1. Talderon's Avatar
    Sorry Mods for that last one!!

    UPDATE: This process is for those of you wanting to upgrade to WP 8.1 in April when it SHOULD be made available during //Build.

    Hey all, its the tech guy again. :)

    I know there are some of you Windows Phone 8 users that would like to try the new Windows Phone 8.1 update sooner than when your wireless carrier wants to push it out. The only real publicized way was to pay for a developers account and enable your phone for the update and app development.

    I am here to tell you that there is a FREE way to do the same thing! Wont cost you anything other than some time to sift through the process.

    Now, everyone with a Windows Phone 8 device has a Microsoft Account (even if you dont use it). You will need to know the credentials for that account to accomplish this.

    First of all, you will need to sign up for a App Studio account. Use the following steps to get this going:
    ◾Go to Windows Phone App Studio - Microsoft on your phone or computer and sign in with your Microsoft Account credentials.
    ◾Agree to the User Agreement in order to move forward.
    ◾Click through until you see the Register Button.

    Now, that is all you need to do. You may have to wait a few minutes for it to take effect on your account. Mine started working inside of 5 minutes.

    Next you will need to install the Preview for Developers app onto your Windows Phone 8 device. You can get it here: Preview for Developers

    When you install this application, you will need to sign into the app with your Microsoft Account that you Activated the App Studio on. If verification fails, wait a few more minutes and try again.

    Once you are authenticated into the app, select the checkbox Enable Preview for Developers.

    (NOTE- When it is released)

    Once it is announced as available for Developer Preview, on your phone, go to:
    ◾Settings
    ◾Phone Update

    Tap the check for update box and after a minute or so, it will tell you there is an update available for your device.

    Install this update and wait for it to complete. Even though the message tells you that it can take 5-15 minutes, it will take longer than that, so dont mess with your phone. Even if it seems to not be doing anything, just wait.

    Once complete, you will now be on the Windows Phone 8.1 update and start using all the new features!!

    (NOTE- When it is released)

    PLEASE NOTE - At the time of the e3xpected release in the beginning of April, the update will STILL BE IN BETA, which means that it is not the final version. IT WILL HAVE BUGS!! If you are not sure you can handle that or want to provide feedback and error logs, I would suggest you wait until it is released to retail.
    03-22-2014 08:44 PM
  2. Aren Clegg's Avatar
    When microsoft released the windows 8.0 gdr3 to the preview for developers it was the final release. This should be the same with windows phone 8.1.
    emigrating likes this.
    03-22-2014 09:02 PM
  3. ttsoldier's Avatar
    We all know this.. But no one can confirm that the dev preview would be released when the announce it...
    03-22-2014 09:08 PM
  4. nutnithin's Avatar
    Followed the steps and got registered.what's weird is that I got an update for download already..any ideas on what this could be?
    03-22-2014 09:22 PM
  5. Paedin's Avatar
    There was small update a bit ago post GDR3. Nothing important.
    03-22-2014 09:28 PM
  6. DavidinCT's Avatar
    We all know this.. But no one can confirm that the dev preview would be released when the announce it...
    Exactly, Wish someone would get details on this. Everyone keeps saying it will be at //build but, It will be announced only at this point, not released...
    03-23-2014 07:39 PM
  7. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    Oke, nice tutorial.
    But..........yep Always a but.
    MicroSoft did not stated that there wil be such a release of 8.1
    Not at the same way as they did with Gdr3
    Its al gossep and speculation,
    just give one link of a official statement from MS

    The preview of GDR3 was intended for developers only, that there was a workarround for GDR3 great.
    But that was at your own risk, remember the warning about your device warranty?
    The preview release of gdr3 was not the final release.
    There where issues in the first release.
    See
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...-bug-list.html
    and
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...view-gdr3.html
    and
    Samsung Ativ S owners beware of GDR3! | WMPoweruser
    and
    GDR3 update Problems on WP8 - Microsoft Community

    So not only prepare your Phone but also be prepared of damagecontrol or a bughunt.
    The above given links does give a pretty good inside of some issues of a early preview
    The same wat can happend again with 8.1 preview
    Remember its only a preview not entended for the mainstream.

    Between the Preview of GDR3 and the official release there was a other update.
    Just before the cariers roled there versions to the mainstream.
    Now why was that if it was a final?

    Its nice to know that here might be a possibillity of beeing one of the first to have 8.1
    But remember, MS did never official stated that there wil be again such a preview
    So dont be disapointed if there is no update on 2e of April..........
    .....but if so, then keep in mind that it is just a preview.
    It can give you joy and happiness, but it also can give you a headache.

    I for one wil wait until the 3th of April, and read about the first experiences.
    03-23-2014 09:21 PM
  8. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    I think that the update will be the full and not the preview version of 8.1....
    03-23-2014 09:29 PM
  9. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    I think that the update will be the full and not the preview version of 8.1....
    O your are absolutly right, it wil be indefinitely. ;-)


    wovon wurde ich blo so mde?
    03-23-2014 10:04 PM
  10. broar94's Avatar
    Prepare your phones? No, I think that there wont be any developer preview of WP 8.1 . WP 8.1 will be announced on April 2/3 . It will roll out only later. Hopefully MS does it universally for all WP 8.0 phones.
    Last edited by broar94; 03-23-2014 at 11:02 PM.
    03-23-2014 10:39 PM
  11. final_fantasy781's Avatar
    Microsoft may announce the build or do the press release, or whatever. It all boils down to the service your on (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, etc).

    For example; the GDR3 (Black firmware?) release has been available for months now. T-Mobile just made it available for their line of Windows Phones. Microsoft may release it tomorrow, but users probably won't download the update soon after or, heaven forbid, much later.
    03-23-2014 11:29 PM
  12. Zulfigar's Avatar
    When microsoft released the windows 8.0 gdr3 to the preview for developers it was the final release. This should be the same with windows phone 8.1.
    Not true, when the 1520 was released, it had a more-so updated version of GDR3, a little bit after that, it went to everyone on the Preview (though, it was more for bug fixes than anything else). 8.1 though is a bigger update, so as the OP mentioned, expect bugs on this preview, as we are going to be testing it. Good luck everyone!
    Talderon likes this.
    03-24-2014 02:28 AM
  13. Anant Anand's Avatar
    03-24-2014 02:41 AM
  14. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    Not true, when the 1520 was released, it had a more-so updated version of GDR3, a little bit after that, it went to everyone on the Preview (though, it was more for bug fixes than anything else). Good luck everyone!
    Your correct.
    Between the first preview and the oems, was a other update.
    The same as the first one, but minus the bugs.
    If ( big iff ) it rolles out on the 2th of April, i will wait at the 3th, grab a beer and whats the first postings.
    After that i'l deside if i want to join or not.
    03-24-2014 02:43 AM
  15. Talderon's Avatar
    I appreciate the feedback. I have my sources, but all I can say is that I believe that it will be released in April.

    BUT

    Hey, only time will tell. :)
    03-25-2014 09:19 PM
  16. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Thanks for this. I need to keep this posted for when I download the preview.
    03-25-2014 09:25 PM
  17. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar

    I heard from a friend that his brother knows a guy who has heard from a cleaninglady who works for a lady that has a son who worked in a garage
    and serviced a officeclerk's car and found a piece of paper that says that the dev-preview is not comming out during April
    The guy who's putting it on line is on vacation and the one who's replacing him is on sick leave.
    So it takes a bit longer.....sorry i hate to bring it to you but please don't shoot the Messenger, i just told you what i heard.
    @ Talderon, you know him to?
    03-25-2014 09:29 PM
  18. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    @ Talderon, you know him to?
    two, too, to?
    03-25-2014 10:20 PM
  19. Talderon's Avatar
    @ Talderon, you know him to?
    LMAO!!! Sure, something like that... Although, my profile shows who I work for and I have my ways. I am sure someone around here can confirm my user agent string to see my mobile os. :D
    03-26-2014 06:27 PM
  20. Talderon's Avatar
    Okay, after all the announcements and all that, I think this thread really is valid as I stated it.

    People KNOW things *waves fingers like voo-doo magic*

    Anyhow. All fun and joking aside, I just wanted to bring this back up since there are new people that are showing up here asking questions.

    Thanks all!
    04-08-2014 04:13 PM

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