Phone app for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile gets updated

Microsoft has a new release of the Phone app rolling for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. However, this appears to be a minor new version in terms of additional features,

The version number of the app did get a big change, from 2002 to 14001. If you do spot anything new or improved after downloading this update, feel free to point them out in the comments. To check for the update just head to your Store and use the Check for updates function.

Thanks to everyone for the tips!

John Callaham
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  • Oh Microsoft
  • OMG this is such ground breaking news I've gotta punch myself in the face!!! Thankyou Windows Central!!!
  • Hey, if we got you to punch yourself in the face our job is done here! lol
  • Haha classic Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Spot on Daniel! Like that..
  • That comeback is worth a beer! and a livestream to see DSR11 punching himself in the face :)  
  • I'd do it if you guys gave me a Lumia 950! lol
  • LOL
  • +1 for daniel!! Looooooool:P
  • +2 lol
  • +3 bang on
  • +4 pass it along guys!
  • On a serious note, ignore those comments. You guys are doing an excellent job!
  • I just realize that we have T9 Dialer. Does it come with this update or I just didnt realize it before?
  • It was here before.
  • If you mean WM10 itself, it's been there for awhile. However if you meant the desktop store app? Not entirely sure, never used the desktop phone app.
  • Off the topic. I also shouted in forums but couldn't get any help. I can't check for updates in store. I didn't get the store update also. Now every time i check for updates, after checking for 2-3 minutes, store doesn't show anything.
  • First, Cancel all the downloads in store, if any.
    Second, in settings, Turn Off update apps automatically and only get updates over WiFi.
    Then, check for updates.
    If still nothing, a reset may help.
    Else, check your internet. (lol)
  • lol internet connection is good. I have tried turning off automatic updates. I also think reset is the only option now. Currently there are no downloads.
    Well thanks for the help
  • Is auto update on the in the settings?
  • Yeah. Auto update feature is ON. I have also tried the other way, turning it off and check for updates.
  • I think you don't see the updates because they run automatically. When you then check for updates the apps already have been updated. But normally you should then see them when auto update is off.
  • Same here...don't know what to do. Maybe if we can get the link for the store app and update the store?
  • In fairness, we deserve to be punched. Sorry for being a bunch of a-holes to you guys.
  • Well said Daniel
  • Can't wait until phone app can make a Skype out call so I won't need the blue version.
  • Is this feature coming?
  • lol
  • LOL 
  • So cool!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Seems faster.
  • I seriously hope it is a little more responsive. When I push answer call it takes one or two seconds to actually answer the call on my lumia 720...
  • I think the first thing that I noticed after installing the firmware update today was that my dial pad because more responsive. I haven't installed the phone update as yet. As I type this message, I am tempted to say that typing also seems more responsive. Truth is I have not been experiencing any real problems with my 950XL. Apart from 2 very unusual freezes yesterday.
  • what firmware update? I'm on the 950 and don't see anything new.
  • I got a firmware update on my 950XL today. Seems it was for the XL and not the 950
  • What country?
  • In Trinidad and Tobago on an unlocked 950XL bought at a Miocrost Store
  • I have a unlocked 950 in the US and I received a firmware update this morning. I am running the insider preview though so it might have made a difference.
  • Welll not really. It still takes about second just to open the app and then about second to load content on each and every of the cards.
  • Have you installed the firmware update?
  • Still that nasty blast of theme colour on the contact background. Why not black like everything else? It's the little polished things they can never get right that annoy.
  • Good to see more updates starting to roll out. Messaging app next please. Having it force close the first time I open it is constantly annoying.
  • Mine gets stuck on "Resuming..." when I switch back to it to reply to texts.
  • Yep, same here. This is a major bug that's gone un resolved. But we do get a sweet phone app update, so there's that.
  • I would like to see an update too: it often gets stuck in an infinite "resuming" on my 640 XL, which is quite terrible for a messaging app.
  • Yes messaging is Soo slow. "resuming". Its messaging, how hard is it to fix a core app? They have had almost a year on this OS
  • Almost a year on an entirely new operating system with all new native applications. I wonder how good Android was a year in -.-
  • 1+ i know bro :P
  • Microsoft is also a multibillion dollar software juggernaut. Google at the time of Androids birth was new to the software game, they were know as a internet search engine. And yes it is new but if they can't get W10M up to par any faster than they are, it will fail regardless of universal apps or not. Don't get me wrong I recommend Windows over any OS, but the truth is Microsoft has been behind the times since 2007. Only recently have they truly stepped up their game.
  • not really.... google was more than just an internet search company when android 1st launched (in 2008 commercially). They were already doing email (invite only) since 2004 (2007 open for the general public) and youtube since 2006 (when they purchased them) Who knows where else Google had it's little fingers prior to that..The G1, the 1st android device in the US came out in 2008. While MS has been in the smartphone market longer, they have strated from scratch a few times. Even the latest android versions have bugs here and there.
  • New to the OS game
  • By that logic, Android is all new every October. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • There is a cursor in the dialer now. Double tap on the numbers diealed and it appears. I think its a much requested feature but wasnt available earlier.
  • It was already there ;)
  • Ah yes, thank you, I needed that feature so much! Never realized it was already there.
  • Probably because once again, there's no consistency between features/apps. The Dial Pad's cursor does NOT have a drag handle circle beneath it when you tap on input, like we're used to pretty much everywhere else. I just filed this in Feedback.
  • Sadly the DIAL PAD (you know to make calls initially) is still WAY TOO SMALL on hi-res displays like 950 when "size of text, apps and items on this display" is set all the way to the left (smallest). Too many at MS using iphones it seems day to day... this is just embarrassing the DIAL PAD (not the one during a call, but before the call) is too small to use with your thumbs. The DIAL PAD needs to be as large as the PIN login (or the numeric pad when in-call).
  • Totally agree with this!
  • Looks fine on my 950, are you zoomed all the way out or something?
  • glenc: ~turns down size of stuff~
             ~Complains that stuff is too small~
  • i saw that.... who sets the size to the smallest available setting then complains that it's too small? that's like lowering the volume on your stereo to 1 and then complaining it's not loud enough.   The OS is suppsed to scale to various screen sizes, like the 8" tablet annouced at CES. While you do NOT want the smallest size on your phone's screen, i bet it's easier to see if you are mirroring your screen (via miracast) on a large tv.
  • You have no clue what he is complaining about. Congratulations, you just won the idiot award.
  • Dial Pad is just great to me. Lumia 950. Just the back button should be bigger to suit my liking.
  • It's like that on his because he's changed the display scaling setting to as small as it will go so should be fine with out of the box settings
  • It's half the screen, which is pretty big enough. Plus the other half reacts with contacts to the T9 aspect of typing.
  • Also with this update you can delete a contact in the "speed dial"
  • Wow! That's not good. Edit: You can. Press and hold the contact for about 2 seconds and let go. "Delete" pops up
  • Yet another inexcusable incomprehinsible inconsistency in the UI! In People app: press and hold on a contact and after a second or 2, a menu containing the delete option appears. In Phone->Speed Dial: the menu only appears after press, hold AND release. I filed Feedback.  
  • Phone and people app suck sooo much in windows10 mobile !!!
  • I agree..
  • Wpcentral is reporting every minor update and app/game updates. Losing relevance!
  • If Store fails in this basic feature somebody has to!
  • Yet people send tips to WC about these minor updates.
  • I'm sorry, but for a platform that constantly gets dinged for not enough apps or rarely updated features and apps, reporting these things is important. Add to that the constantly evolving Windows 10 we do need to know these things. Also, updated core featured apps are often a leading indication of an impending OS update. WindowsCentral would lose relevance if they stopped reporting these things.
  • I'm gonna have to phrase like this but stop ******* complaining. If the store doesn't give you any changelog, and Windows Central didn't do this you would have to figure it by your own. Stop being so whiny. 
  • I'm an update addict
  • It's strange, isn't it? I like it even when there is a tiny update that doesn't seem to do anything at all. ^^
  • Losing relevance as a Windows site for reporting on core Windows apps made by Microsoft for Windows? ......k
  • It's been reporting on irrelevant gaming for months so actually talking about mobile is completely relevant.
  • The dial pad is now full screen after update
  • Nope, but I wish the dial pad to have an aero glass/translucent option in the future.
  • THIS!
  • That would be lit
  • I hope this update allow me to do something useful with this phone like control my drone or something
  • Lol, +Icon
  • Hahahah
  • They report this but still no 950XL promised review lol
  • For dual sim, I suggested MS to put toggle instead of selection to make it very easy.
  • Wondering if Windows will ever support calls, messages and notifications from phones via Bluetooth, much like how when you connect a phone to a Bluetooth speaker or something.
  • Suggest it in the Feedback app
  • You'd think that that's something that would've been included already, given how limited Phone and Messaging are.
  • Yeah, even the dinosaur from Cupertino offers such a feature!
  • You mean phone to phone adhoc bluetooth connection to do all those tasks?  
  • Sure. Then you wouldn't have to pick up the phone if you're near your computer.
  • 950xl is a joke. When are they gonna realize the only way to sell phones is to make them wearable, put them on our wrists with muscle wire released film display. Were tired of the same or brick phones and we don't even know it yet.
  • No thanks
  • Breaking News: The phone app was updated. We aren't sure what's changed or new. That is all.
  • Let's hope it fixed the hang up phone problem disconnect.
  • On a side note, if any of you have Windows 10 Mobile and a Band 2 paired can let me know if they fixed the email notification not going to Other Notification and Email notification? It was the only thing that made me roll back to 8.1 Denim. Really hope it is fixed before the roll out supposedly rumored on the 14th.
  • You mean you want it on both email tile and the notifications tile? Personally I only use the notifications tile
  • I only want emails to show in the email tile and not in the notification tile. With Windows 8.1 on Denim it works great. I see many posts about it only from people annoyed by this as well. Hopefully it will be fixed in the near future.
  • Ah you are like me, I liked how it was in 8.1 too but I suspected it was broken there and fixed in w10 lol. Consistency wise, I think everything that show in notifications should be there even if duplicated in the email tile. What could be a solution is putting option in the outlook app, like they already do per account for action center control
  •   That's correct. If they have it as an "Outlook App" then all emails would only go there for the band and everything else that's not Text, calendar would go to Notification Center. It works fine on iOS and fine on Denim (which I think is how it is intended to work) whereas the email icon on the band is its own app and we choose how we want for it to work (Vibrate all emails, only favourites vibrate, no vibration at all) and it does not go to notification center. With Windows 10 Mobile, everything goes to the notification center, which is a pain. It's nice to have WhatsApp, App updates, Skype, etc... go ot the Notification App and keep it seperate from emails and text. I get over 150 emails a day (IT at a major law firm) and it is annoying to have the band vibrate every 5 minutes or so for emails. Many people have asked for this to be fixed. I've also submitted it to the Feedback in the Windows 10 Feedback. Thanks again for keeping us updated. Cheerrs.
  • Email shows up on both tiles on my band 2 synced with AT&T950 with Windows 10 Mobile OS version .29
  • Thanks. Seems that they haven't fixed that just yet. Will be nice when it only shows in Email section and not in notification.
  • I want the copy/paste back!
  • It tells you that you should've had a V8 and had bought an Android phone.
  • I laughed ahaha
    ​Screw the 3 idiots who voted you down cause they didn't get it lmao
    +V8
  • I got voted down three times? Those bastards! LOL   Thanks for having my back! :)  
  • They probably had a V6
  • ...and tiny girly weenies.
  • Would be nice if they integrated the Gestures app of 8.1 in it....
  • Nothing new.
  • Dial pad slides down when you scroll through the calls
  • That was already there
  • T9 dialer.
  • Still can't delete people from speed dial.
  • You can and you could before the update. Push and hold the contact you want to delete, without moving it, and the let go. The 'delete' option unfortunately does not come up until you let go.
  • Yes you can and you could before!
  • I am using Lumia 820 and dialer and much more quicker than before :-)
  • Seems faster...thou waiting for vibrate to call on 950 as my lumia 1020 has it Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I haven't noticed any new changes at all after the update
  • God please eliminate those circles on contacts pictures and album covers on Groove...
  • Find better things to complain about
  • God is currently not a Microsoft employee... Please sumbit feedback to Microsoft about this :)
  • Good one
  • i did! it was among other feedbacks i submited :)
  • Meanwhile ABC apps have disappeared waiting to be cremated on the 11th of January 2016! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Question, I have a unlocked 950xl on ATT network. Does the phone app on the 950xl have the vibrate on answer option? I've seen one say yes and another say no. I don't have it on my phone.
  • If you have a single SIM device, the answer is yes. If you have a dual SIM device, the answer is no, and this is not specific to ATT. I had already noticed this difference on my (single sim) 640 and dual sim 535 as an Insider. You can upvote my feedback in Feedback app (or from others) to request that feature for dual sim devices.
  • The only thing I'm seeing is now when you swipe under the dial pad option it auto hides the dial pad.
  • Also new animations
  • What animations?
  • Performance now much better.
  • I got it on my 635 and the keypad runs a lot smoother
  • Word, PowerPoint, OneNote also got updates btw
  • When is the windows central app getting a update?
  • They really need to add texting directly into this aswell
  • Confused on what is the need of having this on the desktop other than probably making video chat calls
  • Still cannot download English speech to use US Cortana :'(
  • The dialer was quite slow in response to typing a number, it often missed few digits. hope dat is fixed
  • It ain't resolved. Hope MS will resolve it in the future.
  • Got my update over T-Mobile in Chicago this afternoon
  • Still I get a small lag when using the dial pad
  • Dialpad stil tiny but fine when using while on a call. Fix it ms ffs u had this on an old build then fixed it then put it back to tiny squashed to bottom of screen, even hard to hit on 950xl.
  • Is anyone else experiencing serious lag since this update? Lumia950
  • Clean up call history, should fix the lag
  • Seems faster, and im not kidding
  • I cannot search anymore contacts if I want to add one to my favorites (favorites -> add -> search box). Instead one of my first contacts is selected. Looks like the input of the screen is pointing to the wrong direction. Or is this a phone issue?
  • This sounds great but unfortunately I'm not one of the fortunate ones. I'm a proud owner of a 925. No update on my end. But that's okay because I still love my phone.
  • Sorry for off topic but can anyone tell me how to increase font size of whatsapp. I recently update 10586.36. I tried almost everything but failed to increase the font size. Am i missing something?
  • Still I face this delay (for the numbers to appear in the dialer), when typing the first 5 numbers, as it does a search for contatcs that could match the numbers typed. I feel it should be smooth. Anybody facing the same problem?
  • Huch... I usually keep my phone up to date... every day. Saw this news article and did a search for updates. 27 Updates from Phone via People to Voice recorder and ODrive, Camera, Health,... Weird.
  • Autoupdate is kinda not working properly
  • I updated few hours back. But again showing ' update available' when i manually checked. Got 33 updates....maps, groove, get started, photos, calculator, help and tips, camera, insider etc etc
  • I usually check it manually. daily. twice.  
  • Hey guys could someone tell me when windows 10 mobile is releasing?
  • Because I go to my Lumia store nearby and tell me that it's not released yet and they'll email me somehow
  • How do I get this app? Don't have it in buikd 11082 and can't find in the store either...
  • This lack of a change log is insanely unprofessional. If updated my customers code and refused to tell them what changed I don't think I would have customers for much longer. Microsofts reliance on a third world labor force is really starting to dig deep into the fabric of their products.
  • They definitely need to make the actual number pad bigger.  All the numbers are smooshed down to the bottom 1/4 of the screen.  Stretch it out so I stop hitting the wrong number every time I try to dial. 
  • I do remember trying, but it didn't work back then. Now I'm able to type a name and call that person in the phone app with the numeric keyboard. I'm still not sure if it is this update that brought this feature or another one before this update.
  • I haven't seen anything interesting yet with this update.
  • Maybe this it will be different 
  • After just recently rolling back to wp8.1 from w10m due to my microphone never working on my 930 for video or skype but for cortana it did I now realize how horrible the phone app is in wm10. Either I really just didnt get it or it really sucks
  • Nothing. New in phone update
  • so does this mean that i can aswer call from my compputer that go to my phone, like people with apple things can do? also where is this app, is there a link somewhere, to install it on the computer???