#Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 14356 is now available with a set of improvements and fixes

Dona Sarkar, who has recently taken care the department of Windows Insiders Program after Gabe Aul moved to a new department, in a blog post announced the availability of new insider build 14356 for fast ring users of Windows 10 Mobile.


This build focuses more on the fixes on the issues reported to Microsoft along with some new enhancements to Cortana. Find more to know all these changes and the known issues.


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What's new in Windows 10 Mobile build 14356?

In Windows 10 Mobile build 14356 for the Windows Insiders, which is currently available for the fast ring users, includes a set of few improvements to the existing Cortana features. Here is the list of new improvements that you will find in this build:

  • Get notifications from your phone to PC - With this build, Microsoft improved the Cortana experience. Now you will get your phone notifications, critical alerts delivered to your PC. This includes messages, social media updates, missed calls etc. To work this feature working, you need the latest preview build on your PC. In Android, this feature will also be available but for this to work, you will need Cortana version 1.7.1 or higher. Some cortana feature might not function properly in this build and this will be rectified in future releases.
  • Send a photo from your phone to PC - If you want to send a photo quickly to your PC from your phone, just ask Cortana "send this photo to my PC" and that will take care of that.
  • New listening animation - The listening animation of Cortana has been improved in this build to let you know that Cortana is listening while you speaking.


What has been fixed in Windows 10 Mobile build 14356?

The Windows 10 Mobile build 14356 for fast ring insiders has a huge set of bug fixes. The lead of Windows Insiders program published a big list of fixes which you can find below:

  • Fixed an issue that was resulting in high battery usage when using the Microsoft Health app.
    Fixed an issue where the 75-85% battery icon was not very accurate and was showing like you had more battery left.
  • Microsoft updated the UI for rearranging Quick Actions in the Settings app.
  • The Settings app will no longer crash when you are re-arranging Quick Actions.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Brightness Quick Action to appear missing.
  • Microsoft updated thumbnail generation logic to now only create the small thumbnail automatically after taking a picture, and create a larger thumbnail on demand.
  • Fixed an issue in Glance Screen that resulted the clock occasionally not being up to date.
  • The Glance screen will now set “Always show Glance screen when charging” as the default behavior.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Glace screen possibly showing an unexpected and extremely large badge count.
  • Fixed an issue where the Alarms & Clock app might not update corresponding to a time zone change.
  • Fixed an issue where the Camera app wouldn’t launch from the hardware key for certain devices.
  • Microsoft decreased the size of icons used in notifications from 64×64 to 48×48 in the Action Center.
  • Fixed an issue where the solid black rectangle of the keyboard could sometimes be seen for a second after entering your pin on the Lock screen to unlock your device.
  • Fixed few issues causing the keyboard not to come up with various UWP apps like the Messaging app, Microsoft Edge and Cortana.
  • Fixed an issue where diversity emoji might show up as two characters.
  • Microsoft updated backup logic to also include Start tile transparency percent.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in PCs failing to connect to the phone’s mobile hotspot with the error “Can’t set up network”.
  • Microsoft updated app names on Live tiles to now reflect Ease of Access’ Text Scaling setting.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the Brightness Quick Action not doing anything on certain devices after setting brightness to “automatic” in the Settings app.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in Groove music crashing when swiping to open the hamburger menu.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Settings app sometimes freezing for a bit when moving a very large number of apps to a SD card.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in Continuum having extremely fast scrolling inertia with certain TVs.
  • Fixed an issue where Glance screen might show stale badge counters for a few seconds immediately after Glance appeared.
  • Microsoft have updated the Mobile Hotspot settings page to give clearer error messaging.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in Reminders not showing up at the correct time after upgrading.
  • Fixed an issue that would result in Cortana not showing any results if you started the mic and didn’t say anything.
  • Microsoft improved the reliability of Cortana listening after tapping the mic button.
  • Microsoft improved the refresh time of Wi-Fi data usage breakdown under Settings > Network and wireless > Data usage.
  • Fixed an issue where the navigation bar buttons for certain devices might be mapped incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in not being able to turn off Bluetooth above the Lock screen without entering your pin.
  • Fixed an issue where certain apps (such as WhatsApp) not displaying a detailed status on the Lock screen.
  • Fixed an issue where certain games developed for Windows Phone 8.1 might not scale correctly after the navigation bar had been hidden and would result in a black bar at the bottom of the screen on devices like the Lumia 535.


What are the known issues in Windows 10 Mobile build 14356?

As you know that, the fast ring builds are delivered from the development branch and hence there is a possibility of issues which are already known/unknown. The build is to provide you an option to try out the new features/improvements and fixes to give Microsoft a heads-up with the new changes and/or to report problems. Insiders are doing this from the first day. If you are one of them, try this build too and experience the new changes ahead of other users. If you are keen to be interested on going with a stable build, move to slow ring or release branch. Here's the list of known issues currently available in this Windows 10 Mobile build 14356:

  • Microsoft is still continuing to investigate battery life issues impacting certain devices. Already they fixed a few bugs that improve battery life but are still working on it to further improve the battery life.
  • Microsoft is investigating data issues with some Dual-SIM devices where cellular data doesn’t work correctly with a second SIM. Several issues relating to cellular data with Dual-SIM devices have been reported by Insiders with the last two Mobile builds and they are investigating these reports.
  • In some cases, the new Cortana features highlighted above may not work. Restarting your phone should fix the issue and get the features working.
  • After installing this build, you may notice your Quick Actions icons are not in the same order. This is a side effect of the fixes/changes we made to Action Center. To re-arrange your icons to your preferred order, just go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > (Quick actions) and touch, hold and then drag to re-arrange icons to whatever position you want.


If you didn’t yet received the update notification, check out the phone updates if you are a Windows Insider running the fast ring mobile build. If you find any unknown issues other than the listed known ones, report it to Microsoft via the feedback app. Also, ask them new feature/enhancement that you want to see in future builds.

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