The default Yahoo account settings under settings > email+accounts on Windows Phone does not support Contacts or Calendar syncing, so those items are not synced to a phone when the account is created… the only thing that syncs is email.
But if you also use Yahoo Contacts and Calendar, there is a workaround….which I have tested on my own (hardly ever used) yahoo account.
Syncing Yahoo Email to the Phone
To sync your Yahoo email, you’ll set up an “email only” account.
- On the phone select Settings > email+accounts.
- Tap “add an account” > select the “Yahoo! Mail” option.
- Input your Yahoo email address and password in the spaces provided. This account will sync your email to the phone.
Syncing Yahoo Contacts & Calendar to the Phone
The yahoo mail only account you created above will NOT sync any contacts or appointments that are stored in your Yahoo account to the phone. You’ll need to create another account the sync this data.
Continue reading Syncing your Contacts & Calendar from Yahoo.com
To Text a Ringtone
- Open up the Messaging app, tap the + icon on the bottom of the screen to create a new text message
- Tap the paperclip icon on the bottom of the screen to attach a file to the text message
Continue reading Share Custom Ringtones by Bluetooth or Text Message
When you turn on a brand new Windows Phone for the first time, you will be prompted to create a Microsoft Account on it. [See the article entitled, “What is a Microsoft Account?” to learn about the fundamental ways that the Microsoft Account is used on a windows phone.]
If you already have a Microsoft-related account that you use, you don’t need to create a new account. You can use the username (which is an email address) and password of your preferred Microsoft-related account when you create the Microsoft Account on the phone.
When you create the Microsoft Account on the phone, you may notice that the only data that can be selected to sync under the “Content to sync” heading is Email, but if you set up a secondary hotmail.com, live.com, or outlook.com account on the phone, you will find options to sync Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks under the “Content to sync” heading.
Continue reading Confused about the Microsoft Account Settings “Content to Sync” Options?
Enabling and disabling your phone’s mobile data connection is easy.
- On the phone, go to Settings > Cellular+SIM
- Tap the Data Connection toggle button
Most modern cell phones provide a way to send and receive short text messages via SMS (Short Message Service) and to send and receive short text messages with attached photos, videos and music via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).
- SMS (Short Message Service) is used to send text only messages
- MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is used to send text messages that include attached files (music, pictures, videos).
If the phone’s MMS APN (access point network) settings are not correctly configured for your cellular provider, you might still be able to send and receive SMS messages (text only) on the phone, but you won’t be able to send or receive) MMS messages on the phone.
Continue reading Troubles texting pictures and other media on your phone?
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.
Continue reading Working with Documents on a Windows Phone via the Office Hub
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.
Continue reading Pairing & Unpairing Bluetooth Devices with Windows Phone
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.
Continue reading Share OneDrive Files with Another Microsoft Account
I’m not concerned about viruses, malware or spyware invading my Windows Phone, and I don’t think you need to be concerned about them either for several reasons:
- The Windows Phone population is quite small. The people that write viruses hope to get the biggest bang for the smallest buck, so most of these folks probably aren’t interested in dinking around with such a small Windows Phone population and would most likely apply their talents elsewhere. But even if someone decided to write a virus to run on Windows Phone, it would be really difficult to actually install it to a phone.
- The only apps you can install to a Windows Phone are the apps found in the Windows Phone Marketplace. All apps in the Marketplace have been reviewed and approved by Microsoft, so the likelihood of a developer sneaking a virus, malware or spyware on an app is pretty small
- Any app-related or app-created data is stored within the app’s exclusive file system which is partitioned off into its own “sandbox” – which is distinctly separate from the phone’s other app and system files. A third party app can only play within its own “sandbox,” so there isn’t a way for a third party app’s activity to invade the phone’s other app or system files. Even if an app managed to sneak some kind of nefarious virus/malware/spyware code onto a phone, the bad code would only be able to wreak havoc in the app’s own sandbox….what fun would that be
- Windows Phones run a distinctly different operating system than a Windows computer so the viruses/malware/spyware that affect computers won’t affect Windows Phones. Even if you managed to download some infected file from the internet, it wouldn’t run in the windows phone environment.
- There have been no confirmed instances of a destructive virus infecting a Windows Phone.
Over the years, there have been some “proof of concept” attempts by hackers to breach Windows Phones app sandbox security or to “jail break” the phone (much in the same fashion as Android devices), but none of these attempts have gained much traction before Microsoft closed the hole that was used by the hack.
Every now and then I’ll read about some rumored Windows Phone viruses/malware/spyware, but so far none of these rumors have ever materialized into any kind of real threat. To date, there has not been any confirmed report of a viable virus, malware or spyware attack against Windows Phone.
You won’t find any antivirus apps in the Windows Phone marketplace. But even if such an app existed, I wouldn’t install it to my phone…..The nature of antivirus software is to run continuously in the background, so installing and running antivirus software on a Windows Phone would most likely degrade the phone’s performance. The use of such an app for a perceived threat that has yet to materialize just seems like overkill.
Installing antivirus software on a computer or a mobile device often gives a false sense of security and these common sense guidelines prevail:
- Selecting questionable links in email messages, on websites, etc. should be avoided
- Accessing any sensitive sites from any kind of device via a free wifi hotspot should be avoided.
- The practice of jail breaking or side loading applications should be avoided (this practice is not possible on windows phone at this time).
- Back up your computers and devices regularly. Then if your devices ever start acting strange, you can recover them by perform a factory reset and restoring your backed up data to them, thereby minimizing the loss of data when doing so.
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