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Tiles and notifications for Windows Phone 8

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

In Windows Phone you can create and schedule notifications either locally, or by using a cloud service. You can use notifications to send toasts, update Tiles on the Start screen, and even display alarms and reminders. This section contains everything you need to know about Tiles, toasts, alarms and reminders, and how to send and receive all types of notifications.

A Tile is an image that represents your app on the Start screen. For more info about what Tiles are, what they look like, and what you can do with them, see Tiles for Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone Tile overview image

A toast appears at the top of the screen to notify the user of an event, such as a news or weather alert. For more info about toasts and what you can do with them, see Toasts for Windows Phone 8.


Alarms and reminders display a dialog box that the user can dismiss or postpone. Unlike Tiles and toasts, alarms and reminders can only be updated with local, scheduled notifications, and not with push notifications. For more info about what alarms and reminders look like and what you can do with them, see Alarms and Reminders for Windows Phone 8.

The Alarm UIThe Reminder UI

You can create and schedule notifications as a way to send your customers relevant, useful updates and reminders. You can create a notification locally or by using a cloud service, depending on the scenario that best fits your app. For more info about both types of notifications, see Notifications for Windows Phone 8.