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How to get Cortana outside of US. Update on Phone’s warranty with developers preview update


Not so good news here. Nokia Developer account said Preview for developers update doesn’t void warranty initially, but Nokia care said it will. So, we reached to both of them to sort this out and seems it can void any warranty and the Windows Phone Preview for Developers documentation has it all mentioned. But, that my be small price to pay for an enthusiast.

Are you yet running Windows Phone 8.1 on your Lumia, if not then you may try our tutorial and don’t worry it is all the way “official enthusiast” update. For those worried about warranty, Nokia developer Twitter account has also confirmed that there is no impact on Phone’s warranty with this update.

Now, time for taking care of queries about Cortana‘ availability outside of United States. You need to make small changes and you will see Cortana on your phone.

Step 1: Go and add English (United States) first in Settings —–> Language. You will need to reboot the device

Step 2: Change Region to United states and regional format as “match phone language” in Settings —–> Regioncortana tipIt will ask for a restart and once rebooted, you should be able to see Cortana in list of apps and you are good to go.

Step 3: Now go to Settings—-> Speech and set English (United States) as the speech language. You should be able to access Cortana now by tapping on the search button.

Take a deep dive in the world of Windows Phone 8.1 & Cortana here!!



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  • Irulan

    It’s there on the 720 BUT, for South African users, everything is American ๐Ÿ™

  • its not working in india tried many times do we need to wait for the ENGLISH (UNITED STATES) to download and then restart ?

  • Working great on Lumia 1520 WP8.1 – in South Africa

  • madhusudhanlokesh

    Hw to update win 8 to win 8.1

  • jaco.

    I’m trying to enable cortana but it seems like the steps aren’t helpful. I’m from south Africa using Lumia 625 just upgraded to 8.1

    • Alex

      hey jaco, also from SA, just got it working on my 1520 though, after restarting went to settings and swiped left to the applications menu and set up cortana there, if its not there try the first couple steps again and make sure you have the cyan update

  • Worked for Lumia 925. Manila, Philippines

  • Trupti

    It’s working! Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kamal

      Welcome dear ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michal

    Works on 920 in Czech Republic.

  • roshan

    I have nokia x can I upgrade nokia windows 8.1 on my device I m from india

  • Ankam

    when cortana will available in india …
    suppose I am updating my phone to WP 8.1 from 8 , then it crashed then what will happen…

  • Rida

    hi there i am from jordan is it avalable in my country … 8.1 for my lumia 525

    • Kamal

      Yes, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anitha

    Nokia lumia 525 will get update WP 8.1

  • Lucas

    I can’t change the lenguaje, it leaves en-UK phone lenguaje enabled. I moved up en-US, im not stupid. lol
    I had a live chat with MS support and at the end the assistant told me that probably Nokia blocked en-US, Iยดm not sure how to get Cortana, a hand would be really apreciated.

  • Patrik

    Works like a charm Lumia 920 in SE, I could even change back to swedish regional format and she’s still working fine.

    • Simon

      Indeed it works to set regional settings to SE, but “region” must be US for Cortana to show. Just need to find out how this affects the phone experience. On 930 in SE.

  • akin

    I have a Lumia 1320. I am in Nigeria. How do I update to 8.1

    • Just follow the instructions in the blog post. I did and it worked quite well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks

  • Bashir

    8.1 in South Africa with Cortana running. WindowsPhone just keeps getting better!

    • garth

      hi im also in south africa how do u get 8.1 i have a lumia 1520, please

  • mario

    I have 8.1 but no cortana

  • cornz

    doesn’t work.. lumia 920, uk based, updated to 8.1

  • Does it works nice on Lumia 525 ?. I have planned to upgrade my Os to 8.1

    • Kamal

      Windows Phone 8.1 is not only about Cortana. with Windows Phone 8.1, Lumia 525 looks like a new and better device ๐Ÿ™‚

    • no cortana for 525. I’ve just tried ๐Ÿ™ but you can install on sd card and have transparent tiles among other things.

      • Kamal

        All my video demos including those of Cortana were done on my Lumia 525 ๐Ÿ˜›

  • SlickGeek

    hey are you sure the warranty will not be void? Because after the upgrade, the microphone is no longer working!!! There is no way to fix it I guess but to ask Nokia.

    • Kamal

      You should read the tweet embedded above ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alex

    Doesn’t work.