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How to update your Windows phone

June 10th, 2015

With Windows phone 10 looming just around the corner, it’s important to know how to update your phone to the latest version so that you can be one of the first in line to receive the new update.

How to update your Windows phone

Updating is an easy 3 step process. Before starting, make sure that your phone is connected to WiFi so as to not rack up high data bills. Updates can be anything from 1 – 2000 MB, which is more than most people have in their contract allowance.

Another good thing to do is to clear enough space so that around 3GB (3072MB) of storage space is available. This is because, while the download is under 3GB, the file needs to be extracted and this uses up more space than the update is to download.

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While Microsoft have ensured the update process is as efficient as possible, it is sometimes the case that an update could require as much as 3GB of storage on the phone in order to complete the installation of the update. Delete some old videos or music files or apps that you no longer use.

Finally, make sure that you have above 50% battery life. Strange issues can arise if your phone runs out of power mid-installation, and while 50% is more than enough it’s better to be safe than sorry.


If your phone does run out of battery mid-update the phone could be bricked or not turn on all together. In both cases you’ll likely have to contact your provider take the handset in to be manually factory reset.

Step 1

Your phone will give you a notification when an update is available. You don’t have to update there and then and can update whenever is good for you, although in order to ensure that all apps and services work as they should it’s advised that you update as soon as you can on the day that you’re notified.

Alternatively you can manually check for updates by going to Settings > Phone Updates and then tapping “Check for updates”.

Step 2

Tap the notification message telling you that an update is available and then follow the instructions that show up on the screen. You can either install the update right away or put if off and get notified once again at a more convenient time for you (repeat this step there and then).

Step 3

Your phone will now begin to update. This process could take anything from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on the significance of the update. You cannot use your phone during this process, so prepare for that beforehand.

Your handset may reboot a few times during the update installation. This is normal and so there’s no need to worry if this is the case.

Your phone has now been updated to the latest version of Windows phone!

Check out our other guides for more tutorials on using your handset.

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