How to Upgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 10 Preview

Windows Phone 8.1 is probably the best version of Windows Phone that comes with Cortana support. Windows Phone 8.1 update also brings some UI changes and features enhancements. At the same time, Microsoft is working on Windows Phone 10, which will be released by the end of this year.

How to Upgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 10 Preview

Windows Phone 10 has some significant improvements. Mainly the stock Settings app is very categorized in Windows Phone 10. There are also some other new features such as Project Spartan, universal apps, better synchronization with Windows 10 PC and so on. This is certainly going to be revolutionary OS for Windows lovers. However, if your phone is still running Windows Phone 8.1, you can be a Windows Insider Program member and get the Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview right away.

With Windows Insider Program users get Windows updates faster than others. Therefore, at first, register your email ID for Windows Insider program. This email ID should be same as your device’s email ID. After that, you need the subsequent guide to upgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview.

Few Precautions

  • This is a preview version. It contains some bugs.
  • You can face problem while deleting any photo or file.
  • Gmail may not be working as good as it works on Windows Phone 8.1.
  • You can face problems while trying to make a conference call.
  • Your warranty will be void – but it always depend on service provider. According to people, it doesn’t void warranty since this update comes from Microsoft itself. However, this is not confirmed yet.

Upgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview

The procedure looks simple. At first, check whether your mobile is compatible with Windows Phone 10 or not. All the following devices are compatible with Windows Phone 10.

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
  • Lumia 430
  • Lumia 435
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 521
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640 XL
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia Icon

If your device is matched with the aforementioned list, you can go ahead.

Download and install Windows Insider app in your mobile. After installing it, open this app. You will get the following screen,

Get preview builds on WP

Tap on Get preview builds. After that, you will get another window from where you need to select either Insider Slow or Insider Fast.

WP update version

Insider Slow: You will get all updates very slowly.

Insider Fast: You will be the first person to receive any kind of Windows Phone 10 update.

Select anyone option according to your wish. Now, navigate through the following options,

Settings >> phone update

WP Check for Updates

It will check whether any update is available for your phone or not. After checking, you will get a Download button.

Downlaod Windows phone update

Tap on it to download. If you tap on Show Details, you will get the following info.

Windows phone 10 update notification

It takes few moments to download the update. However, time depends on your internet connection. After downloading the respective update, it will be installed automatically.

WP phone update installing

Therefore, your device will restart and take some time to install the update. Nevertheless, it depends on your hardware. Low-end mobiles will take around 45-55 minutes to install the update when high-end mobiles will take around 25-30 minutes to do the same.

After installing the update, you will have Windows Phone 10 on your mobile.

Final Word

This is obviously not recommended to install a technical preview on your primary mobile. But, if you want to try, you can simply use this guide to upgrade Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview.

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