Preparing for a software update

Preparing for a software update

To make sure a software update can be carried out smoothly and without interruptions, prepare your phone for the update. Here's what you need to check.
  • If your battery level is low, charge your phone before starting the update.
  • Check how much free space you have on your phone and make some room for the update. To find out how to check the available storage, see Checking phone storage.
    • If necessary, remove a few unwanted apps. Refer to Uninstalling an app to see how it's done.
    • You can transfer files, photos, and videos to your computer or upload them to SkyDrive. To learn more, see Keeping things in sync and Backing up your files.
    • Or delete large files (such as photos, videos, or music) from your phone.
  • Make sure your phone is set with the correct date and time. This determines which new updates you'll need. For details, see Correcting the date and time.
  • Check the current software version of your phone. Some updates require your phone to have a particular software version. On the Start screen, slide to the left and tap Settings > about > more info. The screen will show details about the phone software.
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