Our extensive Windows Phone coverage never seems to end throughout the month of April, and with Windows Phone 8.1 expected in the coming weeks for Developers, it’s sure gonna keep on coming. But, we know what you’re thinking, why can’t I get all those early releases like Developers do … well, at least with Windows Phone, you can, quite easily too!
Things of note
IT’S SAFE TO DO
The number one thing that comes to most people when you think of installing things early, or through senses of “hackery”, or what not, ‘is it safe’? In a word, absolutely. We’ll get on to why it is safe later, but just know this isn’t hackery at all, this is something anyone can do legitimately and using Microsoft services to do so.
IT’S JUST WINDOWS PHONE 8.1
Hang on, what does that even mean? Put simply as possible, when a version of Windows Phone has hit devices recently, at least two software builds have come to the devices, Microsoft’s build of Windows Phone (Settings > About > More Information), then some OEM software (e.g. Lumia Black at Settings > extras+info), that’s what you will not get with these updates.
But, you will get these updates later down the line when Nokia/HTC/Samsung/etc finish there software through the traditional fashion of updates. Plus, everything will be an update, not a reset, so you will keep your files, settings as well as current build of OEM enhancements in tact until those updates arrive the traditional way, this also accounts for device firmware updates as well.
WORKS ON EVERY, AND ALL, WINDOWS PHONE 8 DEVICES IF…
You’re not gonna make us list them all are you … you are aren’t you, fine here goes;
NOKIA Lumia: 520, 520T, 525, 620, 620T, 625, 720, 810, 820, 820T, 822, 920, 920T, 925, 928, ICON, 1020, 1320, 1520, 1520T
HTC: 8S, 8X, 8XT
Samsung ATIV: S, SV, Odyssey
Huawei Ascend: W1, W2
There’s definitely been quite a few Windows Phone 8 devices in the last two years, that’s for sure. Basically, all devices running Windows Phone 8 will get the update. The only software requirement is you ARE running GDR2 or later, which all these devices are running if they have the latest Software Update. To check, simply go to Settings > Phone Update > Check for updates. By the way, those with a Lumia 810 on T-Mobile US, you can also do this!
NO GOING BACK
You will see this mentioned before you proceed, what this essentially means is something that’s been true of Windows Phone since day one, also true of Android and iOS, you will update your software during this process, Windows Phone does not allow downgrading your software.
This method has been tried, tested, and is Microsoft assured, plus their is a way of removing Developer linking of your phone later. That we’ll get to later.
How to get it?
BECOME A WINDOWS PHONE DEVELOPER … KINDA
All you need to do, unless you already are a Windows Phone developer, is sign up for ‘App Studio’, which is an online based development tool created by Microsoft. Using the tool, you can create a basic level of applications through a web browser, and load them on to your Smartphone. App Studio is completely FREE to use, and you can enrol ONE device using this program. To enrol more devices, you will need to pay the yearly fee.
To sign up for App Studio, visit this web page, and sign up/in, with your current Microsoft account registered with your Windows Phone
DOWNLOAD ‘PREVIEW FOR DEVELOPERS’ APP ON YOUR WINDOWS PHONE
After logging in/signing up, the rest is simple, click the link marked ‘OS Preview for Developers’, and well, download the ‘Preview for Developers’ app on to your Windows Phone device.
- Login to the application using the same credentials as before
- Agree to the terms and conditions, and roll through the settings
- Check that the tick box is checked on the last option, then finish
- CHECK FOR UPDATES. You will firstly install a small update for Windows Phone 8, then..
- CHECK FOR UPDATES AGAIN. Once that’s installed, the good stuff happens
How to get rid of the ‘Developer’ link on my phone?
We will be updating this post in the coming days on how to remove the ‘Developer Preview’ from your Windows Phone(S), until then, get that update installed!