How to enable Hey Cortana support on unsupported Windows Phones

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One of the major differences between the Cortana experiences in
Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile is the formers ability to
respond to “Hey Cortana”. Accessing a personal digital voice
assistant should be easy as calling its name. Most people use
these assistants from their mobile device rather than their PC.
So having “Hey Cortana” option in Windows 10 Mobile makes more
sense. But Microsoft has not enabled that option in most of the
Windows Phones.

This tutorial consists of 3 simple steps to enable “Hey
Cortana” in your Windows 10 Mobile. Once you complete all the
steps, you can access Cortana by simply saying “Hey Cortana”.
But first you would have to download Interop Tools and
Interop unlock your device. This is because Microsoft has not
enabled this option in the operating system so we would have to
tweak the registry to enable this.

Enable Hey Cortana in Windows 10 Mobile

    1. Download and extract the Zip file: The first step you
      have to do is to download the “Hey Cortana” Registry file
      by clicking here.

download hey cortana zip file

  • This is a Zip file, so you would have to use an app like

    8 Zip Lite to extract the original file from the Zip
    while. Once you have done that, go to the next step.

  • Importing the Registry file: As we told in the beginning,
    you would need Interop Tools to tweak the registry. Assuming
    that you have installed it and Interop unlocked your Windows 10
    Mobile.
  • Open Interop Tools and select THIS DEVICE.

interop tools this device

  • This will take you to the home page of Interop Tools. From
    there, you can see recently used options within the app. There
    is a hamburger button at the top left of the app. Select it to
    reveal all the available options.
  • From all the available options, choose Registry.

selecting registry in interop tools

  • This will show you all the sub-options available in
    Registry. The sub-options include: Registry Editor, Registry
    Browser, Registry Search, Import Registry File, Registry
    Browser vNext and Registry History. What we want to do is to
    import an external Registry file. So select the option Import
    Registry File.

Import Regisrty File

  • On pressing Import Registry File option, you would be taken
    to the File Manager. Now, you would have to go find the file
    which you have already extracted in step 1. Select the file and
    you would be taken to another window.

Import file

  • All you have to do now is to press Import and that’s it.
    You can now close Interop Tools and go to the next step.
  • Turning on Hey Cortana: Hey Cortana is now enabled in
    the operating system but it is turned off by default. To turn
    it on, open Cortana by touching the Search button at the bottom
    right in your Windows Phone. Touch the hamburger button and
    select Cortana Settings.

cortana settings

  • The Cortana Settings page will be opened and you the first
    thing that you can see is Hey Cortana option. Toggle it On to
    activate Hey Cortana.

hey cortana

Under the toggle, you can either choose the option Respond when
anyone says “Hey Cortana” or Try to respond only to me option.

Windows 10 Mobile will not get any new features from Microsoft
so small hacks like these will definitely help you in the long
run.



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