Use Line for Free Text and Voice Calls on Windows Phone 8

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Line is a free Windows Phone 8 application that lets you instant message and make free calls over your data connection or WiFi network. While Line doesn't offer features that other messaging apps don't have, it is one of the most popular apps in Asia and the Pacific with over 280 million users. So if you have friends abroad using Line or if you just want to try something new with your friends at home, read on below to learn all about Line messenger.

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What You Will Need

  • A Windows Phone running Windows Phone 8.
  • The phone should be connected to a cellular network for first time activation.
  • A data or WiFi connection for sending messages and making voice calls.

What Can I Do With Line?

  • Automatically search your phone contacts and add them to your Line contacts.
  • Free instant messaging and voice calls.
  • Share your location in messages as well as pictures from your phone.
  • Group messaging.
  • Works with your data plan or WiFi connection.
  • Line is available on all of the major mobile platforms so you won't have problems getting your friends onto this application.

Installing Line

To get started you will need to install the app.

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    Visit the store from your Windows phone start screen.
    If you have removed the icon, just swipe right to the apps list to locate the store.{
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    Use the search function and search for "line".
    Open the first result from the publisher LINE Corporation and press "Install", accepting any permissions that the app requires to run.
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    When the install has completed you will be taken to the installed location on your apps menu.
    Now is a good time to add a live tile for Line to your start screen. Just long press the app icon and select "Pin to Start". You can then open Line.
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First Time Setup

Like most messaging apps today, Line requires a first time setup using your phone number and an activation code. Enter your phone number when prompted and the activation code will be sent to you in an SMS. You can then enter the code into Line and begin using the application.

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Using Line

Line is divided into main screens that you can swipe left and right to switch between. Messaging, calling and managing contacts can be managed from these screens. Read on below to find out how.

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    Messaging and calling.
    Messaging and calling can be initiated from the friends screen or the chats screen. Tapping any contact from the friends screen will bring up the menu to start chatting or make a free call. If you already have a chat open, it will show on the Chats screen where you can also tap to continue chatting or initiate a call.
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    Managing contacts.
    Your contacts can be viewed from the Friends screen but you will need to add them here first. Contacts are added automatically but you will first need to enable the feature.  
    1. Tap the "Expand" menu at the top of the Friends screen (the three horizontal dots) and select "Friend manager", and then tap auto add friends. From here you can enable auto add friends as well as enabling your friends to auto add you.
    2. You can also add your friends to the Favorites screen. To do this, just long press on any contact from the Friends screen and select "Add to favorites".
    3. If you want to manually add friends that aren't using Line already, you can invite them from the Add friends screen. Just swipe to the Add friends screen and select "Invite" from the expanded menu. You can invite by email or regular SMS.
    4. Pinning friends to the start screen. One handy feature of Line is having your friends easily available from your start screen. This means you can go straight to their contact page to initiate calls and chat without first opening Line. To pin a friend, simply long press from the Friends screen and select "Pin to Start".
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Line is popular with users because it's simple and lightweight. If it's a bare bones yet functional messaging and calling app that you want, then Line is one of the obvious choices.
  • With a lack of social networking elements, Line can be a safer choice for teenagers wanting a free messaging and calling app for their Windows Phone.
  • Line will notify of messages even when not open, so be sure to back out of the app when it's not in use. This will help in conserving your battery.
  • Even though Line is free to use, you will still pay for any cellular data used. When making voice calls, try to use a WiFi network.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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