Software Update for the New Nokia Asha


Nokia’s software updates for the Nokia Asha phones introduce new features and improvements that let you to do even more with your phone.

Updating your phone is easy – read below to find out how.

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Nokia Asha 500, Asha 500 Dual SIM, Asha 501, Asha 501 Dual SIM, Asha 502 Dual SIM, Asha 503 and Asha 503 Dual SIM.

How to update my Nokia phone?

You can update your Nokia Asha phone Over the Air (OTA). With OTA updates you don’t need any cables or a computer; you can simply download and install the update using your phone and an internet connection.

When using a Wi-Fi connection, your phone will automatically check and notify you when an update is available.  If an update was found, simply tap the notification message and click “Update”. You can also see the main benefits of the update by opening the “release note” link. If you opened the release notes, you can return to the “Phone update” view by pressing the “back” button.

By default your phone is set to check for updates also via mobile data, when a mobile data connection is allowed.  Go to “Settings > Phone Update” if you would like to change this setting.

Nokia Asha: Update phone software

Get prepared for an update

  • Software updates from Nokia are safe to install, and your settings, apps, photos, and text messages remain safe and sound. However, if you would like to create a backup, you can do that from “Settings > Backup > Create backup”.  This will create a backup of the phone settings and personal content to the memory card.

  • The size of an update package can be several megabytes, so to keep the data costs down, we recommend that you use a Wi-Fi connection. Nokia software updates are free of charge but if mobile data is used to download the update, data transmission costs may apply. For more info on the possible costs, contact your network service provider.

  • Check that your phone is set to the correct date and time. With a wrong date or time, your phone might not be able to access the updates.

  • If the phone battery level is too low, your phone will prompt you to charge the battery before starting the update.

  • In case there is not enough free space on the phone memory to start the update, you will be prompted to free up space. That can be done by e.g.  removing some apps or other large items or moving them to the memory card.

Trouble installing an update?

If you have problems during the software update, you can try our Nokia Support Discussions to solve them.

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