Back in July 2017, Microsoft stopped working on Windows Phone 8.1. At this point, phones running the outdated OS stopped getting software updates.
Now, Microsoft is about to pull the plug and completely shut down the app store. The company will put this in place starting December 16, 2019. From that day, you will no longer be able to download apps.
This means that if you uninstall an app, you will no longer be able to download it from the store. Even apps that you already have will no longer be available once you lose them.
Not only will you be unable to download apps, but you will also be unable to update the apps you already have. Some of your apps will also possibly suffer degraded functionality. This is because Microsoft’s services are also shutting down.
If you have a Lumia model that can be updated to Windows 10 Mobile, this is a good time to do that. But even official support for Windows 10 Mobile is ending too. In fact, it has already ended for some devices. However, the good news is that the app store will remain operational.
You will need the PC updater tool or the Upgrade Advisor app on your phone to install the Windows 10 Mobile update. If you intend to use the Upgrade Advisor app, then you should download it before December 16.
List of Lumia phones eligible for Windows 10 Mobile update
- Microsoft Lumia 430
- Microsoft Lumia 435
- Microsoft Lumia 532
- Microsoft Lumia 535
- Microsoft Lumia 540
- Microsoft Lumia 635 (only 1GB RAM variant)
- Microsoft Lumia 636
- Microsoft Lumia 638
- Microsoft Lumia 640
- Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
- Microsoft Lumia 730
- Microsoft Lumia 735
- Microsoft Lumia 830
- Microsoft Lumia 929
- Microsoft Lumia Icon
- Microsoft Lumia 930
- Microsoft Lumia 1520
If you use any of these devices, you can download the Upgrade Advisor app before December 16 to install the Windows 10 Mobile update.