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How to Change the Device Name in Windows 10 for Phones

Devices on a network need unique names so they can identify and communicate with each other. If two devices have the same name on the same network, it creates a conflict for network communications.

The device name for Windows 10 phones is “Windows Phone” by default unless named something else by the phone manufacturer.

This tutorial will show you how to change the device name for your phone in Windows 10 for phones.

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How to Open Settings in Windows 10 for Phones

Most of the settings you’ll want to change in Windows 10 for phones are in Settings. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, Update & recovery, and Extras categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

This tutorial will show you how to open Settings in Windows 10 for phones.

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How to Use Data Sense App to Manage your Data Usage on Windows Phone 8.1

As unlimited mobile data plans become less common, it’s more important than ever to understand how much cellular data your phone is using. Even if you have “unlimited” data, you might have access to the highest speed possible (usually 4G/LTE), but will be throttled to a lower connection after using up a specific amount of data.

The Data Sense app shows a detailed breakdown of data usage on your Windows Phone and helps you avoid unexpected charges by indicating when you’re nearing your data plan limit. It can also help by putting off data-intensive tasks until you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

Some mobile operators may automatically configure Data Sense with your plan info. If not, you’ll need to manually enter it so Data Sense can start tracking how much cellular data your phone is using during each billing cycle.

This tutorial will show you how use the Data Sense app to monitor and manage your cellular data usage on Windows Phone 8.1.

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How to Install Preview for Developers App for Windows Phone Pre-release Updates

If you are registered with App Studio (anyone can) OR a registered Windows Phone developer, then you can receive pre-release OS updates on their dev phone, directly from Microsoft. You can use the Preview for Developers app to opt-in your phone to receive early Windows Phone updates before they are generally available, enabling you to run and test your app on real hardware running the latest OS before your customers.

This tutorial will show you how to register and to download and install the Preview for Developers app to be able to receive pre-release OS updates on your Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Store App Live Tile in Windows Phone 8.1

Starting with the 8.10.14147.180 OS version of Windows Phone, the Store app now has a live tile when pinned to the Start screen that cycles through today’s featured apps in the Store.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the live tile of the Store app pinned to the Start screen to show today’s app and to only update tile over Wi-Fi in Windows Phone 8.1.

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How to Power Off and On Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

If your Windows Phone stops working or responding in the way you’re used to, you can quickly restart it to get back on track. You can restart your phone by powering it off, and turning it back on afterwards.

You may also want to turn off your Windows phone as needed. For example, before entering a court room.

This tutorial will show you how to completely turn off and turn back on your Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 phone.

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How to Change Website Preferences to Mobile or Desktop Version in Windows Phone 8.1

Many websites offer a mobile version of their full desktop site that’s customized for the smaller screens and slower Internet connections commonly found on mobile phones.

Internet Explorer on Windows Phone sends an identification string when it connects to websites. If a website offers a mobile version of their site, then it will display instead of the desktop version by default unless you change your website preference in Internet Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to set the website preference in Internet Explorer to either a mobile or desktop version in Windows Phone 8.1.

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How to Create a Windows Phone App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1

Your computer and your Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 work together seamlessly with the Windows Phone app so you always have your photos, videos, and music, and more where you want them.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a modern “Windows Phone” app shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Sunlight Readability in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

Sunlight visibility of a display depends on differences between the lumination (brightness) and the illumination (ambient light shining on a display). Lumination is the amount of light energy emanating from the display.

The readability depends on the amount of light being reflected off the display. The simplest way to enhance visibility is to increase brightness. When you have the sunlight readability feature turned on for your phone, it will automatically increase the screen brightness when in bright sunlight to help improve screen readability.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the sunlight readability feature in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Bluetooth in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

Bluetooth lets you do a lot of things on your Windows Phone 8. Although you can’t use Bluetooth to connect to the Internet, you can use it to pair your phone with a Bluetooth accessory, such as a car kit or a headset for hands-free phone calls. You can also pair your phone with other phones and devices that have Bluetooth, so you can share files over Bluetooth.

When Bluetooth is turned on, your phone will search for any discoverable Bluetooth accessories or devices. It will also be discoverable to other Bluetooth accessories or devices near you while you’re on this screen.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly turn on or off Bluetooth as needed for your Windows Phone 8 or 8.1.

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How to Pair Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 with another Windows Phone

Bluetooth lets you do a lot of things on your Windows Phone 8—everything from making hands-free calls using Speech to sharing files with other people. Regardless of what you want to do, the first step is the same—pair your phone with the Bluetooth accessory or device.

This tutorial will show you how to pair your Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 with another Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 over Bluetooth.

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How to Manually Check for and Install App Updates in Windows Phone 8.1

The people who create apps and games for Windows Phone are constantly making tweaks and improvements, fixing bugs, or adding new features. When a newer version of an app you’ve downloaded becomes available, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically by default.

By default, app updates will only be installed over Wi-Fi. If you’re not on Wi-Fi when an update becomes available, the update will be added to your downloads queue and will download automatically the next time your phone connects to a Wi-Fi network.

If you have an app update in your downloads queue, and it’s less than 50 MB, you can choose to download it immediately over your cellular data network.

This tutorial will show you how to manually check for and install app updates in Windows Phone 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Automatic App Updates in Windows Phone 8.1

The people who create apps and games for Windows Phone are constantly making tweaks and improvements, fixing bugs, or adding new features. When a newer version of an app you’ve downloaded becomes available, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically by default.

By default, app updates will only be installed over Wi-Fi. If you’re not on Wi-Fi when an update becomes available, the update will be added to your downloads queue and will download automatically the next time your phone connects to a Wi-Fi network.

If you have an app update in your downloads queue, and it’s less than 50 MB, you can choose to download it immediately over your cellular data network.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatic app updates, and turn on or off to only get updates over Wi-Fi in Windows Phone 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Notifications in Action Center on Windows Phone 8.1 Lock Screen

Windows Phone 8.1 introduces the Action Center to quickly see notifications like email, texts, and social media updates in. You can also access five personalized quick actions at the top, so you can easily switch on and off Wi-Fi, Airplane mode, and more. The Action Center also includes a link to All Settings to help getting to your system and application settings faster.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show notifications in the action center when your Windows Phone 8.1 is locked.

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How to Manage Settings for Notifications in Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center

Windows Phone 8.1 introduces the Action Center to quickly see notifications like email, texts, and social media updates in. You can also access five personalized quick actions at the top, so you can easily switch on and off Wi-Fi, Airplane mode, and more. The Action Center also includes a link to All Settings to help getting to your system and application settings faster.

This tutorial will show you how to turn notifications on or off for apps and settings, and choose whether to see banners at the top of the screen in Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center.

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