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.

Nokia asha 501


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

  1. dipan July 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    when i start my phone(nokia asha 310) ,it only shows startscreen and it beeps…what to do guys..any help..

    • Narender Singh July 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      No idea. Maybe reinstalling firmware will help?

    • hitler October 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

      charge your phone

    • Ratanak Anby December 10, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Do you have video Trail

  2. maryam July 30, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    i have nokia asha 500 n i deleted the certificates and now i cant access the internet and cannot download or launch any app.. it says cant validate certificate :9 help

    • babar November 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      i m also having the same problem with my asha 502. please let me now how u get ride of this problem?

  3. subham bhattacharjee August 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Thanks due i updated my phone looks better and the is wifi also working. nice work keep it up..

  4. krish September 7, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    when i tried to update my nokia asha 500 its says that error ECONA NOT SUPPORTED DEVICE:devie doesnot spport operation.please hep me how update my phone

    • Narender Singh September 7, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      Please try using the Nokia Software Recovery Tool instead.

      • jerron February 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

        I downloaded the software and when i connected my 501 to the pc it says that no updates are available im confused

  5. James September 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    I am downloading and want to try if it works because my 501 doesnot download apps and donot allow access to the internet. I will comment after success or failure.

    • Narender Singh September 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Sure :) I hope you have a positive experience.

  6. gmwaba November 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    i downloaded the software updater for retail but it couldn’t be run

    • Narender Singh November 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Why? What error do you see? :/

  7. Prateek November 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    hay i cannot install whatsapp on asha 501. I can only change my wallpaper.Should i update my phone to fix os problem

    • Narender Singh November 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Do you face some error while installing WhatsApp?

      • Prateek November 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

        yes bro

        • Narender Singh November 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

          What is the error message?

          • Prateek November 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

            cannot validate certificate.after that it does not install whatsapp

            • Narender Singh November 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

              Can you check if the date on your phone is set correctly?

              • Prateek November 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

                Yes it is correct

            • Ritika March 21, 2015 at 7:38 am #

              Same problem with me..
              what should i do?

  8. JImmy Gaga November 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    my phone asha 501 suddenly showing problem while switching on. at first it used to take several minutes to open then it continued to days and now its swiches on but doesn’t bring the unlock or pin screen now for two weeks. how can this problem be solved

    • Narender Singh November 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

      Follow the article to re-install the stock firmware. I’d recommend Nokia Care Suite if you can handle the complexity.

  9. AZHAR November 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    My nokia asha 502 by mistake reseted, but after that i cant change wallpaper or image how ever it is selected, the background screen is black both wallpaper and lock screen, update stil shows 14.0 plz… help

    • Narender Singh November 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Use the Care Suite or Software Updater to re-install the fimware of your phone. That seems to be the only choice left with you.

  10. techmestofucks December 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    chutia log ho tum log . ek no. ke chutia yeh fucker techmasto bi . pagallon ki toli techmasto matherchoat.

  11. frostt December 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    hi, i use an asha 503 i followed d steps but my fone keeps disconnectting when d installation begins…help somebody

  12. qwerty December 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    can i read asha 500 dual sim?

  13. GANESH December 31, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    my nokia asha 501 dosen’t work. What should i do nw?

  14. ellen January 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    I downloaded the nokia software update but after running it. it goes “error writing temporary location” :(

  15. ritesh January 9, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    my phn nokia asha 501 is not supported in any softwere..!my phone pachage info not found in recovery softwere..plzz help

    • Narender Singh January 9, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Then it is running one of the firmware package which ain’t publicly available. You’d be needed to visit Nokia Care Center and see if they can do the work for you.

  16. Adeel khan February 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Simple hai dosto phoenix service software download kro aur sath hi apnay mobile ki firm wali file(RM-922…911 ya jo bhi mobile ki sim wali jga pe likhi hai) us k baad phoenix software ki madad se apnay mobile ko via usb cable reset kro aur firm wali file jo download ki ho us ko mobile mein install kr lo….simple hai trust me..
    Agr samajh na aye to search engine pe phoenix ko use krnay ka tateeqa dekh lo….

    • Narender Singh February 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      Phoenix does not even support the new Nokia devices.

  17. ediretse February 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    hi,my nokia asha 501 can not show applications like setting,contacts message, calls and many more, can you help me install them

    • Narender Singh February 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

      You need to use this tool to reinstall the firmware of your phone.

  18. ediretse February 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    its failing to install

    • Narender Singh February 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

      Do you see any error? You might be needed to use the Nokia Care Suite if it keeps on failing.

  19. ediretse February 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    it shows no error

  20. kamel February 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    it works fine thank you thank you thank you for this great job

  21. dafar February 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    backup tool in my nokia asha 501 is not working. what to do?
    it is saying an error occurred while creating backup.
    I have a lot of messages in my phone i want them all to be backedup.

    • Narender Singh February 15, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

      That’s sad, but I don’t think you can do anything there :( They will be lost now.

  22. jamsheed khan February 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    hey dude i am unable to any app nor internet nor whats app when opening its telling cant validate the certificate download from the whats app server when opening it its showing cannot create secure connection check the date and time while its correct i try to u tell me the answer dude i am waiting

  23. Aftab March 1, 2015 at 6:33 am #

    Jamseed brother ,
    I have sAme problem
    what’s the solution. anyone try to find out ??? Please deArzzz….

  24. Luck March 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    can i downgrade my phone?

    • Narender Singh March 12, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      No. Asha phones cannot be downgraded.

  25. Ruby March 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    I want to update my phone software of nokia aasha 501. Plz tell me how do i update phone software.

  26. Victor Banerjee March 22, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    problem for me my mob is not working properly my mob got reseted after tht my nokia store and my nokia xpress are deleted and i cnt download any apps my watts up is also nt working it says certificate was issued by unrecognizes entity plz help

  27. nomsa March 31, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    i have nokia 230 watsapp and internet is not working it busy saying create a secure connection. please help me

  28. Rajan March 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    my nokia 501 problem is my camera somthing went wrong message open the camera

    • Narender Singh March 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

      Try reinstalling the phone’s firmware.

  29. Veronicah March 31, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    my Nokia asha 503 have lost main menu like contacts, messages, internet etc after accidentally restoring to factory default. Pls help

    • Narender Singh March 31, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

      Your only solution is to reinstall the phone software using the Recovery Tool.

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