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Microsoft periodically releases Windows Phone software updates to add new features to enhance the phone’s performance. When a software update is available, users can download it directly to their phone through connecting the phone to internet through Wi-Fi or through the mobile phone data connection. The procedure to install software updates on Windows Phone 8 is discussed in this post.

To check for updates manually:

  1. Go to the App List by swiping to the left on the home screen of the windows Phone.
  2. In the App List, tap on the “Settings”  and then tap on “Phone update”.
  3. Tap on “Check for updates”.

To download updates automatically:

  1. Go to the App List by swiping to the left on the home screen of the windows Phone.
  2. In the App list, tap on the “Settings”  and then tap on “Phone update”.
  3. Tap on the “Automatically download updates if my data settings allow it” check box.

Before downloading and installing an update:

  • Make sure the phone’s battery is at least 70-80% charged, so that the phone doesn’t switch off during the update.
  • Make sure that the phone has enough space available for the new updates to be installed.
    To check how much space is available, in the App list, tap on “Settings” , and then tap on Phone Storage.  

How to install an update:

  1. If the Windows phone is not set up to download the updates automatically, then users should tap on “Download” after checking for updates.
  2. After downloading the update, perform one of the following tasks:
  • Tap on “Install”, tap on “Show details”, and then tap on “Install” again. The phone will now restart, and then the update will be installed.
  • If the user wishes to install the downloaded update later, then tap on “Postpone”.To install the update anytime later, go to “Settings” , tap on “Phone update” and then tap on “Install” to install the update.

It usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to install an update, but it could also consume more time than that.

After the phone restarts, wait for it to migrate the phone’s settings, and then tap on “Done” to finish the update.

Solution to problems while updating Windows phone and Steps on How  to update Windows phone 7 software will be given in later posts.

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