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. 😆

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

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

  1. Moses April 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    How to restore certificates in use

  2. shivam jaiswal April 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    My Mistake delete my phone certificate,how to download.plz help me

    • Narender Singh April 21, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      Flash the stock firmware on the device :)

    • zak August 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

      me too
      i cant share anything from my phone to facebook

      give me any solution please guysssssssssssssss :(

  3. ola ambrose April 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    if i update my phone with the new version software will the certificates restore back

    • Narender Singh April 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      They should :)

  4. amrinder maan April 26, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    java script is crupted from my phone how i should repaire it

  5. Adnan Hammad May 14, 2015 at 5:04 am #

    Nokia says that Asha 501 is not supported !!!!!

    • Adnan Hammad May 14, 2015 at 5:05 am #

      I meant: “Nokia Software Updater” says that Asha 501 is not supported !!!!!

  6. Sumeet sawarkar May 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    I lost certificates for running apps. No app is running. How would i restore them? Pls rply fast sir

    • Narender Singh May 22, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      Reinstall the phone software.

  7. Sudip pradhan May 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    My nokia asha501 nokia xpress browser deleted opera mini download net very slow.plz sent a link for 7076413828 .plz nokia browser update my phone.

  8. Kallegirish June 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    I updated my Nokia browser to opera mini i want my Nokia browser back could u plz help me to get it back

  9. M m reddy July 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Nic in java phones apps in new not suported by please newapps

  10. Tshabi July 6, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Thank you guys, this worked for me. I got my whatsapp working again, the certificate problem is no more :-)

  11. rock star July 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    thanxxxx.. working!

    • sandhya July 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      My Mistake delete my phone certificate,how to download.plz help me

  12. Margaret Orwako July 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    How can i get my certificate back, Nokia Asha 500

    • sandy September 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Yes can i help u i have a solution in this problem

  13. TARAK NATH SARDAR July 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm #


  14. Lathesh July 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    My Nokia asha 501 is not turning on. If I try to turn it on NOKIA logo come and again turns off. Is there any solution for this.

  15. nitesh July 29, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    i have nokia asha 503 but some problem inside this phone such that gallery , videos player and musics player is not running so plz help me plzzz

    • Narender Singh July 29, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      You should try reinstalling the phone software using the Recovery Tool.

      • nitesh July 29, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

        sir where is get of recovery tool

  16. sunil August 5, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    my phone show error “cannot validate the certificate”.

  17. zak August 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    solution please i deleted it :(

  18. jakkin August 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

    My mistake is I have deleted Nokia Certificates so please give me proper guidance to me

    • Narender Singh August 19, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      Use the recovery tool to reset the phone to factory state.

  19. Pranab Ghosh September 2, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    My Mistake delete my 501
    phone certificate,how to
    download.plz help me
    now any app do not opened :(:( :(

  20. Rassel September 6, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Hi. I was doing software upgrade. Everything was going smooth execpt my phone went dark during upgradation and didnt open yet. Any sugession? Thanks.

  21. Davinsoh September 11, 2015 at 1:26 am #

    My asha 501 phone cant get the required updates… Cant install whatsap… Any one with any idea please help?

    • Narender Singh September 11, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      Did you try using the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to update your phone?

  22. ELIZ September 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    How can I reinstall my nokia xpress browser. Reply pls.

    • Narender Singh September 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      Xpress is no longer available.

  23. sharon maduna September 25, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    i restarted my nokia 503 and I’ve lost all my contacts, how can i get them back? pls help

    • Narender Singh September 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      You can’t. If you didn’t back up, they are gone forever.

  24. jemmy September 25, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    diid it work with nokia asha 503 ??

  25. Madhu September 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    No one app download in my phone 501 .. Plz help me

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