Windows Phone 7 Tips & Tricks: Managing Apps

August 5, 2011, By Christian Cawley

One of the great things about Windows Phone 7 is the increasing number of apps available for the platform, which reached 10,000 individual apps in the Marketplace in a much short time than either the iPhone or Android!

Some apps are official ones designed to promote websites and online stores, while others are simply useful tools – but all are available via the Windows Phone Marketplace which can be accessed via the Marketplace tile on the Start screen.

There are various things you can do with apps on the Start screen, interestingly, such as adding and removing app shortcuts. These might be simple, static tiles, or live tiles that display new information – useful if you want to keep tabs on the weather!

Windows Phone 7 Tips & Tricks: Managing Apps

Checking Download Progress

When downloading apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace you can check the status of the download using the Check Install button. This will display a progress bar that shows you how far the app is from being downloaded.

Note that if you are downloading games, you are best advised to use your phone on a Wi-Fi connection rather than 3G, as the phone will refuse to download large files as a courtesy to mobile phone operators.

Adding and Removing Apps from the Start Screen

If you have an app that you really like and want to access it regularly, rather than swiping left to access the Apps list you can add it to the Start screen. Simply open the Apps list, find the app concerned, tap and hold its icon until the menu appears and select Pin to Start. This will send the app to the foot of the Start screen, where you can tap and hold the app to drag it into a new position.

Rating and Reviewing Apps

As this is a comparatively new platform, Windows Phone developers need plenty of encouragement, and the other users need to know which apps they should be trying and avoiding.

This means that you need to start rating and reviewing the apps that you are using, something that is really easy to do. Whether you love or hate the app, your feedback can help others, and all you need to do is open the Apps list and simply tap and hold the app in question. From the context menu, select Rate and review, leave your thoughts and a star rating out of five!

Remove and Uninstall Windows Phone 7 Apps

There are times when you might want to get rid of a particular app, either by removing it from the Start screen or deleting it completely from your phone.

If you don’t want an app cluttering your Start screen any longer, simply tap and hold the tile and wait for the screen to change – the other tiles will fall away slightly leaving the app tile prominent – and tap the “unpin” icon in the top right-hand corner.

Meanwhile, if you want to drop an app from your phone completely, open the Apps list, browse to the app in question, tap and hold the icon and select Uninstall from the context menu.

Seconds later, the app will be gone!

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