The IT guys who are using Windows Phone are going to get interesting stuff in this article. This article is a part 1 that explains Windows Phone 10 Insider Preview and How to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Insider Preview. The part 2 will be completely opposite of this article, for folks who find the upgrade annoying, buggy then part 2 will help them downgrading back to Windows 8.1.
Windows 10 Insider Preview
Back in February 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview that presented the glimpse of upcoming stable version of Windows Phone 10. There are several new and advanced features that are not available in Windows 8.1.
Initially, there were number of Lumia devices supported for Windows 10 Insider Preview but now more devices are supported –
Lumia 1020, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 526, Lumia 530, Lumia 530 Dual Sim, Lumia 535,Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 630, Lumia 630 Dual Sim, Lumia 635, Lumia 636, Lumia 638, Lumia 720, Lumia 730, Lumia 730 Dual SIM, Lumia 735, Lumia 810, Lumia 820, Lumia 822, Lumia 830, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 928, Lumia ICON, Microsoft Lumia 430, Microsoft Lumia 435, Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM, Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV, Microsoft Lumia 532, Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM, Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM, Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM.
Warning – Upgrading to Windows 10 Insider Preview may be annoying for you as this is the preview and has bugs in it. You may also end up breaking your device, so do it carefully and take backup of the entire phone before you upgrade.
What’s New In Windows Phone 10 Insider Preview
Check out the video to know more about the nice features presented in the Windows Phone 10 Insider Preview.
How To Upgrade To Windows 10 Insider Preview
- Sign Up for Windows Insider Program
- Battery more than 80%
- Fast Internet Connection
Step 1. Backup Windows Phone
The first step is to backup your phone completely. Copy all of your personal data to USB or Laptop. You will get your data if something messy happens.
Step 2. Sign Up For Windows Insider Program
Windows 10 Insider Preview is not available for everyone. People who are interested in the Insider Preview will need to sign up first for Insider Preview Program. Don’t worry It’s easy.
To sign up for Insider Preview, simply install Windows Insider app from store. Or sign up from Insider Program web page here.
Tap on “Get preview builds” and the app will ask for your Microsoft account. Enter your credentials and login. The next screen will ask you to enrol in either of the two types of updates, Insider Slow and Insider Fast.
Insider Slow – Insider Slow does not give you frequent updates. It does not provide inital updates of the Insider Preview. (It may still be buggy)
Insider Fast – Insider Fast provides more frequent updates. It provides all the initial updates of the Insider preview.
After selecting updates frequency, confirm your joining and that’s all. You’ve now joined Windows 10 Insider Preview. To get the Windows 10 Preview updates simply update your phone from Settings > Phone Update.
Download the available updates and restart your phone. Installation may take longer, so keep the phone on and keep patience.
After the installation completed, enjoy the latest features of Windows 10 Insider Preview. Don’t worry if you don’t like it. You can downgrade back to Previous stable version. We’ll help doing so in the next part of this article. Till then enjoy the preview build.