Android tv tips

Manage Notifications By Account

Got more than one account using your Outlook phone app? You can control the notifications from each.

  • On the Outlook home screen, select the Settings gear icon.
  • Scroll to and select Notifications.
  • Select Notifications, New email sound, or Sent email sound and make the changes you want.

Listen to Emails In the Outlook App

Great for the multi-tasker, Play My Emails is a powerful feature of Outlook. It uses Cortana’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to do more than just read emails. Cortana will check Outlook and let you know about meeting changes or conflicts. It can give email details, like who else received the email, if it’s a long or short email, and how long the email is to read. The Play My Emails for iOS is available in Canada, the US, United Kingdom, Australia, and India. For Android, it’s only available in the US. Expect it to come to you eventually.

Turn Focused Inbox Off or On

The focused inbox is something you either love or hate. There’s no in-between, it seems.

  • Go to Settings and scroll to Focused Inbox, then select the sliding button to turn it off or on.

Turn Organize By Thread Off or On

Just like the Focused Inbox, organizing emails by conversation thread is a divisive topic.

  • Go to Settings and scroll to Organize email by thread, then select the sliding button to turn it off or on.

Set or Change Swipe Options

With just a flick of the finger, you can tell an email where to go. The first time you swipe an email, Outlook will step you through your options. If you change your mind, you can also change your swipe.

  • Go to Settings then scroll to and select Swipe options.
  • Select Change or Set Up if it’s shown.
  • A slider will open showing the options: Delete, Archive, Mark as read, Move to folder, Flag, Snooze, Read & archive, and None. Choose one.
  • You’ll see the option is set.
  • Swiping right on an email will now delete it.

Sort Contacts by First or Last Name

  • Go to Settings then scroll to and select Sort by.
  • Choose either First name or Surname for last name.

Set an Automatic Reply

  • Go to Settings then scroll to and select an account. This only works on Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange accounts.
  • Select Automatic replies.
  • On the right, select the slider button to turn automatic replies on or off.
  • Choose either Reply to everyone or Reply only to my organisation, then select whether to use Different messages for my organisation and external senders or not.
  • Create or edit your automatic replies, then select the check mark in the top-right corner to set the changes.
  • Confirm the change by selecting OK.

Customize Favorites Folders

Got a lot of folders? You can set your favorites so they’re the first folders you see.

  • Select the Home icon and select the pencil icon across from Folders.
  • Scroll to your favorite folders and select the star icon to make them favorites.
  • It shows your favorites at the top of the screen. Select the checkmark to commit the change. Now your favorite folders are at the top of the list.

Change Outlook App To Dark or Light Theme

  • Go to Settings then scroll to and select Appearance.
  • Choose between Light, Dark, or System themes. The change applies immediately. The word Colours in the bottom-right corner doesn’t appear to do anything.

Add Other Fun Calendars to the Outlook App

You probably knew you could add other peoples’ calendars to yours, but did you know you can add sports, tv, and other apps’ calendars?

  • In Outlook, select the calendar icon near the bottom-right corner. Notice the number in it is today’s date.
  • Scroll to and select Interesting Calendars.
  • It presents a list of sports and TV shows to choose from. For this example, we’ll choose Sports.
  • Select from the list the type of sport to follow.
  • You can choose to follow the whole tournament or league, or individual teams, by selecting the blue cross icon.
  • To add calendars from other apps, go back to the add calendar page and select Calendar apps.
  • Choose from the list of apps available to you by selecting the blue cross icon.