Microsoft drops support for the Lumia 640 and 640 XL with the Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has today published a list (opens in new tab) of supported devices for the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update, and it appears the company is omitting yet more Windows phones from its list of supported handsets. This time, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL series are being abandoned on the Creators Update, with no official upgrade path to the Fall Creators Update.

Many of the flagship Windows 10 Mobile devices that went on sale are still supported, including the HP Elite x3 and Microsoft's own Lumia 950 series. Lumia 550 and 650 owners are also still in support. The list of supported devices for the Fall Creators Update is below:

  • HP Elite x3.
  • HP Elite x3 (Verizon).
  • HP Elite x3 (Telstra).
  • Wileyfox Pro.
  • Microsoft Lumia 550.
  • Microsoft Lumia 650.
  • Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL.
  • Alcatel IDOL 4S.
  • Alcatel IDOL 4S Pro.
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL.
  • Softbank 503LV.
  • VAIO Phone Biz.
  • MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601.
  • Trinity NuAns Neo.

Also worth noting; Microsoft lists both the Wileyfox Pro and HP Elite x3 Verizon devices as still in support with the Fall Creators Update, but both of these devices aren't actually on sale. Perhaps new Windows phones (for the enterprise) are in-bound after all.

Microsoft tells us the Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update is expected to roll out in the same timeframe as the PC release, so should be any day now.

Lumia 640 and 640 XL owners are going to be upset at the abandonment of their devices, but this news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Microsoft has been omitting older devices from its list of supported handsets since Windows 10 Mobile rolled out officially, and with this release that doesn't appear to be changing.

We suspect more devices will be dropped from support with the next release of Windows 10 Mobile too, if there is a "next release."

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

324 Comments
  • I dont get it. the fall creators update is a cumulative update for w10m
  • I am finally disappointed in Microsoft.
  • I'm feeling all *meh* because of Microsoft, i guess i have to turn to other platforms Buh I'm still holding on to my 640XL because there is something that draws me back to WM10 sake of how is being setup hence Microsoft left me stranded 😒
  • My WP is now my music player when doing yard work. Just the truth! I kept it for updates, keeping up with the platform. After no more updates I decided to say screw it! But it is really handy! lol
  • Minus Groove.
  • Trust me, I feel stranded here on Android. I miss not on only the live tiles, but many features that were only available on W10M
  • I setup a Google Pixel for someone at work. And I couldn't imagine myself using such a device. It was a dead screen with nothing going on, compared to our awesome tiles on W10M. Alas! Don't know what I'm going to do if I have to replace my 950XL. I'll probably just buy another from somewhere.
  • I'm still rocking Lumia 930 and it will serve me well until...we...get something better. By "better" I mean other than Android and IOS. I mean another Windows device with mobile capabilities.
  • You can even get FCU in Lumia 930 with interop tools registry hack.....works perfect.....look up interop tools online/youtube
  • I was thinking about it but not sure. Don't want to brick my phone 😁
  • Could you please link to anything about doing this on a Lumia 640?
  • @Lateef Salami Im BEYOND disappointment, Im indiferent
  • Not supported just means they don't feel like testing on those devices. It's not that it won't work its just they don't want to spend the time to test it. So in a general sense Not Support = Untested
  • Do you really think they test windows 10 mobile devices? With all the bugs available, and they tell you to log it in the feedback hub? Heck there is an edge keyboard bug that haven't been fixed since the creators update
  • Of course they test it they have to you can't blindly write or edit software without any testing. They just want to limit what they have to test on so they don't have to test a bunch of devices. Not to mention the 640s are old.
  • Yes they do test it
  • It´s impossible that Microsoft test anything! Switched to IOS a week ago. Have no idea of why i struggled all this years with Microsofts terrible Mobile effort. Everything works perfect, no reboots, no battery drain. I can take a traced run and listen to music. I can listen to Spotify on my Bluetooth speaker without factory reset, rebooting and reinstalling things. I can stream content to my Chromecast. The only thing that doesn’t work like a charm is of course Microsofts apps. Dynamics is **** even on IOS. Microsoft is in some serious trouble if you ask me. I believed that they where the only company that were on the right path but i was wrong. Next thing i will get rid of i my Xbox One and a Microsoft Wireless adapter that works randomly. I will think moore than twice before i adopt anything new from that company. The developers has left them out in the cold for good reasons. Nothing they release is ready for prime time. Tired of struggling with their unfinished products. But I really hope they get their **** together someday. If that ever happens Il may be back. Not sure because I like what I seen so far on the “other” side. Hate Apple and Google but they know how to make things usable and user-friendly.
  • I got the fall update yesterday!! Did anyone else?
  • On what device did you get it?
  • Lumia 950. And, I'm not in ANY insider program..
    ....
    My guess is that MS knows how much I like (or used to anyways) WP, and that does not make them happy. They figure they can move on to other things if fans like me would finally STFU... So, they made me a early tester in hopes that my phone would implode. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Well, my phone SURVIVED! HAHAHAHA! Jokes on you, Microsoft! Lol😲
  • Man, the article is about the dropping of 640's... I thought you got FCU on one of those devices. But anyway, the 950 series will be the next drop-off
  • Yep. Come November, the 950 series will be 2 years old. That's end of supported lifespan. 
  • Note9 time, MicroMarketing doesn't come with something first.
  • In fairness, Windows 10 Mobile sucks no matter what. I rolled all my 640's back to 8.1 and they're better off for it.
  • yup.mine is 535 DS & 640XL DS. 8.1 is still the best. below is my finding...###535 DS ...1) 8.1 - smooth, responsive (im stick with this version)...2) 10 - stutter / lag...###640 XL DS...1) 8.1 - smooth, responsive...2) 10 (10586) - smooth, responsive (im stick with this version. windows update disable)...3) 10 (14393 or above) - stutter / lag. app with fluent design cause more stutter / lag
  • How about insiders?
  • Just last night I set my wife's 640 & 640XL to Fast Insider and immediately after the reboot the update to the latest version installed. W10 1709 10.0.15254.1 Both devices run as expected. No issues.
  • Will "release preview" also work?
  • I upgraded mine on Release Preview a couple days ago. Working fine. Today, after the announcement.....?
  • Well... It's not worth it to join any program and later make any registry hack. For the upcoming software patches to update built in hardware that's not present on L640's, will brick those phones... And you will have to "go to cry to the church"
  • I am getting lost with the "updates".  It's bizarre that fixes are not provided to handsets for a cumulative update.  I can understand IF new products were coming out but this just doesn't make sense.
  • The captain has abandoned ship. Wat are you guys waiting for?
  • ...Something better then android or IOS for one thing
  • Oh please, don't be a snob.  Android is great.  And there's nothing else to wait for because nothing else is on the horizon.
  • Get off crack. Android is disgusting, as is Google.
  • Wow...  what could possibly be your reasonings behind this opinion?  Or is it just to "be different"? 
  • Getting really mad about phones is a thing apparently.
  • i think it's not about being mad, its people being condescending, and this RLD guy is clearly shoving android in our throat when clearly there is also iPhone.  and Windows mobile isn't technically dead, I'm still using it as a phone and microsofts services.  Windows store is still open, Office, and the most basic and used apps like facebook are still there. 
  • Right. It's still just a phone. If you want to discuss something disgusting, Foxconn has to put suicide prevention nets around their factories to keep their borderline slave laborers from offing themselves. But hey, it's all about tiles that spin around man.
  • You talking about people offing themselves, as in their own choice. If you really want to mention something that's not Flipping Tiles, then how about people, including kids, being executed in Myanmar?
  • It's a sickness.  
  • Just to be different is REASON ENOUGH!... Seems like you're one of those insucre type who are intimidated by people that aren't like you, and the way you think. Trolls like you are enough for anyone to want to "just be different". Do you have a problem with that?
  • Actually, I'm using the One Plus 5 now and it's quite a lovely device, I actually love it and I can't say I loved my Lumia 950 XL (I loved the camera). Android has cleaned up a lot over the years and has a lot of nice functionality WP never got around to getting. Don't be stuck in a bubble like Apple fanboys, making outdated critiques about an OS you don't even use. If you get a stock, or near stock like the OnePlus 5, you can pretty much avoid all Google services if you wish. You can even get the 3rd party app store like Amazon. It's time to give it up, you're being left behind.
  • I'm glad you like it. But the truth is, I still can't handle it. I do have a Galaxy 4 thingamabob, and i simply can't get used to the kiddish interface with cartoonish icons and literally no at-a-glance info unless I put a widget of all the apps I use. And every widget is a performance draw.
  • Good for you maybe lol . I keep clear from anything Google . If nothing on the horizon then why change from win10 mobile ?
  • Because nobody makes phones anymore for w10m?  Will you be saying the same thing in 3,4,5 years when your old w10m phone only lasts an hour due to it's ancient battery? 
  • I can buy batteries for my 640 now .
  • I'll keep using my 950. It's not like it'll stop working all of the sudden.
  • First of all, no.. If my phone gives out today I will be getting a Stupid ass, bad ass, ugly ass, nice ass, cliché ass, app having ass, Note 8.... It's not that big of a deal..
    .....
    But, what if I did say yes I will never get an Android device? WTF do you care, and why does it bother you so bad that WP fans are WP fans, and we still want WP device?... How does that affect you?
  • Loved my 1520, was meh about my 950xl aside from the awesome camera. I have a note8 now and it's a BEAST. But I'll still come back if Microsoft gets back in the game even with an enterprise phone. My phone is all business and no snap chat and productivity was always WM10's strong suit. And will suit me just fine.
  • Yeah. Like I'm supposed to dump a perfectly good working phone because some iDroid troll is ready for me to.. Wow! These guys really have no life, worrying about what others are using... How stupid would it be for me to be on Android Central caring about what device those guys are using?.. I don't, and I never will. Only someone who has serious loneliness issues would troll an article based on products they don't even like.
  • iOS looks like Windows 3.1 at this point.  Andriod is security swiss cheese and unless you have a Google Phone you chance of getting any updates is marginal if at all.  They both suck in their own respect.  We are down to crappy choices pick the best crap that you feel like supporting.  I have moved on because I was forced by my company and am not happy with Andriod but that is what I need to live with.  Andriod is not great.  It is a choice when there are not many other choices available.
  • I love Windows phones unfortunately, Microsoft chickened out so easily.
  • If Android is so great why are you not on a Windows only article, an Android article, or on Android central?... You're here, on a Windows Phone SPECIFIC article that has NOTHING to do with anything else but WP... What does this article have to do with Android, and why did you click on it?
    .........
    So, you're either a troll, or you love WP.... Which one is it?
  • You might think he is a snob, but I understand him. Every damn time I use an Android device (something I cannot avoid) I feel like smashing the thing on the floor. Everything is stupid on Android: the home screen with the ridiculously limited grid of windows 95 icons (yes, Android has widgets, but aside the weather and clock what apps prioritize widgets?), the absurd file structure, the horrible GUI in general, etc. At least iOS has some coherence in the icons on their ultra retarded grid on the home screen. Don't get me wrong, with Windows 10 Microsoft took a huge dump on the Windows awesome GUI (Edge lack of live tiles when pinning sites is half of all the problems), but overall it's still not as horrible as Android. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Mobile is very close to not being worth the hassle anymore, whereas Windows phone was pretty enough to make it worth it even if it was lagging behing Android in apps. The gazillions of bugs in Windows 10 Mobile and the GUI inconsistencies which almost rival Android's (Outlook Mail anyone) do not help either. As flybywire54 said, some of us are waiting for something better than Android or iOS. I would be tempted to try Jolla's Sailfish OS GUI if I had the chance, but they have so many issues I'm afraid to invest the time and energy. Unfortunately, I will probably have to give up windows mobile any day now. That will be a sad day for me.
  • Lol!!! Great answer!!!. YES, SOMETHING BETTER THAN UGLY ASS STANKDROID, AND BORING iOS....
    And, what's up with these lonely iDroid fans caring, wishing, praying, hoping, and downright begging, WP fans to switch?
    WTF do they care what anyone wants, uses, or dreams about using??🤔🤔🤔
    ......
    That's one reason enough not to want to get a played out, last fad ass iDroid device... The thought of being grouped in with these trolling, dependent on WP fans for attention, losers...
    .....
    This is Windows PHONE Central, and We love WP..
    Get over it, move on, and get a life..... Windows on mobile is what we want, and it's what we will have. If that ruins your day then there's the door.. We we're here before you hating trolls, and we'll be here after you.
    😛 🤓😆😛 🤓😆😛 🤓😆
  • Well said 👍 👍
  • **** man, you really have: 1. An over active imagination about future hardware choices. 2. Far too much time on your hands. Losers? Their platform has 80% market share. Windows has zero. Effectively zero. I use a Windows phone before you start spouting playground "iDroid" *****. Get a grip.
  • Answer this... Just like iDroid trolls,
    1. Why do you lose sleep over peoples comments?
    2. Why do you lose sleep over peoples comments?
    3. Why do you lose sleep over peoples comments?
    4. Why do you lose sleep over peoples comments?
    5. Why do you lose sleep over peoples comments?
    6. And, why do in the universe do you think I give a rats as about what you personally think about me?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔❓
  • You really do base your identity on here, don't you? It's a comments forum. This place will be like PreCentral in three years. Where will you go then? There is no next for you. It's android or iOS. Binary choice long term.
  • Yes, I do, and Daniel Rubino is my father. I have WC underwear on right now! Wanna see????
    And you will still lose sleep over what I choose to do, obviously because you are so concerned about my well being💜💜... Nevertheless, I could care **** about what you do, and the feeling is not mutual. So, my question remains... WTF do you care? Answer.
  • Roflmao.
  • Wait a minute... Look at your profile picture. 😂😂😂😂😂 OK, ok. I get it now.. This is a joke. Man, you almost had me. You silly goose⛽⛽⛽
  • I always dont get it whats this thing with you.. all the way back @ phonearena days... first i have never seen anywhere people talk bad or diry on windows phone (though eveeybody know wp/wm sucks) yet you are among the very few individuala that talk sh**t about ios/droid. Got me thinking insecurity complex got you
  • Wait a minute.. 😂😂😂😂 wait. Hahahaha. You're saying that on Phone Arena those trolls never talked bad about WP, but you remember me specifically talking bad about iDroid?😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    And, I have some kind of inferiority complex about a phone I can have anytime I please? One, I'm most likely getting? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂... Wait a minute.. Hahahaha! I can't breathe, I can't breath over here. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.. Stop! Hahahaha hahahaha.. You gotta be joking!!! Lol. I had a Lumia 1520! Lol. A terrific device, with a GREAT OS!.. LOL., But, you're saying that I was trolling on Android? Lol Hahahahahahaha 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.... Like you're doing now!... Wait a minute.... Wait, wait wait.. So, you say WP sucks, and you're on a totally WP exclusive article talking about someone trolling??❓❓❓❓❓❓ BBbhhjaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!! Lol... Hahahahahahaha😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🎈🎈 🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓😏😏😏😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆... Dude, lol. Lol. Lol. Lol.. When does your comedy special premier? You're gonna be rich. WHHEEEEEEEEW. WOW! Thanks man. Lol. I needed that.... Uggggggggg lol.😛😛😛😛
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  • Lol. My guts are literally all over the floor. This guy is like watching Eddie Murphy Raw.. Freekin hilarious. 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆