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There's no universal way to roll any Windows Phone device back to 8.0 that's guaranteed to work 100% of the time. From the Windows Phone Preview for Developers page: You cannot revert or return to a prior operating system release version after you have updated your phone to a preview update. We will move you forward to a "released state," but we cannot ...


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As I have been searching for this for ages and there were no actually useful responses, I want to post this here as this is the first result that always appears on my search. There IS an official way to export your text messages and the app even comes bundled with every single Nokia Lumia phone. The app, from Microsoft Mobile, is called Transfer My Data, ...


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There are actually 2 landscape modes depending on which way you turn the device, you'll get a different mode. Turning the phone 90 degrees counterclockwise (bottom of phone in your right hand) will put it into regular scientific mode. Turning the phone 90 degrees clockwise (bottom of the phone in your left hand) will put it into programmer mode.


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I think you caschw is describing a soft-reset. Windows Phone 8 hard-reset goes like this: Turn off your phone. Hold volume-down. Keep holding volume-down and press power button for about 3 seconds. Let go of the power button, but keep holding the volume down until image/icon on the screen appears. Almost done - now proceed with the following sequence: ...


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Chrome is not yet available for Windows Phone. If you want to try an alternate browser, Opera Mini and UC Browser are available.


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With the contacts+message backup app there is now an official way to export your texts. This app only used to work on devices with SD Cards, but has been updated to work on all devices as far as I can tell. After installing the app, open it from your settings menu (you won't see it in your installed apps list). If you do not have an SD Card in your phone, ...


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That symbol means there's a weather alert for your area. It may be a flood, freeze, or some other kind of warning. You'll see the same symbol on the Start tile and in the app.


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After some research, it seems that the apps, on the SD card,are not detected by the phone unless it is rebooted. I don't know whether this is a glitch or all Windows 8 phones work this way. All I did was the following: Insert SD card on Phone Format the SD card from Phone (optional) Connect to PC Paste all the apps on the root of the SD card. Restart phone ...


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They are two fine examples of the many scam apps that exist in the Windows Phone Store - other app store have their issues too. The apps look harmless as they don't ask for permission to resources they don't obviously need eg. Contacts, Pictures, etc. That said, it's better not to download these too-good-to-be-true apps - simply confirm that they're fake (...


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It's not currently possible to browse the complete file system of a Windows Phone 8. When connected via USB, only the Pictures, Video and Music are exposed via Windows Explorer


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At this moment that is not possible, you can't run Android Apps on Windows Phone, there is no emulator that can do that, nor it can be done directly, there are some rumors that have been rising these days that Microsoft is thinking about using Android Apps, but that's just a rumor for the moment


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Ok, solution was really quite simple, this may be enough: Disable lock screen password Enable the lock screen password. When it prompts for the new password, it should show just the numeric phone dial keypad. Makes sense in the hindsight, though I tried other things before I figured it out. Just in case, here's a list of steps I did. Again, the bolded ...


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Not sure what exactly you mean by "proper phone ring sound", but if you mean the sound an old-school rotary phone would make, then on my Lumia 920 that's (rather appropriately) called "Nostalgia", under the Nokia category. In addition, you can always use any MP3 file as a ringtone. Just Bing/Google for something like "phone ring sound mp3". But yeah, this ...


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There is a feature called Find My Phone which you can use it. To enable locking and erasing the phone data remotely, you will need to have the following settings enabled. To check, go to Settings > Find My Phone and check the following Always use push notifications(not SMS) to send commands and apps to my phone Save my phone's location periodically and ...


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You can't. For the security purposes.


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Note: The below instructions apply to Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone has not already received this update from your carrier or OEM, you may want to consider signing up for and installing Preview for Developers. If you have a Windows 8 computer, and log in to it with the same Microsoft account you use for your phone, the WiFi profiles can be synced to the ...


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Skype is now rolling out active endpoints. This should help minimize the problem with notifications or calls appearing on several devices.


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Amber is an update exclusive to Nokia devices. List of changes: Improved image processing FM radio support Glance screen feature Flip to silence, double tap to wake Improved storage check, faster HERE map updates More details


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New standard features users can use immediately. Driving Mode A new feature called Driving Mode helps you get from point A to point B with fewer distractions. Working with a connected Bluetooth device, Driving Mode is designed to limit notifications on the lock screen—including texts, calls, and quick status alerts—until you’re safely parked. New ...


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Privacy concerns. These settings are controlled by OS and not exposed to apps. So, there is no other way to get to it. Only one way i can suggest is, login to the router config page and check its Wireless password, but for that you should know router credentials.


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This is not possible as Windows Phone 7 supported different processors.


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On OS X, unfortunately, you cannot transfer any files other than photos and videos (using the Windows Phone app). However, you can change the extensions of the files you want to copy to .mp3/4 and then transfer them to your phone. Once copied, you should see your files sitting pretty in the Music/Videos folder in your Windows Phone. You can then rename them ...


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By judging what you are trying here to accomplish, I think you are mentioning Reverse USB Tethering. Windows Phone 7 had it by default via Zune. In Windows Phone 8 the dev team dropped this feature. So there is no way you can share your PC's internet to phone via USB. Most likely what you can do to avail internet in phone, you can set an adapter up as an ...


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You can't record a call on Windows Phone devices. Neither built-in, nor third-party. Note that recording a telephone call is illegal in many places.


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Yes, according to Microsoft, a paid developer account is needed to submit any app. You can submit 100 free apps once paid up.


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I notice that apps like whatsapp switch from loudspeaker to earpiece speaker if you hold the phone to your ear. It was so simple, I thought I had a weird bug where it would switch between the two, then I realized it works if I just hold it to my head. Perhaps this is the same for Skype or for the media player in general on the phone?


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When you plug your phone in to your PC, you can copy media across using Windows Media Player; you no longer need to use the Zune application on the desktop. You can also just copy the files across using Windows Explorer as it will show up under "My Computer". On the phone itself, the app is now called "Music+Videos" and is "X-Box green", with a headphones/...


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Reporting a bug through the phone itself There is no built in module in the phone that allows you to reports bugs per se. You do have an option of allowing Microsoft (and Nokia if you have a Nokia handset) to gather usage details, etc. automatically. Reporting a bug on the web The best way to do this would be through the Microsoft Community Forums. Here, ...


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With no apps are running, the Windows Phone OS uses "some" of that memory, and as an end user, you shouldn't need to care, as application developers have to flag their applications as supporting low-memory (256Mb for Windows Phone 7.x; 512Mb for Windows Phone 8) devices as a special case. Apps that aren't lower memory compatible seem to have a flag in the ...


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