Microsoft Office Mobile is your office on the go.

Kid's Corner

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