Menu
How to install Windows Phone 8.1 right now

How to install Windows Phone 8.1 right now

Why wait? Microsoft's developer preview is actually open to anyone who's a little adventurous.

Officially, Windows Phone 8.1 won't be available on existing Windows Phone 8 handsets for a few months, but there's nothing stopping users from installing the update right now.

To install the update, you need developer status, but that's easy enough to achieve. Just create a new project using Windows Phone App Studio, a free app creation tool on Microsoft's Website. You don't have to design or ship a complete app; as long as you've started a new project, that's good enough. You'll also need Windows Phone 8 Update 2 installed on your phone.

After you've created a project, download the free " Preview for Developers" app for Windows Phone, and opt into receiving updates. You may want to opt out of pre-release versions so your phone doesn't end up with buggy code. According to SuperSite for Windows, you should be able to find the update by going to Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates.

Keep in mind that once you've updated to Windows Phone 8.1 through the developer preview, there's no going back. Also, as The Verge points out, your warranty will be invalid until the official update arrives through your wireless carrier. Any features added by device makers, such as Nokia, won't be part of the update either.

Still, there are plenty of good reasons to update now, from the Cortana voice assistant to Action Center for notifications to the Swype-style Word Flow keyboard. And if your wireless carrier has abandoned support for your phone (as T-Mobile has done with the Lumia 810), this is the only way to stay current with Windows Phone.

One more thing: Users outside of the United States won't have access to Cortana by default. It's possible, however, to get Cortana by going to Settings > Region and selecting United States in the "Country/Region" box.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftsmartphonessmartphoneconsumer electronicsWindows Phone

Featured

Slideshows

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments