Windows Phone 8.1 Tips and Tricks

When in your Email application, you can Press and Hold on individual emails. This will give you a menu whereby you can Delete, Mark as unread, Move or Set a flag to your emails

A neat feature is the idea of Rooms, which allow other Windows Phone users to share pictures, chat, make appointments and so on.

First, go to the People Hub and the word ‘together’ should appear. From here press the ‘+’ key at the bottom and then choose Room. Then choose a name and press the save button (floppy disc symbol) at the bottom.

Next, you can press the ‘+’ at the bottom and add people to the room, just like you would navigate your Contact list.

When you’ve added everyone you want to include, press the Tick symbol and your contacts will now be told about the new Room (assuming they have a Windows Phone).

To rate your applications to help other users, go to the Applications list. Then Press and Hold on the app. Select Rate and review and give it a rating out of five

Losing your phone or having it stolen is everyone’s worst nightmare, but Windows Phone comes with a feature called Find My Phone.

To set this feature up, go to Settings – Find My Phone. Once setup you can use this system to send Apps, Lock, Ring, or Erase from your phone by going to You can also use it to push the phone’s location so you can try to locate it.

To remove a call from the call history, locate the number you want to remove from the call log.

Then press and Hold on the number and select Delete

If the volume of your friends’ posts, comments and tweets becomes too much, you can filter them.

Go to Start, then flick left to the Applications list. Then press Settings – Applications – People. Then select Only show posts from people visible on my contact list.

Alternatively, you can go to Start – People. Then flick to What’s new – All accounts. Then select the account you want to view posts from.

If you want to type a word with a capital letter, you can press and hold on the Shift key, then slide your finger to the letter and then release. This saves having to press Shift then pressing the letter.

The same thing works for numbers – press and hold the &123 key, then slide your finger to a number and release. The keyboard will then return to the Alphabetical keyboard so you don’t need to toggle between the two

While in the Music player, you can enable Replay mode. Just open a Song, then press on the Album. A Replay symbol should then appear.

If you would like to turn on text message notifications (delivery reports for SMSs) then go to Settings – Applications – Messaging and change it there

To dial using Country Codes that are stored in your contact list, go to Settings – Applications – Phone – International assist