Windows Phone start screen is highly customizable such that you can pin anything and everything. After Windows Phone 8.1 update, start screen features has increased we can pin more thing to our start screen. We have tried many things by Pinning everything to start screen and incorporate in our tutorial. You can learn How to Pin: apps, games, contacts, groups, chat rooms, Office documents and locations, OneNote notebooks, websites, email folders, maps, music, playlists, videos and photo albums. So here we start our Windows Phone Start Screen Guide to Pin Everything.
1. How to Pin Apps to Start Screen:
Right slide to your windows phone start screen where you find apps list you installed or pre-installed by Microsoft. Now Go to App List and find an app you want to Pin. Tap & Hold on App where you will see options pop up, click on Pin to Start.
Now once you click on Pin to start option, windows phone will take you to start screen where you app is pinned, as in below image.
How to Pin a Contact, Room or Group to Start Screen:
Windows Phone 8 has also provided us a feature to Pin a contacts to Start Screen. By Pinning your favorite contacts to your start screen, you will have quick access to these numbers and live social updated about theme.
To Pin a contact, Go to People Hub in the App list.
Slide to All so that all your contacts are displayed.
Find the contact you want to pin and tap and hold on it. Tap pin to start in the option menu.
The contact is now pinned to your Start screen.
You can also pin a room or a group from the People hub. To do this, Slide to the togetherscreen. Then, tap and hold the Room or Group you want pinned and select pin to start.
The live tile for the Room or Group you have selected is now displayed on the Start screen.
How to Pin Advance Call Settings to Start Screen:
To pin Network Settings to Start Screen, Go to Settings > Network+ > Click on Pin to start to pin it on start screen.
How to Pin Office Documents and Locations to the Start Screen:
If you want to Open important documents quickly then you might want to Pin them to Start Screen. Open the Office hub and look for the document that you want pinned. Tap and hold on its name and then tap pin to start.
Note that this action is possible from any Office screen or location, no matter if you want to pin a document from your smartphone, one that you have received by email or even one from your OneDrive.
In case you need quick access to all the Office documents from a specific location, you can also pin a place or even a folder. Tap and hold on the place or folder that you want pinned and then tap pin to start.
How to Pin OneNote File to the Start Screen:
To pin a note from OneNote to the Start screen you’ll have to open the OneNote app. Then, tap and hold the note that you want pinned and select pin to start.
How to Pin a Website to the Start Screen:
You can also pin the websites that interest you to the Start screen. To pin a website, open Internet Explorer and open that website. Then, tap more, on the bottom right side of the screen.
From the list of options displayed, tap pin to start.
A tile is created on the Start screen, which you can use to quickly open that website. Notice that the image used for the tile is a small screenshot of the website.
How to Pin Email Folders to the Start Screen:
You may want to pin an email folder to the Start screen. To pin an email folder, open the email account where it is found. Then, tap more on the bottom of the screen and then folders.
From the list of options displayed, tap show all folders.
In the email folders list, tap and hold the folder you want pinned and then tap pin to start.
How to Pin a Map to the Start Screen:
Most Windows Phone users are not aware of the fact that they can also pin maps to the Start. For example, you may go on vacation and you want to pin the map of the location you are going to. To do this, open the Maps app.
Tap search on the bottom of Maps screen.
Then, write the place you want pinned and tap Enter.
When you find the place, tap its name to open that location’s details.
On the bottom menu tap pin and the location is added to the Start screen.
The pinned tile will be a screenshot of that location.
How to Pin Music to the Start Screen:
To pin music to the Start screen, you need to open the Music hub, find Playlist, albums, or artists.
To pin some of your music, open the appropriate category. Whether you want to pin an artist, an album, a playlist or musical genre, first navigate to its section. Then, tap and hold the item that you want pinned and select pin to start.
How to Pin Radio Stations to the Start Screen:
As in windows phone 8.1 FM radio station is separated from Music and Videos so to add FM to your starts screen go to FM radio in app list and then search the FM station and click on pin to start as in below image.
How to Pin Photo Albums to the Start Screen:
On your Windows Phone, open Photos and then Albums.
Then, tap and hold the album that you want pinned and select pin to start.
If you want to pin your Favorites album, found in the albums section, flick the screen to the left to reach the favorites screen. Then, on the bottom of the screen, first tap more and then tap pin to start.
Final Words: We have covered most of the things which can be pinned to windows phone home screen. If you know more things which can be pinned to windows phone 8 home screen, we would love to include your feedback and make this more useful to our readers.