The OneDrive app for Windows Phone Provides Some Great Functionality!

wp_ss_20150428_0023 The OneDrive app for Windows Phone allows you to:

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Search for Files On OneDrive for Windows Phone

You can now search for text within files, photos or music that is stored in your OneDrive account quickly and easily via the OneDrive app for Windows Phone

To search for files, photos or music on OneDrive, open up the OneDrive app and tap the search icon found in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Type your search term or word in the space provided (in the screenshot below I am searching for files, photos, or music that include the word “Garden” in them), then tap the return key on the onscreen keyboard.

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OneDrive will return a list of the files it finds that include the search word/term.

 

 

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Create Virtual Photo Albums in the OneDrive app for Windows Phone

The OneDrive app for Windows Phone now lets you create and share photo albums from the photos that you are storing on OneDrive without copying or moving photos from one folder to another.

Create an Album in OneDrive

Open up the OneDrive app, tap ALBUMS. Then tap the “new album” icon on the bottom of the screen.

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Access Multiple Accounts via the OneDrive App for Windows Phone

If you’re like me and you use several different OneDrive accounts, you can now access all the files in your multiple OneDrive accounts on your phone by adding all your accounts on the OneDrive App.

Open up the OneDrive App > tap the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen. Then tap the “Add Account” button (you can see in the screenshot below that I currently have two different OneDrive accounts set up to use on the phone).

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Input an email address for your next account in the space provided and tap the blue Next button. Then input the password for the next OneDrive account in the space provided and tap the blue Sign in button.

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The OneDrive app will now be signed into that account and you can view and work with the files and folders in the newly added account. You can toggle between the various accounts that you’ve set up in the OneDrive app by opening the app, then tapping the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen to get to the accounts screen. The screenshot below now shows the three accounts that are set up on my phone.

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Add a PIN Code to the OneDrive App for Windows Phone

You can now add a 4-digit PIN Code to the OneDrive app to prevent people from using the app to view, edit or delete your files.

Open up the OneDrive App > tap the three horizontal bars found at the top left hand side of screen. Then tap Settings (found on the bottom of the screen) > Options.

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Tap PIN (to turn the option ON), then enter your 4-digit PIN in the spaces provided.

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Now when you open up the OneDrive app, you’ll be prompted to input your 4-digit PIN before you can gain any access to the files.

Don’t feel too secure with this 4-digit PIN through since it only applies to the OneDrive app.  Anyone who uses your phone can still gain access to your files via the Office app (which provides access to all your documents on OneDrive) or the Photo hub (which provides access to any photos that have been uploaded or stored on OneDrive).

I tweeted this deficiency out on Twitter, to which I received the following reply from  @onedrive:

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Bookmarks, RSS feeds & email subscriptions

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Bookmarking websites has been my modus operandi for almost as long as I’ve been on the internet.  However, bookmarking is not an ideal method for keeping track of websites and blogs for several reasons:

  • Bookmarks can become unwieldy in a short period of time.  You can easily wind up with hundreds of bookmarked URLS scattered across numerous folders on several different computers.
  • Switching back and forth between browsers complicates things.  If you switch back and forth between a couple of different browser (i.e., Internet Explorer and Firefox) you can waste a lot of time looking for bookmarks in your different browsers.
  • Switching back and forth between home and work computers as well as mobile devices like phones and tablets also complicates things.
  • Bookmarks are static and don’t notify you when new material is available.  You’ll probably wind up opening lots of different bookmarks only to find that the content hasn’t changed.  For some dynamic websites where content changes frequently, you might miss interesting content if you’re busy with other things and don’t get a chance to review the site.

To improve your current situation and gain some efficiencies, think about subscribing to your favorite blogs’ RSS feeds.

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Backup options on Windows Phone

In an earlier article, I discussed how you can backup your contacts, calendars, and tasks from a windows phone by syncing the data to an Outlook.com account. This article continues that discussion by describing additional backup options on Windows Phone 8.x that you can use to automatically backup a phone’s apps, settings, text messages, photos and videos to OneDrive.

You can access these options on a Windows Phone by going to Settings > Backup.

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Export Contacts from the People Hub of Outlook.com

Exporting the contacts that are stored in the People Hub of an Outlook.com account to a CSV file is fast, easy and convenient.  All you need to do is:

  • Log into https://people.live.com/ from a computer browser – you will use the email address and password that is associated with the outlook.com account to log into the account
  • Click Manage > Export for Outlook.com and other services

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  • You will see a prompt on the bottom of the screen, “Do you want to open or save OutlookContacts.csv from people.live.com?”

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  • Click the Save button to save the csv file to the computer’s download folder.