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Do you want to enable Cortana outside the US? Here's how you do it

Cortana is a super useful personal assistant now available for Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft released the Preview for Developers today and we're sure you're all eagerly wanting to test out the Halo AI on your smartphone.

But how does one manage to interact with Cortana when it's only available within the US, at least for the time being? After a few simple steps to alter your region and language settings, it's possible to get Cortana working outside the states. Read on past the break for all the details!

All that's required to change your Windows Phone to the US is a few simple alterations in the settings area of the operating system. Slide down from the top of the Start Screen to pull down the Notification Center to select "All Settings," select your pinned Live Tile or hit "Settings" from the app list to continue. We'll only require a few minutes of your time, but we should caution that this will change your region settings to the US.

1. First, we must change the language settings to English (United States). To achieve this, head into Settings > Language and add the language as a new entry on the list by hitting the add button. Ensure English (United States) is active prior to continuing. The phone may require a reboot.


2. Head into region settings to move your virtual self from your current location to the US by changing the region. All that's required for this step is to head into Settings > Region and ensure "country/region" is set to the United States and "regional format" matches phone language (makes it easier when switching back). The phone may require a reboot.

3. Everything should be set up and ready to go. If you cannot see Cortana listed as an app on the app list, give the phone a final reboot. You should then be able to load up the Cortana app, which will run you through the initial setup wizard. However, if you alter the region and/or language settings from here on out, you will remove Cortana.

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Update: One side effect of doing this is it appears to disable the Store from loading on some devices. So consider this a preview of Cortana, or just be aware there could be some negative consequences!

There you have it, folks. Don't attempt the above steps if you don't wish to have your region and language settings altered. How are you getting on with Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1? Let us know your initial thoughts.

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Go Rich! Nice article. Already done it but sweet.
  • Does your Xbox music still work? I know if your PC is out of the country for more than 30 days it stops working, have you tried it?
    Edit Xbox music it's not working. Can't check usage rights. On the other hand Cortana isn't working properly either, she can't absorb the web satisfactorily.
    Perhaps that's related. Will try later. Edit again: The time and date were changed to the wrong date during the update. Changed it to the correct time and everything is working fine now.
  • Hey rich, are there any confirmed reports of store not working after region change ? And could you specify which devices exactly ? (on which store doesn't work)
  • I tried changing my region but my store stopped I changed it back..
    Edit- store still not working..any suggestions..
  • WPC to the rescue.
  • Cortana... Its working great.... Thanks for the article... Using wordflow for typing this...
  • is down on - that is causing the store issues NOT Cortana.
  • Yeah there's problem witht he store not cortana lol.. my store wasn't working even before I canhged the region and stuff.. so what you're saying makes sense..   
  • My store is still not working
  • store actually needs a bit speedy internet to access. that's what i can say surely.
  • It was a store issue. Some regions were down, my store (India) is working again. hopefully the others should be back soon aswell.
  • Can you tell me how cortana works on our normal indian accent...did you find any it fine or any problems?
  • My phone refused to change its phone language to United States, what do i do?
  • Thank god for that article
  • Uh, it was written by Rich Edmonds, you m***n, not your invisible friend. How about you give credit where it's due... #facepalm
  • Not every one is an atheist. Keep your atheism to yourself and be happy ! :)
    Have a nice day ! :)
  • Keep your atheism to yourself? Really?
    How about the theists keep their stupidity to themselves especially on respectable sites like this where we want to contribute to the community instead of reading these dumb "thank god for..." reactions?
    I mean, religion is like a penis: It's fine to have one, fine if you're proud of it, but don't start waving it around and don't force it up my throat. Capice?
    Have a nice day too! :)
  • Take your intolerant religious bigotry elsewhere.
  • +2520
  • he was forcing it up your throat ? 
    he simply said thanks god 
    not fuck you Lobbie1978
  • Lobbie is just having a rough day, methinks. LOL
  • Yeah maybe, or he's on his period 
  • Lol ! Dont mind this lobbie ! ;) light humour ! ;)
  • You're one of these people who shout "OMG THERE IS NO GOD YOU MORONIC FUNDIE SKYTHEIST!" when someone says "bless you" after you sneeze, am I right? :)
  • The stupidity in blessing someone after they sneeze has nothing to do with theism.  This custom began when people believed that someone's soul escaped their body after sneezing.  Hence, they were blessed to make sure their soul "returned".  Do you still believe this today, or should that silly custom disappear? 
  • Does it cause anyone any harm in saying "bless you" after someone sneezes ? No right ? It just tells the other person that you care about them, even though it was just a mild gesture/talk. It spreads happiness sometimes, then what's the problem in saying it ? ;)
    (disclaimer: i dont use 'bless you', no one in India does ;) so my views are 100% neutral :) )
  • I'm an atheist, but I say bless you. Might want to keep your stereotypes to yourself and speak for yourself.
  • Actually, it comes from Islamic tradition... You see, the sneeze is a self defense mechanism built into the body by default by God to prevent something harmful from entering the body... So because of this, a Muslim is required to give a verbal statement saying that all praises and thanks are due to God... Upon hearing this, one would reply back to the sneezer... May God bless you! However, as most of the world has omitted the part where one was supposed to give God thanks...a Muslim cannot bless someone that forgets to give God thanks!
  • Well, that's just entirely NOT true.
  • LOL
  • Fuck you for starting this.
  • I haven't started anything. I just wanted to point out that credit should be given where it's due, that's all. Now it's "hate, fuck you" etc. etc. People, please, behave :)
    Now can we please get back OT please? We can take this discussion elsewhere, no problem, but at the end of the day this is WPCentral people :) You know, about Phones and stuff...
  • Well, if it was Rich's "imaginary friend" that suggested he should write this article, then adrian1338 did give credit where it was due!  lol
  • What is with the hate?
  • Theists are a bit irritating i know, in the usa. With all the "do you want to be saved ?" ads at all sites. Not all theist force theism upon you. I'm a theist but i dont force theism upon you, I'm not even a Cristian. I was just suggesting that you should not get so irritated at such small things, no one noticed it until you got angry at it and spoilt your mood. The world's such a nice place, enjoy it ! (and wp8.1 is nice too, enjoy it too ! ;) ) Don't get mad at people who dont think like you do ! ;) enjoy life, be happy and smile ! :)
    (I'm not preaching theism as you can see.. ;) )
  • Seriously, you people are utterly pathetic. Actually thanking God for an article about a work around to get a digital voice assistant on your Windows Phone ahead of any official release is blasphemy. God has more important things to be concerned with than your silly little phone.
    You morons are seriously getting on my nerves with your petty and trivial first world, over privileged problems.
  • You're an asshole. "Thank God" is pretty standard saying.
  • +920
  • "Thank God" is just an expression. I, along with a Hell (look there's another one) of a lot of other atheists also use it. The only person shoving their beliefs down people's throats here is you.
  • Forcing it up your throat? Yeah, right. That just shows how insecure you are. So sad...
  • Thank God I'm on the right religious forum, for a minute there I thought this was a tech site, ANYONE HERE HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THIS NEW CORTANA THING?? Bless you all.
  • religion is like a penis? well, if you don't have a religion its okay, i do respect that. but if you don't believe in it, at least show some respect to those who do and dont call it that....i don't undermine don't undermine me, i'm happy, you is that? :)
  • Well, since this conversation is going on... I don't respect people's beliefs and certainly not the idiotic ones, like believing in gods. Believing in that sort of thing is refusing to actually see how the world really works. If gods can't even protect little boys from being raped in his house of worship, then what good is he? If you still believe in this god then you are a) retarted or mentally ill or b) you are just as evil as the so called god you believe in. I believe in humanity and the good we can do. No imaginary friend can replace that. And seriously, if theists like the one here below is making an account just to say I can go and f*** myself, then it's enough said...
  • Hi, I just made an account to tell you to go fućk yourself.
  • am i supposed to say JANCOK?, its an tech site right?, its not an religion forum where you can debate anything about religion.
  • Dude you are right. It is not a religious forum. I looked for something useful in these comments but these people are arguing here. Come on man! Argue somewhere else. Do not start this bull shit here.
  • Thanks
  • Any way to get weather in Cortana in celcius?
  • Just ask for it in Celsius.
  • Yeah just ask her for it. Figuring out how to get it to display Celsius by default though. Is it even possible?
  • I tried a few times and I noticed that you have two options.  1.) Ask directly for the weather in celcius or 2.) after she shows the forecast say "convert to celsius". 
      In both cases she will show you the following weather requests in celsius automatically, but will forget it if you close the app and open it again. 
    I hope she learns to set celsius as default in the future. 
  • But how can I let her show it in Celsius all the time ? Because after i asks her she show it to me. But in the news it doesn't show it in Celsius
  • Does changing the default in the Bing weather app not do it?
  • No I tried.
  • What is your region set to? Try changing region to something Europe... oh wait. :/ ;)
  • I tried to change the region format setting to German (Austria) keeping the region itself at US for cortana. This keeps Cortana working but the temperatur is still not in celcius by default.
  • i don't have the update yet so i don't know how it works exactly, but could you add it to her note somehow?
  • just ask for celcius. even after its showed in fahrenheit. i tried and it worked  
  • Cortana showing " I cant speak your language". How to resolve it ?
  • Store doesn't work anymore?!!!
  • +720
  • Same here... Once I got Cortana from the above methods, store isn't working! WTH?
  • It wont. You changed you settings different to what you account details are set to.
  • So, should Store work fine if I change my country to US in Microsft account?
  • AFAIK I don't think you can change regional setting in your Microsoft account 
  • Just changed ( Now trying to connect store...
  • what happened??
  • Store worked. Cortana didn't.  
  • Did it work ?
  • Guess we have two choices: Cortana OR Store...
  • Damn, now store is working fine in US format but not Cortana, since it needs "location" service to be turned on. And location automatically locates your current position, contraticting to your microsoft account address....... either cortana or store :(
  • I'm in south America but have everything set to US and it works fine
  • But you're still in America, maybe that's why working
  • Yeah same here
  • That's what I was afraid of with this! I was hoping just by adding the us language it would work :/ well at least I can just keep changing it back for now while I have a play
  • Is there anyone whose store is working when region is changed ? I'm anxious because i like to keep my phone in usa region, the store there is much better (featured apps) as compared to India.
  • Same here! And my India store is itself not working.
  • For me store works as long as I am connected to WiFi as soon as I am on mobile data it stops working!
  • Are Cortana and Store both working in India at US settings?
  • For me, yes.
  • I'm in the us but I feel bad for people elsewhere... MS is a US based company, so II guess it makes sense, but still.
  • I've wanted to own a surface pro ever since it first came out. Make it happen, wpcentral.
  • Yup using it in US
  • I try it! I can use it NOW!!!
  • When i type do u love me to cortana she searches from the web. She should replied directly right?
  • Then is not yet active... Just press once the search button and then ask her if she loves you
  • Cortana is inteligent enough that if you "type" your request she will responed in like manner. If you want her to "speak" her response you too must verberlize your request.
  • does the time  changes while changing the region ??
  • To be honest I am fucking impress even with my Spanish accent She understands me very well!
  • Bet she's not impressed with your potty mouth though :D
  • Hmm, followed instructions above and the phone did another update! Already loaded and tested 8.1 so not sure what on earth is going on. Looking at the cogs for the third time today, now.... Should I be worried, I wonder...
  • Its updating your phone language.
  • Sometimes changing the language/region will cause another "update". My phone did this in the past when I changed speech languages.
  • I changed the phones language to US and I talked to her... I love her already.. And now I had to change the language back to German and she will be away from me for a year..... *cry* -.-
  • I changed these a little while ago for an app that required me to have English installed and set up as my language.
    I had to revert back to French in order to restore speech recognition for texts.
  • Only problem here is the store no longer works after switching to US
  • So we need to change the region (thus messing with all location-based apps) in order to get Cortana to work?   Can anyone confirm it's coming to all countries and when? if not, I think selling the phone would be a good idea :P
  • It will be, in a couple of months.
  • So sell it, to someone who loves it more.
  • Cortana is expected to come to all countries in early 2015
  • Has anybody else had issues with getting cortana to say her funny little things? No matter what I ask her, it just default to bing search instead of her saying her snarky response.
  • Same here. She won't sing a song, tell a joke, she won't tell you who's her daddy. None of that stuff
  • I asked her where the master chief is, she said hopefully getting some R&R, as he deserves a vacation.
  • I asked her to show me your t**$ and she did show some.....
  • Help.. I cant connect to store...
  • Thanks for the tip, although I don't understand why I have to switch ALL the phone settings to US, instead of just telling her that, "it's ok, I can speak english if that's all you can understand".... 
  • This.
  • clap clap clap +10000000000
  • I can't access to the store what is the problem
  • You don't need to change the region to get it to work. My region is set to English India and Cortana still works.
  • Really? Cant wait to try it out today
  • is cortana still working after you changed location back to India?? what about the store??
  • That's a lie.
  • I'm in the US and Cortana isn't showing up .. WTH??!!
  • Same here. Already checked all my settings. Trying a hard reset. 
  • Nooooooo! No need to. Just go to the language settings,then delete the US. Then add it again and restart the phone. That should do the trick.. Let me know if it works or not. DO NOT hard reset. No need to. Hopefully you haven't already went through the trouble.
  • I did the reset. Nothing. I tried your suggestion. Nothing. I just don't get it. 
  • Weird man.. I've read some comments that said to move the US up to the top of the list. I would try that and restart. If that doesn't work.. Maybe try updated everything else to US again and restarting again afterwards. Hope you have success..
  • Regional format doesn't have to be chaged, only Language and Region are required. That should negate some of side effects of changing everything to US. Time, date, etc. will stay in your wanted format.
  • Updated my Lumia 820 India awesw
  • hi naresh, Is store working in your 820 ... mine is not working .. help me out yaar ...
  • Hi gautam im from india, dwnlding updates as we speak, but store aint working for me too, wp8 here.
  • x2 on this. Thankfully I don't have to have assabout US dates. Still have to use terrible spelling, and outdated imperial measurements though :(.   Oh well, I was used to colour being auto corrected to color anyway, it was the only way I could get english spelling with a dollar sign in WP8. Now they've fixed it and I've had to change it!
  • Regional format doesn't need to be US thou. I am using it just fine with German (Germany). Can't stand having mm/dd/yyyy :-)
  • It doesn't make any sense does it?
  • Store not working error "can't connect to store right now"......what to do????
  • Thsnks
  • I'm guessing location has to be turned of also. Is this true?
  • No
  • Off the record. I can't access my store after updating m phone to wp8.1.
  • the store has crashed. keep calm
  • Will cortana available in final update...??? Outside US. ?
  • depends on where u r staying, but yeah, by '15, everyone will get Cortana
  • Aahhhh....thank you so much..... Breath of relief......
  • I said I love you..she replied thank you , ditto.
  • The Store is dead. There's an anouncement on that over here:
  • But how does one manage to interact with Cortana when it's only available within the US, at least for the time being?  
    You know what, Fcuk U, Microsoft! From deep down in my heart, Fcuk U! From the release of WP8.0 you have not managed to enable predictive typing for <my_language>, which is basically a piece of cake. 1.5 years! Now yet another "US-only" feature. Let me guess, it'll still be US-only upon the "official" release of WP8.1 and 1.5 years after that, it'll STILL be US-only. Like most of WP8.1 that (possibly) does not suck. At least you managed to enable more than 6 tabs at once in IE. That's a relief....</sarcasm>. MAYBE, JUST MAYBE you've managed to fix the page reflow algorithm too, while Joe Belfiore prances around stages showing off just how much of a Steve Jobs wannabe hipster he is! Oh, and...FCUK U, Microsoft!
  • you need mental help, ask cortana to help you with
  • You must be in USA!
  • Calm down. Let MS optimise it before releasing a half-baked experience.
  • You must be in USA as well
  • No you don't. Check out wpcentral's other article about how to enable Cortana outside of the US.
  • Everything works in Aus, and I can specifically ask Cortana for the temperature in Celsius. The only thing that I can't do is get distances in KM when asking about a place. But the idiots wont release it here until '15, so I'm stuck with awful US settings and spelling to get a fully featured phone.
  • They only just allowed me to have English Australian settings with a US Keyboard and UK spelling in 8.1, and now I have to change it all back to US to get Cortana :(
  • I had some harmless fun with Cortana, but since I need to have my phone language set to Finnish, I had to let her go for now :'(
  • M$FT needs to make it avalible worldwide and write a huge warning that it only knows things about the US. This kind of attitude when the whole world but the US are untermensch is insulting.
  • I agree with you, if we can use uservoice to lodge our complaint, maybe they may hear us. They should have just released it to every country but with a warning that its still in beta, allowing user to opt in or out
  • You do realize that Microsoft is a US based company. So, when they get it right then they will release it for the rest of the world...
  • A US based company with crap all US based mobile marketshare? Maybe they should look after their users, not just the home team?
  • This. It is crazy that I have all the Cortana bits on my phone yet I can't easily access them. Forget localized commands, I just want to type to receive smarter searches and the phone stuff (scheduling appointments, quiet hours).
  • Just wondering how does cortana check for mt flights?
  • should the emails ticket come in a certain format??
  • got a couple of updates after the big 8.1 update, changed region, language and keyboard settings to USA-currently residing in India.  HALA CORTANA!
  •   i am too not able to connect to the store. pls help ? :(
  • you can even change back some language settings after cortana has appeared :-)
  • The store is actually not working on any device in india so i guess its not cortana messing up the store ..don't blame her ..she's cute
  • Man, just set language+region to India, Cortana will be gone and Store would work fine. Yes its she. And yeah she's cute.
  • That doesnt seem to be the issue. My wife's 620 running on WP 8 also is not connecting to store. Looks like there is some issue with the store!! And Store is down through the weblink using PC. I guess we need to wait for some more time till someone wakes up and looks into it!
  • Looks like you are right for phone. But I can still access the store in PC.
  • Dunno, but for my phone this won't work. Speech, Region and Keybord is the only thing I can change. I'm not able to change the phone's interface language.
  • I have the same problem unfortunately
  • Same problem here as well. Several others also report this problem.
  • I have the same error. how stupid is that?
  • I also do not have US English but have UK, Canada and all others. Not available even after hard reset.
  • Hi WPC will your team b be making representations tho Microsoft in behalf of your users outside of the United states for the implementation of features such as quite hours? Kind regards,
  • To turn store on, go into Settings/Applications/ Store/ and turn on location.
  • I got Cortana only after I manually search for it locally using Bing
  • Stupid Fahrenheit -_- But it works :p But I think will switch back and use my native language for my WP
  • You can ask "Cortana, what is the temperature in Celsius for xxx". It's annoying, but works. Can't get rid of Miles though.
  • Lost the store after enabling the Cortana, but moved back to UK language settings, and stil store have: Can't connect error when trying to open
  • Can confirm this does not work on HTC 8X 
  • Roger that. Same here.
  • Same here. Glad I'm not the only one.
  • That is because all unbranded HTC phones are shipped with roms without US english as phone language.    
  • But I can select us as a language and region and follow the same steps that rich said to do.
  • But it needs to be the default language and as WP 8.1 is nothing but a disappointment (to me) of course it won't work. Screw you hTC
  • Yes, tried it earlier and didn't work. Store still doesn't work once I reverted to UK settings.
  • Worked fine for me on Verizon HTC 8x with Cortana and all and I'm in Canada...... Unfortunately the update did not change settings so that I could add mms settings.... Thanks Verizon!
  • please support the the new background image for this app.
  • I've tried and tried but I don't know how to get my 'phone language' to be United States. There's no setting to change it from United Kingdom and delete the UK language.
  •   same problem here
  • Same :-( How to fix that?
  • It won't. The store in general has crashed. No matter what setting you have
  • Keep calm store bot working even on 8.0.....waiting for 8.1....hope it makes me,"pop boner':D
  • Lol when i try to download an app "Service not available The store isn't available at the moment, please check back in a bit. inquiring minds may find this error code helpful: 805a01f7
  • Off topic.. do you guys(staff) know why the store is not working?
  • It crashed
  • QUESTION: Do I need to use phone in english to use cortana? If yes, then I'll pass.
  • Not risking it for a biscuit ill wait for the next update got most of the awesome features I not fussed
  • hello people. just want to know that is Cortana available for lumia 625?
  • its available for al windows phones
  • Is there any way to change the search results to be local for my country without having to change region? 
    I don't mind my phone on english, but I can't live with completely wierd searches every time i use Bing... 
  • I cant change to USA english. When i do hard reset, i dont have even there USA english. And if I change language like described here, everything changes to english USA except of phone language.
  • To be clear. My region is set to India from before the update and the Indian store is not working as well so the store issue is probably not related to changing regions...
  • Mine won't change the phone language to US, so i'm unable to remove UK :/
  • Store stopped working
  • Really impressed with Cortana, considering im a from the UK, she gets it all pretty much spot on using US language.
  • Store error, any fixes?
  • I changed the region, store stopped working, restored the region, store is still not working
  • B4 my store was working...
  • is not a region error, store just crashed, be patient
  • Using it now. Im from the Philippines :)
  • Works great for me.
  • Accessing the store seems to be a hit or miss at the moment regardless of what the settings are, i think this might be an issue at server side as it seems to be recovering slowly. At present i am receiving an 805a01f7 error message.
  • Microsoft store is down worldwide,no matter Cortana or not,so be all patient...
  • Anyone know if we can change the default temperature settings in Cortana to show Celsius instead of Farenheit?  I know Cortana can do a conversion but it would be great if it was by default.  Thanks!  
  • No you can't. You can ask her to convert it for you.
  • cortana scuk my ccok in india..
    cortana not there as expected.. i havnt changed any settings to get this btich i want a functional store.. but even the store is not functioning!!
  • Rich it's not Cortana. The store is generally down. It's the same error we have had last time the store crashed. Daniel wrote an article about it. Here is the link: Could anyone please reach out to Microsoft and see if its a service issue?
  • That link was useful in November 2012 not April 2014!!
  • It is exactly the same issue. Even then it started off with hotmail log in issues. Today, right now is down and mobile users will face issues it says. We are all accessing store via our outlook email address so we can't access it. Go to
  • Store is offline for everyone, online too US:
    "Try again later Something happened, and we can't get to the page you want at the moment. Try again in a little while. " PT:
    "Tente novamente mais tarde Ocorreu um erro e não é possível aceder à página que pretende neste momento. Tente novamente mais tarde. 50409100-42e3-4b2c-aff4-eea399dfce04 "
  • Omg, i want my store back!
  • My store stopped too
    .. I change my language setting back to original. Still store won't work
  • For some reason, i cant remove the English ( UK ) option from the language settings  and the store is not working for me. its ok but i really what to know why i cant remove the UK Option  
  • Hold the uk one down and selct the move up option, then hold the other language and press remove :) hopefully that should do it as I had the same issue...
  • already tried that .. the "Remove" Option seems not active for me .. while its active IF i try to remove the US   
  • Yh but you cannot remove the language that's on the top... As that's the main one so you cannot remove it... So you need to add another language or move your other downloaded language and make sure its on top of the list before you can remove the one you don't want... So the one you don't want has to be at the bottom
  • lol @InstinctSmiffy you beat me by a mile sorry.. you must install a language before you remove the other, you can't have no languages listed this may be why..
  • Well haven't yet enabled it still store isn't loading
  • Error code 805a01f7 Problem
    This error occurs when there is a temporary service disruption. Solution
    Wait a little while and then try again.
  • After having installed English US and changing my region to the U.S., some of my apps were in English (Silverlight apps, I suppose), and some were still in Polish. Then, the Store stopped working, and I ended up resetting my phone. No luck with Cortana at all - HTC 8S.
  • Just one comment...its AWESOME! Unfortenetly ma store stoped working either :(
  • 805a01f7 wtf
  • My store does not work. How do I get back to wp8?
  • Sweet!!! for me, Cortana AND Store work like a charm.. from Dominican Republic
  • Rich please remove the bit that says store is down due to region change. It's not the case. Store is down due to outlook outrage. It's official!
  • I had to update the keyboard to get cortana and my store still works, just downloaded Tetris on my phone without a problem
  • Why is Cortana opening up bing search wen I ask qns lyk "tell me a joke " or " sing me a song" ?? Using NL920 INDIA.
  • ye, the store does not work now, what should I do?
  • I'm trying Cortana right now and it (she?) seems to understand my weird spanish / australian accent completely fine, but I'll have to switch back to Spain because the store is simply not working. Let us use Cortana by just changing the language and not the actual region... Microsoft pls.
  • Windows Phone store is down.... Not connecting....
  • Now I m happy..
  • Turn on the location then store works...#wp
  • Maybe there are a lot of users in the world changed their Region to US, and Windows Phone Store Server is Down Overload :D Lets see later or Tomorrow!
  • Cortana's servers must be getting hammered too because I'm getting generic web searches for already known "special" inquiries.
  • I updated and i changed region settings but my phone language is stuck on UK how do I change it PLEASE HELP!!!!
  • Yeah, once I have had this problem, I wait for a week for completely download LP, but no salvation then, just reset it then try again :)
  • Thanks, Im gonna try that now
  • Store isn't working and I'm on 8.0 lmao
  • Plz help me here not faund cortana
  • It seems store is having issues not updated 920 giving me the same store can't connect message.
    So back to US region on this 1520...
  • When would it be released worldwide, or at least come to Canada??
  • Windows blog says UK and China in 2nd half of 2014 and other areas in 2015. No idea why Canada could't have been inlcluded with US now or with UK later in 2014.
  • I've heard that they usually release it to Canada with the French release which makes sense with Canada being bilingual
  • Make sense, but being a French Canadian I'd rather have to speak to my phone in English for a year than not have access to Cortana at all... They should give us the option to either stay in French and not have Cortana or switch to English temporarily and have Cortana...
  • please give me a link to register free as developer
  • Good Luck!
  • it's not free registration :)  
  • I'm a Student :) for me was free, but now I dunno)haha maybe this links helps you:
  • is the link. Also read the wpcentral guide if you get confused:
  • thank you i already registered :)  
  • Hi, I am from India. Set my lang and region to US but store and cortona both doesn't work :-( Tried several times hard reset, MS screwed up on it very much major update
  • Dude, MS stated very clearly that Cortana is US-only, if people knowingly messed up their settings then its the fault of the user not MS .
  • Store was down due to outage and not because of regional settings. I have to U.S. and store is working fine for me but no Cortona yet.
  • Hey Arun, both the store and Cortana are working for me but the speech of Cortana is not working
  • Yeah I'm UK and the instructions didn't work for me either. I can't seem to change the "Phone language" part of the settings; even though under Language it's changed regional format, speech and keyboard to English (US), it still lists Phone language under English (UK), and I can't remove it. Any thoughts?
  • Hi Robert,   All the UK handsets which are not built with English US as a base language will not get cortona at the moment. May be in future MS release an another patch for the same.
  • Dude me to from India. I have Set my language and region to US. Store works for me. Also there is a contra app in my phone, but it is shoeing a message "Iam sorry, but i cant speak you language". i hope changing the region doesnt affect the store  
  • There seems to just be store issues full stop at the moment. I made the switch to start Cortana, and it worked, but I didn't get the little intro and setup tutorial. Figure I'll switch back and just wait a little longer till she's set up for the UK fully. She was great though, understood everything I said without issue and made a calendar appointment for me. :)
  • Store works.. Just go to the bad piggies post by wpcentral, press download app, store will open showing you the bad piggies app.. Don't worry you don't have to download. Just go to store settings. Then you will see there use my location. Tap it to on. Go back. Open store again and voila it works..
  • I just sorted out,Every thing works fine if u turn off advertising id in setting.
  • Still i dont have access to cortana! Donno why... I did everything as instructed!
  • Changed all region settings to us, still no Cortana
  • I have a really weird problem. In Settings->Language menu, all Languages that I can add show Phone Language: Available or Enabled but only English (United States) does not have Phone Language option at all (it has Regional Format, Speech and Keyboard) And then I cannot set English (United States) as my phone language Does anybody have the same issue?
  • Yes. Do you have an unbranded phone? That might be the problem. I heard this problem was present on unbranded HTC 8X phones, which mine is, alas.
  • Yes, I unlocked my Nokia Lumia 920 recently.
  • I have a HTC 8x also and I'm in Australia. I have the exact same problem. I can't enable English (united states) as my phone language. Plz help.
  • Yep I'm the same, unbranded 8X from the UK.
  • I do!
  • Same thing here in Canada with an unlocked HTC 8X.
  • Tried it enabled Cortana but lost the store so its really not worth it. Store came back after I changed back to UK
  • That's a separate issue affecting everyone right now. I just not sure I can cope with the Language and keyboard difference just to use the blue bitch.
  • using swipe in commenting this article feels good
  • I really regret that I bought an HTC 8X, Cortana doesn't work on non-US HTCs
  • How did you know?
    Everyone here confirmed it
  • HTC 8X in australia changed language and region to US cortana works fine store works also yeah ta!
  • what carrier are you with though?
  • Telstra
  • Can you give me the details on how to do so please! because I've got the 8S with Telstra and apparently they disable you from changing to Engling US as a phone language..... and I need to for Cortana.
  • It works great here in Sweden when changing region. She sings to me, tells me jokes, tells me how tall Tom Cruise is (although in stupid American units ;)).Too bad you just can't activate her anyway after a warning.
  • i cant seem to enable it :/ could use a bit more detailed help. Also i cant seem to change my phone language from UK to US.  
  • Yeah same here... changed everything to US English except the Phone language..
  • Can't change my Phone Language to US English. Anybody?
  • Updated to WP8.1, everything is working fine except store once i change the region & language setting to get the cortana. Looks like i have to give up on cortana for sometime.
  • I aint a developer, can I download cortana ?
  • So, when is Cortana and the update available in England again?
  • Anybody know if any non USA carrier phones have Cortana with this update?
  • TELUS in Canada, when switching to the US allows Cortana.
  • Thanks, finally got it working on Fido with a rogers lumia 920
  • I am on Fido with a rogers lumia 920 too!! Seems so rare. My Cortana does not tell jokes nor sing. She took me straight to Bing search. Does this happen to you?
  • I think typing goes straight to Bing Search, from what iv tested, only using Voice will do things with Cortana, are you typing or using voice? From what your saying, it sounds like your typing. So try voice (if you have not already) and see if it works, otherwise reply back. Ill help as much as i can. Since my Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Privew is working 100%
  • Hi ForceablePlace, thanks for the quick reply.I did use voice input for jokes and sing. It's just not working.
  • K, when I updated my phone, it did one update, then I had a second (The second being 8.1), when the 8.1 finished barely anything worked right, I restarted my phone and it finished updating, so for me it didn't fully install my 8.1, so try restarting your phone? It may have not finish your update. So restart, try Cortana, then reply back.
  • Restarted, still not working. I saw people having same problem as me. Maybe wait for a few days for this problem to be resolved. Thanks very much!
  • Odd, well... I hope it gets resolved for you in a day or so, (Witch it should) but in he mean time, you can check out the cool new things like the new wordflow key board (Drag your finger on the letters) and Honestly, its really easy to use and can let you type faster then ever with som practice. Also, No Problem for the Help, if you need anything else, feel free to ask. If you need, you can Contact me via YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, Steam, etc (Pretty much any Social Media) with the name "ForceablePlace". Or at my Public Email   -Force
  • My payment methods are not working in the US, I created them in Canada, activated Goofy Cards in Canada, now I can't use them lol, transferring gift cards removes all the money on that account... So now to buy apps I need to switch to Canada, then buy it, then switch back to the US to use Cortana... Or activate cats with my new settings... Well what ever...
  • Take it Guyz.. I am in India. I changed my language and region to US to make Cortana work. And i am also able to launch store without any issues and without reverting the settings. I even downloaded an app from the store. So its Cortana and Store working properly together for me for now..
    Author please take a note on this.
  • Hey I also got Cortana and the store working but when I tried to search with Cortana, or even type something, it says speech failed to start. Is there a similar problem for you?
  • Why is Cortana opening up bing search when I ask question like "tell me a joke " or " sing me a song" ?? Using Lumia 920 Tunisia
  • Hello! 
    I can not delete the second language in languages, Why?
  • Same issue ! Lumia 920 free.
  • Why do you need to delete? As long as you move up English (us) to first position
  • Great article, however this doesnt work on any htc,devices outside of the US, because for some moronic and retarded reason HTC decided to disable US English as display language altogether. So pissed off at HTC now. Never, ever again will I buy a HTC phone. Perhaps I'll open it up with a hammer and cram a dictionary inside.
  • Maybe flash a US ROM on it.....
  • So you mean thats why it didnt showed up to me even i followed the setings because im on htc?
  • Same. I will never get an HTC Windows Phone EVER! I am getting a Nokia Windows Phone next year.
  • How can I reset Cortana?  It registered some other person in my contacts as my Wife :D what to do now? 
  • Guess you have to marry that person now... Hope he/she is pretty at least :)
  • All Cortana knows about you is stored in her Notebook and you can edit it there.
  • I am in Australia, all settings (except time region) set to US. Cortana & Store working. Only thing I noticed is that I cannot access my carriers' (Telstra) apps section in the store. Everything else works fine.
  • Its not showing up in my phone
  • Following the instructions , i get Cortana but the store is in dollars and not pound. Any ideas?
  • And if I changed this frm us to India , will cortana be there?
  • No, you have to stay in US :(
  • Works great..... But is it possible to use Cortana in Metric?
  • I accidently disable cortana tried to reset my lumia 920 three times and still can't enable it.
  • Well, crud. Cortana isn't appearing for me. Did everything in the article. Oh well. EDIT: Never mind,I moved English US to the top, as suggested. It worked.
  • My store works fine
  • I have changed the region and I am able to see Cortana but whenever I open it, it shows "I'm sorry, but I can't speak you language yet". How to resolve this problen
  • Work on your accent.
  • It worked after installing US English speech and keyboard
  • Phone was set to US setting from the very beginning and updated to 8.1 dev preview without a hitch. cortana was there from the beginning, works fine. faced the store outage as well but it went away after couple of hours. still poking around, its like i just bought a new phone!   the most surprising thing for me is- all my previous store purchases are back right within the phone- from wayyy back to my WP7 days.... no need to install the Reinstaller app any more after phone reset!
  • No cortana even after region change any suggestions
  • It must be an HTC thing. HTC blows.
  • Canadian boy here and I changed everything for HTC but still not working
  • Cortana was what I was looking for the most
  • how to make cortana say my name ? as i am not able to make her say that.. pls help
  • Has anyone succedeed at obtaining Cortana to give Facebook updates? What about updating Twitter? I lnow that it is possible with Ziri, so just wondering if it is already possible with Cortana....
  • I am in the UK and changed the region to us but restart won't complete!!
  • After enabling Cortana, i m not able to access my personal videos…..and when i had disabled cortana then “Video” app is crashing again and again……………….pls help
  • Updating now!Lets c how it goes!Waiting since long.....
  • Hey
    I have change my location settings to US
    Will there be any effects later on the location settings
  • Thanks!!
  • Need help.
    I can't use English US as a phone language that's why Cortana isn't enabled. How do I fix it. I'm from Saudi Arabia and using HTC 8X.
  • It didn't work for me :( any suggestion?
  • hmmm i dont get the "match the phone language" option =( It wont let me set the phone in english. The "phone language" item only shows in spanish hmmmmmmmmmmm
  • When I try to change my phone language I can change speech, keyboard and region but not the actual phone language. Any suggestions because I'm lost?
  • Using HTC
  • Thx for the info! I got Cortana! But when I search, it says "speech failed to start. Please try again".i am in India. Please help.
  • Did you notice that when writing a sms we get smileys suggestion? I wrote kiss and i get the kiss emoticon and i wrote poopoo and i got the poo emoticon im so happy lol
  • Using HTC 8X and I can't change my phone language, but I can change speech, keyboard and region. Anyone got any ideas
  • Seems to be an 8X thing, I have the same problem.
  • I have the 8S, can change the language and region easily but I still don't have Cortana.
  • Still didn't get Cortana :(
  • I can not activate  Cortana  on my phone   My phone HTC 8x 
  • Up and running on my 520 but now but none of my email apps will open. Mailboxes are syncing but when I try and open anything it just returns to the start screen. Anyone else have this issue? Cortana won't stay on either even with language and location set for English and US.  
  • Yesss!!!!!! i got Cortana and my store is still working...   
  • Don't know why that don't release to uk now been avin a right old chin wag with no complications at all
  • Store and Cortana is working perfectly india
  • Hey I am also from India, but when I type it day something to Cortana, it says speech failed to start. Please help
  • My cortana on lumia 525 in India is not working as expected. When i ask about weather, it makes a bing search. Similarly for searching for places it again makes bing search. This started today.. Did anyone else notice same issue?
  • Then, you don't actually have Cortana.
  • Mahesh Gosi says:
    . Hey I am also from India, but when I type it day something to Cortana, it says speech failed to start. Please help
  • Doesn't work for me at all. I have a HTC 8S which works like a charm but Cortana doesn't even show up after everything!
  • Same here.
  • Same here aswell
  • changed regional settings and xbox games hub not working. need help. ;(
  • i changed to the US region/language etc. (I'm in the UK.) My store works just fine. My problem is with Wallet. It says that all my payment options--my debit card, paypal, and microsoft gift voucher--are no longer valid. I'm guessing this is because they are connected with my UK address, and Wallet thinks I'm in the US. Like this, I wouldn't be able to buy anything in the store without switching my region back to the UK and reboot. Any workaround for this?
  • I tried this 10 times and Cortana still doesn't show on my app list.
  • What I did to get this working correctly was change language to English US, and change region to us. From this it automatically downloaded us speech. So restarted my phone, kept the region as us, changed everything else but speech back to uk and Cortana still works. Currency, keyboard, time, date shows as uk, region us and Cortana works. Store also shows uk :)
  • i can t remove english UK from the list ! any ideas ? i have a HTC 8X
  • Works a treat. The only issue was having to Americanize my accent, in the same way that fellow South African, Charlize Theron did on her arrival in LA. Cortana now understands everything I say. No issues with Store, just the battery use which runs down too fast. Proud to say I have converted 4 work colleagues to Lumia, granted 2 had BlackBerry devices which means any change was good, but the other 2 moved from iOS and Galaxy S4 and all rave about Nokia.
  • Well i couldnt change my phone to english, so in a last try i added all the english language options and it finally appeared as an option, but only as UK English, so the option for phone language appears for UK English but not for US English, Region, Keyboard and such its all in English.
  • Hello everyone. On my phone whenever I add English (US) it doesn't do anything but if I add UK it gives me the option to restar the phone and apply. :/ Is there any way of solving this? Because it's like I can't apply English (US) and so I can't get Cortana.
  • Why this spiteful "US ONLY" mentality from Microsoft - not just them of course. If it's Yank, thats what they do - anywhere else, Japanj/Korea/Germany/France/UK/Italy etc - if the country of manufacture doesn't have US from the off, they scream the place down. WHAT IS IT WITH BLOODY AMERICANS ?
  • Not working for htc 8x, the language cannot be set to US.
  • i have problem to start CORTANA. I`ve done everything u said here and still no cortana on my wp htc 8s. what can i do to make cortana work??
  • Hey, im using nokia 630, im in Viet Nam, Cortana which is not work here, and i change language and region to Uk, but it till not work, cortana cant set on. So, how to fix it? i want to use it ! 
  • If i already update 8.1 without changes this seting then how to add cortana?plz
  • Hello, i have a little problem. can someone help me ? I did all that country/refion and laguages thing and reboot manual my lumia 520...ut i still dont have cortana ??  Any suggestions ? i forgot to tell.. my tile is language + region...and i cant add a language so i can use only one ...    
  • thank you so much bro got it (Y) (Y) (Y)   
  • I installed wp 8.1 developers preview in my Nokia Lumia 520. I cannot turn on cortana but It appears in the settings list. And it shows that "Cortana can only work if your speech language matches your display language. But i cannot change the speech language to English US. It shows that the language is downloadind but if i tap the language It launches phone update. Please suggest me a solution.
  • This works a treat however this has also stopped me listening to half of my music on Spotify so I shall wait for UK to catch up as normal however 8.1 is looking good!!
  • I have changed and it was wrking fine for me.. but am not able to switch back to my region and language.:(  CAMERA,WHATSPP,TWITTER not opening..What am i supposed to do now? Please do help me
  • Thanks for this article. Never thought it was so easy. I changed the settings and both Cortana and Store are working fine. Yet to explore Cortana and discover if there is any App not functioning.
  • My store works fine, and even Cortana, kind of. I am in India, have changed setting to US in region and Language. Problem is with listening. Pressing Microphone and speaking doesnt help. Read it on site that I should perhaps clean the Microphone or use a headphone mic. Didnt work. I am not sure if I should be hard resetting the phone. I love Cortana, so dont want to uninstall and go back to regular life. Any one can help with any other ways to solve it?
  • does it matter that im with rogers  
  • This is not working fo me at all, on a 930, 8.1 update 1. Bought in Sweden.
  • Hi All, I installed 8.1 to my nokia lumia 920 cyan yesterday, but i dont seem to have Cortana available in app settings. I used UK as settings and when i check in microsoft website it says Cortana is avaiable for UK. Pls can some one advise if I miss anything here? I've turned on Location and regional setting is UK and language is English UK, and have downloaded the speech settings for UK.  If I hold the search button, I see speech assistant opening instead of cortana. Any help much appreciated.  Thanks, B
  • B, I had exact same situation with same model... just change the region and language.. after that one reboot and everything works fine...
  • This may be off topic. Cortana described by Microsoft as "world’s first truly personal digital assistant". If this were true, then each person should be able to give his/her personal digital assistant an individual name of their choosing eg Julia, Michael, whatever. Suggest not hard to set up? Then it truly is a "personal" assistant. Lost oppotrunity for MS? I mean if you are on the train telling Cortana to book an appointment, everyone within hearing range knows what is happening.
  • I did this and Cortana appeared. Works. I pinned cortan to Start Menu and then changed back Regional settings only (leaving the country and language unchanged) and Cortana is still there!
  • Cortana is working now, you need to change the region and language. thanks for the article...
  • superb
  • Dear sir, i did the same process in india. but now we got cyan release and many of my friends got cortana alpha but when i'm changing my region and land to english india and speech to uk its not working for me. please help me sir. its very imp for me
  • Followed the instructions, no Cortana for me :( I even disabled location services and set regionl format to US...
  • Same here. I'm using the Lumia 620 and the steps in the article worked during the world cup, but not anymore.
  • I have a Lumia 620 in India. Cortana is working fine and the store is worknig too :)
  • I can't enable Cortana on my 520 :( I've done everything listed above and even removed other keyboards leaving only the US English one with no success. I have Preview For Developers Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and Lumia Cyan installed. Can somebody help me?
  • Working fine here on my Brazilian Lumia 930. The Store and Music tis ok too.
  • I tried this and it worked awesome. 
  • I did this steps but i cant find Cortana. I can acces to the store but some apps i cant open (like windows central) What can i do?
  • Mind blowing loving IT Thanks!
  • Worked for me in My Lumia 830 Thanks! :)
  • Still trying to work it out
  • what a app yr...mind blowing
  • No sound coming from cortana, any thoughts?
  • Cant get it going yet
  • How to enable cortana in bangladesh
  •   Cortana , its nice, but windows 8 to 10 why wifi so many problems.sometime stop woring when do disabled enable then working, and sometime never work without restart
  • In order Cortana to be available, your internet and location have to be on at the same time. This is a huge battery drain for most of the devices. I don't keep them on all the time. I am Turkish. So I enabled it this way and played with Cortana a few weeks. Then I turned back to my own region. Thanks for the article.
  • Hey Guys I tried to change the region and language both to united kingdom then from the bar i changed the cortana settings which were turned off so i turned it on and it worked for me :) This united states trick is not working so please try this once (for outside the US people).
  • How come not enabling cortana in US english, maintaining local regional settings. We all know how to speak in english and want to try it.
  • Why we change our nationality and nation to get Cortana..? It's better change that phone & use ios or android - Indian ​
  • Please Please windows!! that isn't a good way when one forgerizes his region that's a mark of incomplete release!
  • when i do the changes to regional format and language, it will last only few hours, then the phone changes on its own the region to the current location . anyone having this issue?
  • I'm not sure if I. Ablue to do this but I am already happy since I know From now on I know I. No more all a since I have my Angel to be with wherever and whatever Life will take me.