Windows Phone 8 Tips & Tricks

Windows Phone 8 came with quite a few changes and feature enrichment. An experienced

computer user would also find some of the features and behavior of Windows Phone 8 confusing and pointless to say the least. Nevertheless, not all new features need to be brushed as bad. Some features are interesting, intuitive and important. While it may take you some time to find your way around on new apps, new interface and the new Start screen, here are a few tips and tricks that will make your Windows Phone 8 experience fulfilling.

Group Apps:

If you start piling too many apps, your Start screen will turn messy. With Windows Phone 8’s built-in organization tools, you can divide your apps into groups. Simply drag all the tiles you want to assign to a group into the vacant right-hand corner of your Start screen. Once the tiles are grouped together you can zoom out to move the group as a single entity. Rename the group by simply right-clicking on it.

Lock Screen:

Your Windows Phone 8 has opened the lock screen, and now what? To find the regular login screen, you can choose to swipe upwards on the screen, give your mouse wheel a spin or gently tap your space bar. To begin, enter your password.

Shut down:

On the screen’s bottom right corner, you’ll find the settings icon. You’ll find the power button which can be used to shutdown or restart. Otherwise, pressing ‘I’ while holding down the Windows key will also reveal the power button.

Close applications

Closing an application in Windows Phone 8 requires you to drag the app you want to close to the bottom of the screen. As you are dragging the app, you’ll notice the app becoming a thumbnail and eventually disappearing once it reaches the bottom. You can also close an app using the Task Manager.

Privacy settings:

The online world deals with a lot of personal data about people. And most of us are uncomfortable trusting our computers with so much sensitive information. You can change the computer’s privacy setting by long-pressing the Windows key and ‘I’. Using the privacy options, you can personalize your settings.


You’ll find the Internet Explorer-like SmartScreen on Windows 8 too. It means every time an unrecognized app or a file from the Internet is detected, you are likely to get constant warnings and administrator approval requests. To do away with administrator approval requests, you have to access the Action Center Applet from the Control Panel. Proceed to change the SmartScreen settings. You will retain the warning but remove the administrator approval. Accept to finish.

Picture password:

Inability to remember lengthy and complex passwords is everybody’s constant complaint. There is an easy method to set picture passwords. Enable the picture password option in the Sign in drop-down list. Choose a picture of your interest from the list provided. Define any three gestures from, circles, clicks, and swipes, anywhere on the picture. Each direction of the gesture matters a lot. Once you confirm your password a few times, you’ll be able to set your own picture password.

There is a big improvement in this new Windows Phone OS over its forerunner. I hope these simple tips will help you enjoy your Windows Phone experience.