Whenever you get a new phone, you need to know its ins and outs. Here’s a quick rundown on getting started with your Windows Phone 8.

Create a Password and Customize the Lock Screen

The first thing you’ll want to do after setting up your cellular service is to secure your phone by creating a password. To do so, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Go to Settings, then tap lock screen.

STEP 2: Scroll down and turn the Password switch on.

STEP 3: Enter your preferred password in the New password and Confirm password fields.

STEP 4: Tap done to save your changes.

While you are in Settings, you can also set here how much time passes before the screen locks itself and a password is required.

Customizing the Lock Screen is quite simple. While in Settings, go to system, and then tap lock screen. Here you have the option to set the background with different types of images, such as a static photo, the Bing image of the day, or show the band or artist while music is playing. You can also select which apps you want to see at a glance and to show quick status notifications for, such as calendar, email, weather, etc.

Customize Live Tiles

Windows Phone 8 has a feature that allows you to make your smartphone more personal by customizing your Live Tiles. It allows you to customize the screen the way you like it. You can move tiles by pressing them for a while and moving them around on the screen. You can also change the size of the tiles depending on your preference. For detailed instructions on how this is done, click here.

Set Up Email and Social Media Accounts

After making sure that your phone is secured, start setting up your email and social media accounts. To do so, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Go to Settings, then tap system.

STEP 2: Tap email+accounts.

From here you will be able to set up your email accounts as well as your social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more. For detailed instructions on how this is done, click here.

Remove Useless Carrier and Manufacturer Apps

Like Windows computers, Windows Phone 8 comes with pre-installed apps from your manufacturer and carrier. You will notice that you neither need nor have any use of these apps. So to free up some precious memory space, uninstall all unnecessary apps. From the list of installed apps, press and hold the app you want to delete. When the menu pops up, tap uninstall, and then tap yes to confirm your action.

Set Up Kid’s Corner

Kid’s corner is a feature that adds extra security for parents out there. It allows you to create a sandboxed profile for your kids with their own start screen. This way, they can only access child friendly games, and other items that you have specified. This will also keep your important phone settings from being screwed up in case they played around with your phone.

To enable Kid’s corner, go to Settings, then tap kid’s corner. Go to each category and check the items you want your kids to use. To access kid’s corner, just swipe left from your Lock Screen.

Backup Your Phone’s Data

Just like your computer, the data from your smartphone needs to be backed up. With Windows Phone 8, it is easy to back up and restore your phone’s apps, text messages, and photos to SkyDrive. The automatic backup option is usually activated during your phone’s initial set up. To check if automatic backup is set or to change any of its settings, go to Settings, then tap system, and then tap backup.

Transfer and Sync Data Between Windows Phone 8 and Your PC

There will be times when you will want to transfer and sync files from your phone to your PC or vice versa. If you are using Windows 8 or Windows RT, you can install and use the Windows Phone app available here. You can also install the Windows Phone app for desktop if you are on Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers. If you are using Mac OS X, install Windows Phone 7 Connector, which allows you to sync and transfer files between a Mac and a Windows Phone. You can also use the classic drag and drop action by browsing your phone’s system files while it is connected to your computer.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help you get started on your Windows Phone 8. Don’t be afraid to explore all the features it can offer.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:38:04 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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