Download Windows 10 Insider (Technical) Preview for Mobile Phones
Most of us are aware of Windows 10 Insider Preview (previously known as Technical Preview) build which is available for free download to public. In fact most of us have already installed it in our computers and are testing its new features.
Now its turn of Windows 10 Insider Preview for Phones. Microsoft has released the first testing build of Windows 10 Insider Preview for phones and its available for free download to public.
This time Microsoft has decided to provide same core platform (UI, features, etc) of Windows 10 to computers, tablets and phones, so you'll notice many similarities between Windows 10 Insider Preview for computers and phones.
If you are ready to test Windows 10 Insider Preview in your Windows Phone, check out following steps:
STEP 1: Check Supported Phone Models List
This preview build of Windows 10 for phones can be installed in a few selected phones only. Check out following topic to learn which mobile phones are supported by Windows 10 Insider Preview:
So if you have a supported mobile phone, you can install and test Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Support for more phones will be added in future builds.
One more thing to keep in mind! Your mobile phone must have at least 8 GB of free storage and Windows Phone 8.1 should be installed on the phone.
STEP 2: Join Windows Insider Program
If your Windows phone is on the supported phones list, you can download and install Windows 10 Insider Preview build by first joining Windows Insider program:
If you joined Windows Insider program at the time of downloading Windows 10 Insider Preview build for computers, you don't to join it again. You can sign in using the same Microsoft account.
STEP 3: Register Phone to Receive Windows 10 Build as OTA Update
After joining Windows Insider program, you'll need to download and install Windows Insider app in your phone using any of following links:
Alternatively, you can also install it by searching for Windows Insider app using Store in your Windows phone.
STEP 4: Download Windows 10 Insider Preview for Phones
After installing Windows Insider app, open the app and sign in using same Microsoft account. You'll see Windows 10 Insider Preview download and installation instructions, just follow them. Your Windows phone might restart several times to complete Windows 10 Insider Preview installation.
Windows 10 Insider Preview for Phones Highlighted Features:
The first preview build of Windows 10 for phones comes with many new features and enhancements. Some worth to mention features are as following:
- New option to set full-size background image for Start Screen
- More quick actions in Action Center which can be expanded up to 3 rows
- New interactive notifications which allow you to take direct actions
- Enhancements to speech-to-text capability
- Enhancements to Photos app
- Cortana available to US-English only
Supported languages in Windows 10 Insider Preview for Phones:
Windows 10 Insider Preview for phones comes with support for following languages:
Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Catalan (Spain), Czech (Czech Republic), Dutch (Netherlands), English (UK), English (US), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Hindi (India), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Simplified Chinese (China), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico/LatAm), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Turkish (Turkey) and Vietnamese (Vietnam).
Please keep in mind that Windows 10 Insider Preview for phones is a testing build and you might face bugs and issues after installing it. So install it if you feel you are ready for it.
Btw you can roll your Windows phone back to the previous OS any time you want.
PS: If you are looking for Windows 10 Insider Preview for computers, you can get it from following link:
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