How to update a Nokia Mobile Phone

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 30, 2007
Updated • Nov 8, 2017
Mobile Computing

Nokia has created a great software that makes it really easy to update your Nokia mobile phone. You are probably wondering why you should update the phone if everything is working as intended. This is actually a good question and I can't answer it for the phone that you are using.

Generally speaking a firmware update can add new functions and features to your mobile phone, can make it faster, update software so that you can run advanced applications or fix security holes. I'm not sure if there is an official Nokia website that lists release notes for current and previous firmware of Nokia phones - I was not able to find it if it exists.

Update: The method described below works for classic Nokia phones. Nokia began manufacturing Android phones recently, and those update automatically over the Internet.

This means it is not really possible to determine the new features and improvements of the new firmware version. The only information about firmware updates was that they will improve performance and functionality. The update will update the operating system of your phone which includes applications like the Calendar, the Messenger and the Contact List.

Please note that it is not possible to downgrade the firmware of your Nokia phone once it has been updated. Some applications and games from third-party developers might need to be installed again after updating the phone firmware. I suggest you take a look at the extensive FAQ on the Nokia website.

How to update a Nokia a Nokia Mobile Phone:

1. Download the Nokia PC Suite and backup all of the files on your phone

To do that simply start the Nokia PC Suite application and click on the Backup button. Make sure you save everything on that phone. This might take a while if you have lots of personal files like images or music stored on the phone. The files will be transferred using the Nokia Content Copier software.

Backup the contents of the Nokia phone as well. You find that option in Tools > Memory.

2. Download and install the Nokia Software Updater application which is used to update the firmware of the phone. Please note that you have to use this software and can't use the Nokia PC Suite to update the mobile phone.

Make sure you connect the charger to your phone before you start the process because a failed update can brick your Nokia phone.

The update that I was downloading had a size of nearly 80 Megabytes and upgraded the firmware of my Nokia N73 Music Edition (RM-133) from 3.0638.0.0.30 to 4.0736.3.2.1 which I would consider a huge version leap.

The benefits:

I can't really tell what has been changed but the phone does seem a little bit more responsive. The only new application that did not seem there before is a Anti-Virus application. There is probably more and some definitely have been updated but I can't really tell without the release notes.

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The guide explains in easy to follow steps how to update a classic Nokia mobile phone using the company's Software Updater program.
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  1. Anonymous said on December 25, 2016 at 3:58 am

    I am using nokia 5233 having problem software update

  2. Natalie Ogada said on June 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I am having problems with updating my phone software and downloading whatsapp

  3. Nasir said on October 26, 2014 at 7:17 am

    i m using NOKIA E5 . and i want to update software .tell me how can i update my phone.?plz

  4. Anonymous said on March 9, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Nokia 2930

  5. shettiam abubakar said on February 23, 2013 at 2:47 am

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  6. Anonymous said on January 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    if i want to download an application like facebook and operamini,my phone my phone wil require user certificate to enable it to download.pls i need yur help

    1. Keshab said on April 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Same problem with me. I can’t download apps having trusted certificate. Please help me.

  7. Raja.shaikh said on December 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    May mobile.n73update

  8. mohd bilal said on December 3, 2012 at 6:35 am

    My mobile n73 update

  9. Anonymous said on October 16, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I tried updating my nokia asha 200 on my phone firmware update. Only to discover the internet and mail applications are not working again. What step should i take to remedy the situation?

  10. Bhavesh said on October 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Hi, i m using nokia n73 ver.4.0850.43.0 n i want to use whats app on my mobile. How can i do it please guide me any software update or etc…

  11. Anonymous said on August 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I accidently deleted the service provider in my nokia 7210 supernova since then i cannot access to profile.what should I do.please help me

  12. Xaphy said on July 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I just bought nokia N73 and i can’t download applications with it.what can i do?

  13. Emmanuel said on July 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Please help me.I updated my phone software successfuly without any problem.Then the next time i tried it my phone went off completetly,have not been able to switch it on till now,pls help me

  14. naveen said on April 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    hi I am using nokia 3110 c … there is mannnnyyy prob in this so I want to reinstall nokia os official in it so what to do?????

  15. Sugotech said on March 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Nokia update is available on net . just go there and visit that site, check your mobile version and then on that tag you will click on update it.

  16. prakash said on June 28, 2011 at 3:44 am

    i am having a problem in my phone it is when i swtch on my mobile it get switched off after 10 seconds and i plan to update my software and the phone is switched off and how can i update with my data cable

    1. Pratik said on September 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

      first switch off the phone then press call button * button 3 and then switch on off button press all this buttons at a time……..then till the main screen does not comes dont leave the buttons then mobile will be format your mobile will not restarted again when you switch on….

  17. Manoj said on October 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm


  18. Roy said on May 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I am using nokia 5130xpres music,my problem is i have updated my mobile earlyer it was so nice & working clearly but after some days the screen saves option was vanished,and many software problems switch off on.CAN I UPDATE AGAIN WITH THE SAME VISION .ALSO HOW.

    1. K said on May 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Which version you are using

  19. Opeyemi said on April 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

    My nokia6300 cannot add personal account, it is writting memory full.

  20. rupert said on November 30, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Some notes.

    If you hunt around on the Nokia forums, you can find a change log for each software update. They must be released from Nokia somewhere….

    From my previous reading, updates can have negative results, like the update to the N73 Music Edition made the music player a permanently running program, sucking the program memory and making it hard to run any memory hungry apps…

    Also, be incredibly careful when updating your phone, or you might ‘brick’ it (turn it into nothing more useful than a brick). Basically, if you interrupt the update process while it is taking place, it can kill the phone. I nearly did this and was lucky enough that the update had almost completed, so was able to save the phone. Others have not been so lucky, so be careful.

  21. MiGs said on November 30, 2007 at 5:44 am

    The first step really is to check if your phone needs a firmware update.

    check it here:

    Or, the nokia pc suite has a built in feature so you cna check if you need to update your firmware or if one is available.

    > There is also a way for you to downgrade your firmware version. Its a long process actually.

    > nokia has started releasing official firmware change logs on their website. so far only selected phones are supported.


  22. D3 said on November 30, 2007 at 1:52 am

    I hate my Nokia or it could just be my cell phone provider. basically I can’t use the software ( pc suite ) because either Nokia or Telus, my cell provider, has locked my phone. I can’t see Nokia doing it because then releasing software would be moot. I have the Nokia 6125i and I just want to smash it !!!!!!!

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