Windows 10 for Phone Start Screen

I have just received an update to my Nokia Lumia 830, and it is Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. This happened on the same day that Microsoft released Windows 10 for phones. As such, I made a video walkthrough of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 before upgrading my phone to Windows 10, and I am eager to share with you the video. So let’s dive in!

The video demonstrates visually what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. The one thing I was unable to demonstrate, unfortunately, is the ability to use external Bluetooth keyboard with the Windows Phone because I do not have one. But Windows Central has a great video demoing this, so I’ll have a link for that below. 

If you are unable to view the video, please click here.

So what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2?

I noticed a few things, but one that will likely be appreciated by many is that settings are now categorized. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Here’s what’s new:

  • Settings are categorized appropriately to make them easier to find
  • You can tap on a category in the “Settings” app to see all categories.
  • You can search for individual settings.
  • You can pin individual settings to the Start screen by tapping and holding on an item and tapping “Pin to Start”.
  • The “All Apps” button on the Start screen changed from a arrow within a circle to an arrow written besides the text “All Apps”.
  • Updates can be automatically installed at scheduled time. The default is 3:00 AM.
  • Cortana gets pinned to the Start screen if it is not already so.
  • You can use external Bluetooth keyboards to type on your Windows Phone. See link below for a demo by “Windows Central”.

Windows Central’s Bluetooth keyboard demo for Windows Phone:

If you know of any additional changes, please let us know!


Nazmus Khandaker