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New to Windows Phone! Grab these ‘Apps & Games’ Essentials.


So, you have treated yourself with a new windows phone lately and here we are with a list of essential apps and games for your new device. We have categorized these essentials for easy referencing and it is all you need for a jump-start. We know that not everyone has similar apps and games need though, so you can explore our apps & games section after installing below mentioned gems.

Device setup Essentials

Transfer my Data: Grab it for getting data like contact, music etc on your shiny new Lumia from any phone (Symbian, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and others)

System Tiles: Add tiles like WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular data, NFC for quick access on Home screen

SkyDrive: For all your cloud needs on the Windows Phone platform + that 7 GB free space. MS is also offering 20 GB free upgrade for one year. Click here to know how?

Social Essentials

Facebook / Facebook Beta: Must have, need we say more.

Twitter: The official Twitter app.

LinkedIn: Must have for you professionals

Photo sharing Social Essentials

6tag: Best app for Instagram on Windows Phone

6Snap: Best app for Snapchat on Windows Phone

Vine: Official Vine app

Instagram Beta: Official Instagram app. It isn’t as fully featured yet as 6tag.

Mapping Essentials

Here Maps: The best mapping experience across any platform

Here Drive+: Again nothing comes close to its offline driving experience

Here City Lens: Mapping experience with Augmented reality

Camera Essentials

Nokia Camera Beta: Because it is the best camera app out there and Beta is available for all WP8 devices.

Nokia Refocus: Because it is about amazing experience!

Nokia Video Trimmer: Because, it is so useful.

Weather Essentials

Bing Weather: Very intuitive and simple interface

Note taking Essentials

Papyrus: One of its kind. Natural Handwriting note taking.

Music and Video

Nokia MixRadio: For those millions of songs, free mixes and biggest market coverage.

Moliplayer Pro: Only all-format video player for Windows Phone

Metrotube: Best YouTube experience on Windows Phone

Messenger Essentials

WhatsApp: It’s all in the name

Skype: It is about eco-system

Gaming essentials

Angry Birds Go: It is the latest and it is free to play

Temple Run 2: Because it is awesome and free to play

Minion Rush: Again it is awesome and free as well

Jetpack Joyride: Highly addictive, be-aware

Asphalt 8 Airborne: Best racing game

Wordament: Brain-teaser is your cup of tea, here is the best.

RSS Reader Essentials

Nextgen Reader: Best RSS reader for Windows Phone


This list is certainly flexible and your inputs are welcome!

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Windows, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites GadgetOx and Nokiapoweruser since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]