Update or Reinstall the Firmware of Nokia Asha 501 using your PC

Nokia Asha is one sweet surprise from Nokia directly dedicated to the fans of its feature phone segment. Although priced lower to $100, the phone doesn’t compromise at the built quality and gives a touch competition to the entry level smartphone flooded by the chinese manufacturers.

Now, as with every electronic, things do go wrong sometimes and sadly if some software issue happens with the 501, Nokia Suite won’t come to the rescue as it no longer supports (and it won’t ever) any of the newly launched Asha phones. So here’s a simple totorial for the Asha 501 users who want to update or re-install their phone’s software.

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  1. Do it at your own risk. If you have completely no idea about flashing, try visiting Nokia Care and they will update for you
  2. All user data and applications might/will be lost. So backup everything that you find important.

Procedure to Update/Reinstall the Software of Asha 501

  1. Download and Install Nokia Software updater from the link here.
  2. Run Nokia Software Updater
  3. Connect your Nokia Asha 501 to your PC.  Make sure it has enough battery left  , Then Click Upgrade.
  4. The program will then download update files from the Nokia Servers and prepare them for installation to the phone.
  5. Once the Download is finished, the Files will be Flashed onto the phone. DO NOT disconnect your phone from your PC during this step.
  6. If the update is successfully finished, the phone will restart.
  7. Congratulations! Your job has been done :)

Bonus – Software Update Already Available for Asha 501

There is a small Update already availble for Asha 501 which pushes the version to 10.0.14 (or 10.0.16 in some regions) . There’s no change log, but I have observed stability improvements with the phone having almost no crashes and freezes.

This update may not be available via FOTA. So you can update it now. Enjoy. :lol:

Were you able to update successfully or faced a problem? Let us know in the comments section below  :-)

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194 Responses to Update or Reinstall the Firmware of Nokia Asha 501 using your PC

  1. dhirendra January 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    i also tried it and i think this update doesnt supports
    it always give
    a kernel error
    and forces the pc to restart
    what to do please suggest something
    what to do??????

  2. Malcolm January 18, 2014 at 4:01 am #

    any advice to get the update pleaseee:)

    • Narender January 18, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      If it isn’t available for your phone, no other way than to wait or else flash with another product code which has received the update. But then I won’t recommend flashing at home because anything can happen for a person not having enough experience in this field.

  3. bidemi January 28, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    Wen I upgrade,it doesn’t upgrade,the fone would just go back to normal,sayin its not succesful,wat do I do

  4. mustafa February 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm #


    i try it and its OK


  5. Omar February 22, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    It worked! Many thanks :)

  6. haseeb February 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    hello ,
    i use this method but its not working.My nokia asha 501 software is damage then i search in nokia website and i found the nokia software recovery tool.I install this software in pc and connect my phone then show me nokia software for nokia asha 501 11.1.1 and installed it .Then my phone is totally repaired.

    • Narender March 1, 2014 at 3:43 am #

      Both NSU and NSR are the same suite except for the branding.

  7. kENjEC February 28, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Firmware version 11.1.1 is working good I installed it in my phone and does not have any problems…thank you Nokia for the update….

  8. Vinod Kumar March 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm #


    Thanks a lot… it worked for me… but after update my phone is set to auto answer calls..

    I don’t know how to disable it…

    Please help, if possible.


  9. Vinod Kumar March 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Did a phone reset.. all fine now.. thanks

    • Narender Singh March 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      Cool :) Enjoy broh :D

  10. Rohit April 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    After installing update it doesn’t restarting. Please help

    • Narender Singh April 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      It shows any error?

  11. venkatesh April 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    my asha 501 was reset when I connected it to my pc meanwhile phone lost all screensavers,ringtones etc and watsapp cme back but not working,lost nokia store and even wifi is not accessible saying can’t validate the certificates..help me out..

    • Narender Singh April 5, 2014 at 12:26 am #

      You need to reinstall the phone’s firmware. Follow the steps above.

  12. venkatesh April 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    After installing 11.1.1 from nokia software recovery tool ,I got all my lost apps but not connecting wifi saying domain name doesn’t matches..

  13. subimal April 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    new version 14 not showing….

    • Narender Singh April 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

      Where are you from? :)

  14. dioegy April 12, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    tanks, tanks, tanks, very tanks

    • Narender Singh April 12, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      You’re welcome, Dioegy :)

  15. diorgy April 13, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    Thank you, but my name is Diorgy, I wrote wrong

  16. JeanMartz April 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Hola que tal¿? amigo soy de Peru y restableci mi nokia Asha 501 yo ya tengo la ultima actulizacion del telefono pero al restablecerlo ya no puedo usar el Whatsaap.. me puedes ayudar¿?¿?

    • Narender Singh April 15, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Sorry. Can’t understand that.

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