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 gathered from here.

  • 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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131 Responses to Software Update 11.1.1 for Asha 501 Available Now – Update Guide

  1. Arun achar June 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

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

    • Narender Singh June 3, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

      No. Microsoft has discontinued it unfortunately.

  2. bhagyashree June 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    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?

  3. Siam June 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    The update software don’t show up, how to do?

  4. zeshaan June 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    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.


    • Narender Singh June 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      You will be needed to flash the full factory firmware using the Lumia Software Recovery Tool.

  5. felix sunny July 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    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..

  6. Nikhil July 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    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

  7. Aaron July 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    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.

  8. jaya bharathi July 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    i dont know how to activate call waiting pls let me know how to do it??

  9. Bitan Roy August 15, 2015 at 1:29 am #

    I am unable to start download. Help me

  10. Chhotelal gond August 18, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    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.

    • Narender Singh August 19, 2015 at 7:45 am #

      You need to flash the factory firmware again using the Recovery Tool.

  11. Aly August 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    i have nokia asha 501 and after factory reset alot of applications deleted and can not be installed

  12. nitin September 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    can i send location via whatsapp by using my Asha 501

  13. DaHealer September 15, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    i lost all my nokia asha 501 certificate even store, ringtone, wall savers when i connect it my laptop.what can i do..pls help

    • Narender Singh September 15, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

      Use the recovery tool to re-install the phone software.

  14. petros September 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    my apps say that this service is not supported.

  15. Chhotelal gond September 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    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.

  16. pravin September 29, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    sir my nokia asha 501 is not working mins not any apps dowenlod, my nokia certificate deleted please help me

  17. pravin September 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

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

  18. badeys September 30, 2015 at 12:45 am #

    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.

  19. Ruquaiya September 30, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    How do i watch online youtube videos in my nokia aaha 501with opera mini pls suggest some others website if there is any

  20. Manish September 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    Sir, mere phone me whatsapp nhi chl ra h or or usme koi bhi new software update nhi hota h …
    Please help me sir

  21. Nitesh October 4, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Sir koi apps open karte h to something went wrong dikhata h or app close ho jaati h
    to batao kya kare

    • Narender Singh October 4, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      You should use the recovery tool to reinstall the phone software.

  22. Ashwyn October 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

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

    • Narender Singh October 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      Try using the Nokia Recovery Tool to see if it offers an update.

    • Akash September 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Sir mere mobile me keval music mix aur music store open karne par something wrong likh kar aata hai aur khatam ho jata

  23. pur February 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    I dont have recovery tool

  24. TheLover February 22, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    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..

    • Narender Singh February 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      Sorry to say, but you can do nothing here without having access to a PC.

  25. muller February 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

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

  26. jeya balaji April 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    can’t validate the certificate do you want to connect anyway nokia asha 501 phone update answer

  27. Anandu June 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    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?

    • Naeem August 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Not possible… ValiCert Certificate was expired in 2014.

  28. sreya gupta June 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

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

    • jay October 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

      i have the same problem.

  29. Praveen July 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    How we access the certificate

  30. jay October 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    my settings, call logs, contact and many more items are removed from menu.
    how can i get them back?

  31. Sharanpreet bhullar December 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    New update software 11.1.1 please help me… Reply fast ple…

  32. Dharma Durai January 9, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    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….

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