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Windows 10 Mobile update: When will my phone get it?

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Windows 10 Mobile: How to get it and when is it coming to Lumia phones?

Unless you've splashed some cash on either Microsoft's Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, you won't as of yet managed to experience the latest Windows 10 Mobile operating system.

Now, if you've read our Windows 10 review you'll know we weren't blown away by it but it's always best to have the most up-to-date OS. And if you've got on older Windows toting phone, you might be in line for an upgrade soon.

So, when is Windows 10 Mobile coming? And which phones can get it? Let's take a look and see.

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How to check if there's an update waiting for your phone

Being the friendly, multi-billion dollar tech company that it is, Microsoft has released a handy app that you can download to make the move over from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile as easy as possible.

The snappily named 'Mobile Upgrade Advisory tool' scans your device, will notify you when the Windows 10 Mobile update is ready to go and even help you offload content either to an SD card or OneDrive so you know you'll have enough room for the update to complete installation.

When is Windows 10 Mobile being released?

We first thought we would see Windows 10 Mobile at the tail end of last year, but here we are in 2016 and it's still M.I.A. Well, if the latest rumblings are to be believed that shouldn't be the case for too much longer.

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There are reports suggesting that a new version of the above Mobile Upgrade Advisory tool will released in conjunction with the first rollout of Windows 10 Mobile updates the week beginning January 18.

If this is the case – we'll update this when we learn more information – then that Windows 10 Mobile update should be landing on your compatible phone sharpish.

Which phones will get Windows 10 Mobile?

Now, this is a biggy. Exactly which older Windows phones will be in line for Windows 10 Mobile? Well, we don't have a complete list – that'll come once the update starts rolling out – but we do know which devices have been supported during the Windows 10 Mobile beta process and that's a good indication.

It's pretty much solely made up of Lumia devices, and includes all the recent flagships like the Lumia 1520, 1320, 1020 and 925. Plus an absolute load of mid-range and budget devices. There's the Lumia 630, 540, 430, 810, 820, 640 XL and lots, lots more. Who knew there were so many Windows phones, eh? If you you want the full list, it's right here.

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The only none-Lumia phones listed are the HTC One M8 for Windows and LG's Lancet.

We're expecting more Windows 10 devices to be unveiled at MWC in February, and these should all come running the latest software from the start.

Which phones won't get Windows 10 Mobile?

Well, any not on the list above have a very good chance of getting left out in the cold. Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile website states that the latest update will only work with phones that have 8GB storage and shipped with Windows 8.1 pre-installed.

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Windows 10 mobile

What's actually new in this update?

Unlike Windows 10 on the desktop, its phone sibling isn't quite as drastic a change for the operating system. The same tiled interface makes up the homescreen and lots of the menus feel very similar, but the majority of the base apps – think Mail, Messages and so on – have been spruced up.

Two of Windows 10 Mobile's killer features – Hello (which unlocks the phone through your retina) and Continuum (this can sort of turn your phone into a makeshift desktop PC) are sadly reserved for newer hardware, so they won't be unlocked with the new software.

Are you excited to get Windows 10 Mobile on your phone? Let us know in the comments section below

Dead Words

January 15, 2016, 6:15 pm

Windows 10 Mobile isn't a drastic change...only someone who has no idea what they're talking about would say that.
And there's no mention of the Windows Insider program. I've had Windows 10 Mobile for months.

cr_buck

January 15, 2016, 7:55 pm

Sadly most people don't really even look hard at Windows Phone/Mobile to see how much it has grown up. I've even had reviewers say Windows Mobile provides nothing the other platforms don't already have and yet they miss the fact that how easy it makes to keep information between a desktop and phone or even how much better Kids Corner is than the competition. They don't mention built in auditing for families or free internet filtering and app blocking and approval. I even listed 10 things it has that no other platform has in a review that said it does nothing. The author never responded to my claims or tested them. Of course some blame can be laid on Microsoft for not saying much either but poor reviews by people taking a quick or even mildly thorough review of a week is not a enough. I've even gone into AT&T, the premium partner, and the staff there don't even know the features of Windows Mobile or what it is about.

Omar Hashem

January 15, 2016, 9:03 pm

SERIOUSLY???!! It isn't a DRASTIC change?!?!?! It's THE BIGGEST UPDATE in phone OS history!!!! It's clear you just know LITTLE about it, because it has TONS of new features!! From the settings menu to the store to the new apps to the new design to the new music app to the new motion style...unlike IOS or Android which always have spoiled features that won't be a very big difference in the experience. But Windows is MAJOR, it's revolutionary and experience-changing!! I can list you at least literally 50 new features in windows 10.It's the first united OS!! Universal apps tun the same on PC, tablet, phone
, and Xbox!! Now don't you think it's a drastic change?

Nic Ralphs

January 15, 2016, 11:51 pm

Join the Insider program. Anyone can. I have the 950, but I also put Windows 10 mobile on my husband's 1020 and my son's 535.

Dead Words

January 16, 2016, 10:03 pm

Seriously, Microsoft needs to figure out how to get the media on their side. I honestly believe the media is a bigger obstacle than the "app gap" or any other problem Windows 10 Mobile might have. 99% of tech blogs have no idea what they're talking about and spit out half-baked semi-candid crap just to say they did. No one looks at Windows 10 Mobile, so no one has any idea how far its come. It's Microsoft's fault, but I have no idea how they could fix it.

cr_buck

January 16, 2016, 11:25 pm

I think part of their problem is they have never been good about bragging about what they do good. Marketing has never been their strong suite. Being helpful to developers, like they have started to, also helps. For years they stopped listening to developers and started dictating to them.

Dead Words

January 17, 2016, 5:18 am

They've been making great steps, but you're right they're definitely not great at marketing. They've been doing decently with the latest Surfaces but not good enough. This is one area I can safely say Microsoft needs to take a page out of Apple's book, but put their own Microsoft spin on it.

cr_buck

January 17, 2016, 6:28 am

I can't fathom how well the Surface might do with Apple's marketing team considering without it the Surface still managed to outsell the iPad in at least October while costing more.

ambarish kumar

January 17, 2016, 10:33 am

Windows 10 Mobile will soon be rolled out, as we can hear its already been rolling out in Poland for T-Mobile customers and a latest news suggesting update rollout for Lumia 535.

Microsoft has also released an app called Update Advisor for Windows Phone that will scan and confirm if your phone is eligible for the update and even can help in reclaiming space to install it when it actually releases.

ElectricSheep

January 17, 2016, 3:12 pm

'Mobile Upgrade Advisory tool' - Can't see this in the store available for my 830?

Dead Words

January 17, 2016, 5:41 pm

The Surfaces are brilliant. If Microsoft had a decent marketing team they'd dominate. Microsoft needs to get the support of developers, the support of the media, and a goof marketing team. Their products are great.

Root

January 29, 2016, 3:56 am

I don't really want to upgrade my phone to Windows 10. It isn't that good.

Gelatinous Cube

February 29, 2016, 1:18 pm

Windows 10 Home on the desktop is a nightmare. Windows 10 phone is something else entirely.

Bibin M Abraham

August 22, 2016, 8:41 am

when is Win 10 upgrade coming for Lumia 820??

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