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Here is what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2

Microsoft has been hush-hush about Update 2 for Windows Phone 8.1, the second semi-major update for the operating system. The reasons should be obvious as the company is instead putting all resources on Windows 10 Mobile, which is the real future of the OS.

As a result of this priority shift Update 2 (aka GDR2) is only going to select phones as an upgrade. So far, the only Lumias confirmed as getting updated are the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830, while the Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL and LG Lancet ship with the newer OS already installed. The HTC One on Verizon and BLU Win HD LTE also have been updated.

So what is in Update 2? Microsoft has now published the changelog on their support site. However, it is not the whole story, so we will add a few more things that have been found in using the upgraded operating system.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (Microsoft)

  • Settings. Find your phone settings more easily. Tap one of the new settings categories to jump to it, use Search to find a setting, or pan down to peruse in the traditional way. Additionally, phone settings can now be pinned to Start.
  • Calendar. Agenda view is back.
  • Name your phone. Give your phone a name without connecting to a PC. Just tap Settings > About > Edit name to name it.
  • VPN. Now you can use certificates to sign in for L2TP VPN connections. Always-on VPN profiles are now supported too, so you're automatically and always connected.
  • Bluetooth. Type with more than your thumbs. Use an external Bluetooth keyboard and watch the words fly on your phone. And now get your text messages straight from your car if it has a compatible Bluetooth system.
  • App privacy permissions. Now you control whether an app can access your contacts, calendar, camera, microphone and text messages. Just tap Settings > App permissions to get started.

As far as build numbers Update 2 starts at Build 15127 and so far goes up to Build 15148. These other additions have been observed by users as being a part of Update 2.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (Windows Central)

  • MKV support for video playback
  • Reset Protection feature
  • 'All Apps' arrow at the bottom of the Start screen
  • Devices with on-screen navigation bar can now 'double tap' on the bar to turn the display off

There are also likely under the hood fixes and adjustments as the performance. Even on devices like the Lumia 640 Windows Phone 8.1 seems to be very efficient when compared to Update 1.

Reset Protection in Windows Phone

When, where and why?

There's no word on when the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830 will get the updates, as some GB/UK and French versions are already receiving the new OS. Owners of those devices can check for updates under Settings > Phone Update or consult Microsoft's support page to see if their phone is getting build 15148 or later.

As to why Microsoft is not pushing this update for the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930 and other devices, our guess would be the company focusing resources again on Windows 10 Mobile. It is not clear why Preview for Developers is not being utilized either, although it now seems clear that that program is now retired in favor of Windows Insider.

Further information

Need more news? Bookmark our dedicated Update 2 page for all the latest news about that OS: www.windowscentral.com/windows-phone-81-update-2 or jump into our NEW Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 Forums for more discussion.

Are you using Update 2? Let us know if have found any other changes from Update 1 in comments.

Source: Microsoft

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

272 Comments
  • I just got a 640 and the settings menu is glorious. Its a completely new experience.
    I have WP for 4 years now and I never got used to the menu
  • Yeah my girlfriend got the update on her HTC One a month ago, I'm eagerly waiting to get it too.
  • Which phone do u own axmantim.. Ur gf owns htc one..thats great
  • I have a Lumia 830 on AT&T. Hoping they will put the update out before the next flagship drops lol.
  • This update is sooo bad on 830 and 735. Are they trying to get usmto update????
  • Agreed, prefer the new look. Pity the vpn options don't include openvpn. One step at a time.
  • Well the reset protection feature is not available in India on the 640... Seems like another US only feature
  • But my Ms account shows "check whether your device is activated with reset protection"
  • I am uk
  • where did u get you 640?  
  • Give me update
  • Download preview for developers app and singin with ur microsoft account thn go to settings
  • When for Lumia 1520?
  • So you may want to read the article a bit and save on some of those '?' (they're quite expensive these days, need to stockpile them)
  • But at least throw some light on the release of the update for L730.
  • What light? The ONLY phones confirmed are the Lumia 735 and the Lumia 830 mentioned here and elsewhere. Notice how the Lumia 730 is not ever mentioned. That's all there is to say on it. The Lumia 730 is so far, to our knowledge, not getting GDR2. As to why that is, I have no idea. It's odd, but it's also odd the Lumia 930 is excluded as well.
  • Wouldn't it be awesome if people took the time to read the article you wrote before asking all these questions, Daniel?  ;-)
  • Hi Daniel, but what about my l730 phone who got gdr2 inline from windows insider (month ago) :-)
  • I got that on my 930 whilst it was briefly available, lucky us :)
  • No you didn't. It wasn't update2  MS never offered it to the L730 :-) it was something else.  
  • I'm still not sure if anyone actually reads your articles before commenting on them. If they don't update the 1520, I'll be patient and just wait for Windows 10. My phone still works great on 8.1.
  • Which is great for those who want W10, but for those who want W8 this is an important patch. The security features are essential. I want this for my 930 but I'd rather wait for the proper release than install the hack version. Fingers crossed...
  • Exactly! So glad I got the 830. I plan to keep it just in case I still hate W10 when it RTMs.
  • My 1520 and 930 run smoothly and fast The WP 8.1. I tried WP10 in The Slow ring in my 630. I liked what I saw, but it's under construction and has some bugs, not too much, as I waited, but enough to annoy my 3years old son with the delay when opening his games and using Whatsapp with their relatives. Bring it back to WP8.1 fast, and it looks and runs better than never before. I must delay the upgrade to W10 and WP10 for one or two months, waiting for the firsts impressions. But I think it'll come strong and will be memorable. Lets see...
  • Hey will it be available for other phones in Asia region ? I am from Pakistan using Lumia 730.
    Kindly update. Thanks in advance
  • If you read the article, you would know the answer is no.  But maybe reading is too hard for you.
  • Kindly read article and Dans response to the same question
  • Ya you are right. Just did.
  • Later this year
  • Both the 1520 and 930 are still considered as flagships and they will definately get all the features from Windows Phone 8.1 update 2 when they get Windows 10. Your 1520 or the 930 are not available in my country (I live in Mexico) and they are IMO better than Galaxy S5, iPhone 6+ or Nexus 6 devices which are available where I live. IMO Microsoft should try to make next flagship (940, 940XL) available globally as the Galaxy S6/Edge or the LG G4, and not only on developed markets.
  • Yes, but that only applies if you want W10. Many people are happy with W8 and want to stick, and the security updates in this are essential. It really needs a general release.
  • It's clear that Win10 is their planned future. If you want to stick with 8.1, you're going to be left behind.
  • Install windows Insider and check for updates and download it.. when it prompts you to install it, click on show details and check to see its a windows 8.1 update. Uninstall the windows insider app and voila... you have update 2!   Works on my 1020.. So you do not really need to wait for Windows 10 now.. And subsequent check for updates do not show you any more updates available((the actual windows 10 update does not show upa fter you uninstall the app)) Enjoy..
  • Indeed, Brazil isn't a developed market, even though it's a huge market, and it seems to be one of the markets where MS has reached its best numbers (more devices using WP than IOS, for example), and all its devices are available, I have only 5 of them. And one Android (M7) and one IPhone 4S, forgot in the drawer. My daughter preferred the L535.
  • It's already available via windows insider. the first update before the w10 tech preview
  • The problem is that it works for some phones/people and not others as it may skip Update 2 and go straight to W10. The Windows Insider method really is a gamble. That being said, I have it on my 920 and it's blissful!
  • That's exactly how I got it on my 925, great stuff!  Just uninstalled windows insider after I got update2.
  • You can change your device info in order to get update 2. Search the windows central forums. "windows phone 8.1 update 2 guide" Wouldn't recommend however. Can brick your device. But I did on my 1520, and works well. No problems as of yet. **knocks on wood***
  • Only problem is you need a microSD slot to use that method, so 920 and 925 users are out of luck.
  • I have 1520 and I have this update.... Just sign up to the dev preview program but don't install w10fp :) it works like a charm
  • No, it doesn't on my 1520, it wants to go directly to Windows 10
  • If its asking for 10 you should already have it then. Have you tried playing an mkv with xbox video?
  • Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work on my 1520. No mkv either, it doesn't even show the file in the Xbox video app. Oh well, guess I have to wait until Windows 10 - if that supports Bluetooth keyboards as well. I'm mostly excited about that ;-)
  • Wow, such little improvements. Btw does this mean that the Lumia update naming system has been retired? Amber-Black-Cyan-Denim-E... Pretty sad if it has.
  • Amber, Black, Cyan were FIRMWARE updates. This is an OS software update. Different things. Also, the improvements are quite nice, especially if you use Settings a lot or want to use a BT KB.
  • BT keyboard, Miracast and Office capability on a small device like a phone is going to transform future mobile workstations. This is a great news for emerging markets where people don't have PC's but have smartphones.
  • Daniel, wasnt mentioned in the post, but this update also modifies the firmware, see: 735: 02040.00019.14484.24002 (current) / 02177.00000.15184.36004 (new)
    830: 02040.00021.14521.55002 (current) / 02177.00000.15184.36005 (new)
  • You have reviewed this update like 5 times already xD
  • Have you ever read comments on this site? I can say things a thousand times and it won't sink in.
  • Indians should stop asking "when in India?" ..
  • Indians don't ask. Others do.
  • So true
  • Daniel, was not mentioned in the post, but this update is also firmware, see: 735: 02040.00019.14484.24002 (current) / 02177.00000.15184.36004 (new)
    830: 02040.00021.14521.55002 (current) / 02177.00000.15184.36005 (new)
  • Great!  I hope the firmware and/or OS update also fixes the Wifi/bluetooth issue with the Lumia 830.  It is really starting to bother me and the phone is perfect for me otherwise.
  • I just installed the preview for developer and got update 2
  • Which device
  • Yea which device
  • whaaat!!!!
  • I think you meant Insider.
  • Actually no , even I got the update through preview for developer . Lumia 1020 here
  • Just tried it on my 925, but no luck.  Boooo!
  • Same here L1520
  • It's not available on PfD eveyone knows that, OMG...you got something else. Many say they did then on further investigation they didn't.
  • Hope the original BLU Win HD will get this also
  • @RobinPaul I have it on my Blu Win HD.
  • I don't really get what they mean by get text messages straight from your car. I've been able to send and recieve texts via bluetooth since Nov of 2013 when I got my first 1520. Got better when I bought my car in 2014, but neither has to do with update 2.
  • Some car systems SHOW you the text message in the dash. That's what they mean, not using voice.
  • Ahh, thank you for the clarification. I didn't know that was a thing. I need to be able to afford more expensive cars haha.
  • Yeah, I noticed it when my Samsung Edge connected and my car asked specifically about displaying emails and text. Never knew that was a thing, so my hunch is that is what it is now capable of.
  • Samsung ! Heresy !
  • Makes sense, I wonder if that'll work if I get the update in my Ford, with sync by Microsoft lol. Can't decide if I'd prefer it or not though, sounds like it could be distracting.
  • I think Ford has abandoned their existing in dash systems (MyFord, which was based on MS technology) and are pursuing a QNX system.  The current systems will not be upgradable to the new system and are likely dead as far as future development goes.  Which is too bad, I rather liked the MyFord Touch system my car has.
  • I agree, but this apparently isn't a super new feature, even though I just learned of it, so it may already be a feature of mine that is not available to me because of my phone, not the infotainment system. Time will tell.
  • Sync is not by Microsoft. It was developed by Ford using Microsoft's technology. But the entire system was basically a flop and Microsoft probably wishes their logo was never attached... lol
  • I have a 2015 Ford Kuga with the Sync 1(big old ugly one) system in it and I noticed this feature as soon as I put update 2 on my L920. It's easy to use and no more a distraction than reading info from the radio display or music info. I was never really happy with the sometimes poor cortina 'read and reply' implementation which I've now switched off and solely relied on this.    
  • I can say that I prefer having Cortana take dictation and read the text messages more on the Ford system. My HTC One M7 just displayed the texts on the system and it was mostly useless and didn't sync read/unread properly. When I switched back to WP, having Cortana read it over bluetooth, at least I can get the message without wrecking my car and even respond in short messages.
  • I was able to snag this on my 1520 via the windows insider app which I promptly uninstalled as I am not yet ready for Winodws 10 on my daily driver.
  • I did this on my 625 too.. :D
  • where are you located? I have an att 1520 and the insider app deploys right to windows 10 for me.
  • I also have an att 1520 and the samed exact thing happened to me.  I rolled back to 8.1.
  • You can change your device info in order to get update 2. Search the windows central forums. "windows phone 8.1 update 2 guide"
    Wouldn't recommend however. Can brick your device. But I did on my 1520, and works well. No problems as of yet. **knocks on wood***
  • Did the same on my new 930!
  • Installed this on my 920 through insider some time ago and it's been working flawlessly
  • Me too. I like how the setting are much better organized. I just noticed the project my screen function. I'll have to try that with my Xbox One.
  • Not likely ever unless you get it while getting the update to wm10
  • I believe some people who initially tried to install Windows 10 via the Insider app 'accidently' got 8.1 Update 2 instead, correct? That may provide evidence that the intention was to distribute it that way but it was ultimately decided to limit it to Windows 10 instead.
  • Only for some phones, like the Lumia 930. Other phones, this did not work. It was a bug and the OS update to Win 10 was built on that update for some reason.
  • The Lumia 930 was previously excluded from Windows 10 so it appears that at the time the Windows Insider app was distributing the latest update in which case was Update 2 to the 930 instead.
  • GDR2 is available through Windows insider for 730. And it works well.
  • i installed windows 10 on my L920 and had to install gdr2 first, and then i got win 10 update.
  • I got my update this way, and it work flawlessly so far. I have the update to 10 on stand by for now. Want to upgrade, but to many bugs I guess
  • No update for 1020 either. I guess Win 10 is the next update then.
  • The 1020 has the best camera, and is IMO a phone that can let amateur photographers take professional pictures, but there is an issue with the hardware of the Lumia 1020, and that is the screen mirroring feature which does not have. With this update your phone will receive BT keyboard support but without the screen mirroring you're not able to take advantage of a large monitor. Just for your information, there is a dirty way to get external monitor support on the Lumia 1020, but you need a WIndows 7 or later PC and a USB 2.0 cable. You need to download the Project my screen software from Microsoft, then connect your Lumia 1020 to your PC with the USB cable and now you can see your phone's screen on your PC. If your PC has HDMI, you can even watch your Lumia photos or videos on a large 4K TV. Just my 2 cents.
  • Lumia Play To will put your photos on any DLNA device, like a TV, AV Receiver, or Blu-Ray player. I use it with my 1020 all the time.
  • My LG Lancet came with 8.10.15148.160 stock...
  • Yup, this is mentioned in our LG Lancet coverage and our Update 2 topic page.
  • So how's the phone ?
  • Now get text msgs directly from the car? What's this feature already when a msg received car Bluetooth will notify to read it or not... What is this new one. If anyone know please reply
  • I had the same question. Daniel replied a little bit above.
  • All what I can say . u guys doing well and smooth, but a bit slow. For the most htc's , lumia's .
    Plus u guys depends on region & countries. Like others is no one , and they r from other planet .
    Anyways,just this what I want to say . Thanks anyways.
  • Could someone translate what he said?
  • I think he said he is from another planet?  Maybe?  Tough to tell.
  • Intriguing.
  • New in GDR2: In 640(all) 73x, M8 and other 16:9 devices with on screen buttons, Double Tapping the on-screen buttons locks the device.
  • Ah, good call. Will add.
  • Yeah, it's not exactly tapping "on them", it's more of tapping "between" the on-screen buttons :D.
  • One more thing, that's more of a bug than a feature, IMO. Before, when ending a call, the whole screen used to be full black/white, with only the caller's picture in the middle of the screen, with everything fading afterwards. Now, after GDR2, after ending a call, the caller's picture is still in the middle, but the lower half of the screen is almost transparent, revealing the Start Screen, while the upper half of the screen is still black/white. Check for yourself, if you have 8.1.1 and 8.1.2 devices on hand.
  • I can't compare as I don't have a device with 8.1.2 yet but I've seen what you're talking about. Very sloppy.
  • what about 730?
    is it because it's dual sim?
  • I already have my update 2 on my Lumia 730
  • Give me update my Lumia 830 (Malaysia)
  • Here you go. Try now!
  • one more feature they added was for phones with on-screen navigation bars (630,730,640 etc) to double tap on the bar to lock the phone.
  • That's cool
  • Got it in my L920 when updating to Win 10 Preview
  • I hace a Lumia 635 and the preview for developers and just got updated to the update 2 :)
  • Have a lumia 830 installed windows 10 preview via insider program but no update 2 yet
  • Why would you get a downgrade? LOL
  • Haha you did get it, just didn't see it because you now have 10 :)
  • I been using update 2 for a while on my Blu Win Jr LTE, I received the update in the second day of use. More likely a month ago
  • If the information is true then windows 10 on Lumia 1520 would be awesome. #not #frustrations #turnedinalowenddevice #wp10OnLumia1520
  • #nodeedforhashtagsonthissite #theyrestupid
  • #yeahihateittoo
  • I own a 520 and I already have the GDR2 update, seen those changes but not the big deal talking about performance, It's a little bit smoother than GDR1, I'm fine with this update :)
  • How did you get gdr2 on 520?
  • What the hell they don't release any update in a big market like India and they generally release them for new range of phones to increase their sale...
  • Resources. Most of their Windows Phone devs are now on Windows 10 Mobile duty. You can't really do both at the same time, and you can't hire extra people just for an update and train them. Which do you want more: modest Update 2 upgrade or Windows 10 Mobile this fall (and working well)? You really can't have both.
  • In many ways the Win10 update is both, only at a later date, lets say. People should be more concerned with updating their patience than their phones.
  • Definitely want the W8 update more.
  • Exactly. Seems like WP folks are starting to act like Droid whiners. Where's my update, where's my update...
  • I would just like to say that I've always had text-to-speech to (car)Bluetooth since WP8 on my L920 on an outdated Bluetooth module (2004 Acura TL). Only thing different since then is that Cortana makes everything easier (even creating messages to send by speech-to-text, even if half the time she says gibberish or overly-vulgar-or-sexual things). ​
  • That's fine, but it's not what we're talking about. Update 2 let's certain cars display text and email messages in the dash. Many Android phones and car systems can already do this.
  • I have got 640 XL and got update notifictaion. Updating now.
  • Just curious, have you tried the Lumia Living Images app on your 640XL,  http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/lumia-living-images/6c0d96cd-8a10-417a-a018-5f36aa34f025 I would like to use this app but my 625 does not support it. It says it supports Slow motion video. I just want to know if this works as smooth as slow motion on other platforms (iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6).
  • Is anyone experiencing some weird framerates in certain parts of the Lumia 640? Like when you try to shut the phone off, doesn't the animation seem slow?
  • I have a 930 and i have got this update some week ago... So I'm a little confused right now? It shows up in my setting too
  • Huge hunch: you have/had Windows Insider installed. It's a known bug that they had with the updates, we covered it in the past.
  • I saw that on update 2, they already have 5 notification.
  • I have update 2 on my 1020. Got it from the insider app.
  • DOUBLE TAP NAVIGATION BAR TO LOCK SCREEN is also added. I upgraded my lumia 535 to Update 2 via Windows Insider
  • Get On Insiders, Enroll for Windows Mobile 10 Preview and you will get Update 2...been running it on my Lumia 925 for over a month now
  • I already have it
  • Basically nothing interesting to me in this update
  • Lumia 830 AT&T Not available yet Not available yet Not available yet
  • I'm in France with the 830 but i don't get it, help pls :) why
  • It depends on which carrier you're on ;)
  • Users participated in Insider Preview program can grab that update before Windows 10 update that seem to be a Subsequent step. I did get Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 for Lumia 535 when I joined Windows 10 preview in Egypt.
  • I've still not got it. My GB/UK Lumia 830 still doesn't have it. Maybe its my carrier EE that is not putting out Update 2 for me. I need it soon or there is no way I will get Windows 10 for Mobile.
  • For who haven't installed the Windows Insider app and Update 2 will receive an OS and firmware update!
  • How do MS select the Build Numbers like 10130/6 etc or they do it Randomly in ascending order?
  • I have installed it today, lumia 735 italy. Sweet but doesn't add much, waiting for 10...
  • I don't get why phones that can't get 10 through preview aren't getting 8.2 through preview at least
  • Got it on my 925 today in Denmark.
  • Windows Insider or regular update?
  • Performance improvements and under the good fixes? Well, atleast not on my 630 (updated through Windows Insider). It's the final version nonetheless and they're just not pushing it out. Regarding my comment, IE now crashes 10-15 times a day as opposed to 3-4 times on update 1. Also, phone suffers from occasional freezes which have to be fixed by doing a soft reset (I never did a soft reset in the 11 month life of my phone before). Some apps register false touches often opening something else I didn't tap on.
  • There's nothing new to this update process, new products always get the new UPDATES, I wont be surprise if my 1520 doesn't get the w10... Typical MOBILE OPERATOR TYPICAL MICROSOFT!!
  • My 930 is using Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 build 15116. And I don't have reset protection. Seem I need to wait for new update :-(
  • So Reset Protection is a US only feature? Then why doesn't activate along with Cortana when i change region settings?
  • Already hasn't rolled 8.1.1 and are now rolling 8.1.2 in some countries even stopped the support to the 820 like Uruguay by example
  • No update here in India
  • Man.... Mine is L520. When am I gonna get this piece of cake?
  • I'm on att 830, and don't ever expect update 2. We don't even have Denim, which is outrageous.
  • I know the feeling.  I would love to have update 1 on my 920, but I'd rather get Windows 10 sooner.  It's AT&T holding back the update and not MS.  With Win10, MS will hold most of the power to release updates to phones instead of the carriers.  Every Lumia available now will get Win10.
  • I have denium on my ATT 830 running win 10. I have the rich capture icon in my camera app but it doesn't work.
  • What are you waiting for? I have had it since it came out, ATT 830 here too.
  • Kind of outrageous that the 1520 and 930 aren't even receiving the update as they are "FLAGSHIP" devices. Somewhat of a slap in the face to those of us who spent serious dollars for a top windows device experience.
  • "news" what about 1520? almost no changes sadly w10 will buck up settings menu twice again
  • On build 15126. Shows update 2, but no reset protection option. At least I can't find it.
  • So besides the settings screen changes (meh) it's kind of a boring update. The new call animations are sloppy and the "all apps" text instead of just the simple arrow is pretty dumb. I guess fixing the stuff that 8.1 broke like games in the app list and the stuttering when going back to the start screen is a low/no priority.
  • why Microsoft is not pushing this update for all Lumias????
  • They are too busy ruining the UI in Windows 10 and making great MS apps for ios and adroid!
  • You're funny. Why is it then if the apps are so great that the Outlook app on android can't figure out a 365 calendar, but my 830 rocks it all day long? Why is it that my 830 syncs perfect, but the apps on my M8 android are always lagging behind? I sat these phones side by side and tested them out, guess what, the 830 ruled the day. Try it yourself before making such comments.
  • I wonder if Message Access Profile (MAP) support for text messages over Bluetooth will override the "Read incoming text messages aloud" option found in Speech Settings. I prefer to have Cortana read my text messages in my car and have the ability to reply by voice rather than have my car read the text message and only have the option to reply with presets. Does anyone know how this works? 
  • Nevermind. MAP is to display a text message. But still, my car initiates what looks like a phone call when I receive a text message and then Cortana reads it out loud. When I receive a text, it will probably display for a second and then the in-car display will flip to my phone anyway. Does anyone know what I mean? 
  • What about other phones why microsoft ignoring Lumia 720, 620 etc.
  • They're probably focusing most of their resources on Windows 10.  As a 920 owner, I'd rather have them get 10 out to phones sooner than keep working to push every update out to every WP model.  There are a lot of them.
  • Because they're working 100% of their time on Windows 10 release? BTW Android is much more fragmented than Windows Phone, my Lumia 625 keeps getting updates like Denim on my carrier and I don't live in the US. Where I live Huawei and Lenovo phones are still shipping with Kit Kat while Android just announced Android M (2 releases ahead).
  • This! And M is at least 6 months out, and many phones will NEVER see it.
  • There's a bizarre sense of entitlement to software updates these days. I've never really understood it. The expectation only seems to apply to phones. Bizarre.
  • I have had this update installed on my 1520 through windows insider for a while now. All and all a nice little update especially with regards to the setting's menu.
  • AT&T is really pissing me off! I don't want to have to switch to another carrier. I hate them all. #Lumia830FAIL
  • Not sure what exactly is pissing you off, but for me it's still not having update 1 on my 920.  However, AT&T has had more WP flagship devices than Verizon, so either way I'll be sticking with them.  Microsoft will controll update roll outs with Windows 10.
  • Why won't they Preview for Developers this thing? Unbelievable. Microsoft starts these awesome programs like P4D and then just abandons them in favor a similar but not equivalent solution (in this case Windows Insiders). Microsoft has always done this. See Zune software, Media Center, the idea of removing apps from the WP OS so that they can be rapidly and regularly updated, and others. I have a good memory. Apparently the people that make promises at Microsoft do not.
  • They're consolidating services by ending P4D and rolling it into Windows Insider.  No need to keep two different services running when there can be one service that adresses everyone regardless of the device they're on.  Keep in mind, Microsoft doesn't have to give us early access to anything.
  • Well I'm a proud owner of a Lumia 1520. I tried to get the Windows 10 TP and while I was trying to update the phone, I got the GDR2 update. Then I updated to Windows 10 but I rolled back to Windows 8.1 asap due to instability. The new settings UI is really convenient. Can't wait for Windows 10. :D ​ ​
  • Nice. My mom's Blue Win JR got update 2 2 weeks ago, nick to find other phones are getting it
  • Ok. So the 929/930 series is totally being shafted AGAIN and these were supposed to be the flagship phones. Getting sick of the support I received, both from Verizon and Microsoft.
  • MS already gives you a way to bypass carriers, don't blame them, blame your carrier.
  • I want this more than Windows 10 mobile. I hope they bring it to other devices.
  • +930
  • Looking great on my 930...
  • M using lumia 735 CV GIBE i received the update i downloaded it but after all installation process i it didn't install!!! The version was 8.10.15148.16 but wtf it didn't install!! M still on d previous OS and when m checking for updates its saying my phone is up to date!!! Need solution!! N m frm INDIA
  • Sorry its not related to what you asked but
    What's the difference between Lumia 730 n 735 ?
  • The 730 is Dual SIM 3.5G and the 735 is Single SIM LTE supported
  • I wonder if we'll continue to get firmware updates?
  • Ever since Cyan/Denim was installed on my 928, I don't get txt message notifications through my car stereo anymore. Any chance this gets fixed if this update happens to get released for the 928?
  • I had that issue on my 920 when I was still on the Developer Preview, but it went away when I went back to the general release.  I'm not sure if that helps, but that's all I have.  MS support had a few possible fixes when I contacted them, but I don't recall what they were.
  • This works fine on my 925 since the update, in the car, here in Oz.  
  • Euh, already running for Months now on my Lumia 920 DK-CV Phone....
  • Will my Lumia 520 ever get this wp8.1 update 2 ?
  • yes, but right now beware. I have the lumia 520, the update registered on my phone last week, and each time i have tried to install it, I have had to totally reset and rrecover my phone, suggest you back up all your stuff before trying it. I'm now going to wait a while before doing it.
  • Now if AT&T would finally release update 1/Denim for the 920.  The 920 in every other country already has it.  AT&T used to be on top of pushing out WP updates.  I can't wait for Windows 10 so MS is more in control of when the updates go out and not if they go out.
  • Yeah! Eagerly waiting for w10.
    Hope they will air it soon
  • Windows 10 for desktop and tablets is releasing on July 29, and MS said the phone version will come out shortly after.  My hope is within the first half of August with a new flagship launch before that.
  • <Two weeks from desktop launch to mobile and flagship launch? Two hopes.  
  • If you want ATT updates you must get them yourself, It's the same with Android too. ATT doesn't like to update, they like you to buy a new phone.
  • This is the first time my 2.5 year old Lumina 920 hasn't received an update, so that isn't accurate. Android devices are different because carriers heavily modify the OS with each phone. Retesting or redoing all of that for a new Android version would cost too much. They can only add apps and contact numbers to Windows phones Do you know of a way for us to go and get the update ourselves other than the developer preview or windows insider?
  • Did Something happen on win phone 10 830? It has rich capture but will not take a picture with it on? Seem less laggy too?
  • I've been running it for over a month, on my Lumia 925. Just sign up for the W10 Insider program using the app. Then I first got Update 2 installed, and I've been declining the W10 update (set it to not auto download). (yeah I tried W10 preview, and went back to 8.1)
  • well...im running this update on lumia 920,no problems at all
  • When for the other Lumias????
  • I don't really care, focus on Windows 10, please.
  • Something went wrong... I updated my Lumia 830 to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, the firmware actually got a version bump, while the OS version did not change at all... No new features are available AND trying to search for updates gives no result. Am I the only one in this situation?
  • Got my update for the 830 yesterday nothing for the 735 as of yet though
  • I'm in the UK with a Lumia 830 on EE, no sign of it yet but it says my mobile operator is ORG GB does any know what on earth is that?!
  • ORG GB means Orange Great Britain. Orange = EE, so your handset I actually the EE locked variant.
  • When this update is coming to Lumia 530
  • Ok. This seems nice. wen in India.../s
  • I also got update 2 on my 730. This is how:  Step-1: Go to Settings then Phone update and uncheck the Automatically download update if my data setting allow option Step-2: Download and sign up for the Windows Insider Program on your phone to get the 8.1 Update 2 Step-3: Set it to Fast Track and check for updates in Settings Step-4: You should see an update pop up or a notification in Action Center. Download the update Step-5: Once the download starts, head over to the app list and uninstall Windows Insiders to prevent Windows Phone 10 update Step-6: Do not click install, just hit Show details option and verify the update version Step-7: If the build number matches, install the update.   I got the info from here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-get-windows-phone-8-1-update-2-any-device-w...
  • Hi! I'm having Update2 on my 1520! I just dit only one update in Windows Insider! Then I got this one, works very nice! My 1520 is a unlocked CV-NL version, 1520.1 Please try this yourself!
  • I have it on my humble 630 courtesy of the Insider programme (Wphone 10 is still too buggy to use every day). I really wanted it for the overdue Bluetooth hardware connectivity, so I could use it as a backup with my keyboard if my tablet ran out of juice. The BT works but it's not perfect... still get predictive text on the screen and the cursor keys don't work. Hoping W10 will cure all... 
  • Just need to know one thing, are the updates from Insider Preview and this one the Same?
  • I just got an "Iball 4L Pulse" today as a backup home phone for Rs.2600 (around 45$). While checking the phone update, it got the update 2. I should agree the settings page is more neat and organized after this update.
  • So L930 will never get GDR 2?
  • You didn't read the article did you?
  • There's nothing mentioned about that. So I assumed the Lumia 930 will never get GDR 2, cuz Windows 10 is just around the corner.
  • Besides my 1520, I also have a 930. This one does not get the Update2 at the moment.... Also not thru Windows Insider! My 1520 has it!
  • Got it the other day on my 830 CV GB, however I think Reset Protection has only been activated in the US, as it's not showing here...
  • Proxy authentication is now supported in update 2. Users can give their user id and password in wifi settings
  • Is Lumia 920 getting this update
  • I've had update 2 on my 930 for awhile, I'm on the insider preview. The only issue I've got now is project my screen will not work anymore.
  • Installed on Nokia 1520 tonight via Windows insider
  • Is there are a way to know whether installing preview build initially from windows insider gives windows 10 or 8.1 update 2?
  • Lumia 530 also have! :D
  • I got update 2 on my 1520 couple of months back. OS version 8.10.116.125
  • The tap to wake works so much better with update 2. Now I only have to gently tap it twice to wake it up.
  • friends.. I didn't got Lumia denim update (WP 8.1 update 1) .. tried a lot.. but didn't get any response
  • Waiting for 720
  • I'm using gdr2 from over a month. On lumia 925. Most people dont know that they can get it on most of the lumia phones easily
  • This build is newer than the one which was on insider. This seems like the final build of update 2 where as the other version was a preview of update 2. Understand that.
  • Did anyone receive it on Lumia 925? I have an update but I don't know if its GDR2 or not (Egypt)
  • Very much would like to see support for bluetooth remote camera shutter buttons and Cortana activation buttons, currently there are many for iOS and Android and though Windows Phone connects to them they will not do anything therefore assuming Windows Phone needs to take the commands as its own for relevant task requests. Here are three of the examples from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00RM75NOW
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NEJCUQ6
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QYAHLIY
  • You forgot to mention the 5-7 second lag when you press the select multiple photos in the photos app. Such an amazing feature!
  • People need to understand that this version of update 2 is newer than the one which was available on insider for a short time. I had update 2 from insider on my 830 unlocked UK bit had to restore back to update 1 to get the newer update 2 build which was annoying.
  • Khmer shows up in the languages list, but actually not usable.
  • Be nice if developer preview had it
    ..
  • There's a trick to get the gdr2 on the 1520 using a combination of the preview for developers and Windows insider . Apparently if u set up the phone for Windows 10 beta, it will first update your phone with gdr2 and then to Windows phone 10. The trick is to stop after u get to gdr2 by uninstalling Windows insider. So far gdr2 is working fine for me :) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My Lumia 636 is on Update 2. Double tap to hide the on screen buttons don't work. All Cherry Mobile Alpha Windows phones are on Update 2 some months ago.
  • When it will comes into Lumia 520 or if any trick is there then please tell me
  • Anyone notice with GDR2 it doesn't get along well with the SD card when trying to picture text...It takes forever to find Data on my card and sometimes will not send pictures in a text.. Work around I have too open my Albums first then send a picture from there.. Cannot attach a picture to a text.. Fails everytime
  • I wonder if this update is available for Lumia 535
  • Is it applicable for Lumia 520?
  • I also reas that Microsoft has stolen last place from BlackBerry. Duh,! I gotta say that they have taken this fanboy of theirs and managed to really piss me off with their (lack of, and buggered) handling of their 1520, and lack of a frigging flagship. I have had a Microsoft mobile OS since my Casiopea. I had bought every flagship they sold on it's release day since. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Nothing here on ATT 830 with Preview.
  • Isn't anti theft a new feature of update 2?
  • Will the users of Lumia 630 be also update to this version in future?
  • My L1020 has update 2, sign up to insider program for Windows 10. When update comes through check details to make sure it is update 2. When next update comes through(Windows 10) don't download it and you will be running update 2.
  • Update 2 disables subtitles for MKVs even from Moliplayer Pro :'( I love using my BT Keyboard, though :)
  • I got update 2 in my L1520 long time ago, via the insider program. The system pushes this update before W10. I did not proceed with W10 after getting it.
  • This is cool. I still have my Lumia 920, will it be able to get the new update I wonder?
  • (when) will Lumia 520 get this update? (when) will Lumia 520 get windows 10 upgrade? 
  • But my Lumia 920 shows v15117 and says "windows 8.1 update 2" alongside. Having done all my update on preview for developers all along, I did the last update using windows insider to get update 2. I didn't go ahead with downloading windows 10 though. I noticed changes in my settings as described in the article. But with my version number less than that mentioned in the article, does it mean I'm not on the authentic update 2, or that I'm gonna have only a fraction of the change logs?
  • Less then the average geek living with the 640XL   For the price you will not find a Smartphone that will offer you so much versatility. I paid £153.00 for this phone from a company in Germany. Having owned a HTC one XL  I knew it wouldn’t be as  app heavy in the resource side of things, but what I can say is usability it’s was spot on for my trip to the USA. Having stumbled into a Microsoft demonstration stand in the Columbus shopping centre, I was shown how to get the best out of this phone which also allowed one off the technical engineers a first time feel and look at the 640 XL which hasn’t been realised in the USA         The dual SIM allowed me to keep up to date with my work affairs and be able to receive personal message information from the other sim, although I was let down buy my SIM provider and currently in the process of filing a complaint. Battery life was really good and I mean exceptional good.  I brought one of these battery buddies thinking that this phone would work up an appetite towards the end of the day; I was pleasantly surprised that it was my energy levels that were in question after using the phone all day. Processor: The phone is very fast and moves seamlessly from different applications, although I did have some issues with my data coverage, once I found a Wifi location things became effortless.     I found using Bing as a search engine was better suited for the phone as Goggle seems to be more Android friendly, with that said I did venture in Google now and again. Here Maps: Best feature if you wanted a shopping experience in the big apple (New York) was using Here Maps. Once you  established where you wanted to shop this future would turn purple for certain buildings allowing you to use (indoor map, go inside here) Allowing you to discover what was on each floor section by section when you tapped on the building on your screen. This also worked when you place the name of a shop in the search field for direction. Food stops was also    As I was on the go everyday I didn’t get the chance to plan my routes, but it would have been a great help once I arrived at a location to have been able to establish which trains to use on the Subway to get from A to B . Here Drive also got a bit confused at times sending you off in wrong directions; I did use this future to ensure the Taxis were not ripping us off by driving the wrong way first. Currently I am in two minds as to upgrading my old HTC to another Android phone, but I am now holding off until I see what windows 10 has to offer.
  • No.  On Lumia 635 on AT&T.  Figure that Windows 10 will have to do it for me. 
  • Also new, when i end a call i have half a screen with status of the call, lingering for a few seconds.
  • Just got it for 1520 uk variant
  • You also can pin to start any of the settings section you love to your start screen :)
  • I have it on my Lumia 520 without Windows Insider app, and it's very good and faster a bit.
  • Can someone with Update 2 and some Synology NAS device (e.g. DS413) test if VPN L2TP connection works now with the Lumia phone? In Synology NAS there is VPN Server with L2TP & OpenVPN server. With update 1 it did nor work. Thank you! .)
     
  • Now it is rolled out to lumia 520, but I have tried installing it twice and have had to reset my phone because it keeps getting stuck on the cog screen, not a happy bunny at the moment...
  • denim update 2 is now available in india, i already updated my lumia830
  • Well, I just checked (phone update) with my Lumia 521 from TMo and seems like the update 2 is ready to be downloaded.