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Software Update 11.1.1 for Asha 501 Available Now – Update Guide

Asha 501 users have surely had a hard time in the past months as they were provided with a half baked firmware which lacked lots of features which were available in old Asha S40 since ages. The long wait finally comes to an end as a new and highly improved software is now being pushed towards the Asha 501 users. Out of all the new features, the biggest one is support for WhatsApp. Guess this will finally calm thousands of Asha 501 owners who kept on waiting for WhatsApp for over 3 months already.

asha 501

As about numbers, the new software rests at version 11.1.1 or greater (in some regions). This is a big pump from the previous 10.0.14 so expect some cool improvements in this new package.

Top improvements, New features and Update Change-log

Besides WhatsApp, the update offers lots of other goodies as well. Find most of them below. These are the official release notes provided by Nokia.

  • WhatsApp support added – after updating the software, tap the WhatsApp icon in the apps menu to download the latest version of WhatsApp
  • Over 5000 other apps available from Nokia Store, including Line, WeChat, and Nimbuzz
  • Usability improvements, such as single-swipe access to camera, single-touch share to Facebook, and ability to track Facebook comments and likes right from your Fastlane screen
  • Privacy improvements – delete items directly from Fastlane, and control which apps you want to see on Fastlane
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support for office mails
  • General improvements for phone stability and performance, alarm tone volume, Wi-Fi connectivity, video streaming, Chinese text input, and more

How to Update

FOTA (No PC/Computer Needed)

The update is majorly being pushed as a FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update and is available for the devices in most of the regions already. Here’s how to install the update directly on the phone.

  1. Go to Settings> Phone Update
  2. Turn the switch from Off to On (do this even when you are connected to WiFi). If its already turned On, turn it Off and then turn it On again.
    Nokia Asha 501 update available
  3. The phone will do an automatic check. Return to your home-screen and see if a notification pops up on your Fastlane or Swipe Down menu.
    asha 501 update notification
  4. Tap on the update notification and initiate the update.
    asha 501 updating
  5. After the update is downloaded, the phone will be updated and ask for a restart.
    Asha 501 update installed
  6. Your phone will be updated and you’ll be presented with the updated homescreen.
    Asha 501 software details

P.S: If no notification comes, the update might not be available for your phone yet. Try again on the next day.

 Update via your PC

If the update does not show up in your phone, you can use this alternative method to update your Asha 501 via your PC. However, do note that this will only work if the updated firmware files are available on the Nokia Repository, but giving a try doesn’t hurts much either 😛
Also note that updating via PC will clear all your personal data from the phone. So don’t forget to take a backup.

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  • Im using asha501 when i turn on wifi the wifi network not showing and when i turnoff its taking loong time. Why?

  • When I updated my nokia asha 501 I am unable to use UC,FB and etc.apps because all those all have removed from my phone and even it does not download completely and install.I want my original software how can I get?

  • After resetting whatsapp is not installing again i have tried to download from other sources its not downloading please help me sir..

  • Hello sir .. I’m using Nokia Asha 501 my mobile was an working for very slow.. And images, song’s deleted from the list and can’t delete in images and songs place… Untold area black screen at the place ….. So how to resolve this problem please help me sir… Thinking you sir….

  • how can i update my phone if all my applications like gallery,contacts,messages,settings and almost all the applications are missing…..

  • I install watsapp it opened i type my mobile no then click ok they said to download certificate i downlod it but it still note working why?

  • How can I update my phone when some of my tools application like ,setting ,caller key pad are missing and
    gone from my phone?

  • How can i update using my phone if all my tools application like gallery, music player, camera, file manager even setting are missing and gone from my phone? How can i install all of it back without using PC because i dont have any computer at home.. Can u help me with that? How to solve my big problem? Reply me as soon as u can.. Thank u so much..

  • I checked for updates but still can’t se the option for updating. I’m badly in need of whatsapp..is there any other way that I can get whatsapp without updating?

  • my wifi isn’t working and i deleted all of my certificate i tried to fix it using recovery tool but it’s still not working it’s been a year already.

  • sir my nokia asha 501 is not working mins not any apps dowenlod, my nokia certificate deleted please help me my no. is +918390366398

  • My nokia asha 501 set i have delete all certificate in use whatapp, naws hunt,uc browser e.g.So my hand set no support all files.

  • Sir,
    please help me I have lost my certificate of nokia asha 501 and now I can not download any application and my nokia store is also deleted and whats App can’t be installed and I can’t update my phone.How can I get the certificate back.

  • Hello. I have Nokia 501 and performed firmware OTA update as well as updated to Opera Mini. I have a problem with the twitter app.

    Here are the version numbers:

    Nokia Asha 14.0.4
    Opera Mini 8.0.4
    Twitter: 1.1.0

    Wifi is on, Facebook and Opera Mini browser connects just fine, I already have deleted cookies and cache. However when I fire up the twitter app to login. an error comes out: “There’s no wifi or mobile data connection”

    Any ideas on how to fix this? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Sir please help me I have lost my certificate of Nokia asha 5o1 and now I can not download any application and my Nokia store is also deleted and WhatsApp can’t be installed and I can’t update my phone. How can I get the certificate back

  • after i resetted my phone[asha 501], i am not able to use watsapp.i tried to download from various sources but it fails and shows that some file is missing.when i tried to update the phone it shows cant validate the certificate.what should i do..? please help..

  • my phone is nokia asha 502 and i unfortunately lost my certificates. so, any one can me out with this how to download or install the certificates.


  • in asha 501 no app no browser works no store for download what to be done .phone shows phone upto date
    .might be the reason of format?

  • Why so??
    I needed Xpress that was very good operator so it can’t be get back plzzzz if it possible…???

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