Preview for Developers app facilitates download of GDR3 platform update

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Preview for Developers, an app that facilitates the download the download of Windows Phone platform updates for developers, as described in Microsoft's announcement about the forthcoming availability of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3) and the starts of the Windows Phone Developer Preview Program, is now available to download from the Windows Phone Store.

This means that those with active developer accounts for the Windows Phone Dev Center ($19 a year), or those with registered accounts for the Windows Phone App Studio (free) can now download and install the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3) on their own Windows Phone 8 device, ahead of wider consumer availability.

The app does not directly download the update, but rather enables a phone to receive the update via the standard over-the-air update mechanism (i.e. it's the mechanism by which you can opt-in to receive updates under the Windows Phone Developer Preview Program.

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Once you have installed the app you will be asked to sign into your Microsoft Account and confirm that you want to opt-in to receive updates. You will only be able to complete this process if you fulfill one of the three requirements for access to the program (active Windows Phone Developer account, registered with Windows Phone App Studio, or developer unlocked device). You should also be aware that opting-in and installing update may void your phone's warranty. 

After completing the opt-in process this you can go to Settings-> Phone update to check for new updates manually. You should immediately receive the Microsoft portion of the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 over the air software update. You will NOT receive any manufacturer specific updates. However, the software will also have no impact on existing manufacturer specific updates (i.e. any manufacturer customisations will also be present on the updated device).

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The update consists of three separate update packages:

  • Microsoft Update 8.0.10492.116
  • Microsoft Update 8.010501.127
  • Microsoft Update 8.010512.142

The update should take around 10-20 minutes to install, but the time may vary depending on a number of factors including device model and the amount of data stored on the device.

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Windows Phone Store description:

Now registered Windows Phone developers can receive pre-release OS updates on their dev phone, directly from Microsoft! You can use this app to opt-in your phone to receive early Windows Phone updates before they are generally available, enabling you to run and test your app on real hardware running the latest OS before your customers. 


  • You must meet one of the following three requirements: (a) have an active Windows Phone Dev Center account; (b) have an active App Studio account; OR (c) be running a registered developer device (‘dev unlocked’ phone)
  • Updates will only include the Microsoft update, and not additional OEM drivers/firmware
  • To ensure the best experience, your device must be running the latest OS release (currently 8.0.10322.71) or greater to receive early updates via this program
  • You will be required to accept additional terms & conditions within the app prior to opt-in
  • You CANNOT REVERT to a prior OS version once you have taken an update via this program

 Key features:

  • Access to latest pre-release Windows Phone updates
  • Ability to opt-out of pre-releases and only receive production Windows Phone updates

The Preview for Developers app can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store