Windows Phone 8.1 finally gets speed dial, call history and more
The more we use Windows Phone 8.1, the more we discover such as the changes to our call history. For starters, we now have a Speed Dial page that sits alongside the History and Voice Mail pages. You also have the ability to pull up call details that reveal the date, time and duration of the calls.
Finally, the History page now groups calls from the same caller, based on the date, to avoid repetition. For example if Rich had called my Windows Phone four times today, the history would display “Rich Edmonds (4)” instead of four entries for those calls.
So how do you access all these new features?
Just tap your Phone Live Tile to pull up the History, Speed Dial and Voice Mail pages. Individual call options are accessible by tapping and holding the screen on a specific number. This will generate a pop-up menu with options to:
- View the call details
- Delete the number from your history
- Add the number to your Blocked Number list
- Add the number to your Speed Dial page
The details view will not only show you the time, date and duration of a call but it will also break down any grouped calls. You will also notice that the pop-up menu on the Voice Mail page has changed slightly to add the option to add a caller to your Speed Dial page. Just tap and hold on a voice mail entry to access that pop-up menu.
Along with the new features, the layout of the History Page has changed ever so slightly. Along with the grouping of calls from the same source, an icon is now displayed to the right of the number. This will send you to your Windows Phone contacts page where you can view information from existing contacts who call you or add a new number to your People’s Hub.
The new features that Windows Phone 8.1 brings to our call history are nice touches that should help you manage your calls easier. Let us know what you think of these changes in the comments below.
Thanks, Jorge, for the tip on the call timer!
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
I guess one thing I could really like in this setup is that I could keep people hub showing all contacts and phonebook could be setup to filter Facebook contacts out in a perfect world.
Now the cursor problem and inability to open people hub via phone tile are other problems we need to live with.
And in the end we get a voice assistant that is equal to other voice assistants or sometimes a little better, but only working in the US region. Add more Battery and Data drain and we are in deep ,,,, . Bring'em back MSFT
What I don't like with the new phone app is the call pass, it has a lot of buttons.
It can do the job of searching through name just like in nokia e series and android
I am about to reboot the phone, thought i should mention this here
2. History - number is listed (let's say at the top of the list)
3. Press and Hold number > Details, Delete or Add to Speed Dial > Details just lists what has happened there is no option to Edit the number ?!
Any maipulation of the number at details page and the phone dials the number - there is no option to edit from the dialling number screen, tapping
end call reveals no edit option either and takes you back to details page. Anotherwords, hard to believe, there is no way to add a name to a dialled number without memorising it or writing it down and dialling in afresh ! So you must press save before you press call or you cannot add a name without redialling from scratch. I'm interested in your observations and comments.