1. Donald Sinclair's Avatar
    Just updated to 8.1 but no Cortana. Went to Settings > Applications > Cortana. But there is nothing there. Any help.
    09-08-2014 01:26 PM
  2. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Cortana comes with Cyan and 8.1 as enabled by default if you are in the US, hence why you need to have the US keyboard enabled and region switched to US to get Cortana in other countries if your running cyan + 8.1 or just 8.1 via the preview for developers.

    To get Cortana in other countries such as UK, Australia, Canada and India (i'm not sure about China) you need to update to GDR1 / Update 1 via the developer preview to use your native keyboard and region. It is free to sign up to the preview program via appstudio.

    The Lumia Denim update is the Update 1 O/S update + firmware updates from MS, also Cortana is only beta form in UK and China, the other countries mentioned are in the opt-in alpha stage.

    Lastly Cortana has a regionalised "accent" so different voice actresses for different regions.
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    09-08-2014 01:38 PM
  3. Donald Sinclair's Avatar
    Ok bit of a novice so what’s the easiest way to get it in simple terms.
    09-08-2014 01:59 PM
  4. switch side method's Avatar
    Check my links... I explained this about 4-6 times... Just type in Cortana on uk phones and you should get it
    09-08-2014 02:04 PM
  5. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Ok bit of a novice so what’s the easiest way to get it in simple terms.
    First of all where are you based?

    In the US you will have to simply turn on Location and Cortana will take over the search button on your phone, also if you scroll over to your app list and down to C. Otherwise she will prompt you turn on Location when attempting to launch cortana via pinned live tile or via the app list.

    However if your outside the US, you will need to sign up to AppStudio to gain access to the developer preview.

    Before I give you the links you need to understand that if you enroll onto the preview for developers programme and update to GDR1 / Update 1.

    You will not be able to downgrade without using the Nokia recovery tool to reflash, which will completely wipe your device therefore you will lose any unbacked up photos, videos, save game data from games that do not utilise OneDrive for cloud back ups and the same applies to apps.

    Also any app that is installed on your phone which has been unpublished from the store. As when you do a restore, apps install directly from the store itself and not the cloud back up.

    In the event you go back to 8.1 and cyan via the recovery tool and restore from a back up of the apps & settings made whilst on Update 1 you may encounter issues.

    Lastly in the rare cases people have reported of bricking their phones when reverting back to 8.1 & cyan.

    However if you are still happy to proceed knowing the risks, the steps are as follows:
    1)Back up all your data, photos, videos, documents etc onto a pc or mac (what ever you use via usb, just in case something happens)

    2) Go to Windows App Studio - Microsoft

    3) Sign In with your microsoft account tied to your phone & follow the instructions

    4) Install the preview for developers from the store Preview for Developers | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    You have two simple methods to install this app, a) search the store b) login into windowsphone.com and click install in the above link, this will push the app to your phone.

    5)Once Installed, launch the app and read the terms & conditions.

    6)If acceptable, agree and sign in with the same Microsoft account tied to your phone

    7)Go to settings, phone update and check for updates.

    (I would suggest at this time make sure your phone is fully charged)

    8)Once prompted, click download

    9)Once the download has finished, click install.

    10)The install will take upto 20 minutes or longer depending how much data / apps are on your phone.

    11) Once completed the install wizard will migrate your data.

    12) If all should go successfully, you will see a prompt showing the update has installed successfully.

    13) As mentioned previously you will need to have Location turned on to enable Cortana.

    With update 1 you also get live folders, video below:
    09-08-2014 06:10 PM
  6. Srikanth Shenoy's Avatar
    I am from India and I've got Cortana on my phone. The easiest way to do it without developer preview is... Go to settings, change region to United States, the phone would ask for a restart, once you restart go to settings and check for an update. You should find the Cortana update ready for your phone.
    09-09-2014 01:50 PM

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