The wait is finally over; Microsoft is now officially releasing the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile. The rollout is happening exactly two weeks after Windows 10 PC and other devices began receiving the same update.
Starting on Tuesday, August 16, users with an unlocked version of a Windows phone, such as Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, can download Windows 10 Mobile build 14393.67, which is the final release.
If you’ve previously enrolled your phone to the Windows Insider Program, and you have selected the Fast ring, you’re likely already running final version (build 14393.67) and there nothing else you need to do.
In the case your Windows phone is locked, you’ll have to wait until your carrier decides to push the update over-the-air.
What’s new on Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update
Windows 10 is the same operating system across devices, which means that the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile shares the same core and most of the same features and improvements found on the PC version of the operating system.
However, there are a few improvements and features specific to smartphones, such as improvements on Continuum, Cortana available in more languages, including in Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil) and French (Canada).
There are also tweaks in the user-interface like “Goodbye” messages stay visible until the OS is completely shut down. You can now control music in the Lock screen. Back button on the Lock screen has been replaced by a camera button. You can now send pictures from your phone to your PC using Cortana, and phone notifications sync to your PC.
Additionally, the Settings menu has new changes, including a new Mobile Hotspot feature, Dual-SIM devices now support Visual Voicemail. You can now control your Insider settings from the Settings app. You can now override Active Hours with the Restart Options. And the update also adds fingerprint readers support to the platform.
Phones compatible with Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update
Keep in mind that only some Windows phones are compatible to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, including Lumia Icon, 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 1GB, 638 1GB, 430, 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q, MCJ Madosma Q501.
The Windows 10 Mobile build 14393.67 will download and install automatically on your phone, but you can always force the update going to Settings > Update & security > Phone update, and tap the Check for updates button.