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Windows Phone 8.1 Tips, Tricks and How To

Windows Phone 8.1 was released to developers on April 14, 2014. Although it’s a 0.1 OS update, Microsoft has made hundreds of small changes throughout, improving everything from typing to phone calls to browsing the web.

While new features like Cortana and the Action Center may get all the headlines, it’s these smaller features that really make the everyday experience fulfilling. The problem is, how to make sense of it all.

We’ve accumulated all of our ‘tips’, ‘tricks’ and ‘how-tos’ in one spot for easy browsing. Simply check out our most popular articles or sort by the most recently posted. We guarantee there is something here you will learn about 8.1 that you did not know it was capable of doing.

So grab a coffee, bookmark this page, and let us teach you all the hidden secrets of Windows Phone 8.1, because this is your one-stop knowledge station that will make you a Windows Phone expert!

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Windows 10 Mobile Specifications & Systems Requirements

Here’s an overview of requirements, editions, and languages available for Windows 10.

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Upgrade Availability for Windows Phone 8.1 customers

Good news for Windows Phone 8.1 customers: you can enjoy great new features of Windows 10 Mobile without having to buy a new phone.

Creators Update Availability for Windows 10 Mobile Customers

The Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) is only available for the following Windows 10 Mobile devices, and availability may vary by carrier and market: HP Elite x3, HP Elite x3 (Verizon), HP Elite x3 (Telstra), Wileyfox Pro, Microsoft Lumia 550, Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL, Microsoft Lumia 650, Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL, Alcatel IDOL 4S, Alcatel IDOL 4S Pro, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, Softbank 503LV, VAIO Phone Biz, MouseComputer MADOSMA Q501, MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601, Trinity NuAns Neo.

Important notes

  • Windows 10 Mobile is automatically updated. Windows 10 Mobile users will receive updates automatically during the support period when they are available. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise users will have the ability to postpone updates. Additional requirements will apply over time for updates, and availability may vary by device, carrier, and market. The amount of time that Windows 10 Mobile users can postpone updates is limited. Support may vary by device and other factors. You can find more information on the Windows Support Lifecycle page.
  • Many apps, in-app purchases, files, and settings will migrate as part of the upgrade. However, some apps, in-app purchases, or settings may not migrate.
  • Some apps and content sold separately. Feature and app availability and experience may vary by device and market.

Feature deprecations and removals

As of February 28, 2019, Microsoft Wallet is no longer supported.

When you install the Windows 10 upgrade on your Windows Phone 8.1 device, some features currently on your device will be modified or removed, including the following:

  • The FM Radio app will no longer be available on Windows 10 Mobile when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is installed.
  • The Kids Corner feature will no longer be available on Windows 10 Mobile when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is installed.
  • The Apps Corner feature will no longer be available on Windows 10 Mobile when the Windows 10 Creators Update is installed.
  • Notifications for missed calls, messages, and emails on contact tiles is not supported at the time of Windows 10 Mobile release.
  • Me Tile and Me Card are no longer supported.
  • Group tiles can no longer be used to receive social networking status updates.
  • Cortana can no longer search for apps, setting, email, text messaging, contacts and QR Codes on the device and can no longer open apps through voice commands.
  • «Hey Cortana» is no longer available on some upgraded devices.
  • Indoor Maps are no longer available for some locations.
  • At time of Windows 10 Mobile release Outlook Mail app cannot open .EML attachments.
  • Outlook Calendar app does not support Tasks.
  • MDM capability to prevent saving and sharing Office documents not supported.