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Windows Phone 8.1

With the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers today, Microsoft has refreshed its mobile operating system with a plethora of new features and functionality. We're seriously excited to get started with the update and we know you all are too. To help you all out, should you have any questions or simply wish to scream out, we have Windows Phone 8.1 forums set up and ready to go.

Windows Phone 8.1

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I think u need to change also ur region in e-mails on outlook.com, hotmail.com or live.com , if it doesn't work just create a new one with US, and migrate and link ur all files and contacts in it.. Good Luck! :)

Tricky for me too in the UK. Have changed microsoft account to US, along with region and language. No joy. No Cortana...


On the bright side, you guys have Bing Squares. Microsoft took them off us...

Right - I've sorted it.

Downloading the US language settings isn't enough. They have to be at the top of your list of languages.

If you have more than one language downloaded on your phone, long press, and then select 'move up'.

You'll be told to restart your phone - and hello Cortana.

Think so, yes. You also need to brace yourself to receive news updates from FOX. I give American Cortana a day at best...

what ?
i only changed the region and removed UK, without changing anything else and i'm using Cortana without any problem

Did you look in the app list? Until you've opened Cortana from there, the search button will keep showing you Bing.

Change location to US and ALSO download the language settings for US. It should work then. I got Cortana that time and I live in Dubai

Bro I am also in Dubai. Not getting Cortana. I changed the region to US after installation of the update.

Can we talk for a while

Make sure you change the Language also and not just the region. I had changed just region first and it didn't work. Changing language also helped. 

Dude I also live in Dubai and i have aye lumia 925 but for the past 72 hrs I have been pressing my update button but still I haven't got any update do u have any idea why is that ..btw are u some kinda developer or something to get the update

set language to English (united States) as the top one... initially i had the same problem. English (UK) was on top...i changed to English (US) then restart...and viola!

i am in the uk and after trying for 5 times i got it..unfortunately, i needed to create a account with .com (not .co.uk), then install the update, developer unlock, reset the phone and download US English after that it works :)

Makes the list longer...if they added the sort feature like was initially rumored then I wouldn't have minded...but come on Microsoft I don't think anyone ever suggested to add games to the app list.

I'm not able to update to windows 8.1 :-( , can you help me out.I'm from india.I have downloaded preview for developers app and registered as developer.

Run d app. But first go to the appstudio link given by wpcentral in internet explorer only. u'll c appstudio beta at d top. go der nd just sign in again using ur microsoft account (i guess again, 2 times). d loaded page on IE will hv dat same appstudio beta ka page with ur id with d option to sign out. NOW run d preview fr developers app nd proceed until u get ' SUCCESS' on d top. Go to settings, nd check fr updates. u'll get. I got mine nd i'm installing it tonight

I am from mumbai & I have lumia 720.

Wp8.1update takes nearly 3hrs and keep mobile charged during installation.

i updated the L920 and i had 100% Batery

i only did the 1st update( the small One) and it ate ALL MY BATERY!! 

now i have to wait to full charge my phone SMH

I experienced that with every update I ever did when I had the 920. There was even a few times that I took it back because I thought it was bricked. 2 times it actually was. No issue updating 1020

Yeah well silly me it just completed the first install. I went back to settings and see that it's still on the second install. Trying to get this done before work!!

Update came through as part of me signing up for "Developer Preview". My phone is still in the process of being updated ever since three hours ago.

Cortana works in English, I'm limited in what I can speak therefore I'm not sure about any other ones. I can tell you that all of the sudden the phone is much smoother and fast.

I migrated my files successfully but when I checked for the big update I keep getting "we are currently unable to check for updates. (80072f8f) " PLEAAASE HEELP!!!!

Still downloading its a real big update.... I cant wait to see it... I keep looking at the download % its increasing slow n steady :)

I've been updating since 7:40am (-5 GMT). I've got plenty of work to do so I'm not impaitently staring at the screen but it's a long couple of updates. Anyone expecting to quickly run through these before getting on with thier day should not bother until you have a couple of hours you can go without the phone.

Does anyone know if the WPcentral app can be made transparent with the background image? Or does it need an update?

I have the full version. Are you using the large tile? I am, with pictures flipping. Tried the iconic style also.

I have tried that also, but no avail.
Want to try to reinstall, but store has been down here for about an hour now :/

Yeah reinstall should fix it
yeah the store is down for me too i've two phones one set to USA and the other set to Austria (where i live) but still the store down for both

1st world problems: I wish I didn't uninstall the wpcentral app before finding out store is down :'(
Store down in Denmark by the way.

still spinning.. 13min

upd.1 after 17 min it's turning on))

migrating data (1of 19) ..alot


At first,an error showed up saying 'unable to download & save the update'.. I reset my device and its preparing to install.. Hope its done after all..

Huawei W1

Greece here [US region on phone's settings to get Cortana] 

Upgraded here in Australia. Lookin good, very painless. Now to get used to rearranging everything again

Hi it all looks nice, it ate my battery but. When I went into background it isn't there anymore, how do I control what is running in back ground now anyone help at all ?

Settings ->battery saver. If you scroll to the right you can see what's eating your battery. If you click on the program you can change settings there. Hope that helps :)

Anyone know where background apps was moved too? I can't seem to find it. I'd like to see what apps are currently running. Also is there any way to remove the games from the app list?

Change region to US and ALSO download the language settings for US. It should work then. I got Cortana that time and I live in Dubai

Any way of forcing cortana to always show me temperatures in celsious?

I realize she's american only at the moment, but if I ask her to "convert to celsious" she converts as asked :)

I want to know about
is WiFi direct supported
can we share videos from hubs(x box video)
is native support for mkv ,and other extension
does video player support subtitles
can we select videos from picture hub as with pictures for sharing,deletion
zoom,pause support for videos
Does email. Support file attachments

Yeah. My 925 also started heating up. After everything was installed and I had it all running for an hour, I just switched off the phone for like 10 minutes just so that it cooled down.

Upgraded my Lumia 1520 this morning. The entire process took about an hour, including the time I spent enabling the hotspot on my Lumia 2520 so I could connect my phone via wi-fi and start the download. So far, everything is incredibly smooth. I enabled the background on the start screen. Neat effect, not sure if I'll keep it. Makes things a little busy. Cortana so far has been a breeze to setup. Looking forward to using this when I'm in the car and won't get strange looks for talking to my phone.

Biggest fix? Has to be the volume controls. Dear sweet merciful gods, we finally have separate controls for notifications and media! In the previous version volume control simply didn't work after a while (I would frequently have to adjust volume, then hit previous/next in my podcast app to get the change to work).

Most wanted new features? Notification center finally gives me quick access to a lot of information that I really want. This was the hardest change for me personally moving from Android to WP. And the implementation is familiar, as well as nicely done.  The shape drawing keyboard is also huge, although admittedly I have gotten used to plain old typing on WP without it. I'm sure I'll be using it almost exclusively again soon.

Weirdest thing? The "black bars" on the sides of the screen on my 1520 seem to have gotten larger, i.e. the start screen seems somehow compressed. It's not a huge thing, but it's strange. Tom Warren mentioned on Twitter something about changes in the way 8.1 handles scaling, so maybe that's the reason. Like I said, no big deal, but it was immediately noticeable.

Overall loving the upgrade. 

I'm in the US, so it was there by default. Via Twitter, several people are saying if you are outside the US, change your region (under setting) to US and Coratana will show up as an app. Not sure if you have to restart the phone after you change the region.

I'm copy pasting what I've told others.

Change location to US and ALSO download the language settings for US. It should work then. I got Cortana that time and I live in Dubai

None that I've seen. New controls appear with a dropdown option whenever you hit a volume key. It's a rather nice implementation.

THANK YOU SO MUCH I WAS ALMOST CRYING IT WAS ON 0% FOR  LIKE HALF HOUR thanks i pressed battery save and it said "install update" and its by the gears now



:) :) :)

Updated succesfully an hour ago. Looks amazing. The whole process took about hour and half. Cortana and 3 tile row looks fantastic. Looking forward to test the battery and IE.

Nigeria: I've successfully downloaded the initial updates, which involve transfer of files, but each time i check for updates i receive this: "we are currently unable to check for updates (80072ef1)

India: downloaded the prep update and installing for over 5 minutes on Lumia 822. Progress bar on gears looks like 2% :-(

is anybody here not from US and still able to use cortana?

please tell me how?

i don't know what to do?

    Hello uKabir, I'm glad to see someone else from the Middle East using windows phone. #WP81 is amazing and I use the preview for developers release of #WP81. Would you like to install the preview for developer release or would you prefer waiting for the on air update from Microsoft which will be made available soon (July- September). Please let me know accordingly I will give you the necessary instructions

    Yes. But my facebook notifications aren't showing up in the Action Centre as well. I need to open the Facebook app each time. 

    If you are using the Facebook Beta app, try using the regular Facebook app. The integration doesn't seem to work correctly with the Beta version.

    1st update took about 10 minutes from download to install on my Lumia 1520. Now downloading the WP8.1 developers preview.

    Notifications on had a few MS apps, then I got Battery Sense and Words with Friends when these had notifications.
    The biggest notifiers WPCentral and FaceBook have notifications but do NOT show up in Notification Center or it's settings.

    Does anybody have a clue how to turn these on?

    hei guys.. i shudnt be asking this question in here but please help me. will Lumia 720 also get the more live tile option on the start screen. i doubt it because its a 4.3"display..


    Above 4.5 screens will get that. Ot would have been very cluttred on small screens. We should be glad as Microsoft is at least providing is the updates. Android is the worst in this case

    Learned my lesson with beta... gonna wait for the OTA update, for which I still can't find a definitive release date. 

    I'm still on the first update, spinning wheels and it shows no progress. It's been going for an hour. Did yours ever finish? I know I only had about 1GB of free space on my L920 and I wonder if that is why it is taking so long?

    I have the same situation


    L90 with ~1GB of free space and still doing the minor update and the gears are spinning and spinning

    I hate how Facebook was removed from the messaging hub. Using an entirely separate app for different messaging is a pain in the ass. This is almost a deal breaker for me and I might not even update my 1020.

    AMAZING. its great! Cortana, the backgrounds, three columns and everything. Just great! I'm using the swipe keyboard right now! It's so cool but it will take getting used to.

    Check my update above. Download US language, press and hold the language option. Move it to the top of the language list.

    I also changed my microsoft account to the US region, although that may be just superstition...

    Installed 8.1 on Lumia 520, Hungary, took quite a bit of time. Set everything to US, but no Cortana yet. I haven't managed to get screen projection to work, but I'm trying, 3 column home is fine on WVGA, personal favourite is the volume panel. Is there a file explorer? i heard that there should be one. Can anyone post some screenshots of Cortana?

    See? This I like. Wake up -> here, have a new OS to play with.


    Now to just remove stuff from the phone to free space and make the update quicker.