Windows 10 Mobile Free Upgrade Deadline

Windows 10 Mobile Free Upgrade Deadline

The July 29th 2016 deadline for a free Windows 10 upgrade for PC and laptop users will not be enforced for Windows Phone users. 

The Windows 10 free upgrade for desktops will cease on July 29th and from this point onward, it will cost £99 to upgrade to Windows 10 Home or £189.99 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft Lumia phones

On Twitter, Dona Sarker who is the chief of the Windows Insider Program, said “Clarification from this morning: the free upgrades for PC end on July 29 but as always there are no implications or cost on phone whatsoever.”

This will give Lumia smartphone owners more time to consider whether they wish to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. 

Windows 10 Mobile Compatibility

In order to safely upgrade the Windows operating system, to Windows 10 on a Lumia smartphone, Microsoft recommends that the phone has more than 512MB of RAM. There have been instances where phones with only 512MB of RAM have successfully been upgraded to Windows 10, but to take such action is still not recommended.

Windows 10 Mobile Phones

There is a growing list of Lumia phones that Microsoft has confirmed can safely be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, including those running on Windows Phone 8.1 Denim. 

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Lumia phones that can upgrade to Windows 10:

  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 640 XL
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 435

In order to simplify the upgrade process, Microsoft has released a free Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app.

Lumia 550 review

This can be downloaded from the Windows Store and will:

  • Check if your Lumia phone can be upgraded
  • Create space so that the phone is ready to upgrade
  • If needed, move large files like videos to OneDrive
  • Begin the upgrade
  • Move OneDrive files back onto the phone

Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app

If your Lumia phone is not listed, then it may be time to purchase a new Microsoft Lumia smartphone that has Windows 10 pre-loaded. The current range includes the Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL

Written by: Michael Brown