How to activate Cortana in India - Windows Phone 8.1

Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1

Cortana is not available for English (India) and you need to switch to English (United Kingdom) in order to activate Cortana in India in your Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana is an app for Windows Phone that will help you to call someone, open a webpage, search something over web, send a text message or open an app with just your voice.  

Some of the tasks that Cortana can do are 
  • Schedule a meeting
  • Set a reminder for an important task
  • Send automatic replies for callers when you don’t want to be disturbed
  • Check your location
  • Get up-to-date traffic or weather info, and much more

However, we will not go into details of What is Cortana and what it can do for you. We will talk about it later. Lets just see how we can activate Cortana in India for Windows Phone 8.1.

Pre-requisite for using Cortana is to have an Windows Phone version 8.10.14141.167 or later in your smartphone. If you have lower version, its time to update your Windows Phone. You can check and download update from Settings. 

Steps to activate Cortana in India in Windows Phone 8.1

Go to App list > Settings > Speech Language.

If you are in India you will see the default speech language as English (India).

Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1

For Cortana to work, you will need to download English (United Kingdom) language pack. Just tap on the English (United Kingdom) and you will see the sub-text "Downloading language".

Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1
Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1












As soon as the download completed, your Windows Phone will display a message that an update for language pack is available. Download it.

Downloading and installing it is easy. Just follow the onscreen commands. Your phone will restart, and gears will appear for sometime on your phone. Make sure your phone do not turns off due to low battery while you Windows Phone is getting updated. 


Cortana will ask you if you are all set to be started. and will make sure again, notifying you that she is still learning and not going to be quite as reliable as she'd like right away.

Cortana is still in alpha period and you may see a bit unreliability in its use. 

For using Cortana, you will need to have a Windows Live account. If you don't have one, Sign Up for Windows here.

To use Cortana, press and hold search key and follow the on-screen instructions. Here's a screenshot as to what Cortana did for me when I asked "Weather in Noida:"

Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1

In case you are not satisfied with Cortana, or find it useless (I'm pretty much sure you won't), you can just turn it of by changing the speech language back to English (India). Now the search key will work like earlier and will open a bing search when tapped instead of Cortana. 

So, this is how you can activate Cortana in India for your Windows Phone 8.1.

Any problems in activating Cortana for your device? Shoot the troubles in Comments and I will be happy to help you. Note that the above procedure and screenshot are from my Lumia 625 and I have turned on White theme in order to get brighter screenshots. 
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Hi, I am Ambarish. The owner of this blog and a Lumia 625. Love to play with it and write here in my blog to help others. Do not forget to like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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