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

  1. jaysheel gupta November 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    my nokia asha 502 device is not supported any apps bcoz i have deleted all certificate..

    how can i get again this certificate???

  2. Jagath November 27, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Is there any way to change nokia asha platform to android???????.Pleaaaaaaase Help me If you know.
    I Will be grateful to you.

    • Narender Singh November 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

      No. Unfortunately that cannot be done.

  3. mna January 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    where can i get those missing certficate for my asha 502…

  4. Sharifu_kitori February 15, 2016 at 3:39 am #

    I heard microsoft hav blocked all way to those certificate
    hw can nokia help us???

  5. Aladdin February 23, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    It is not good idea.i hate this mobile

  6. vikramsinh February 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm #


  7. samveg March 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    what are the login details of server

    • Saif March 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      No Login details are required. 🙂

  8. Adeyemi Oluwagbotemi May 25, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    I can’t sign in or sign up into my twitter account on my phone but only on the internet hw do i make it work again pls help me o

    • Adeyemi Oluwagbotemi May 25, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      This nokia phones are nw really making me miserable and pissed off. Maybe i will switch to the android phone one day

      • Narender Singh May 25, 2016 at 10:54 am #

        Often when a platform is left unattended, the APIs break and the apps stop working. It could be the same issue. Did you try updating/reinstalling the Twitter app via Opera Store?

  9. vwenz May 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    my nokia asha 501 lost all menu may i know how to get repaired my nokia asha 501

    • Narender Singh May 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

      Use the recovery tool to reset the device.

      • vwenz May 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

        Setting,dialer pads is not on the display menu and how can i recover or hard reset it

        • Saif May 28, 2016 at 10:11 am #

          The only way to repair is Nokia Recovery Tool.
          Can you tell us why can’t you use Nokia Recovery Tool?
          Are you getting any error?

  10. vwenz May 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    I can’t use the recovery tool.

  11. vwenz May 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    And setting and dialer is not there even in the phone

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