Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers is now live
It’s finally here. Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to download for those in the Preview for Developers program. Windows Phone 8.1 is the next big version of Windows Phone that introduces new features like voice assistant Cortana, a notification center, automatic app updates, VPN support and much more.
Even if you’re not really a developer you can join the Preview for Developers to get Windows Phone 8.1 today. Every handset running Windows Phone 8 in the wild now is capable of the upgrade. Here’s how to get Window Phone 8.1.
To get Windows Phone 8.1 today you’re going to need to be a developer. That doesn’t mean you need to actually understand a single line of code or how it works. Today everyone is a developer, so long as you can follow simple instructions.
- Sign up to be a Windows Phone developer at appstudio.windowsphone.com for free using the Microsoft account associated with your phone.
- Get the Preview for Developers app from the Windows Phone Store (QR code below).
- Run the app and sign in with your Microsoft account.
- Check for updates (Settings > Phone update > Check for updates) and download/install any that are available. You’ll have an update to download and install before Windows Phone 8.1 shows up if you’re downloading the Preview for Developers program for the first time.
That’s the abridged version of joining the Preview for Developers program. Check out our massive guide to the Preview for Developers program if you have any questions or want to see an expanded version of the instructions above.
That’s it. You’re now enjoying Windows Phone 8.1 on your device. This will work on any current handset running Windows Phone 8. That means devices from the Nokia Lumia 920 to the Samsung ATIV S to the HTC 8X to the Lumia 1520 and everything in-between will pick it up. Your OEM specific firmware remains untouched.
Look forward to much more Windows Phone 8.1 coverage throughout today and the rest of the week. We’ve got guides, tips, opinion pieces and much more coming your way.
We’ll be doing our best to answer all your questions, but be sure to head to the forums to ask your fellow Windows Phone 8.1 users if we can’t get to your questions right away.
Download Preview for Developers from the Windows Phone Store (opens in new tab); Thanks for the tips, everyone!
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I THOUGHT I WAS DREAMING
Downloading Now :D
I tried changing region....even after changing region to US cortana doesn't appear in settings nor after pressing the search button....bing opens up as usual.
"The Store isn't available at the moment.
Please check back in a bit.
This error code may be helpful: 805a01f7"
Still finding a solution. http://www.wpcentral.com/comment/237069
Waiting for 15 minutes now, stil 3-5%. Update 14:00:
And here we are....a new update in downloaddddd
And i have already 91% go on...... go on Wp 8.1 <3
oh and screw you carriers! MS FTW with their dev preview loophole! whoo hoo!
I'm trying to figure out what the first thing I'm going to say to Cortana will be.... :-)
LUMIA 1520..India Posted via the WPC App for Android!
Owww God !!!!!!!! Now it's 15 :D
21 % DOWNLOADING SPEED, It seems like Everyone is downloading :D :D
I hope everything will work as it should! :/
Use charger while downloading :) it will work :)
Cant wait to use my 520!! -India
Please help me??
Progess bar moving to 2-3% and stops. Soft reset has no effect
in Portugal (English) Lumia 820
And Sam and Daniel are still awake :D
No action centre no drop down no cortona!!
I was waiting for it since a WEEK!!
and now NOKIA LUMIA 1020 POWERED BY WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 Thank you
Microsoft, wpcentral Daniel and Sam TEAM
"We are currently unable to check for updates (80072ee7)"
it is very slow!! ;(
now cortana is telling things, freaking awsome.