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

  1. safa January 17, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    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

  2. mudassar January 31, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    sir update karnay say contact no,sms,apps etc device main save hain delete to nai ho jatain kya ? please help me. thanks……

    • Narender Singh February 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      OTA updates don’t delete anything, but it is still advisable to backup. If you update using PC, everything will be deleted.

  3. Saddam hasan March 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    I am not like this New softwear

    • Narender Singh March 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

      You need to keep it as downgrading is not possible.

  4. annu April 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    thank you soooo much

  5. Amman April 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    My fone is not showing the option of updrading wat should i do

  6. pawan April 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    I am not like software please new software

  7. ajme April 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    nokia asha 501 software update

  8. Robert phiri April 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    my Nokia asha 501 it just went off itself when I try to switched it on it will just show Nokia on the display and went black please guys help me I love my phone

    • Narender Singh April 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

      It is either a corrupt firmware or hardware failure. Consider visiting a Microsoft Care Center and they’ll be happy to help you with this.

  9. Lungu D Francis May 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    My asha 501use to show software updates automatically,when available,but it suddenly stopped.
    Can somebody help me please,i don’t enjoy it anymore but i still love it !!!

    • Narender Singh May 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

      There are no new software updates available for the Asha 501. So that’s why it doesn’t show them.

  10. Arun achar June 3, 2015 at 1:20 am #

    I lost my internet browser of nokia in that place opera mini is their so how to change it nokia asha 501 browser??

    • Narender Singh June 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      Xpress has been discontinued and replaced with Opera Mini. You cannot get Xpress back.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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..

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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??

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

    I am unable to start download. Help me

  20. 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.

  21. 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

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