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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Working with Documents on a Windows Phone via the Office Hub

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You can view and work with Office 2013 files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) from your Windows Phone by opening up the Office Hub on the phone.

The Office Hub “places” screen is where you can access the folders and documents that are stored on your phone, any email attachments received to your Microsoft email account that you’ve opened on the phone, and all the folders and documents that are stored on your OneDrive or Office 365 (sometimes referred to as sharepoint) accounts.

When you access the OneDrive place through the Office Hub, you will also be able to access any folders and files that have been shared with your OneDrive account from another OneDrive account.

The Office Hub “recent” screen, which you can view by swiping over to the right is where you can create new documents and search for documents that are stored on the phone, as an opened email attachment, on your OneDrive or Office 365 account or across all four places.

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The Files App Finally Gives Windows Phone 8.1 a File Explorer

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.

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How to restore contact pictures to your windows phone

If you sync your contacts and appointments from the desktop version of Outlook 2010 (or earlier versions of Outlook) to your online Outlook.com (Microsoft) account, and then sync this information to your Windows Phone, you’ll probably notice that any pictures that were included with your Outlook contacts did not sync to your Outlook.com account or to your Windows Phone.

Outlook.com stores photos with contacts, but the only contacts you’ll see in the Outlook.com People hub with photos are your Live Messenger contacts who have posted a picture of themselves to their Messenger profile. You can’t edit those pictures and you can’t add your own pictures to those contacts.

You’ll need to manually add the photographs to your contacts on the phone.

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