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Getting started with Windows Phone 8

Learning to use your new Windows Phone is like learning to ride a bicycle – once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature. Here are a few things to know about your phone that'll help ensure that the ride is a smooth one.

  • Sign in with a Microsoft account to take advantage of your phone's true potential. Once you've signed in, you can:

    • Download apps, games and music from the Windows Phone Store.
    • Get your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds in your People Hub.
    • Use the cloud to automatically upload your photos and videos to SkyDrive, plus create backups of your phone settings.
    • Get your Xbox gamerscore and avatar on your phone.
    • Listen to your favourite artists with Xbox Music.
  • Whatever you're doing on your phone, you can make a call in just a few taps.

    To make a call using the keypad

    1. On StartStart icon, tap Phone Phone tile.

    2. In History, tap Keypad Keypad icon, enter a phone number, then tap Call.

    To return a missed call, or to call someone you've called before, just tap Phone Phone tile, then Call Phone icon next to the name or number in History.

    See Making and receiving phone calls to learn more.

  • You can use your phone to send a quick text message or reply to a text.

    To send a text

    1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging tile, then tap New Add icon.

    2. Enter a phone number or contact, tap the message box, type your message, then tap Send Send icon.

    To reply to a text

    1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging tile, then tap the thread that has the text message you received.

    2. Tap the message box, type your response, then tap Send Send icon.

    You can also use text messages to share pictures, videos, websites, contacts – even your location. To learn more, see Sharing photos, videos and more in a text message.

  • There are a couple of quick ways of creating a contact.

    To create a new contact

    1. On Start Start icon, tap People People Tile.

    2. Flick to All, then tap New Add icon.

    3. Add the contact's information, then tap Save Save icon.

    To create a contact from a phone number

    1. On StartStart icon, tap Phone Phone tile.

    2. Under History, tap the phone number of the contact.

    3. Tap Save Save icon > New Add icon > Save Save icon.

    4. Add the contact's information, then tap Save Save icon.

    See Creating and editing your contacts to learn more.

  • The Windows Phone Store is loaded with apps, games and music for your phone. Sign in with a Microsoft account to browse free and paid apps and games, or try before you buy.

    To shop from your phone

    1. On Start Start icon, tap Store Marketplace tile, then tap Apps or Games.

    2. Do one of the following:

      • Flick left to see top apps, browse by category and more.
      • Tap Search Search button to find a specific app or game.

    See Getting apps from Windows Phone Store to learn more.

  • To see apps or games you've bought, do one of the following:

    • On Start Start icon, flick left to the App list to find your apps.
    • On Start Start icon, tap Games Games Tile to find your games.
  • Pinning your favourite apps, contacts and more to your Start screen is a quick and convenient way of keeping you updated on the things you care about most.

    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 or group

    1. On StartStart button, tap PeoplePeople Tile, then flick to All.

    2. Do one of the following:

      • Tap and hold the contact or Group you want to pin, then tap Pin to start.
      • Tap the contact or Group you want to pin, then tap Pin Pin icon.

    To learn what else you can pin, see Pinning things to Start.

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