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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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After some research it seems like there is no way to be able to do this. However, here are some pointers to related topics- these might help you dig deeper and possibly come up with your own method... Can SMS backups be viewed online (on Outlook.com)? Apparently they can. Take a look at this thread. In post #24, the link posted actually worked for me as ...


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Search for "Battery" in the Windows Store and pick up one of the free battery monitoring programs that displays a graph of you battery usage by time. (The one I use is called Battery Sense, by Vasan Jiaramaneetwesin). Let that run in the background and try to remember what apps you run during the day. The graph will show you what rate you're using your ...


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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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The four apps are: Instagram Viber Pinterest Wells Fargo according to Joe Belfiore. Source


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For Windows Phone 8, you can no longer use Zune to sync to your PC. With Windows 8, they've instead provided the Windows Phone app or the Windows Phone 8 app for desktop. Either one will sync music, photos, videos, and ringtones between your phone and your computer. They will also sync with iTunes. Additional information for other O/S versions: To sync ...


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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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Edit: As of the 8.1 update this is no longer valid. I am leaving the old answer below for historic reference. As of the 8.1 update an Action Center has been added. You can access it by swiping down from the top of the screen. Similar to the IOS, you will have notifications there as well as shortcuts for bluetooth, wifi, airplane mode, etc... Old answer ...


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Other Storage on Windows Phone 8 includes cached data that is stored on your device. Everything from email, games, videos, game info, app info, documents, images synced to SkyDrive are all items that can fill it up. When you need to install an app or perform another action that requires more dedicated use of storage, this other space is supposed to ...


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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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Unfortunately the current crop of Windows Phones cannot handle the NT Kernel which Windows Phone 8 is built on. This would require new processors and processing languages. This article from Mashable has details on it.


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On the 920, when you press the volume rocker, you get on the top bar -- the volume setting (like 20 / 30) and a setting that says ring + vibrate ... touch the ring + vibrate portion and it will switch to vibrate only and no affect the volume ... Doing the same -- hit the volume rocker, and then the vibrate area, and it will switch to ring + vibrate ... ...


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There is a way. Windows Phone 8 will close the oldest app in the list if you try to open more than 8 apps. EDIT Now with Windows Phone 8.1 and above you can just hold back button and click "x".


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Just lower your volume to 0 and everything (except your alarms) will be muted completely. There's only one volume controller in Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.


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OneNote on Windows Phone is a very different application that its desktop version. It only has a subset of features, mostly text-based input. If you can get by with this set of features, there is no lag and it performs and syncs well. If you need to do more handwritten notes or image highlighting, or any other non - text feature it isn't available.


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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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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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The significance for end users isn't that high. It's not something that is visible for end users. It does however tell the story of WP8 that its foundation is completely different from WP7. The shell showing the user interface however stayed the same for the end users, so they still see a comparable user interface (apart from the changed that are made to WP8 ...


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Yes, the existing applications will work on Windows Phone 8. However, Windows phone 8 apps will not work on Windows phone 7.5 (or 7.8). Also keep in mind that you will not be able to upgrade your handset to Windows phone 8. To get the new OS, you will need to get a new phone.


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To the question "Does Windows Phone 8 support custom SMS, email, alarms, or calendar alerts?" No. Windows Phone 8 DOES support custom ringtones but for phone only. All other functions are controlled by and limited to the range of sounds already on the device.


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Once you reach your destination you can press the back button and you will be asked if you want to "Stop navigation", select yes to exit navigation mode. You can then press the back button again to exit the Nokia Drive and have it stop tracking your location. If you wish to leave Drive open but turn GPS off you will need to navigate through the Drive menus ...


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