Download Nokia G42 stock firmware (ROM) for flash/unbrick

Download Nokia G42 official firmware for flashing and repair

Nokia G42 is currently the cheapest Nokia smartphone with 5G connectivity. It is a successor to the Nokia G50, launched in 2021 at a similar price. If you own the shiny new Nokia G42 and it suffers from a problem, having the stock firmware may help. You can use the firmware to unbrick the phone or extract the files for any other use case, such as the stock wallpapers or the Camera app (APK).

Nokia G42 5G official firmware releases

Nokia G42 is codenamed Shadow or SDW. The firmware files are suitable for the following models/variants. The device’s country does not matter, as the firmware package is the same for all countries.

  • Nokia G42 TA-1581 stock firmware
  • Nokia G42 TA-1591 stock firmware

The builds having version numbers in the range of are based on Android 13. Similarly, those having version numbers in the range of are based on Android 14.

File nameBuild numberDownload Link
HMDSW_sdw_1120-0-00WW-B01_user_devicekit.zip1.120 (Android 13)OneDrive
HMDSW_sdw_2270-0-00WW-B01_user_devicekit.zip2.270 (Android 14)OneDrive
Warning: Never attempt to downgrade the Nokia G42 5G’s software version. It has anti-rollback enabled and will not boot on older firmware versions than what was already installed.

How do you flash the official firmware of the Nokia G42?

The firmware is designed to be flashed to the phone under fastboot mode. So, first of all, put the phone in fastboot mode. You can do so by turning off the phone and pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power Buttons together. The phone will restart to fastboot mode.

Now, check the bootloader state of your Nokia G42. Look for the details after the “Device state” entry in the fastboot screen. It will be either locked or unlocked. Follow the relevant option below as per your device’s state.

If the bootloader is unlocked (device state: unlocked)

  1. Download the firmware file.
  2. Extract all files within the file inside the firmware zip file.
  3. Use Android Platform Tools (Minimal ADB and Fastboot) to flash all the images to the phone. For example:
    fastboot flash abl_a abl.elf
    fastboot flash boot_a boot.img

    And so on…
  4. Finally, set slot a as the active slot and reboot the phone:
    fastboot set_active a
    fastboot reboot

If the bootloader is not unlocked (device state: locked)

You cannot flash the firmware by yourself. A connection to the Nokia Care server is needed to gain flash permission.

You can use our Nokia phones stock ROM flashing service, and we will help you flash the firmware to the phone.
Otherwise, you will need to use the services of a Nokia Care center. You can visit the center or send the device for repair through online booking.

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