How to use lock screen apps [Windows Phone 101]

Are you a new user? Are you trying to figure out how to use your fancy new Windows Phone? Not all of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to Windows Phone. At one time we were all beginners just looking for answers. Windows Phone 101 aims to provide answers to the simplest questions.

Are you tired of your boring lock screen? Do you wish you could see valuable information every time you turn on your phone? Wish no more, because with Windows Phone 8 you are no longer stuck with a static wallpaper for a lock screen. You can have it rotate through images, display news stories, show the weather, and much more. Let us show you how.

lockscreen settings

Everything involving the lock screen can be found in Settings > Lock screen. The top section of the Lock screen page with the box labeled Background is what we will be talking about in this guide. By default it will say Photo in the box, but if you tap that you will see a list of more options. That is where the fun begins.

This list includes every app you have installed that can be used on the lock screen. To try one out just tap on the app name to select it. Most apps need a little bit of setting up before they will display anything on the lock screen. To do this just tap the [Open App] box and you will be taken to that app. From here it depends on what app you have chosen, but usually the settings of that app will have the lock screen set up.

And that’s really all there is to it. Some apps will take a little while before they start displaying on the lock screen, so be patient. There are many great apps in the Windows Phone Store for creating an awesome lock screen. Check out the screenshots below of some lock screen set ups. What do you use on your lock screen?

LOCK APPS


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