What's on your Windows 10 Mobile Start screen, Mark Guim?

I've been mostly happy with the Lumia 830 after installing Window 10 Mobile preview. Make sure to check out our hands-on video for the latest build, version 10536, if you haven't seen it yet. Things are moving along, and I agree with Jez that it is good enough as a daily driver. There are still many improvements needed, but that's expected from a preview build. I've already said goodbye to Windows Phone 8.1 and will be using Windows 10 Mobile from now on. Here's what I have on my Start screen.

Phone – I keep this tile on the top left corner. I don't make a lot of phone calls, but I leave this here anyway.

Twitter – This app earns a spot on the top row as well. I use Twitter for breaking news, snarky commentary, and connecting with people that have similar interests as me. I switch between the official Twitter app and Tweetium, though. I'm still undecided on which one will stay. Download (opens in new tab) (Free)

Messaging Skype Preview – This is now my default messaging app since it integrates Skype into the text messaging app. Watch our hands-on video to see it in action. Download (opens in new tab) (Free)

MSN News and Sports – I don't open these two apps frequently, but I like glancing at their live tiles for headlines. If I see anything interesting, then I open the apps for more details. Download MSN News (opens in new tab) and MSN Sports (opens in new tab) (Free)

Outlook Mail – I've pinned two instances of this email app. One tile for each of my email account. I'm very disappointed that a unified inbox and email aliases aren't currently supported, but I really don't have a choice but to wait.

Outlook Calendar – I don't want to miss meetings, bill due dates, and other important events. This app helps me with that. The live tile displays today's appointments, too.

Microsoft Edge – I do a lot of browsing, so of course the new browser will be on my Start screen. The tile is a pinned to Windows Central, so I can see headlines pop up on my Start screen. One annoying issue on build 10536 is that links on some pages are unresponsive to my taps.

6tag – My favorite Instagram client is definitely on my Windows 10 Mobile Start screen. I'm one of the 300 million people who actively share photos on this service. Double-tapping photos is fun, too. Download (opens in new tab) (Free/In-app purchases)

Slack Beta – The Windows Central crew (and many other publications) use Slack to communicate and collaborate during work hours. It's still currently in beta, but it's better than nothing. It helps me keep in touch with the team even when I'm on the go. Download (opens in new tab) (Beta)

Messenger – Many of my college friends still use Facebook Messenger as the instant messaging service of choice. Some are slowly moving to Skype, but the majority are still on Facebook. Download (opens in new tab) (Free)

Photos – I love taking photos, so it makes sense to have a shortcut to my photo gallery on the Start screen. It also has a new look in the current build. You can see it in action in our hands-on video.

MSN Weather – This is another app that I rarely open, but I don't even need to open it. The live tile gives me all the weather information I need to figure out whether I should wear a sweater or bring an umbrella. Download (opens in new tab) (Free)

Maps – Driving around Boston is not easy, so a maps/navigation app is a must. One feature that some of you are going to like is support for offline maps. You can search and get directions even when you're not connected to the internet.

MixRadio – I like listening to music especially when I'm driving. I have pinned one of the MixRadio playlists so that it starts playing immediately after tapping the tile on the Start screen. Download (opens in new tab) (Free/In-app purchase)

Store – Reviewing apps and games is part of my job here at Windows Central. I've pinned the Store to the start screen so I can quickly download stuff on my phone.

Settings – While I can access settings by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping Settings, I still leave a shortcut on my Start screen for even quicker access.


I've stuck with the Medium and Wide tiles on the Start Screen. I'm not a fan of the Small tiles because they're too small for my eyes. One exception is that I have the Settings tile in small size at the bottom. I also use the Full Screen picture option instead of Tile picture and set the transparency to about 80%.

Have you installed the Windows 10 Mobile preview on your main device? How is your Start Screen similar or different from mine? If you're absolutely in love with your Start screen, feel free to take a screenshot and share it in the comments!

Stay tuned for more Windows 10 Mobile Start screen setups from the rest of the team.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

  • How does the screen look like when you make/receive a call in windows 10?I love the way it is on windows phone 8.1
  • It looks equaly good  :)
  • i have to disagree.   the ONE thing that i don't like much about win 10 mobile is the transition  from lock screen slide up to the answer or reject a call screen. there's little difference between this two screens, or a noticeable change if you ask me, so sometimes it's hard to see if you slided up correctly, where you have to touch if you wanna answer... it's a weird feeling, opposed to the one in 8.1   btw, sorry about my english
  • It's different but nice.  In some ways I miss having a large photo fill up the screen when someone calls but the circular photo has its appeal as well when receiving a call.  
  • Here is my Start Screen .. And trust me.. It looks good ;)
  • Oo bhai apni GF ka photo hatana Start Screen se
  • Its just a screenshot and the photo you can see is a tiny collage.. So no big deal.. And yeah.. She is not my GF :p
  • :) I was wondering how will the W10M's Start Screen will be cuz I'm not on dev preview. NP bhai bas mujhe achcha nahi laga apni ladki ka photo worldwide broadcast kare
  • Apni maa chuda na phir @Ansari5x5
  • Shame that you don't have the windows central app :p
  • Damn that looks confusing. Nothing for eye coordination.
  • I miss Mix Radio. I lost the app when I updated to one of the previous 10 Mobile builds and had to factory reset the phone. Mix Radio is no longer downloadable for me.
  • I really miss the full screen picture. I could care less about peoples faces being in circles or whatever, but I really miss the look of that full screen picture.
  • Smaller tiles guy, smaller tiles.
  • Maybe I'm getting old, but the small tiles are too small for me.
  • Same, I've alwaysed used the mid/large tiles. Thats one of the things I like about WP.
  • Having the option to choose the tile size is a WIN!
  • And i want the 1x2, 2x2 tile back
  • You don't use folders? I like the folders options..
  • Ikr! It's like a 90s corded telephone for old people with massive easy to read numbers
  • I can't get calendar to work since the latest mobile build
  • I deleted the account and added it again and it worked, for email anyway, cause I couldn't send anything.
  • Well that's nice...
  • The start screen looks like it is meant for pure functionality. I like a blend of both beauty and functionality, but this is interesting too. How often do you change the look of your start screen?
  • Start screen on current build 10536 consuming so much battery on my 640 xl, more than 25%. prior to this build I could have managed 1 to 1.5 days on my phone, but now I have to charge within 1 day.
  • Same here. My 830 is showing about 35% just start screen. Never did a hard reset so I'm debating that first.
  • I did a hard reset on my 920 and the start screen STILL drains the battery.
  • My 920 went from 100% to 0% in 4.5 hours. Brutal battery hog. I had not even made a call or text.
  • they did something with this particular build battery drains too much fast rolling back to 8.1 just bcoz of battery issue they will fix it after 2 3 months they have so much time you know
  • Put this build on my 930 the battery went from 100% to 17% in less than an hour. But I left it on WiFi and charge all night and the next day it was as normal.
  • Runs perfectly on my 640, not much different from WP8.1
  • Oh yeah: http://1drv.ms/1KHRv4Z
  • After updating my transparency slider vanished. Even after a hard reset it has not appeared. Btw how did you get MixRadio on wm10??
  • Nothing special. Just downloaded MixRadio from the store. If you can't find it on search, use the download link from this article
  • Its in store?
  • when upgrading window 8.1->to win 10 u will hav mix radio
  • On my Start screen on Lumia 830, I've  "BUGSSSSSSS" n "BUGSSSS" n only "BUGGSSSS" very bad build on 830
  • "BUGSSSSSSS" n "BUGSSSS" n only "BUGGSSSS" Something about your comment pleases me greatly.  I have permanently copy/pasted this into my brain.
  • That build isn't Just good anywhere. Soi buggy. I have a 640
  • My 640 runs perfectly fine, besides the occasional app crash, but nothing to make me go back to 8.1. From here on it's WM10 all the way, I've said bye to 8.1 for good :-)
    Also waiting to put it on my htc 8x, then I'm all set!
  • I was getting frustrated with MS and used the recovery tool to get back to Win 8.1. There are too many bugs and lags. Sometimes apps don't launch. Take a photo, go to the photo app and it has to sync all the new photos. Sometimes it doesn't sync right. So, I finally said in done with w10m. Glad to be back to 8.1
  • Don't you just select folders in your main inbox to see all aliases and joined email accounts?
  • On Outlook for iOS, you can add aliases under Advanced Settings. Makes it really easy to change the From: email address when writing new mail. Would really love Microsoft to bring that feature to Windows 10 mobile.
  • I have an alias address in Outlook on the latest TP release. But it shows under folders.
  • You can do that yes, bit there's no way to have a single live tile show the count for all of your linked inboxes. I have multiple email addresses each for specific uses, ie one just for people I personally know and another for newsletters. I want to know if either have new mail, I don't care which it is specifically. And when its linked the email from both accounts is presented in a single list, I don't have to look at the inbox of one then switch over to the other to go through it all. This is, so far, lost in WM10.
  • Nice one :) Could you share wallpaper please?
  • I download my wallpapers from Interfacelift.com
  • Thanks for Mentioning the site.Its Wonderful and Useful.
  • I wish I had that all too critical "Massaging" app on my start screen. I have no idea how to get it back. Any ideas?
  • I think Aul did talk about this.. And he said you have to roll back to WP8.1 using recovery tool and update it to W10M.. Or you can download the Messaging skype preview untill next build with a fix.. :)
  • If u patient enuf, scroll down and looking for the post on messaging updates. Open it in browser. The link is there. I think it was in August/ July...
  • Thanks for the insight. I searched for the answer but came up empty. I will roll it back.
  • Why dont you just use Skype Messaging preview?.. It has the same functionality of Messaging app...Its not that buggy.. Works fine in my test device (L625) :)
  • http://m.windowscentral.com/microsoft-health-messaging-and-onenote-all-s...
  • http://wmpoweruser.com/microsofts-messaging-app-for-windows-10-mobile-up...
  • "Feel free to take a screenshot and share it in the comments" !!! I can't find a way to do this using the WC app.. Ahem /s ;)
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  • 830 looks sexy......but 950....
  • Can u make a video of this, Mark?
    Kind of love ur videos on Mobile
  • "MSN Weather – This is another app that I rarely open, but I don't even need to op