Pairing a Windows Phone to another Bluetooth enabled device is pretty easy to do, but you might be disappointed when you do it. When I got my first Windows Phone – a Samsung Focus (WP7) – one of the first things I tried to do was pair it with my Bluetooth keyboard. The phone paired just fine, but nothing I typed on my keyboard showed up on my phone. After researching the problem I realized that the phone was missing the HID profile, which it needed to know what to do with the keyboard after the pairing was achieved!
Bluetooth profiles possess the “capabilities” that enable a Bluetooth connected device to interpret and act on the commands received from another Bluetooth connected device. In order for the Bluetooth radio in a receiving device to translate and act on the commands sent from another Bluetooth device, it must possess a compatible profile as the sending device.
The Samsung Focus does not include the Bluetooth HID profile (Human Interface Device) that would enable it to connect to and use external devices like mice or keyboards…..and unfortunately even today the latest Windows Phone 8.1 devices do not include this profile so I still can’t use my bluetooth keyboard with my phone.
(Click this link to review a wikipedia article for a more comprehensive description of bluetooth profiles and their related capabilities).
In this article I’ve provided a list of the Bluetooth Profiles that are supported on Windows Phone, and I’ve demonstrated how to pair and unpair a Windows Phone with another Bluetooth enabled device.
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Windows Phone 8 uses Hubs and application sandboxes to store and access user files. You can browse and access the files that are stored on the phone by accessing the hub or app that is used to view and work with the file. Files that are stored on a phone must be associated with a Windows Phone app (native or third party) and files are stored in the associated [opening] app’s hub or “sand box.”
Windows Phone 8 can receive and store files that are shared with it from another Bluetooth connected device. Bluetooth shared files are stored in one of the hubs on the phone or in a compatible app’s sandbox.
Receiving Shared Files via Bluetooth
When a Bluetooth-enabled device shares a file with your Windows Phone, you’ll be prompted to “accept” or “ignore” it (in this example, my laptop which is named AVALON48 is sharing a file with my Nokia Lumia 920).
Continue reading Receiving & Saving Bluetooth Shared Files on Windows Phone 8
Microsoft published a “Files” app to the Marketplace around the end of May that is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 only. The Files app enhances the phone’s functionality by providing the phone with File Explorer type access to user files.
I finally got some time to spend exploring all the goodness that the Files app brings to the phone. As you can see from the screenshot below, we can now access the various types of files we store on a phone in a way that is similar to a File Explorer. Instead of opening up the Office Hub to browse and share the Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other files that are stored there, we can find them via the Files app in the Documents folder; Music and audio files are stored in the Music folder, Photos and Videos are stored in the Pictures folder, etc. The Files app also gives us access to a Downloads folder and a Ringtones folder.
Continue reading The Files App Finally Gives Windows Phone 8.1 a File Explorer
OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud-based data repository and every Microsoft account includes a minimum of 15 GB of free OneDrive space. You can manually upload files to your OneDrive space or you can install Microsoft’s OneDrive app on your Mac, Windows computer, laptop, tablet or phone and sync files between your online OneDrive space and all your devices (there are compatible apps for Windows-, Android- and iOS-based devices).
Your OneDrive space can be your own private data repository or you can use it to collaborate with your friends, family members, clubs, groups, coworkers, or customers by sharing your OneDrive folders and files with other people. When you share folders or files with others, you also set permissions that define how the shared files can be accessed by others. You can grant permission to others to only view the files or you can grant permission to view and edit the files.
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The Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3 brings the ability to assign custom ringtones to text messages, and you can assign a unique text message ringtone to individual contacts
After you install this update, you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking at your phone! You can also use custom ringtones for more things— instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.
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With today’s Skype update for Windows phone 8, we can now send photos from our phone to whomever we are chatting via the Skype app.
I had to look around a little to find this new feature & thought I’d share a couple of screenshots:
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Enabling two step verification on your Microsoft Account creates a password recovery code that you’ll need to use if you ever need to recover your Microsoft Account password. Enabling two step verification on your account will also require you to change the password that you use on your phone to a unique security code, also referred to as an app password. You will no longer be able to use the password that you use to log into your account on a computer as the password on your phone (or some of your other devices).
Continue reading Enable Two Step Verification on your Microsoft Account & Your Phone
Using a different Microsoft account on a Windows Phone is not desirable for the following reasons:
The only way to switch to a different Microsoft Account on a Windows Phone is by hard resetting the phone and setting it up again under the different Microsoft Account. A hard reset wipes all your user files and data from the phone, including:
- All Contacts and related contact history
- All Calendar items
- Any paid or free apps
- Text messages
- Sent & received email
- Any PDF files that are stored on the phone
- All Office-related documents that are stored on the phone
- Pictures (camera roll and albums)
- All user-defined accounts & settings (email accounts, wifi settings, bluetooth connections
Much of this data is synced between the phone and its related Microsoft Account, so a hard reset won’t permanently delete it since the data is stored on the Microsoft Account. But setting a phone up under a different Microsoft account means you:
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Your Microsoft Account is essentially your personal key that opens the door to a myriad of Microsoft’s connected services.
When you create a username and login to gain access to any of Microsoft websites, forums or internet marketplaces, such as the Microsoft Community Answers forum or the Windows Marketplace, you have just created a Microsoft account, and that Microsoft account login & password opens up your computer’s and phone’s access to these connected services.
I’m not going to try to describe all the ins and outs of a Microsoft account in this article – that would take a book! No, the best I can hope to do in this article is leave you with a basic understanding of what a Microsoft account is and why you need one to get the most from your Windows Phone. Of course, you can use the phone without setting up a Microsoft Account on it, but to get the best functionality out of your phone you’ll need to set up a Microsoft Account on it to take advantage of all these connected services.
So, What is a Microsoft Account?
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Hi! I’m glad you found me. My original blog, which was also called “from my pocket” went dark a few weeks ago and I’ve just now had some time to bring it back online. Here’s a short explanation of what happened.
GoDaddy, who hosts my blog, discontinued the software I used to create it. So I’ve had to learn WordPress and then transition my blog articles over to it. The truth is I should have moved over to WordPress a long time ago.
So now I republish blog articles….
Before my blog went dark, I made sure I had most of my still relevant articles backed up to my computer, so I’ve managed to republish the articles that I think I still relevant here (sorry if you’ve been seeing some old articles pop up in my RSS feed).
If you landed here by clicking a link you found in a forum thread, try searching the blog for it via the Search box found in the sidebar to the right. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, send me an email and I’ll check my backed up archive for any old articles that I can republish and share with you.
Windows Phone: I’ve republished most of my Windows Phone articles, although the permalinks for those articles are lost and so none of the old links work any more. Here are some links to my most popular Windows Phone articles:
Windows Mobile: I’ve republished some of the Windows Mobile articles that were still getting a lot of traffic, but I’m not planning to republish many more articles since the Windows Mobile OS has been discontinued for eons (in mobile technology terms anyway) and I’m not sure how relevant those old articles are to anyone any more. You can find the Windows Mobile articles that are currently posted to the blog by clicking the Windows Mobile menu option at the top of the screen. You can also click any of these links to find the popular Windows Mobile articles that are posted here: