Five ways to be more productive with your Windows 10 Mobile
So you've got a shiny new Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL? Here are a few ways to get more out of your Windows-powered smartphone.
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Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile are better togetherand OneDrive is the glue that hold everything together seamlessly. OneDrive is Microsoft's online cloud storage system, and it's baked right into Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Out of the box, you've got 5GB of free storage, more than enough for your Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. If you keep these documents on your OneDrive, they will be available and up to date, whether you are on your PC, Phone or generally browsing the web. to you on your PC, on your Lumia 950, and on the web.
Get a Wireless Charger
Time is money, so why not save yourself a few seconds every day by using a wireless charger? Just place your Lumia 950 or 950XL on top of the charger and it will start topping itself up almost instantaneously. But wait, there's more. If you pair your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL with Microsoft's official wireless charger, it will start emitting a faint blue glow whenever your phone is getting low on battery as a subtle reminder to get juicing.
Try out Continuum
Continuum is one of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL’s most innovative features, allowing you to get a PC-like experience by plugging your phone into a monitor (via an accessory called Microsoft Display Dock, which is sold separately).
Continuum lets you scale up universal apps like Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint etc), News, Weather, Microsoft Edge and Groove Music on the big screen! Thanks to the extra breathing room, look and feel is a lot closer to what you'd expect from a desktop app on Windows 10. It certainly makes working on your phone for extended periods of time a lot easier.
Even if you've got your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL plugged into your Display Dock, you can still keep using it to make and take phone calls, send off text messages, or run your other apps – all without interrupting your desktop experience. This duel screen experience is unique in the market and allows you to be productive without losing your original phone functionality.
Even if you're not keen on a full Continuum setup, a Bluetooth keyboard can be a good accessory to have on hand. I'm sure we've all had experiences where we've found ourselves punching out an email that’s far too long for a software keyboard, but keeping a portable Bluetooth keyboard in your bag is the perfect remedy.
Take the time to personalise your home screen
Windows 10 Mobile's Live Tiles give you a lot of freedom and flexibility when it comes to the look and feel of the operating system. If you want to go ultra-minimal, you can shrink everything down to tiny squares that allow you to find all of your apps in one pace. Alternatively, you scale up your tiles into almost widget-like wide boxes that can give you a preview of information like unread emails, missed phone calls and the latest new headlines. By finding the combination that works best for you, you can ensure your home screen is a help, rather than a hindrance – plus its far more personal and unique.