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How to Update a Windows Phone

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Introduction

This guide is for Windows 10 mobile only. Microsoft no longer supports or creates updates for earlier versions of Windows mobile devices. If you have an earlier version, visit or contact Microsoft support services. Your device may be eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade.

Updating your device is essential; not only will it bring new features but it will fix vulnerabilities and bugs detected by Microsoft. Installing updates should improve the security and overall performance of your device. When a new update is available, Microsoft automatically installs updates on your Windows mobile device when you are connected to Wi-Fi and have enough battery life. However, you may manually install these updates by following these steps.

Microsoft Smartphone.

1 Update

  1. Tap Start.
    Windows Phone home screen with Start button highlighted.

  2. Tap or swipe to All apps.
    Start menu with All Apps highlighted.

  3. Navigate to and tap Settings.
    All apps with Settings highlighted.

  4. Tap Update & security.
    Settings with Update and Security highlighted.

  5. Tap Windows/Phone Update.
    Update and Security with Windows Update highlighted.

  6. Tap Check for updates.
    Windows Update menu with Check for Updates highlighted.

  7. Tap Download.
    Update available with Download highlighted.

  8. Restart your device to complete the update. Your phone is now up-to-date.

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This guide is for Windows 10 mobile only. Microsoft no longer supports or creates updates for earlier versions of Windows mobile devices. If you have an earlier version, visit or contact Microsoft support services. Your device may be eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade.

Updating your device is essential; not only will it bring new features but it will fix vulnerabilities and bugs detected by Microsoft. Installing updates should improve the security and overall performance of your device. When a new update is available, Microsoft automatically installs updates on your Windows mobile device when you are connected to Wi-Fi and have enough battery life. However, you may manually install these updates by following these steps.

Microsoft Smartphone.

  1. Tap Start.
    Windows Phone home screen with Start button highlighted.

  2. Tap or swipe to All apps.
    Start menu with All Apps highlighted.

  3. Navigate to and tap Settings.
    All apps with Settings highlighted.

  4. Tap Update & security.
    Settings with Update and Security highlighted.

  5. Tap Windows/Phone Update.
    Update and Security with Windows Update highlighted.

  6. Tap Check for updates.
    Windows Update menu with Check for Updates highlighted.

  7. Tap Download.
    Update available with Download highlighted.

  8. Restart your device to complete the update. Your phone is now up-to-date.