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My Family settings prevent app downloading

I have an issue with my first Windows Phone device. When trying to download an app from the marketplace I get this message: The My Family settings for your account prevent you from downloading ...
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Is it possible to turn off buttons light on Lumia 920?

When i watch movies on my phone in the dark, the three buttons light up and are disturbing my view. Is there any way to turn them off? or an app that do this for me? I have read that if you lock the ...
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Do we need Anti Virus for Lumia 920?

I recently bought Lumia 920, just want to know that if any Anti-virus is must for this phone or I can use it peacefully without anti-virus? If required then which one?
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Which email setting consumes less power, push or poll?

I would expect hourly polling to consume the least power, but I cannot find a conclusive answer on forums. This post says that push is better, but only for Hotmail accounts, which is strange since the ...
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How Can I Change My Microsoft Account?

When I initially setup my Windows Phone 7, I used my work Microsoft Account. Now I want to change it to my personal one. How can I change the Microsoft Account I initially used to set up the phone? ...
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How can I turn off app notifications in Windows Phone 8?

How can I disable app notifications in Windows Phone 8? Specifically, I'm looking to turn off notifications on a per app basis so I can disable notifications from Whatsapp.
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Cortana Flight Tracking. Within what amount of time will Cortana automatically track a flight?

I have an upcoming flight, in two weeks. The flight information is not available online as of yet. I have already received a confirmation email. Will Cortana still save my flight, once the information ...
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What does the the phone use to set the date+time “automatically”?

In the "date+time" settings, there is an option to set them automatically - where does it get this information from, as I've noticed that it can disagree quite a bit with other sources (for instance, ...
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How to find the password of a WiFi network?

My phone (a Nokia Lumia 520) is connected to a WiFI network but I've forgotten the password. Is there any way I can get the password of the wifi network that I am currently connected to?
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How to check if my Nokia Lumia 920 is new?

I recently bought a Nokia Lumia 920 from eBay. After reading some negative feedback about the seller (yes, after I bought it). I am now worried whether or not the phone I've purchased is an original ...
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How to exit Narrator on Windows Phone?

I nearly hard reset my phone today. The problem is that while the screen reader works well, it appears almost impossible to scroll the screen, meaning if you exit the settings page it is very ...
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How to transfer my existing Photo and video from Phone memory to SD card in my Windows 8 Phone?

I have Nokia Lumia 720 Windows Phone which supports SD card. Before I purchased SD card I took some Photos and Videos but now I have purchased it and configured it to store all new photos, videos and ...
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Custom tone for new text messages etc

Mango introduced the ability to create and add custom ringtones to your phone, but is there a way (programmatic or otherwise) to create a custom tone to be used for a new text message or meeting ...
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How can I enable the “Personalize my music” setting?

I was downloading an app that was unrelated to music, and saw this dialog: I did not realize this was part of the new User Agreement from Microsoft, and I unchecked the box so as not to give the app ...
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How To Erase A Phone

I started off with a Samsung Focus, and recently moved to a Lumia 900. I would now like to sell my Focus. How should I go about making sure that the phone has been properly erased of all personal ...
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Windows Phone 8 Silent Mode

I am not sure if this is possible in WP8, but I am trying to tweak the audio playback settings and would like to know if anyone else has been able to accomplish this. What I am looking to do is have ...
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How to pin WiFi settings on the start screen?

Is there a way to pin a shortcut to the WiFi settings on the start screen? It's just one extra click, but sometimes I need it really fast.
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How can I keep the screen always awake?

How can I keep the screen of my Lumia 925 Windows 10 updated phone always awake? The power button no longer works, so to turn on the screen I have to make a call or connect the charger. EDIT The ...
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Mobile Data Usage gets enabled automatically

Lumia 535 Dual-SIM, Windows Phone 8.1, OS Version 8.10.14234.375. I have noticed that infrequently my mobile data gets enabled automatically even when I had turned it off earlier. In Store and ...
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Change Photo Resolution

Is there a way to change the photo resolution in Windows Phone 8? Specifically I have a Nokia Lumia 920. The 920 takes pictures at 8.7 megapixels with an image size of 3264 x 2448 pixels. For most of ...
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Resolving problems with backup?

For about 2 months now, it appears that backup has been failing to backup correctly - If I kick off a manual backup, the progress works up to 98%, and then fails with a message "There was a problem ...
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Change format and appearance of inbuilt calendar live tile

I was wondering if we can change the date format of the calendar on the start screen. The current format "Tue 1" is pretty brief and I'd like to see a more detailed day/date format. Also, can we ...
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How to add static IP in lumia 630

how can i add static IP in Nokia Lumia 630 ?? Currently there is no option in settings. Is there any other way where i can directly insert static IP in system through any software ??
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How to change calendar birthday reminder timing on Windows phone 8.1?

I am getting Birthday reminder at 12 PM noon, Birthdays are loaded in my outlook calendar from google contacts and my Facebook contacts. So How to change this 12 PM timing to somewhat early around ...
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How to change WhatsApp notification tone?

WhatsApp for Windows Phone is unplesant for many reasons.! Here is another reason for this. I tried changing the system's default tone to a custom tone. It does work for other notifications. But for ...
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Kindle App on Windows Phone 8.1

Ok so I downloaded an azw file from libgen (don't judge me, it was extremely expensive otherwise). I don't own a Kindle, but do have the app on my laptop (Windows 7), and it runs great. Recently I ...
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Is it possible to change volume of ring signal without volume of the wakeup alarm being changed?

Is it possible to change volume of ring signal without the alarm volume being changed? It's quite annoying having to check that the wakeup alarm is on a normal volume every night before going to bed.
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Missing “Extras” category in Settings

On my Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL with Windows 10, there is no "Extras" category in my settings app. Is this Microsoft/Nokia exclusive? If not, how can I access this part of the settings? I'm running ...
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Windows 10 Mobile Background Low Quality

I have a Lumia 535 running Windows 10 Mobile (latest build), screen resolution 540 x 960. The problem that I was trying to solve, is to make the picture look good on my phone. I've tweaked for some ...
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Rotate 180 degree for all app

is possible to rotate screen 180 degree? I want this orientatnion for all apps, because my touch screen is crashed and isn't working good on bottom. Misrosoft lumia 535 WP10
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How can I change the alert sound on Windows Phone 8.1 update?

My Nokia Lumia 520 running Windows Phone 8.1 Update produces a system alert sound whenever I complete a call (because I am on a pay as you go plan - the alert text indicates the cost of the call). The ...
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How can I customize the appearance of Windows Phone?

To what extent can I change and customize the appearance of the Windows Phone interface? Are there built-in customization options or perhaps third-party apps that allow this?
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How to remove Cortana from search button in Windows Phone 8.1?

How to remove Cortana from the search button in Windows Phone 8.1? I want my original Bing screen back.
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How can I set access permission for Apps?

I can't find any application access permissions settings in Windows Phone 8, like Internet access, Gallery access, Contacts access etc. Is there any way to block their access from it. Because I ...
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Remove emoji button from keyboard

There is a smiley-face button at the bottom left of the keyboard that allows you to type emojis. I never use emojis. How can I remove this button from my keyboard?
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Speech Language is not downloading

I have changed my speech language to new one, and it showing Downloading all the time. It has been still Downloading for 2 weeks (It's only 24Mb, expected to finish within a minute). I have connected ...
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Is it possible to change the USB connection volume?

At work I have my ringer volume set to 1/30 (which still seems very loud...). When I connect the USB cable to sync or charge I still get a very loud notification sound. Is it possible to reduce the ...
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Equalizer is not showing on Lumia 525

I just updated the audio settings on my Lumia 525. When I go to Settings, the description mentions equalizer: However, when I open audio settings, there's no equalizer there: What could be the ...
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Turn over to mute

Some mobile phones can be muted by turning the device over. I have read that this is also supported by Lumia phones but couldn't find the setting in mine -- is this true? If so, where is the setting?
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How do i turn on Reset lock on my phone?

I own a Nokia Lumia 730.. Recently updated it to windows 10. I am not able to find the reset lock on my phone. Since the settings menu has changed and there is no option that i can see to turn that on....
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Add Gmail account in Windows phone

I have a Nokia Lumia 720 phone which is up-to-date (I just checked it before typing here) and am using Windows 8.1 on it (OS version: 8.10.14219.341). I frequently get my mails on Gmail and so I wish ...
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Can Samsung Windows Phones use the Swype keyboard interface?

Samsung is known for pioneering Swype in its own and Android smartphones. Its an efficient way to do keyboard input. On my Samsung Focus S, is there anyway to enable a Swype keyboard?
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How can I set my Windows 7 Phone's default DNS server?

I have a strange issue with my internet connection, where people coming over to my house are sometimes unable to connect to the internet. On my own computers I have also experienced the issue, but I ...
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“My phone number” Incorrect

The number that is displayed in the phone settings page is not my number. This is on a Nokia Lumia 620 running Windows Phone 8 (8.0.10211.204). Where does the phone get this number from? Is there a ...
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Live tiles stopped working

I have myself, my photos, and a friend pinned to my start. The tiles used to rotate photos, but I forgot my wallet pin, did a reset, and now those tiles don't update (my 'weather view' app tile does ...
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How to enable smime for email?

My question is how to enable SMIME sign and encryption for standard email account (imap/smtp)? I want to automatically sign all out email messages and ecryption if possible for specified percipients. ...
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Auto-hide the Back/Start/Search bar

Is there an option to enable the autohidng of the bottom bar? It might be a bug in the version I'm running (10.0.10586.29), but my bar doesn't hide anymore.
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“My Family setup needed” despite completed setup

I know this looks like a duplicate, but I don't believe it is. I am an adult. My child is young, and now has a Nokia Lumia 635. I am attempting to set up an account for her. I do not have a Windows ...
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How to determine if whole-device encryption enabled?

If someone hands me a Windows Phone 8.1 device, how can I determine if the phone has whole-device encryption enabled? Is there somewhere in the settings that indicates this?
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How to zoom out of screen in Lumia 535

I think I'm accidentally pressing a button and it's zooming the screen of my Lumia 535. I can't zoom out of it, and only thing I do is restart the phone. How do I zoom out? It's like the tiles and ...