My Windows Phone
My Windows Phone online portal
|Initial release||October 21, 2010|
|Stable release||8.0 "Apollo" / October 29, 2012|
My Windows Phone (previously Windows Phone Live) is a free online companion service for Windows Phone mobile devices from Microsoft. The service, released in conjunction with the launch of Windows Phone 7 on October 21, 2010, provides users with a free mobile phone back-up solution by wirelessly synchronizing contacts, calendar appointments, photos, and OneNote notebooks with a various tightly-integrated Windows Live services including People, Outlook.com Calendar, and Microsoft OneDrive. Users can access and manage their information stored on their Windows Phone devices via a password protected online portal using their Microsoft account. My Windows Phone also includes the Find My Phone service which facilitates tracking of a lost or stolen phone over the Internet or by messages. Similar phone finder services under various names are available for other families of smartphones. A similar service for Windows Mobile devices was available with Microsoft My Phone, withdrawn in 2011.
The service was updated on September 27, 2011 in conjunction with the release of Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" update, adding support for Microsoft Scrapbook and account management features including viewing app purchase history and reinstall apps from the Windows Phone Store. With the Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" update, My Windows Phone also added the My Family feature allowing parents to manage their child's accounts running Windows Phone 8. In February 2015 Microsoft moved the Find My Phone feature from the Windows Phone site to the Microsoft account website in preparation for Windows 10.
My Windows Phone offers the following features:
|Find My Phone||
|My Family||Integrates with Microsoft Family Safety to allow users to manage their child's Microsoft accounts (with a birth date under 18) running Windows Phone 8. This includes restricting the child's account to download apps from the Windows Phone Store, setting the game ratings for any games downloaded from the store, and accept the any terms and conditions on the child's behalf.|
|Account and purchase history||Allow users to view their Windows Phone Store app purchase history and reinstall apps for their Windows Phone device. Users can also edit their Microsoft account's payment and billing information, as well as edit their preferred contacting email address.|