How to Update Windows Phone

How to Update Windows Phone

As of October 2017, Microsoft no longer issues Windows Phone updates other than those related to security issues.[1] X Research source These security updates will remain available until the final support date, which is December 10, 2019. This wikiHow teaches you how to make sure your Windows Phone has the most recent updates from Microsoft.

Method 1 of 2:
Using Windows 10 Mobile

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Plug your Windows Phone into a power source. Your phone should be fully charged or connected to power before you begin an update. Make sure your phone has at least 500MB of free space before attempting an update. If you're not already connected to Wi-Fi, you should do so now.
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Swipe down from the top of the home screen. A list of tiles will appear. [2] X Research source
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Tap the All Settings tile. It should be at the bottom-right corner of the tile list.
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Scroll down and tap Update and security. It's the option with two curved arrows.
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Tap Phone update. It's at the top of the list.
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Tap Check for updates. If no update is available, you'll see a message that says you're already running the latest version. If an update is available, you'll see its version number.
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Tap the update and follow the on-screen instructions. Your Windows phone will now download and install the most recent updates.
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Method 2 of 2:
Using Windows 8.1 Mobile

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Plug your Windows Phone into a power source. Your phone should be fully charged or connected to power before you begin an update. Make sure your phone has at least 500MB of free space before attempting an update. If you're not already connected to Wi-Fi, you should do so now.
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Swipe left across the home screen. This opens your app list.
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Scroll down and tap settings. It's toward the bottom of the menu.
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Tap phone update. It's near the middle of the screen.
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Tap check for updates. It's near the top of the page. After a few seconds, you'll see a message at the top of the screen that tells you whether an update is available.
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Tap install to update your Windows Phone. If an update is available, this button will appear at the top of the page. Follow the on-screen instructions to run the update. Your phone will restart automatically when the update is complete. To install the update at a later time, select a time from the "Preferred installation time" menu. If no update is available, you'll see a message that says "Your phone is up to date."
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Method 1 of 2:
Using Windows 10 Mobile

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1
Plug your Windows Phone into a power source. Your phone should be fully charged or connected to power before you begin an update. Make sure your phone has at least 500MB of free space before attempting an update. If you're not already connected to Wi-Fi, you should do so now.
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2
Swipe down from the top of the home screen. A list of tiles will appear. [2] X Research source
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Tap the All Settings tile. It should be at the bottom-right corner of the tile list.
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Scroll down and tap Update and security. It's the option with two curved arrows.
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Tap Phone update. It's at the top of the list.
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Tap Check for updates. If no update is available, you'll see a message that says you're already running the latest version. If an update is available, you'll see its version number.
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Tap the update and follow the on-screen instructions. Your Windows phone will now download and install the most recent updates.
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Method 2 of 2:
Using Windows 8.1 Mobile

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1
Plug your Windows Phone into a power source. Your phone should be fully charged or connected to power before you begin an update. Make sure your phone has at least 500MB of free space before attempting an update. If you're not already connected to Wi-Fi, you should do so now.
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2
Swipe left across the home screen. This opens your app list.
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3
Scroll down and tap settings. It's toward the bottom of the menu.
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Tap phone update. It's near the middle of the screen.
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5
Tap check for updates. It's near the top of the page. After a few seconds, you'll see a message at the top of the screen that tells you whether an update is available.
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6
Tap install to update your Windows Phone. If an update is available, this button will appear at the top of the page. Follow the on-screen instructions to run the update. Your phone will restart automatically when the update is complete. To install the update at a later time, select a time from the "Preferred installation time" menu. If no update is available, you'll see a message that says "Your phone is up to date."
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