Updates to Windows Phone 8 are cumulative—so when you install the latest update, you’ll also get all the previous updates (if your phone doesn’t have them already). Only updates that apply to your phone will be downloaded and installed.
Prerequisites – Read This Before You Move Forward
- Check capacity of your battery. Do not start update if your battery is 10-20%. During updates, it is best to have the battery full or almost full.
- Look for a working Wi-Fi connection rather than 3G or 4G network of your telecom provider. Better download speed makes the process faster.
- Reserve at least 30 minutes for the whole process.
How to Find Info About Updates & Update Settings
On your Windows Phone 8, go to Settings. Then, in the system tab, scroll down until you find“phone update” and tap on it.
The phone update window opens. There you can see the Update status line.
If something is available, you will be informed that “An update is ready to install”. If not, Windows Phone 8 will say that “Your phone is up to date. Last checked… X minutes (hours) ago.”
Here, make sure you check the box for “Tell me when updates are available for my phone”. This way Windows Phone will actively inform you when new updates are available. Otherwise, you will have to manually check yourself.
If you don’t have a generous data plan from your telecom provider, you might not want updates to be downloaded when connected to the 3G or 4G network. Therefore, it is best for you to uncheck the option which says “Automatically download updates if my data settings allow it”.
How to Install Minor System Updates
It can happen that Windows Phone 8 needs to install minor updates like text suggestions for a new language you activated. Luckily, such updates are downloaded in the background and their installation is over quickly. You should be done in 5 to 10 minutes. Let’s see the process involved:
When Windows Phone 8 says that “An update is ready to install”, tap on “show details”. A brief description is displayed. Read it and, if you are OK to go ahead, tap install.
The update process starts with a restart and then performs another one. You won’t be able to log into your phone between these two restarts.
Then, the update process continues. Minor updates are installed quickly, so you won’t wait long. When done, Windows Phone 8 informs you that the update was completed and displays a summary of what was installed.
Tap done. Now you can log into your phone. Enter your SIM PIN and that’s it. The phone is up to date.
How to Install Major System Updates
Major updates generally include bug fixes, improvements and new features added to the core operating systems. Such updates take a lot longer and it is very important that your phone is not shut down during the process and that it doesn’t run out of battery power. Also, major updates are downloaded only with your explicit approval.
When you are informed that an update is ready for download, tap the download button.
The download process will take awhile, depending on its size and the speed of your internet connection.
Once the update is downloaded, Windows Phone 8 is preparing to install it. This preparation can take a long time too, depending on your phone, the size of the update and how much data needs to be backed up.
If your phone seems stuck at “Preparing to install 100%” do not worry and do not shut down your phone. Apparently this is normal and it can happen for some updates. A few people reported waiting even 30 minutes until the update process continued to the next step. My maximum wait time was 15 minutes until this step was over.
Next you are informed that the update is ready to be installed and that you won’t be able to use your phone during the process. When ready, tap install.
The phone restarts and then it shows some wheels spinning. It means that the upgrade is underway.
After a while, another restart is performed and then comes the process of migrating your data. This doesn’t take long and the update is completed. When informed about this, tap done.
Enter your SIM PIN and that’s it. The phone is up to date.
Now that you have updated your Windows Phone 8, see what features you find with Windows Phone Updates and feel free to share your findings.