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Windows Security Settings


​Below are a few recommended security tips you should follow to protect your information and data while using your Windows phone.


1. Set a Password
2. Back It Up

3. Updates
4. Browser Settings
5. Wi-Fi Settings 
6. Find My Phone
7. Wallet Settings
8. Auto Lock
9. Encryption

10. Erase Data

Password Settngs


Set a Password

To help prevent someone from using your phone without your permission (making phone calls, reading your email, and so on), it's good to use a password or Personal Identification Number (PIN). 

1. In the App list, tap Settings   Lock screen.
2. Do one of the following:

To set up a password for the first time, turn on Password , enter your new password in the New password text box, and then reenter it in the Confirm password text box.
If your phone already has a password and you want to change it, tap Change password, and then enter your phone's current password in the Current passwordtext box before entering and confirming your new password.

3. Tap Done to save your changes.

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SIM Card

Use a PIN to lock my SIM card

You can use a PIN for the SIM card in your Windows Phone to help prevent people from making unauthorized phone calls. After you set up your SIM PIN, you'll be prompted to enter it each time you start your phone.

To turn on SIM security

1.     On Start  , tap Phone   > More   > Settings.
2.     Turn on SIM security  .
3.     When prompted to Enter SIM PIN, enter the PIN for your SIM by doing one of the following:

·         If this is the first time you're setting up a PIN for the SIM in your phone, try typing1234, and then tap Enter1234 is a common default PIN for some SIMs. If that PIN doesn't work, contact your mobile operator for the correct default PIN.

·         If you already set a PIN for your SIM (even if the SIM was in another phone when you did it), type your PIN, and then tap Enter. You'll get the message SIM PIN enabled.

NOTE:To find the SIM security   option on a dual SIM Windows Phone, tap one of thePhone Tiles on your Start screen > More   > Settings > SIM 1 settings or SIM 2 settings, depending on which SIM you want to turn it on for. To learn more, see Use a dual SIM phone.

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To enter your SIM PIN

1. With SIM security turned on, turn on or restart your phone.

2. When prompted to Enter SIM PIN, type your PIN, and then tap Enter.

To change the PIN for your SIM

1. On Start  , tap Phone   > More   > Settings.

2. With SIM security turned on, tap Change SIM PIN.

3. When prompted to Enter current SIM PIN, type the current PIN, and then tap Enter.

4. When prompted to Enter new SIM PIN, type a new PIN, and then tap Enter.

5. When prompted to Confirm new SIM PIN, type the new PIN again, and then tap Enter.

You'll get the message SIM PIN changed.

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Set up a Wallet PIN

windows wallet

A Wallet PIN is a numeric password that you can set up to protect access to your Wallet. The PIN can also prevent unwanted NFC payments and protect your purchases in the Windows Phone Store.

Your Wallet PIN is different from your lock screen password. When you set up a Wallet PIN, be sure to choose something you'll remember—particularly if you don't think you'll use it very often. If you forget your Wallet PIN, you'll need to reset your phone to its factory settings.

Setting up a Wallet PIN isn't required, but it is recommended. Here's how to do it:

1. In the App list, tap Wallet  .

2. Tap More, and then tap Settings+PIN.

3. Turn on Wallet PIN, enter and confirm your new PIN (it must be at least four digits), and then tap Done.

4.     If you'd like to require this PIN for purchases in the Windows Phone Store, select the Use Wallet PIN to protect music, app, and in-app purchases check box.

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Back Up My Stuff

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When you sign in with your Microsoft account on your Windows Phone 8.1, you can turn on a service that lets you automatically save important things to the cloud so you'll have a backup if something happens to your phone.


You can choose how your phone backs up your apps, settings, text messages, and photos and videos.
In the App list, just go to Settings   > Backup.

To learn about restoring a backup, see Restore a backup to my phone.


  • This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
  • Microsoft doesn't use information you back up for advertising or marketing purposes.

·         You can do a manual backup at any time—go to Settings   > Backup > Apps + settings, then turn on Settings backup   and tap Back up now.

·         After three weeks without a recent backup, your phone will prompt you to create a new one.

To turn on apps and settings backup

1. In the App list, tap Settings   > Backup.
2. Tap Apps + settings.
3. To back up your settings, turn on Settings backup  .

To back up your apps, make sure Settings backup is turned on, and then turn on App backup .

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Erase Data

To delete backups

1. In the App list, tap Settings   > Backup.
2. Tap Apps + settings, tap Manage backups (called Advanced on Windows Phone 8), then do one of the following:

·         If you want to delete your entire backup, select the Settings backup check box and tap Delete.

·         If you only want to delete your app data, clear the Settings backup check box, select the App backup check box, and tap Delete.


Deleting backups on your phone only removes the local copy, but you can delete backups permanently from OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). Log in to your OneDrive account and go to Settings > Options > Device settings. You'll see a list of your backups and can delete any you want.

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Find My Phone

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To sign in to Find My Phone for the first time

The first time you use Find My Phone, you'll need to sign in to it using your Microsoft account.

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Point to the phone in the upper-right corner, then click Find My Phone. If you're prompted, sign in with the same Microsoft account you used to sign in on your phone.

To find your phone

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Point to the phone in the upper-right corner, then click Find My Phone. If you're prompted, sign in with the same Microsoft account you used to sign in on your phone.
  3. You'll see a map with your phone's location. You can zoom in or out to get a better view.


  • Not seeing the latest location? Click Refresh.
  • If you'd like to make a hard copy of your phone's location, click Print.
  • If you've scrolled the map and lost track of your phone's location on it, clickCenter on map.


To change settings for Find My Phone

You can set up Find My Phone to save your location every few hours, or to use push notifications instead of text messages to send commands (and apps) to your phone faster and more cheaply. You'll change these settings on your phone, not on your computer.

1.     In the App list, tap Settings  , and then tap Find my phone.
2.     Select either or both of the following check boxes:

·         Always use push notifications (not SMS) to send commands and apps to my phone. The Find My Phone service and the Windows Phone Store on the web use text messaging to send commands and apps to your phone. Check this option to use push notifications instead. Why? Push notifications can be faster than text messages, and if your mobile operator charges you for each incoming text message, push notifications might also be cheaper. Also, Find My Phone can only send 15 text messages to your phone in a three-day period. With push notifications, there's no limit.

·         Save my phone's location periodically and before the battery runs out to make it easier to find. Microsoft can save your phone's location details every few hours so that if your phone is out of range or the battery dies, we can still show your phone's last known location on a map.

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Stay Updated


Before you download and install an update:

- Charge your phone. We won't perform the update unless your phone has sufficient power.

- If you're worried about cellular data charges, use Wi-Fi and manually download the update. See How can I minimize my data usage? to learn more.

- You'll need to have enough storage space on your phone so we can perform the update. If you try to update and you don't have enough free space, we'll prompt you to go to Storage Sense to make room. To check how much space you have available, in the App list, go toStorage Sense   (in Windows Phone 8, go to Settings   > Phone storage). For more info about how to make more room, see Make room on my phone to update it.


How to download updates automatically

1.     In the App list, tap Settings   > Phone update.
2.     Select the Automatically download updates if my data settings allow it   check box.

NOTE: Updates won't download if data settings on your phone prevent it. For example, both Data Sense and Battery Saver can limit how your phone uses data. To learn more, seeUse Data Sense to manage data usage and Battery: making it last. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)


How to check for updates manually

1. In the App list, tap Settings   > Phone update.
2. Tap Check for updates.

NOTE: Windows Phone will let you know when new updates are available. If you check manually for an expected update and your phone appears to be up to date, it may be that it isn't available yet for your specific phone, mobile operator, or market.


How to install an update

1. If you aren't set up to automatically download updates, tap Settings   > Phone update, and then tap Download when prompted after checking for updates or receiving an update notification.
2. Do one of the following:

- Tap Show details, and then tap Install. Your phone will restart, and then install the update.

- Tap Show details, and then tap Not now if you want to go back to Settings   >Phone update later to install the update.

NOTE: It usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to install an update, but it could take longer, depending on the number of apps you've got installed on your phone.

3. After your phone restarts, wait for it to migrate your settings, and then tap Done to finish the update.

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Wi-Fi Settings


To connect to a Wi-Fi network on your own

1. In the App list, tap Settings   > Wi-Fi.
2. Make sure that Wi-Fi networking is turned On  .

When Wi-Fi is on, your phone will search for available Wi-Fi networks in the area. If a network is found, you'll see its name listed, along with whether it's an open or secure network.

3. Tap the network you want to connect to.
4. If you're connecting to a secure network and are asked to enter a password, do that.
5. (optional) If you're using Wi-Fi Sense and want to share access to the network with your contacts, select the Share network with my contacts check box. If you don't want to share that network, clear the check box.

If you do choose to share with your contacts, they'll get Internet access when they're in range of the network and connected to it, but they don't get to see the network password.

6. Tap Done to connect.


To learn about Wi-Fi hotspots, including how to see ones near you on a map and connect automatically to any your mobile operator may offer, see Find Wi-Fi hotspots. When you connect to Wi-Fi, your phone will send connection-related information to Microsoft if the Send information about Wi-Fi connections to help discover nearby Wi-Fi check box is selected in Settings   > Wi-Fi > Manage. To find out what specific information is collected, see the Windows Phone 8.1 Privacy Statement.

·         Open networks aren't secure. For example, anyone can connect and possibly see what you're doing. Be careful when doing things online that require personal or sensitive information, or wait until you can connect to a secure network that you trust before doing these things.

·         Have a computer or tablet running Windows 8.1? Go to Settings   > Sync my settings on your Windows Phone 8.1 and turn on Passwords  . After that, you'll only need to enter a network password once—your other devices will automatically connect to the network when it's in range. For more info about how this works, see Sync my Windows Phone settings.

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