Set Up Your Phone

Make the most out of your phone’s features from the get-go.

illustration of phone setup

When you switch your phone on for the first time, your phone guides you to set up your network connections, phone settings, and Microsoft account in one sitting.

Tip: If you select recommended settings while setting up your phone, reset protection is on by default. It prevents a thief from resetting and reusing your phone if your phone gets stolen.

Important:

You must sign in with a Microsoft account in order to have reset protection capabilities.

You need a Microsoft account to back up and restore your phone, to buy, install, and update apps, and to access some Microsoft services, such as:

You can use the same username and password on your computer and phone.

  1. Switch your phone on, and follow the instructions shown on your phone.
  2. When asked, create your Microsoft account if you don’t have one already, or sign in with your existing username and password.

Tip: You can also create a Microsoft account later. On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap ALL SETTINGS > email+accounts > add an account > Microsoft account.

Parents must approve the Microsoft account for children under the age of 13. To approve an account, on the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > email+accounts > add an account > Microsoft account, and follow the instructions shown on the phone.

You can also create or manage your account at www.live.com.