You probably installed a new preview of Windows 10 Mobile and you’re now regretting it, because of the many bugs and issues surrounding the piece of beta software. Luckily, for you, Microsoft provides a way to rollback to Windows Phone 8.1 using the “Windows Device Recovery Tool”.
Interesting enough it’s not a recovery tool you install in the phone to bring you back to Windows Phone 8.1. Instead, it’s a tool that you need to download and install in your Windows PC that will help you get back to the previous version of the operating system.
Before you begin
- Make sure your phone is fully charge.
- Make sure to backup your phone settings, apps, and data as the recovery tool to rollback to the previous version of Windows Phone will wipe your handset clean.
Roll back to Windows Phone 8.1
Download and install the Windows Device Recovery Tool.
Connect your phone and let the recovery tool detect your phone. If your phone isn’t detected, click My phone was not detected to force the tool to detect your phone.Quick Tip: Make sure you’re using a good USB cable, this could be the reason why your phone keep disconnecting and causing the process to fail. Also if the recovery tool doesn’t detect your phone, while the phone still plugged in, press and hold the Power and Volume down keys simultaneously. Release the pressed keys when phone vibrates.
Click your phone, wait a few moments, and the phone information will be display along with the information of the software available in the Microsoft servers to rollback. Click Reinstall software.
Make sure to backup all your data, settings, and apps before moving forward and click Continue.
Now the image of Windows Phone 8.1 will download, before pushing it into the phone.
Your phone will turn off automatically and the rollback process will begin. After a few minutes, you’ll get an message in the recovery tool that reads “Operation successfully completed”.
Your phone now should start with the Out-of-Box-Experience. Now, simply complete the process, sign-in with your Microsoft account, choose whether to restore your phone from backup (recommended). After the restore process completes, your phone should be back to Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft recommends that older Lumia and other Nokia phones use the Lumia Software Recovery Tool and follow the on-screen instructions.
This guide continues on:
- How to make a full backup of a Windows Phone 8.1 handset
- How to install Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds
- Windows 10 Mobile: How to backup, install, and rollback to previous version