AT&T Denim update for Lumia 830 now available through Windows Phone Recovery Tool (Update)

Update: The files have now been removed from the servers preventing users from using this trick. However, users in our forums have set up a how-to guide to still make this happen if you are interested. You can find that guide here. Thanks, Hilmar, for the tip

Despite AT&T not releasing the Lumia Denim update for their Lumia 830 smartphone, it looks like there may be hope yet.

Starting last night reports started circulating in our forums that the update is indeed available, but only on the Windows Phone Recovery Tool (WPRT) servers. This caveat means the update is not available over-the-air, but it may be coming in the future.

Windows Central has not yet confirmed the update on our phones, but some users have reportedly flashed their devices with the update through WPRT with success. Any user can run this Microsoft app to restore their phone from Windows 10 Mobile and go back to Windows Phone 8.1. It should be noted that this process obviously wipes the phone and all information on it. As such, you will want to have all your photos, music, and documents properly backed up.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 - All you need to know

Update 2 brings some notable changes mostly to the camera as users can take advantage of the faster Lumia Camera 5 app. That app results in faster photos and some advanced features like Rich Capture (HDR).

There is no word if and when AT&T will push the update officially. However, as we are nearing the official unveiling of Windows 10 Mobile in the coming weeks, we would not be surprised if AT&T ties this update into that one. Some reports suggest that Windows 10 Mobile's official update requires Denim, and this is likely part of that process. It is plausible that Update 2 won't come out as a separate update, but instead will be part of the update process to Windows 10 Mobile.

If you don't want to wait for anything over-the-air, you can use our restore guide on how to use WPRT.

Thanks, Allan R., for the images

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.